I want to share my experience with essential oils hair dye and explain the complexity of essential oils, provide you with a secret recipe to prevent your hair from turning grey and leave you with fundamental information to help you decide what is suitable for your hair and body.
I guess you also want to know as well whether essential oil can reduce or cover your greys?
What is an essential oil?
Plants play a very important role in balancing the ecology of our earth. We are all connected to plants because it looks after our physical, emotional and spiritual well being.
Every part of the plant including essential oils has been used for its medicinal properties since the dawn of time. Through steam distillation, we extract essential oils from plants, shrubs and seeds. By extracting this way, the essential oil is concentrated and very potent than your normal herbs. For example, that it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce only 1 kilo of oil! Essential oils are not a simple substance but a complex structure of hundreds of different chemicals.
My worry is that essential oils sold in the open market these days are adulterated, engineered or used with synthetics to make it smell better than the real stuff. For example, frankincense is mixed with colourless, odourless solvents such as dieththyphthalate. The only way to differentiate authentic and adultered essential oil is to test it in a lab. Unfortunately, consumers can’t tell the difference unless they are trained to recognise through smell or simple in-house testing.
Essential oils to cover greys
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
The use of Rosemary was recorded by a Benedictine herbalist Hildegard of Bingen as early as the 12th century. Not long ago it was used to disinfect the air in a majority of French hospitals. Besides known for its excellent medical properties, it is also used in treating hair loss and dandruff. It is known to darken greys if used over an extended period. A 2015 study showed that Rosemary is as good as Minoxidil for hair growth. Using Rosemary on the scalp did not cause any rashes or itchiness as compared with using Minoxidil. It is also known to prevent baldness, slowing down greying and treating dandruff.
Take 3-5 drops of 100% quality Rosemary essential oil and mixed it in equal parts with olive oil. Apply the mixture by massaging it onto your scalp for about 2-3 minutes. Leave it for 3-4 hours before washing your hair with a light shampoo and conditioner. Do it regularly over some time to get the best result.
Warning: unfortunately, this application takes time even up to 3 months before you notice any result.
Sage ( Salvia Officinalis)
Sage, also is known as a sacred herb by the Romans. It has good medical properties including antibacterial, antifungal and circulatory stimulant. It is also rich in antioxidants, various vitamins and minerals. These nutrients help protect the hair from oxidative damage – the ones that appear in grey hairs.
Mix 2 tablespoon of olive oil and 6 drops of 100% pure Sage essential oil. Apply the mixture and massage your scalp for 2-3 minutes. If you want, keep it overnight or wash it off with a light shampoo and conditioner within 1-2 hours. Do this 2-3 times per week. Do not blow-dry.
Warning: this is not a quick-fix solution, it may take up to 3 months to see results.
Thyme ( Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme is mentioned in one of the oldest medical records – the Ebers Papyrus dating back to the 16th century BC. Its medical properties include antiaging, antioxidant, antifungal and many more others. It is also known for invigorating blood flow to the scalp and can help hair growth as well.
Mix 1 tablespoon each of Grapeseed oil and Castor oil with 5-8 drops of Thyme essential oil. Apply to your scalp by massaging for 2-3 minutes. You may choose to leave it overnight or wash it off with a light shampoo and conditioner. Try to avoid using a hair blower.
Grapeseed oil may help loosen dead skin and restore moisture caused by dandruff. Castor oil control hair loss, thicken hairs, boost hair and enhances hair colour.
Warning: you have to be patient as it may take up to 6-9 weeks before you will notice some signs of improvement.
The secret recipe to prevent your hair from greying
Mix the following essential oils, including coconut oil and distilled water into a dropper bottle.
- 7 drops of Cedarwood oil, known to promotes colour
- 7 drops of Rosemary oil, which will help in thicking hair
- 4 drops of Lavender oil, known to help in hair growth
- A squit of factional coconut oil known to tame the hair.
- and distilled water to top up the bottle
After every shower and before going to bed, put 4 drops of the mixture onto your hands and massage your scalp. Alternatively, you may want to replace your hair gel with this mixture. In this case, use 4 drops twice daily.
Do this daily and be patient as this is not a quick-fix solution.
There are many essential oils such as Patchouli, Peppermint, Chamomile, Jasmine, Lemon and Sandalwood that are known to help in hair growth, dandruff and hair thicking. This will be discussed in more detail in my future post.
Dyes with chemicals have the potential to react to your skin and cause an allergic reaction. This is why I always insist that you do a 24-hour patch test for any product you plan to use. In a recent newspaper report by the Mirror, a woman was left with a blistered scalp and her eyes were swollen shut after using a popular brand of hair dye. She had a negative result from a patch test she conducted. I suspected she did not leave it for more than 24 hours.
Your skin can absorb whatever you apply to it. This means any toxic chemical from hair dyes can be absorbed by the skin and into your body. There have been studies showing that chemicals absorbed can stay in your body for up to 48 hours. This is a concern, and my advice is to check and do your own research first before applying any products to your hair or body.
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Disclaimer: These statements are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. They are for information purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the FDA. You should read carefully all product packaging. If you suspect that you have a medical condition, seek help from your doctor.