Know your herbs

By Drum Digital
09 December 2014

Essential oils and herbs are great ways to get concentrated goodness to your scalp and locks.

Essential oils and herbs are great ways to get concentrated goodness to your scalp and locks.

Here are a few important ones to take note of:

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is an extract of the Jojoba. It can be purchased at herb shops and can be applied directly to your hair or you can add a few drops to your favourite conditioner to promote hair growth. Jojoba is hypoallergenic and will not harm your hair or scalp.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is also a good scalp stimulator but must be diluted before application. Mix 3 drops of peppermint oil with 3 teaspoons of water and massage into the scalp.

Lavender Oil/Lavender Water

Lavender contains potent anti-bacterial agents that soothe and heal scalp infections. It is useful in treating dandruff and adds volume to the hair. Place a few sprigs of lavender in a glass container and cover with extra-virgin olive oiland cover tightly. Place in a cool, dark spot and allow to age for 3 to 4 weeks. Use the lavender infused oil as a daily scalp massage. Apply and leave on overnight. In the morning, wash hair with a gentle organic shampoo and style as usual.

A daily rinse of lavender water (bring water to a boil, add a few sprigs of lavender, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, then cool) will impart a delightful fragrance and shine to hair. Apply lavender as a daily rinse after shampooing.

Rosemary

Rosemary oil stimulates blood circulation of the scalp. A few drops of rosemary oil can be added to olive oil and used as a scalp massage oil.

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