Previously we discussed which oils make amazing treatments to restore and nourish various hair types in the article DIY Hair Treatment Oil for Parents and Kids.
Now, we are diving into how to make those base oils come alive by using essential oils, that not only smell great, but can also treat the hair and act as mood boosters.
Here are a nine ideas on how to make your very own “scent-sational” DIY essential oil hair treatments that are a fraction of the cost of similar products on the market.
Plus creating luxurious potions is not just beautifying, but also reinforces the importance of play, curiosity and experimentation for the whole family.
So give yourself (and your kiddos) permission to mix and match, and delight in the creative pampering play time!
9 Essential Oils For The Ultimate DIY Essential Oil Hair Treatments
* Rose – commended for its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, it also stimulates, cleans, and helps regulate oil production. Its alluring and complex scent can calm and refresh.
* Vanilla – Touted as a mood booster, a relaxer and even an aphrodisiac, the smell of vanilla has a reputation for making you feel good.
Its rich scent can affect hormone levels, so use sparingly and avoid altogether with pregnant or nursing women and young children.
* Spearmint – a gentle member of the mint gang, spearmint is more calming than its cousin peppermint. Spearmint is refreshing and uplifting and also touted as an antibacterial and antifungal.
* Peppermint – with a long history of medicinal usage, people have always been drawn to the cooling and invigorating qualities of peppermint. Applied superficially, it increases blood circulation, balances oil production and is alleged to combat lice and dandruff.
* Tangerine – sweet and light, this scent tends to bring a smile.
Just remember that citrus can increase your skin’s sensitivity in the sun, so wash off before direct sun exposure.
* Tea Tree – highly cleansing, tea tree has a strong, refreshing scent and tingle.
Anyone with diabetes should avoid topical application to avoid rashes and skin sensitivities, the rest of us can enjoy it though.
* Rosemary – Small amounts, consciously applied can soothe and awaken and even, many claim, encourage hair growth and discourage graying.[Learn how to use rosemary as a clarifying hair rise for added luster.] Rosemary can affect hormones that cause your uterus to contract, so it should be avoided during pregnancy. Because not enough is known about rosemary, it should also be avoided around infants and young children.
* Ylang Ylang – Most others are free to savor this flower’s scent and its purported stimulating properties from hair growth to heart rate to amour.
There are no studies on ylang ylang and pregnancy and nursing, so steer clear until more is established.
* Lavender – its name comes from the Latin lavare, to clean, and it is well-regarded for its tendency to calm and soothe.
Lavender should probably be avoided by pregnant, nursing, and pre-adolescents as it is a known hormone disruptor. (Isn’t it crazy that plants can chemically influence our brains?! I’m fascinated by the way life on earth interacts.)
Being present offers some of the greatest gifts known to life on earth. And what gives us more pleasure than sharing with our children, enriching our future? Practice defining what you want and working to create it.
What are your favorite essential oils to use for hair treatments? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
Most of these oils should all be safe for children and pregnant and nursing women in small amounts, except as noted. Always speak to your practitioner before taking anything out of the ordinary when you are pregnant or nursing or if you have heart problems. Avoid any allergens and stop using anything that causes irritation. Please refer to the Green Beauty Team disclaimer.
This article was originally Published on: April 27, 2011 and was updated April 27, 2016.