Essential Oils For Hair And Skin
Essential oils are concentrated extracts of many different plants and are widely used as a natural means of healing the body, mind and soul. Some essential oils are calming such as lavender, while as others can heal the skin and scalp, such as sweet orange. Here at Henna Sooq, we offer 12 essential oils (new essential oils are always being added to our product line) that are suitable for the use on hair and skin. Please keep in mind that some essential oils are not safe during pregnancy.
To use essential oils, always dilute them in a carrier oil such as Organic Golden Jojoba oil, coconut, grapeseed or olive, or add them to your henna or cassia treatments, washes, conditioners and hair rinses and misters. Do not use essential oils without diluting them first (in treatments or oils), as they’re very concentrated and can cause irritation to the scalp and skin if not diluted. For scent, add just a few drops, but for oils, go here for proper essential oil dilution.
Geranium Bourbon Essential Oil
Geranium Bourbon Essential Oil is created by distilling the leaves of the Geranium and has a sort of musky-minty-rose aroma. Geranium Bourbon helps treat fungal and bacterial skin infections, balances sebum production of the scalp, balances oily scalp and hair, heals irritated scalp and promotes hair growth and shiny hair.
Ravensara Essential Oil
Ravensara Essential oil is created by distilling the leaves and twigs of the Madagascan tree called Ravensara aromatica. Ravensara’s scent is similar to Eucalyptus, but softer and quite similar to Rosemary. Ravensara is fantastic for healing bacterial scalp infections and helps clear skin blemishes. It is best to avoid Ravensara during pregnancy.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Sweet Orange Essential oil is created by distilling orange peels, and smells like oranges (of course!) Do not apply before going out into the sun for long periods of time as Sweet Orange Essential Oil is phototoxic (“renders the skin more susceptible to damage by light”), so it is best used at night time. Sweet Orange Essential Oil is a great for healing scalps with bacterial infections and fungal infections, delays aging of the skin, improves skin texture and tone, heals acne, great for breaking up waxy sebum on the scalp, and balances an oily scalp. Sweet Orange Oil is known to help remove toxins from the skin and hair.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil is distilled from the leaves of the Malaleuca Alternifola tree native to Australia. Tea tree is beneficial for healing all scalp conditions such as seborrhea dermatitis and dandruff, as well as skin blemishes and cold sores. Lice won’t stand a chance with Tea tree oil! tea tree oil is fantastic for encouraging new hair growth. Use tea tree oil as a ‘terp’ for henna to create rich dark stains for body art and hair.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential oil smells like grassy lemons and is created by distilling dried lemongrass stalks and has a refreshing light earthy lemon aroma. Lemongrass Essential Oil assists in creating shiny hair, balances oily hair and scalp, smells grassy-lemony, heals bacterial infection of the scalp and skin and rejuvenates the hair.
Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli Essential Oil is created by distilling the leaves of Pogostemon cablin, a bushy herb that can be found in Asia and has a sweet, earthy aroma. Patchouli treats skin and scalp problems such as psoriasis, eczema, blemishes and fungal infections. Patchouli is also fantastic for treating dandruff and encourages hair growth and can assist in moisturising dry hair and skin.
Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
Lavender 40/42 Essential oil is created by distilling the leaves of the Lavender herb/shrub and has a very calming, sedative, light floral scent. Lavender is perfect to ‘terp’ henna paste to create rich dark stains for body art and hair. Lavender is also fantastic as a sebum regulator, especially for those with hard sebum and is also perfect for oily scalps! Lavender can also eradicate head lice, encourage hair growth and minimize hair shedding.
Cardamom Essential Oil
Cardamon Essential Oil is distilled from the cardamon seed from the herb in India and has a sweet, but spicy aroma. Cardamom Essential Oil is great for healing scalp and skin blemishes. Cardamom Essential Oil has been known to assist with lightening the hair when used in conjunction with honey and distilled water due to its peroxide value. Avoid Cardamom Essential Oil during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Eucalyptus Globulous Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Globulous Essential Oil is the oil distilled from eucalyptus leaves from Australia and has a woody-sweet-almost lemony, almost camphor-like aroma. Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in cough-drops, and is fantastic for treating scalp infections such as dandruff, and blemishes of the scalp and skin. Eucalyptus is also beneficial for promoting healthy hair growth, and decreasing hair shed and is a fantastic henna ‘terp’.
Cajeput Essential Oil
Cajeput Essential Oil, aka White Tea Tree Oil, is extracted by distilling the leaves and twigs of the Melaleuca cajeputi tree which can be found in Indonesia. It is commonly used to treat various bacterial and fungal scalp infections, and to moisturise dry hair and scalp. Cajeput Essential Oil is also used as a ‘terp’ in henna to create rich tones for body art and hair. Cajeput creates the sensation of warmth which may aid with hair growth. Do not use Cajeput Essential Oil during pregnancy.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary Sage Essential Oil is extracted by from distilling the flowering tops and leaves of the herb Clary Sage situated in Southern Europe, which has a sweet nutty fragrance. Clary Sage Essential Oil is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin and scalp, as well as being perfect for encouraging growth and slowing down shedding. Avoid Clary Sage Essential Oil during pregnancy.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential oil is created by distilling the flowering tops from Rosmarinus officinalis , the common Rosemary. Rosemary Essential oil is very healing as it heals most scalp conditions such as dandruff and seborrhea, as well as being incredible for stimulating hair growth and balancing the scalps sebum production. Rosemary Essential Oil is perfect for treating blemishes. Do not use Rosemary Essential Oil while pregnant.
Enjoy creating your own unique blend of essential oils.