5 Simple Lavender Oil Secrets
Would you like to learn some easy tips and secrets on ways to use Lavender Essential Oil for your Hair and Scalp?
As we mentioned in our first article, How to Use Lavender Oil: Uses and Benefits, lavender oil has been used for thousands of years throughout history in many different ways to help with many different things. Lavender can help with stress and relaxation, mental clarity and improved brain function, bug bites, cuts & bee stings, colds, flu & allergies, headaches & migraines, and even to boost the immune system and fight the symptoms of diabetes. In this article, we discuss some of the best benefits of using lavender oil on your hair and scalp.
Even though lavender oil is one of the gentler essential oils and is generally safe for use on your hair and scalp, if you haven’t tried it before, we always recommend that you use it lightly at first to make sure you aren’t sensitive to it. We also recommend combining lavender oil with a carrier oil like coconut, jojoba or almond oil, to dilute it and also for use in head, body or feet massages. A nice massage with a mixture of carrier oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil can really help someone relax or fall asleep.
Lavender Oil: What Makes it So Special?
Besides its natural antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties, lavender oil also contains phytochemicals and natural compounds like linalool that are especially terrific for the hair and skin in their natural form, and are synthetically added to lots of modern cosmetics.
For your hair and scalp, sometimes it can be better to go with something made from 100% pure, natural ingredients. Fortunately, the lavender essential oil can be used for several purposes:
- Treating hair loss, balding, control Alopecia, and promote hair growth
- Treating lice and their eggs
- Treat dandruff, itchiness and any minor injuries
- Helping your hair stay healthy
- Promoting a healthy scalp and follicles
We’ll go into more detail about each one down below.
How to Use Lavender Oil for Hair Growth
When massaged into the scalp either directly or preferably with a carrier oil as we mentioned before, lavender essential oil stimulates the follicles and promotes hair growth. This is because your scalp and your hair follicles need certain vitamins and nutrients to thrive. Not to mention the added stresses on our bodies from modern living: the increasing pollution, plastics, chemical shampoos. It’s important to provide our scalp with the natural ingredients it needs. Lavender oil provides these crucial nutrients and antioxidants while also stimulating blood flow and circulation to the follicles, making its application have several, combining effects that work together to promote hair growth.
A study in Korea was published in 2016 where researchers tested mixtures of lavender essential oil and jojoba oil on mice to see if there were any measurable effects of lavender oil on hair growth. It turns out the mice using the lavender oil had their hair grow both thicker and faster!
The study hasn’t been done on humans, but still provides scientific support to the practice of using lavender oil not only for hair growth but in the same vein, to also fight hair loss and male pattern baldness.
(More details on the study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4843973/)
We’ll share some more information on treating Alopecia at the end of the article.
Use Lavender Oil to Treat Lice
Lavender oil has also been found to be an effective, all-natural solution to lice. Studies have shown that lavender oil, mixed with tea tree oil is a great, healthy solution that allows you to be chemical-free if the time ever comes. While studies have shown that tea tree oil alone is also an effective option, mixing in lavender oil mellows out its effects on your scalp, while also adding all the previous benefits of follicle circulation, stimulation, and growth.
We recommend mixing the blend of tea tree and lavender oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil and then applying the mixture directly to your hair and scalp. Then cover your head with a shower cap for several hours, followed by a rinse in the shower.
Treat Dandruff with Lavender Essential Oil
Treating dandruff with lavender oil is pretty straightforward. While there are several causes of dandruff, lavender oil’s natural anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties can help with many of them. Combined with lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties, which can soothe itching, the right mixture can work wonders on the scalp.
For best results, we recommend mixing a few drops of lavender oil with either jojoba or coconut oil and massaging it into the scalp and then rinsing.
This blend can also help with any minor cuts or scrapes, sunburns or general itchiness.
Keeping Your Hair & Scalp Healthy
As we’ve mentioned throughout this article, using lavender essential oil in combination with the right carrier oil can have wonderful benefits for the health of your scalp and follicles. From increasing blood flow and circulation to adding missing vitamins and nutrients to balance your scalp’s natural oils. It also stimulates hair growth, strengthens follicles, and soothes and cleans the scalp with its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities.
But it can also be used to improve the health of your hair! When added with jojoba oil, lavender oil works great on split ends and to soften hair. Mixed with water, or a blend of your choosing, lavender oil can also help to control and maintain frizzy hair without having to use chemical-based or aerosol hair care products.
So as you can see, one little bottle of lavender essential oil can provide a whole list of easy fixes to a bunch of common, everyday problems. From bug bites to relaxation, to your hair care routine, lavender oil is an effective, all-around solution.
Next, check out our post on how to use lavender oil for your best skincare routine!
How to Use a Blend of Essential Oils to Treat Alopecia
And as promised, here’s some more information we found on treating Alopecia. It’s from an article on LiveStrong.com that contains details about a great study and D.I.Y. recipe:
“A study by a group of dermatologists in Scotland showed that 44 percent of alopecia patients who were tested experienced new hair growth when they massaged their scalp daily with lavender and other essential oils for seven months.
The essential oil blend included lavender, thyme, rosemary, cedarwood and the carrier oils jojoba and grapeseed. A carrier oil dilutes the essential oils and aids in the delivery of their healing properties without irritation.
To make an essential oil blend like the one used in the study, mix 3 drops of lavender oil, 3 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of thyme oil, 2 drops of cedarwood oil, 4 tsp. of grapeseed oil and a half-tsp. of jojoba oil. Most essential oils come with a top that will dispense the oil in drops. Mix the oils well before applying.”
If you’re interested in trying this at home, we make all of these essential oils here in Bali with 100% natural, pure ingredients.