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Published on March 17th, 2012 | by Daisy Raybould

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5 Best Essential Oils For Beautiful Hair

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Essential oils are a wonderful addition to your haircare routine and can encourage luxuriant growth, as well as treating many hair and scalp problems.

Used with the correct ratio of carrier oil – a neutral oil that you mix with essential oils before applying to skin, hair, or scalp – essential oils can treat dandruff and psoriasis of the scalp, alopecia arreata, and itchy scalp. Carrier oils include: jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and even olive oil.

The right ratio of oils can actually reduce oiliness. They can also smooth, soften, and reduce split ends in dry hair as well as encouraging circulation in the scalp. Need more information on how oiling your hair works? We’ve got you covered! Check out Beauty Secrets from India: Oiling Your Hair.

These 5 oils are the most versatile and useful for promoting gorgeous hair.

1. Lavender

Lavender is the most versatile and useful of all the essential oils for hair care, skin care, and much more. It works with all hair types, encourages hair growth, and is very helpful for treating dandruff and/or psoriasis of the scalp.

Lavender essential oil works well in combination with other essential oils, and it’s one of a very few essentials considered safe enough to apply full-strength. In addition, lavender oil is very helpful in reducing stress. High stress levels can lead to many common hair and scalp issues, especially hair loss and alopecia arreata.

Use lavender at a concentration of 4 to 24 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

2. Rosemary

Perhaps the best essential oil for hair care, rosemary essential oil encourages hair growth and has been successfully used in the treatment of alopecia arreata when blended with lavender, cedarwood, and thyme in a 50/50 base of jojoba and grapeseed oils. It’s an excellent oil for dry hair and is helpful for treating both dandruff and psoriasis.

Use rosemary at a concentration of 4 to 16 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

3. Cedarwood

Cedarwood essential oil supports hair growth and can help reduce hair loss due to infections or immune system issues. It is also helpful in treating psoriasis and dandruff and helps to relieve anxiety.

Use cedarwood  at a concentration of 4 to 8 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.


4. Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is perhaps the best essential oil for treating dandruff and psoriasis. It cleanses and purifies the scalp, and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Use tea tree essential oil at a concentration of 4 to 24 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

5. Sage

Sage essential oil encourages hair growth, cleanses and purifies the scalp, balances scalp oils, and helps to normalize hormone levels. You don’t want to use sage oil on children, or if you’re pregnant. In either case, substitute clary sage in its place.

Use sage oil at a concentration of 4 to 8 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

Essential oils are important allies in the quest for gorgeous hair and healthy growth. Lavender, tea tree and rosemary oil even made it into my top ten list of best oils for hair. What are your favorite oils for hair? Share them below by leaving a comment.

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My name is Daisy Raybould. I'm a passionate blogger discussing all things natural, including topics such as beauty, weight loss, skin care, anti aging, hair care, pain relief and much, much more. If you want to read more from me, please click through and start reading my blog at http://www.revitaliseyourhealth.com



  • http://greenearthbazaar.com Michelle @ Green Earth Bazaar

    Great hair care tips. Hair care is something I’ve been wanting to start making on my own – I’m still a slave to store bought shampoos and conditioners (natural/organic though). I have a few natural hair care recipes stashed away for future use and am certainly going to add these to my stash. I love rosemary, lavender, and tea tree oils too. Thanks for sharing!
    Peace. ;)

  • Deb

    Great tips – but how do I use them? Do I use them as a pre-conditioner before I shampoo?

  • http://www.HarvestMoonFarmsLavender.com Melissa B.

    Our small 13 acre boutique, certified organic lavender farm offers the purest organic lavender essential oil out there. Its made right here in Northern California, so you know where its coming from and you have access to the farmers. Most important thing to remember when using essential oils on your skin is that they should be organic and from a trusted source. Don’t put pesticides on your skin…you will not get the results that are promised in this article. Many come from other countries and though they claim to be pure and organic, often times they are not. So, please consider buying locally and supporting family farms, like ours! http://www.HarvestMoonFarmsLavender.com or find us on Facebook!

  • http://HealthyHairResources.com Corinne

    I have been researching the effects of essential oils for quite a few years now and my understanding of clary sage is that it also should not be used on children and pregnant women (it can induce labor in pregnant women).

  • http://purenaturalmakeup.com/ Arina at Pure Natural Makeup

    Thanks for your great tips on essential oils for haircare. I’ve had a couple of problems lately with my hair and I’ll definitely try some of these out.

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