Peppermint Oil for Hair Growth: A Guide
Peppermint oil has been used as a natural remedy for centuries. But it’s not as straightforward as just getting some leaves and rubbing them on your head. It’s actually very strong and can irritate some people’s scalp, so you’ve got to be careful about how much you use.
Overall, if you’ve got issues with your hair, it is definitely worth trying peppermint oil for hair growth. Though to be clear, it won’t work for everyone and there are a lot of different tips out there for how to use it. It’s worth trying some different approaches and seeing what works for you.
What is peppermint oil?
Peppermint oil is found on the undersides of the leaves of a perennial herb (Mentha pipereta L. and M. arvensis var . piperascensa), native to Europe. It’s a colourless, pale greenish-yellow or pale yellow liquid. It has a characteristic odour and taste.
The oil is extracted from the leaves by steam distillation. This oil is used as an analgesic, antiseptic, anesthetic, decongestant, carminative, expectorant and astringent.
How can Peppermint oil benefit your hair?
The principal ingredient of peppermint oil responsible for its beneficial effects is menthol. According to various sources, peppermint has shown anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antimicrobial activities. These activities help to eliminate dandruff and lice from hair and improve frizzy hair.
Advocates for peppermint oil argue that it promotes rapid hair growth, increases hair follicle number and follicle depth and strengthens hair roots. As a result, many high quality hair care products use peppermint oil as the active ingredient to prevent hair loss. It naturally thickens and nourishes damaged hair making it darker and firm.
How to use peppermint oil on your scalp:
Preparation/Making the oil:
There are various ways to prepare your own peppermint oil. Or you can just buy it already made. But if you want to start from the ground up, here’s a method we recommend. First, here’s what you need:
- fresh peppermint leaves from the health food store or supermarket,
- a glass jar fitted with a tight lid,
- a storage bottle,
- carrier oil or olive oil.
Next, in terms of the procedure you’ll want to start by cleaning the peppermint leaves. Then chop and crush them so that they release their natural oil. Put them into the glass jar and add your carrier oil. The carrier oil should cover the peppermint leaves completely. Seal the jar with a tight lid and leave it for 24 hours.
After the 24 hours are over, strain the oil, add more crushed peppermint leaves and carrier or olive oil and seal the jar tightly. Keep on adding crushed leaves and more oil into the jar for five days. Remove the leaves by straining and pour the oil into the storage bottle. Store in a cool place away from sunlight.
Here’s a video setting out some tips on how to prepare peppermint oil:
This article also has some more tips for preparing the oil.
Application on scalp:
Peppermint oil can be used to cleanse the skin and the scalp. The inflammatory and antiseptic properties of the oil soothes your itchy scalp. It absorbs excess oils on the scalp and helps to moisturize it when dry. You will just follow a simple procedure as outlined below:
- Start by adding 2 – 7 drops of peppermint oil into four ounces of cold water in a cup. Stir the mixture with a spoon.
- Pour the mixture onto your scalp and use your fingers or scalp massager to massage your scalp for a few minutes.
- Shampoo and make your hair the way you are used to.
Peppermint oil increases dermal thickness. It causes the rejuvenation and revitalization of skin on your scalp by increasing blood circulation and blood supply to skin cells. This is a spa-like treatment for your scalp using a natural product.
To minimize chances of side effects such as rashes and headaches, make sure you mix your oils well during preparation of your own peppermint oil. Also mix the oil properly with water before applying on your scalp. Diluting it with the water is really important.
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