Talk about versatility in an oil, and you have peppermint oil. You can consume it, apply it, and even benefit aromatically. So what does peppermint oil have to do with hair growth?
If you are like me, there is always one significant memory that comes to mind whenever an essential oil is present. Peppermint oil reminds me of the cold weather and the nasty flu that come along. I always keep my peppermint oil bottle close for those occasions.
Having a congested airway? Inhale some diffused peppermint oil. Perhaps battling sinusitis, the flu, bronchitis, and even asthma? Get some peppermint oil (and medical assistance, of course!) That’s right, this oil has potent antiviral and antimicrobial properties that help fight infections and calm any respiratory woes.
For the allergy season, peppermint oil is one of the best remedies to relax your nasal tract. The anti-inflammatory and expectorant abilities help clear out allergens and goo from your nasal passages and respiratory tract. Just dilute it with eucalyptus oil, and rub a few drops on your chest and temple. It works wonders!
There are many more advantages that peppermint oil has to offer: Relief from joint and muscle pain, itchiness, headaches, sunburn, and nausea. You can even improve your breath and repel bugs when you apply the oil on your exposed skin. Still, how does peppermint oil benefit your hair?
What Can Peppermint Oil Do For Your Hair?
If you’ve used peppermint before, there is that cool, pleasant, and tingly feeling you feel after inhaling, consuming or applying. Menthol gives peppermint oil that familiar smell, taste, and sensation. As an essential oil on its own, it would not be a good idea to use it directly. Why?
Essential oils are highly concentrated. Applying undiluted peppermint oil (essential) would only irritate your scalp and skin. Instead of the slightly tingly feeling, a burning sensation that can do more harm than good is what you would experience. Research on the best carrier oil you can use to dilute the essential peppermint oil without losing the beneficial properties.
Not only does peppermint oil leave a fresh and minty scent in your hair, massaging it into your scalp can help minimize hair loss and here’s why. Menthol is a known vasodilator. Sometimes hair loss occurs when there isn’t adequate blood flow through beneath your scalp and around your hair follicles.
Being a vasodilator means that menthol can encourage blood circulation beneath your scalp by relaxing your blood vessels. For my scalp massage, I prefer mixing three drops of NOW Solutions peppermint essential oil to one tablespoon of jojoba oil (or coconut oil). Once I’ve covered my entire scalp, I massage for five minutes and leave it for 20 minutes. I can then wash my hair out with shampoo and make sure I rinse thoroughly.
Provided your scalp doesn’t react negatively to peppermint oil, you can always find multiple ways to include this unique oil in your hair-care routine. You can even add it to your conditioners, shampoos, and hairsprays. Just make sure to use an amount that won’t irritate your scalp.
Keep any infants away from your peppermint oil. Protect your eyes when using your favorite peppermint oil/mix, and do not ingest peppermint essential oil or any undiluted essential oil for that matter!