The word ‘lavender’ sparks many of our senses. The first is visual. The colour lavender is soothing to the eye. Its smell, sweet, floral and herby is relaxing and pleasing. And the plant itself is very textural, with green-grey leaves and bluish-purple flowers that grow on the top.
Lavender is a pretty looking plant. It’s widely grown in the gardens and landscapes, but it has more than decorative value. Lavender is also extensively grown for its oil. Lavender essential oil is made from lavender flowers through the process of steam distillation. The oil is rich in plant nutrients and contains amazing healing properties.
Because lavender essential oil is so versatile and therapeutic, it’s one of the most popular essential oils.
It can help in a variety of conditions including, acne, eczema, dermatitis and insect bites. And due to its soothing and relaxing effect, lavender oil helps with mood swing, headache and insomnia.
But what about hair benefits of lavender essential oil? You will be happy to hear that this fragrant oil is superb for hair too. It balances scalp oils, clears dandruff, soothes irritated scalp and best of all, it has hair-growth stimulating effects. Let’s find out how lavender oil benefits hair, followed lavender hair growth oil recipe.
The beauty of lavender oil is that it works for all hair types. It’s a balancing oil. So if your scalp is overly dry or oily, lavender oil will bring it towards normal. This is beneficial for healthy hair growth. It’s because if your scalp is very oily, it can clog hair follicles and suffocate the new growth. And if the scalp is dry, it can hinder hair growth by sucking out moisture from hair follicles.
Lavender oil is useful in scalp conditions such as dandruff, eczema, psoriasis and acne. With it’s antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, lavender soothes and heals the scalp, and thereby reduce hair fall.
Also, when your scalp is healthy, it will produce healthy hair. That’s because the hair roots lie within the scalp, and they derive nourishment from it.
Lavender oil has been used since ancient times to reduce hair loss and alopecia. Along with its healing and balancing effects, lavender oil is said to have stimulatory effects on hair growth.
But is there real evidence?
A 2016 study found that lavender oil applied on bald patches of mice made their hair grow thicker and denser. The hair follicles in the lavender group were also deeper, which is a sign of stronger roots and active growing hair.
Besides, lavender oil is rich in antioxidants which help neutralise free radicals. A free radical build-up can damage hair and lead to thinning and greying of hair. What’s more, lavender’s floral, herby fragrance can help you relax and de-stress— which is good for overall health and of course, hair. It relaxes tight scalp muscles and promotes hair growth.
So now you know what lavender can do, let see how to use it…
Lavender oil is versatile, and there are many ways you can use it on your hair.
Because the lavender oil is an essential oil, don’t apply neat. Mix it with some base oil like coconut or almond or avocado. Here’s a blend I like to use:
You will need:
Place all the oils in a bowl and mix well.
Work it into your scalp and hair with your fingers; be sure to cover bald spot and thinning areas. Leave it on for an hour or overnight to take maximum advantage of its healing and stimulating properties. Wash with a SLS free shampoo or use a homemade shampoo.
If you don’t want your hair to get oily or greasy, use lavender with aloe vera gel. It’s easily absorbed into your hair and give it a sleek and defined look. For your scalp, it nourishes and stimulates follicles for thicker hair growth.
You will need:
Combine aloe and lavender and massage into your scalp and hair. Leave it on.
Or put it in homemade hair masks:
There are many lavender oils available in the market, so it can be a little confusing. The best ones are from France and Bulgaria, and the botanical name is Lavandula angustifolia
How do you use lavender oil for hair growth? Please share in the comment box below…
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