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If I had enough money to get every woman on this planet just one thing, I’d probably go with their own customized collection of essential oils. I promise you, out of all of the things that some of us don’t have (or have enough of) in our possession, it baffles me that essential oils aren’t on the list!
Not only do they provide some of the most amazing (and affordable) aromatherapy benefits, if you apply these types of oils directly to your body (it’s usually best to dilute them with some sweet almond, avocado or coconut oil first), they can help to relieve pain, reduce PMS symptoms, decrease bodily inflammation, strengthen your immune system, boost your libido and even help you to sleep better (more on this in a bit).
There’s more! Certain essential oils also have a remarkable way of improving the quality of your hair too. There are even some that can take your already fabulous curly locks and make them even better.
Are you ready to find out what those essential oils are? If so, I am definitely ready to share them with you.
Palma Rosa Oil
Let’s start off with an essential oil that isn’t super popular but should be. Believe it or not, palma rosa is a type of grass that comes into two different varieties— Motia and Sofia. Thanks to its antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties, palma rosa is the kind of oil that helps to reduce fever, cure bacterial infections, improve digestion, heal wounds and even treat dehydration.
As far as your hair goes, because palma rosa oil contains powerful hydration properties, it will help your curls to remain soft and manageable. Also, if you struggle with dandruff or scalp irritation, this is just the kind of oil that will help to relieve the symptoms.
Palma rosa oil hair serum recipe: Mix 6-7 drops of the palma rosa oil with 3-4 drops of warm jojoba oil. Apply it to freshly washed damp hair. Put a plastic cap on your head and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and style as usual.
Thousands of years ago, Egyptians were really fond of geranium oil. Although it’s probably best-known as an antiseptic that heals wounds, geranium oil is also great when it comes to reducing inflammation, balancing hormones, fighting depression, relieving anxiety and keeping skin healthy and radiant looking.
Use it on your hair in order to treat scalp irritation and also to build the protein keratin for your hair. In fact, thanks to the amino acids that are in this particular oil, it can even help to keep hair loss at bay.
Geranium oil hair mask recipe: Add two tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of raw honey and one egg to 5-7 drops of geranium oil. Mix with a whisk until the texture of the mask is smooth and creamy. Cover your clean damp hair with a plastic cap and let the mask sit for an hour. Then use a non-sulfate shampoo. Follow that up with your favorite conditioner. You’ll be amazed by your hair’s feel and shine!
Ylang Ylang Oil
This is the type of flower that has a sweet floral scent. Don’t let the smell fool you, though, because ylang ylang is extremely powerful. It works well as an antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic and even a sedative. In oil form, ylang ylang helps to improve your moods, increase blood circulation, reduce PMS symptoms, stimulate your sex drive and also protect your cells from damage.
What will ylang ylang do for your curls? For one thing, it’s the ultimate kind of conditioner and detangler. Plus, if you use this oil on a regular basis, you will notice your curls having more definition, thanks to the kind of shine ylang ylang oil provides.
Ylang ylang oil hair spritz recipe: Add 3-5 drops of lavender oil to 3-5 drops of ylang ylang in a small plastic spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle up with distilled water and lightly spray your hair, as needed, throughout the day.
This essential oil is derived from berries. It’s super high in flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants which means it’s a leading oil at fighting free radicals. Juniper oil does so much more than that, though. It is also the kind of oil that helps to prevent urinary tract infections, reduce stress, improve the quality of your sleep, soothe heartburn and indigestion. Due to its antiseptic abilities, it’s an oil that can heal acne (sometimes overnight). Word on the street is it can even soften the appearance of cellulite.
The concentration of the oil promotes healthy hair and scalp too. Since it tends to increase blood circulation, juniper oil also has a great reputation for promoting hair growth and bringing definition to curly hair as well.
Juniper oil hair gel recipe: Mix three teaspoons of 100 percent pure Aloe Vera gel with 5-6 drops of juniper oil. Apply it thoroughly on your damp hair from roots to tips then allow it to air dry. Watch how your curls pop!
It’s the menthol is peppermint oil that gives it such a cooling sensation. It’s also what helps it to keep your breath fresh, your digestion on track and your energy levels up. Peppermint oil also fights bacterial infections, improves seasonal allergies and helps to relieve menstrual cramps.
Aside from the fact the peppermint oil can make your hair smell unbelievably fresh, it another kind of oil that will stimulate your hair follicles, soothe dry scalp and strengthen your hair’s roots too. Strong roots equals strong hair.
Peppermint oil hair growth solution: Add two tablespoons of room temperature organic coconut oil, four tablespoons of Jamaican black castor oil and 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil preferably to a bottle that has a nozzle on it (like the kind of bottle you would use to dye your hair). Wash your hair and then apply this solution as your conditioner. Let it sit for 30 minutes with a plastic cap and warm towel on your head. Then thoroughly rinse and style as usual.
Rosemary is the kind of oil that everyone should has in their possession. It comes from the leaves of an herb called Rosmarinus officinalis and has a minty-woodsy kind of scent. If you inhale the oil, it can help to protect the part of your brain that is responsible for your concentration and memory. There are studies to support that rosemary oil is a pain and stress reliever as well. It also reduces joint inflammation and contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that help to prevent cancer, liver damage. Rosemary oil can relieve the symptoms that are associated with food poisoning.
Use it on your hair and scalp daily in order to heal alopecia, reduce scalp irritation, stop hair loss and promote thickness to your curly hair texture.
Rosemary oil hair thickness remedy: Mix three teaspoons of grapeseed oil with 7-8 drops of rosemary oil. Coat your clean damp hair with it for 15 minutes, then rinse and style.
Horsetail Plant Oil
Horsetail is a medicinal herb that’s been around for thousands of years. It got its name because it resembles an actual horse’s tail. Although a lot of people enjoy consuming it as an herbal tea, it is very effective as an essential oil as well. Thanks to the flavonoids, phenolic acids, silicon, silica and kynurenic acid that is in the oil, horsetail can reduce inflammation and increase collagen. To make it even more impressive, some of the vitamins that are in horsetail oil include vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, C, E, K, folate, potassium, magnesium, calcium—and that’s just for starters!
This is the type of oil that also well-conditions your tresses. But one of the best things about it is it promotes hair growth and significantly reduces the amount of split ends you’ll get if you apply it consistently to your hair.
Horsetail oil hair growth recipe: Add 3-4 teaspoons of horsetail oil to one teaspoon of coconut oil and a cup of distilled water in a microwave-safe bowl. Put it in the microwave for 10 seconds and then apply it to your freshly washed hair. Do this every other wash for the most noticeable hair growth results.
Another name for this oil (that is popular all over India) is “khus-khus”. Vetiver derived from a
plant that has a very powerful scent (think woodsy or earthy). Vetiver contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It also has antiseptic compounds that kill bacteria, along with antioxidants that will keep your immune system strong. As a bonus, vetiver the kind of oil that heals breakouts, treats ADHD and boosts your libido too.
Vetiver is the kind of oil that keeps free radicals away from your hair follicles while also preventing premature greying. If you’re struggling with eczema or psoriasis on your scalp, this is the type of oil that will help to heal it. Also, if your scalp is irritated due to over-styling, vetiver will immediately provide it with a cooling effect.
Vetiver massage oil for your hair recipe: Mix two tablespoons of sweet almond or avocado oil with 5-6 drops of vetiver oil in a microwave safe bowl. Put the bowl in the microwave for 5-10 seconds and massage your scalp with it. It will soothe your scalp and stimulate your hair follicles so that you’ll have longer, healthier curls in no time!
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