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Peppermint Oil for Hair

Benefits of peppermint oil for hair

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is one of the most popular essential oils used for hair growth and maintenance. Peppermint oil has antiseptic properties and is known to combat dandruff, hair loss, and other hair related problems. It contains menthol, a natural analgesic agent that provides a cooling sensation to the scalp.

Peppermint is a herbaceous plant with the scientific name "Mentha piperita," of the Lamiaceae family. It is used in the preparation of many types of medicines, foods, beverages, and perfumes. This herb is also known for its many benefits. It contains menthol and other ingredients which make it very effective in treating many skin problems. It has a soothing effect on the muscles and provides relief from pain and muscle cramps. Peppermint oil is also used to treat acne and other skin problems. In hair care, it is used to add lustre to the hair and fight dandruff.

Benefits of Peppermint Oil for Hair

Peppermint oil is extracted from the peppermint plant. This oil has a refreshing smell. Peppermint oil for hair is a natural treatment that loosens the hair follicles and opens up the pores so that the excess oil can come out naturally.

  1. Peppermint oil massages are known to stimulate hair growth. The peppermint essential oil contains menthol which stimulates hair follicles and improves blood circulation.
  1. It clears scalp diseases such as dandruff and psoriasis as it reduces fungus levels on the scalp.
  1. It is a natural antiseptic and is also used for dispersing head lice.
  1. It is a good conditioner for damaged hair, as it contains antioxidants and stimulates the circulation of blood to the scalp. 

Peppermint Essential Oil for Hair Growth

Well, peppermint essential oil can improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and even help with improving hair strength. Peppermint is also a disinfectant that is full of anti-fungal properties that can work to keep the scalp clean while actually encouraging hair growth. 

The most popular way to use Peppermint essential oil is to add a drop or two to shampoo or conditioner. This not only leaves hair smelling amazing, but it can also help to improve the overall health of your hair.

Studies show that peppermint essential oil can promote hair growth without any toxic signs.

Peppermint oil also helps to soothe the scalp which reduces any itching and hair loss and slows down the thinning of hair over a period of time.

The peppermint essential oil is made by distilling the mint leaves. The oils extracted from this process are then blended to get pure peppermint oil, which contains scented compounds and menthol crystals. These menthol crystals are the ingredients responsible for giving peppermint its refreshing and cool feeling when applied to the skin.

Health Benefits Of Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant, Mentha piperita and it has a sweet and minty smell. It is a fragrant oil that is an analgesic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, carminative, cephalic, stimulant and expectorant.

If you have a sweet tooth, peppermint oil can help: as the name suggests, it gives your taste buds a cooling sensation, thereby reducing your desire for something sugary. The aroma of peppermint oil stimulates the senses and also clears the mind.

The anti-microbial properties of peppermint oil make it a great antiseptic for pimples. You can apply some oil on the zits or pimples to get rid of them.

The antispasmodic property of peppermint oil relaxes the muscles in the abdomen making it an effective home remedy for stomach aches and colic pain in babies.

Additionally, peppermint oil has an anti-clotting property which makes it an effective home remedy for headaches as well as menstrual cramps.

The oil is also used as an insect repellant and to treat dandruff. It is also used in vapour therapy because of its fragrance.

To sum up, peppermint is one of the most versatile essential oils that can be used both for consumption as well as a topical application.

What you Should Know Before Using Peppermint Essential Oil?

Peppermint essential oil is usually a safe home remedy for most people. Studies on the benefits of peppermint oil for hair have been encouraging thus far however more research is needed on whether peppermint oil actually prevents hair fall.

Undiluted peppermint essential oils can sometimes cause a burning sensation on your skin, therefore we recommend diluting peppermint oil with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin.

Do not let peppermint oil come in contact with your eyes and always check labels while buying peppermint oils. Make sure they are an acceptable grade for topical use. 

Take Away

Peppermint is a perennial herb that has been used for various medicinal and culinary purposes. The leaves and the oil of the peppermint plant are used in herbal and aromatherapy treatments, to relieve symptoms of common cold, asthma, cough, fever, headache, indigestion, nausea, pain relief, and heartburn.