Essential Oil #1: Peppermint. Peppermint contains menthol and creates a wonderful cooling sensation on the scalp, relieving inflammation and itching. It also helps to stimulate the blood circulation of the follicle cells and speed hair growth.
Essential Oil #2: Rosemary. Rosemary quickens hair growth by increasing blood circulation, fighting chronic inflammation, and reducing dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels. Rosemary also acts to prevent fibrosis (scar formation) on the scalp. It even helps reverse graying hair.
Essential Oil #3: Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is a natural antiseptic, making it useful in preventing scalp ailments like folliculitis and fungus. Like peppermint, this menthol-containing oil soothes the scalp. Eucalyptus is antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, making it the perfect oil for healthy hair follicles.
Essential Oil #4: Lavender. Want an effective oil that has a natural fragrant smell? Lavender is the ideal option, especially if you want faster hair growth. Its antibacterial properties can treat inflammation, soothe itching and ward off dandruff. As you probably already know, stress can be a major culprit of hair loss. Lavender is a great hair growth oil that doubles as a stress-reliever.
Essential Oil #5: Cedarwood. Cedarwood essential oil is known to stop hair loss by stimulating the blood circulation of the scalp. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties help to cleanse and unclog scalp follicles, resulting in speedier hair growth.
Essential Oil #6: Tea Tree. No haircare list would be complete without tea tree oil. Tea tree isn’t scientifically proven to promote hair growth, but it does help to clean the scalp and calm itching. Harsh scratching can lead to follicle damage. The less you scratch your head, the more likely you’ll retain healthy hair follicles. Tea tree can help, especially if you’re trying to stretch your time between washes. However, you may want to avoid using tea tree in your conditioners, as it can dry out natural hair.
A little goes a long way with essential oils. You only need a few drops at a time, and you should always place them inside of a carrier oil or blend them into a product. See below for the best growth-promoting carrier oils.