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Essential Oils for Hair
Give your Hair a Treat!

Essential oils for hair can help you grow hair fast, reduce dandruff and hair loss, and minimize symptoms of alopecia areta.

Do you want great, healthy looking hair? Every time I walk into get my hair cut, my stylist always says she can’t believe how fast my hair grows and how shiny it is!

But, first, did you know that…

How our hair looks, feels and grows can change based on –

• What we put on it (synthetic shampoos, conditioners, gel, etc)

• What we eat and drink (good for body=good for hair)

• What we do (swimming in chlorinated pools, using hair dryer, etc)

• Quality of our shower water (Use a shower filter for best results to remove fluoride, chlorine, iron oxides (“rust water”), reduce harmful VOCs and other contaminants.)

• Genetics (what are parents passed down to us)

• How much sleep we have nightly

• Our stress level and

• Other health conditions (thyroid conditions, hormones, poor circulation, etc)

So, my advice is, in addition to using the oils, review that list and determine if there is something else you need to do to support your hair. This may be as simple as drinking more water!


Did you know that most shampoos, hair and skincare products on the market contain synthetic materials that create many of our hair, scalp and skin problems?

Here are a few examples –

• Propylene Glycol – inhibits skin cell growth; causes rashes, dry skin and skin irritation.

• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Laureth Sulfate – surfactant that corrodes hair follicles, impairs ability to grow hair and causes inflammation of skin.

• Oleyl betaine – causes dry hair, dandruff and dry scalp.

• Mineral oils – petroleum products clog pores! Yes, the molecule is too big to be absorbed by the skin.

So, check your labels, you may be surprised! If your shampoo has a pH between 4 and 6 and doesn’t have synthetic compounds your hair is safe.

There are great natural hair products on the market that contain essential oils including the AromaSilk line by Young Living. This is the only product I will place on my head!

If you are adventurous, make them at home by using a base shampoo and adding oils that are right for your hair type or condition. I usually add 3 to 5 drops of each oil, but it is best to follow a recipe.

But, what is my hair type and what oils do I use?

No problem, below you will find the information on all the hair types and the corresponding oils. Also, provided is the carrier or base oils that are best for your hair type.

Oils for Normal Hair
Normal hair is neither greasy nor dry, has not been permed or colored, holds its style and is usually shiny.

These oils are best for normal hair:

• Lavender Essential Oil

• Rosemary Essential Oil

• Lemon Essential Oil

• Geranium Essential Oil

• Cedarwood Essential Oil

• Thyme Essential Oil

• Clary Sage Essential Oil

The best base or carrier oils to use are jojoba, almond or borage.

Oils for Dry Hair
Dry hair looks dull, tangles easily and can become easily split at the ends. Therefore, we want essential oils for hair that stimulate the sebaceous glands in the scalp to produce more oil!

Use these oils:

• Lavender Essential Oil

• Rosemary Essential Oil

• Sandalwood Essential Oil

• Geranium Essential Oil

The top base or carrier oils to use are almond, sesame, jojoba, borage, cocoa butter or avocado.

Oils for Oily Hair
Oily hair looks greasy and is caused by over production of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Therefore, we want essential oils for hair that restore the glands back to normal.

Use these oils:

• Lavender Essential Oil

• Rosemary Essential Oil

• Lemon Essential Oil

• Peppermint Essential Oil

• Cypress Essential Oil

The top base or carrier oils are sesame, jojoba and borage.

Other Hair Challenges? Need to Cleanse the Hair?
Do you have a specific condition that you are challenged with?

No problem, here are my recommendations.

1. Use a cleansing shampoo or cleansing oils first before you start treatment. This will remove the buildup of chlorine, grease and chemicals in your hair and scalp.

2. Pick several essential oils for hair to use for shampooing and/or make a treatment with the base oil. (You may have to experiment with several oils until you find the best match.)

3. Use until the condition improves.

4. Start to include or use oils that stimulate growth next.

I use a cleansing shampoo with lemon, rosemary, cedarwood and peppermint oils for this purpose.

Oils for Dandruff
Frustrated by dandruff? Good news!

Essential oils can be very effective in minimizing or halting the problem. The best essential oil for treating dandruff is Melaleucca alternifolia Essential Oil or Tea Tree oil.

Here are some others:

• Rosemary Essential Oil

• Lemon Essential Oil

• Lavender Essential Oil

• Cedarwood Essential Oil

• Thyme Essential Oil

• Basil Essential Oil

• Cypress Essential Oil

• Sage Essential Oil
• Melrose Blend Essential Oil

The top base or carrier oils to use are jojoba and borage.

Want your hair to grow fast? Troubled by hair loss?


Exploring the chemistry of these oils raised  red flags. The most alarming being ‘diffusing’ oils high in benzene compounds. Some are so high in benzene it might be safer to take a whiff at the gasoline pump. The aeromatic benzene rings in essential oils I beleive give them their relaxing effect as well as anti microbial properties. But any biocide is a two sided coin and it becomes a fine line between benefit and harm. I am particularly concerned about excess benzene inhalation.

Also of concern is the high VOC’s. These are very high VOC products, which is in direct contradiction to the healthy movement towards low VOC products. The terpenes in these oils when diffused into a room, especially limonene, when mixed with ozone create dangerous secondary aerosols. You will raise room levels of formaldehyde, a class one carcinogen. And acetaldehyde is another which forms when diffusing. Its very toxic.



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Classical Homeopath, Certified CEASE practicioner Los Angeles,Calif,USA View all posts by homeopathyginatyler

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