Peppermint oil is an essential oil that has been adopted for the treatment for scalp conditions for years. Many people have been using it for its healing and rejuvenating powers as a remedy for dry scalp, oily scalp and, yes, peppermint oil for hair growth.
How peppermint oil works
Peppermint oil penetrates deep within the hair follicles and stimulates circulation. The increased blood flow oxygenates the hair follicles and stimulates growth. Additionally, peppermint oil is an astringent cleaner, so peppermint oil clears the pores allowing your scalp to breath, bringing even more scalp-healing and rejuvenating oxygen to your hair’s follicles.
How to use peppermint oil for hair growth
Peppermint oil is a very strong derivative. Consequently, people with sensitive scalps may want to dilute it before using. One way of doing so is by mixing it with water or carrier oil. This will dilute the peppermint oil’s strength and reduce the chances of it burning your scalp. At any rate, never apply peppermint oil to your scalp full strength.
Mixing with almond oil
Almond oil itself is rich, natural oil known for its health benefits, both as a food and as a topical solution. It is a natural emollient and when mixed with peppermint oil its rejuvenating properties are magnified. Since peppermint oil is so powerful, however, it only takes a couple of drops to turn a few ounces of almond oil into a hair-growing mixture. Mix the two ingredients are thoroughly in a glass jar before using.
For best results, part the hair so that the mixture can be applied directly to the scalp. Applying it to the hair like a tonic will not work since most of it would probably be absorbed by the hair. Once the hair is parted, apply the liquid to the scalp and rub it in so that it penetrates down to the hair follicles. Repeat the process by parting the hair into small sections so that the mixture can reach the entire scalp.
Mixing with jojoba oil
to use peppermint oil with jojoba oil, mix two drops of peppermint oil into a glass jar containing about four tablespoons of jojoba oil. Again, peppermint oil is very strong so it doesn’t take much. In the meantime, boil one cup of water; you’ll need it to warm the mixture.
Seal the lid tightly on the jar containing the mixture and, once the water comes to a boil remove it from the heat and sit the jar in it and let stand for ten minutes. While you’re waiting, take the opportunity to wet your hair. When ready, comb the mixture thoroughly into your hair and wrap with a towel. Leave the towel on for about 20 minutes before removing. The peppermint/jojoba mixture will leave your hair with a healthy shine and your scalp will feel so cool, all while promoting hair growth.
Mixing with coconut oil
When using coconut oil to dilute the peppermint oil, it is important that you use only 100% coconut oil. Mix thoroughly in a bowl and apply to the scalp. Again, you’ll feel the cooling sensation of the peppermint, but, leave it in for a couple of hours before washing. Afterwards, use a conditioner to help re-invigorate your hair if you like.
With this remedy, the ratio of peppermint oil is much larger. This is due, in part to the fact that you don’t exactly douse your scalp with the mixture. Instead, you simply dab your fingertips into it and use them to massage your scalp. The tingling sensation is still there, however, so you know it is working.
Mix one teaspoon of peppermint oil with two teaspoons of olive oil in a small bowl. As usual, mix thoroughly before using. Apply to the scalp with the fingertips as you would while giving yourself a scalp massage. Wait for 20 minutes before washing, and then use a conditioner.
When mixing peppermint oil with castor oil, the ratio increases again. So, for best results, use an applicator bottle. Mix 2-3 drops of peppermint oil into 3-4 ounce of castor oil and shake well. Part the hair and use the applicator bottle to apply the mixture directly to the scalp. The healing and rejuvenating properties of the castor oil complements the peppermint oil nicely and promotes hair growth while re-invigorating the scalp.
Heretofore, we have been discussing how to mix peppermint oil with pre-extracted carrier oils. Now, the subject becomes a little more complicated because in this example we’ll be showing you how to extract the oil from the aloe vera before using it in consort with the peppermint oil.
First, you’ll need some fresh aloe vera plant. Then, being careful not to cut yourself, take a knife and slice the plant open, exposing the tender, gelatin-like inside. Use the knife to remove the substance and transfer it to a bowl. Once secure, you can then add several drops (Depending on the amount of aloe vera you have) of peppermint oil into the bowl. Mixing the two substances will take a little more time since, although some of the aloe vera is liquefied, part of it is solid and has to be mashed so that it mixes with the liquid. If you prefer, you can use a blender to simplify the process.
Nevertheless, some pulp will probably remain, but that’s okay. When you’re finished, use your fingertips to apply the mixture evenly to the roots and scalp. Again, rub in like you would with a massage until it penetrates the scalp. Let set for about 30 minutes, wash and follow up with a conditioner.
The benefits of using peppermint oil for hair growth results in a thicker fuller head of hair. You’ll probably be amazed at the results and wonder why you hadn’t thought of using peppermint before.
These are just some of the ways in which peppermint oil can be applied to your scalp to effect and promote hair growth. Only the carrier oils are different, the key ingredient, peppermint oil, is the same. So, the conclusion drawn from this is that no matter how you apply it, peppermint oil will help regrow hair.
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