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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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!

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


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!


No you dont have to wash them out


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


Thanks Nicole!!

Napoleon Rabil

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Stacy Drinkall

Essen­tial oils are used in a vari­ety of ways, and include aro­mather­a­py mas­sage — where the oil is absorbed through the skin and vapor­iza­tion where the essen­tial oil mol­e­cules enter the blood­stream via the lungs.Essential oils are also used med­i­c­i­nal­ly and tak­en inter­nal­ly, but this must NOT be under­tak­en by the layper­son, but should only be done under the treat­ment and direc­tion of a qual­i­fied med­ical prac­ti­tion­er. ‘..:

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Hi dony­ou think I could mix the fol­low­ing with cas­tor oil
Win­ter green oil
Sweet almond oil
Jojoba oil?

Vanessa Carter
I’m not sure if you have heard of a wom­an named Tal­isha Berry, but I had a plea­sure of meet­ing her while at a con­fer­ence for work in Port­land. Tal­isha shared her book tips with me and also allowed me to sam­ple her new hair growth pro­duct which includes a blend of organ­ic essen­tial oils. I lie to to you not, my hair has grown 4 inch­es and is so healthy and that was just 3 months ago! My hair is coarse and very thick and I was suf­fer­ing from break­age. I would def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend you ladies to check her… Read more »
I use essen­tial oils for my hair, my skin and inter­nal­ly. If you want to use them inter­nal­ly, make sure that the brand you get specif­i­cal­ly states that it can be used for inter­nal use. I only use Young Liv­ing because most or their oils can be used inter­nal­ly. Young Liv­ing has an essen­tial oil blend called “Deep Relief” which is very good for pain relief. One night, I slept on my arm the wrong way and I woke up with a bad pain in my arm and neck. I applied the Deep Relief and the pain went away fast.… Read more »

Thank you for shar­ing :) I love them all,and I get all my oils and beau­ty prod­ucts on iherb.Com You can also use reward code ZQL811 and check­out and get $10 dis­count on your first purchase.Check it out girls ;)


I just use argan oil. It’s a mir­a­cle work­er for hair. Works on my own afro hair and it works on my white friends hair, it’s like the best you can get. I made sure it was sil­i­cone free, I had to order it online from a cana­di­an web­site but they shipped it out to me for free so it was ok. The bot­tle is called Pro Nat­u­rals Moroc­can Argan Oil. Real­ly good.

Nyah Bell
So I have just recent­ly (Dec-Jan) tran­si­tioned into nat­u­ral hair. I believe I have Type 4 hair (almost total­ly sure). I have been using Tea tree oil and olive oil but sep­a­rate­ly. I want to start using both coconut oil (warm it, apply it, wash it out) and saf­flow­er oil. I didn’t think of mix­ing any of this stuff nor being weary of amounts to use. I’m glad I’m doing my research. I real­ly like this site btw. Okay, ques­tion! I’m in TX (it’s 100+ weath­er), my hair likes to suck up every ounce of olive oil (hence me want­i­ng… Read more »

[…] chi­ca I have been read­ing up on dif­fer­ent oils and the ben­e­fits to nat­u­ral hair. Here are a few good round ups. After doing my own research, the­se are the oils I went […]


I have an essen­tial oil mix that con­sists of laven­der, jojoba oil, cas­tor oil, and avo­cado oil. I mas­sage it into my hair almost every night pri­or to bed­time. The scent of the laven­der smells won­der­ful and the oils keep my hair very mois­tur­ize.


My girl­friend tried out this hair oil once —
Now it’s her favourite, she has a strong, thick and silky hair.


I have been using Rose­mary and Laven­der with Olive Oil just in the scalp once a week after wash­ing. I have it in a drop­per and apply that way. I have noticed that I was able to retain the growth that was com­ing in, and my hair seems stronger and more con­di­tioned. Worked almost instant­ly! Almost ;)


I might have to try that out in the near future, because using rose­mary and tea tree oil by them­selves is killer.


Yeah try it out, I’m lov­ing it!


Coconut oil does hard­en, so it is not a car­ri­er oil. Car­ri­er oils are apri­cot, sweet almond, jojoba, cas­tor, olive,etc. I mix cas­tor, olive, and jojoba with lavender,ylang-ylang, basil, tea tree, vit­a­m­in E, and rose­mary essen­tial oils> I use it as a dai­ly scalp oil along with plain water as a night­ly and morn­ing spray.


May­be it’s due to is the fact it “hard­ens” (sor­ry french I don’t know if it’s the right word) when it’s cold and isn’t use­full in this state per­haps if u mix it with an oth­er it can be too or if u don’t mind to have an “hard” oil


Why isn’t coconut oil on the list???


I mix pep­per­mint and rose­mary oils into olive oil for sealant use.


This is great infor­ma­tion! Can’t wait to buy the­se prod­ucts.

Ques­tions: isn’t Coconut Oil a car­ri­er oil too? I’m sur­prised its not list­ed.

foxy noir

i used rose­mary, jojoba and laven­dar mix to grow in trac­tion alope­cia spots in my crown and the left side of my scalp, in addi­tion to night­ly mas­sages and of course gen­tle han­dling and mois­ture my spots have grown in beau­ti­ful­ly :) my crown is still thin­ner than the rest of my scalp BUT it is no longer bald.been about 6 months now and i real­ly only use it once in awhile, bout to buy pep­per­mint oil to add next
great arti­cle!


Can you please tell me what you’re mix recipe is? I bought the­se 3 ingre­di­ents but I don’t know what the ratio of each oil should be. Please help! :)


I mix pep­per­mint oil with cas­tor oil and mas­sage my scalp at night. I also have a mix­ture that I spray my hair with dai­ly and it con­sist of my favorite sham­poo, cas­tor oil, almond oil, water and 10 drops of laven­der oil. I love, love, love this mix­ture for my dai­ly spritz.


i used to have scalp fol­li­culi­tis on my hali­irne and it itched so bad. it took me a while to stop scratch­ing it and ven­tu­al­ly it went away, buy now i sill have this spot on my? hali­irne that will prob­a­bly take a while to go away


CORRECTION*****My favorite con­di­tion­er not sham­poo.


How much con­di­tion­er do you use in your spritz? I’m look­ing to start using a spritz every night but I’m not sure how much con­di­tion­er to use.


I’ve been mean­ing to get into essen­tial oils.

Ques­tion: How do you pro­nounce “ylang ylang?”


You can dou­ble-check this, but I read some­where that the cor­rect Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion is “lahn-lahn”.


its spelled “Ylang-ylang”


sor­ry, i didt fin­ish.… its spelled “Ylang-ylang” but pro­nounced “ee-lang — ee-lang”


In french we say E-lang E-lang I guess in eng­lish it’ll be more I-lang I-lang.

Btw I will soon get into essen­tial oils since I planned to do more hand­made pro­duct.


I nev­er know the impor­tance of using car­ri­er oils with essen­tial oils or the prop­er ratios. Thank you for shar­ing. I will gov­ern myself accord­ing­ly.