Studies on the effectiveness of peppermint essential oil in stimulating hair growth are promising, in one study peppermint essential oil showed a much better growth rate.
If you are not familiar with essential oils, they are commonly used in aromatherapy and in the manufacture of perfumes, but also in other personal care and home applications.
They are made by distilling raw plant materials including roots, bark, leaves, flowers, peels, and seeds. You end up with a liquid product that contains the volatile components of plant material. These components produce the distinctive aromas associated with each plant. They also offer a host of health benefits.
Peppermint oil is one of my favorite essential oils and one of the most popular. Its scent is cool and refreshing, and always reminds me of the holidays. When you apply it to your skin, you get the same feeling of freshness and vitality.
Recent scientific research confirms these benefits, some studies show that peppermint oil can not only improve the texture and quality of your hair but also help it grow thicker and longer.
Can Peppermint Oil Stimulate Hair Growth?
As this study show, peppermint oil can actually stimulate hair growth in mice. These studies are still limited, but they seem promising for possible efficacy in humans.
Although peppermint oil has not been directly linked to hair growth, it is believed that better blood circulation under the skin causes more hair to grow in the affected area.
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A few drops of peppermint essential oil can have a powerful effect on your hair growth – make sure you only use a few drops. Too much can cause irritation, and in some individuals, the concentration of menthol will only make this feeling of irritation worse.
How to Use Peppermint Essential Oil in the Treatment of Thinning Hair?
The best (and safest) way to use peppermint oil for thinning hair is to add it to shampoos and scalp products. Do not apply essential oils directly to the skin, they are intended to be diluted, below are two methods of use:
1. Diluted In Vegetable Oil
As an essential oil, peppermint oil should be carefully diluted before being applied to the skin. This will greatly reduce the risk of skin irritation while ensuring better diffusion of peppermint oil into the hair follicles.
You can use jojoba oil or argan oil as a carrier oil. For an oily scalp, it is highly recommended to use argan oil because it is a non-greasy and non-comedogenic oil, absorbs quickly, and does not clog the pores.
To do this, add a few drops of peppermint oil to a tablespoon of your carrier oil (coconut oil, argan, jojoba…).
Massage this mixture into your scalp and leave it on for twenty minutes before washing it off with your regular shampoo. While the mixture is on your scalp, you may feel tingling. If the menthol (a component of peppermint) in the mixture tingles too intensely, wash your scalp immediately with shampoo.
2. Diluted In Shampoo
The second option for using peppermint oil is to add it directly to your shampoo. The important thing to remember is that it doesn’t take much! Peppermint oil is very strong and a little goes a long way. We recommend about 20 drops for every 100ml of shampoo. Just add it to your bottle, give it a good mix, then shampoo as you normally would.
However, it can be difficult to dilute essential oil properly without the proper equipment, so you will need to be careful when using it.
If you want to find a shampoo that already contains peppermint oil, make sure it’s the essential oil and not just the fragrance. The scent of peppermint added to a product will not give the same results as the essential oil.
What Are The Benefits Of Peppermint Oil?
Now you know that peppermint oil is very helpful in promoting hair growth and you have proof of it. But you still don’t know how peppermint oil works like magic. Now let’s talk about the benefits:
- Peppermint oil has a number of qualities that are helpful in combating issues affecting your scalp. Researchers found it to be anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antifungal. So, if you have inflammation on your scalp, peppermint oil can provide a soothing treatment. If you have an infection such as ringworm that causes hair loss, peppermint oil can fight the infection.
- It is also an antioxidant and has anti-allergenic properties.
- Peppermint oil is able to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp, drawing nutrients through the bloodstream to the hair follicles. Our hair needs nourishment to grow, so anything that can nourish it can stimulate your follicles.
- If you use peppermint essential oil on your scalp, you can balance the pH, creating a healthier environment that is more conducive to hair growth.
- Like many other essential oils, peppermint oil can hydrate dry hair and coat it with a beautiful shine. It can improve the overall texture of your hair and protect it from breakage. Thus, not only will you speed up hair growth, but you can also enjoy more beautiful hair.
Possible Side Effects
Like any essential oil, too much peppermint oil can be toxic if you use too much, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Whenever you use your oil it should only be in small concentrations and never directly on your scalp. Make sure it is mixed with any hair products you are currently using.
Of course, be careful not to touch your eyes with it, as you will experience burning, pain, irritation, and soreness. Wash off any oil immediately if this happens accidentally.
There are some important safety precautions that should be observed when using essential oils. Essential oils are quite potent, which is why they should always be diluted before use. They are very concentrated and if you try to apply them to your skin without diluting them, you may end up with nasty side effects. This is especially the case for “hot” oils, which include peppermint oil.
Some people may be allergic to peppermint oil, diluted or not. It is therefore recommended that you perform a brief skin test before including it in your usual treatment regimen. If you are allergic, you could get dermatitis or a rash. It can also irritate your eyes.
Even if you’re not allergic, peppermint oil can irritate your skin if it’s too concentrated. Although the sensation of well-diluted peppermint oil is cool and soothing, it can cause a burning sensation in too high concentrations
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