The Natural’s Guide to Essential Oils

By Audrey Sivasothy, author of The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care

Essential oils are lightweight, volatile oils with high capabilities for scalp and skin penetration These special oils stand apart from their heavier oil counterparts because of their small molecular sizes and structures. Many essential oils have wonderful scalp stimulating properties that together with your own manual scalp stimulation, enhance the results of your regular scalp massages. Examples of common essential oils include: peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and thyme.

Essential oils have been used for centuries to cure illnesses and heal common ailments. They are not only good for massage, but work well added to regular products in your healthy hair care regimen. A few drops of an essential oil can spice up a drab shampoo or a boring moisturizer. Essential oils work by stimulating your sense of smell as well as your sense of touch and feeling. Essential oils produce a gentle warming sensation on the scalp that increases circulation to that area. This increased circulation nourishes the hair follicles in the region by encouraging the flow of nutrients from the blood. Because essential oils evaporate easily and penetrate the scalp skin unlike other oils that are made of larger, non-penetrating molecules, essential oils do not work very well for sealing in moisturizers.

Women who are pregnant or nursing should take special care to note which essential oils are not recommended for use during these times. Please consult with your physician before you start using any stimulating essential oils.

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  • Danielle

    Loved this article but I have a question that I can’t seem to find an answer to anywhere; after you massage with the oils do you have to wash your hair or no? I only wash my hair once a week and I was thinking about applying the mixture every night but I don’t want to wash my hair every night.

    If anyone could answer my question I would be extremely thankful!

    • Nicole

      You don’t have to wash your hair after using the oil. I massage my scalp with rosemary oil and then style as normal.

      • Danielle

        Thanks Nicole!!

    • Mandie

      No you dont have to wash them out

  • Rosie Murano

    Some evidence suggests that peppermint oil may help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion. But despite promising research, there is no clear-cut evidence to support its use for other health conditions. -*’,

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    • i have scalp folliculitis for years , and now im on a drug caelld AKAMIN which is helping alot , sometimes i use a another thing on it caelld sigmacort ointment which kills the swelling and redness and lasts for over 2 weeks with one apllication well it does contain cortisone which is why its works best , but i have not tried dandruff shampoo yet , but i have been using goat soap on my? scalp and its going really goood

  • Elquita

    Do you have to add water or no to your oil base? I have purchased glycerin, tea tree oil, lavender and Grapeseed oil. I already have Jojoboa oil. I wanted to make a spray to moisturize my hair morning and evening. If I add the water; how much? THanks.

    • I was looking eveewyhrre and this popped up like nothing!

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