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Peppermint oil and hair treatment

Historically, peppermint oil has been used medicinally for treating nausea and stomach pain, breathing and respiratory concerns and even in circulation disorders, but it also has a plethora of benefits for the hair.

Peppermint oil must be diluted before applying to the scalp. Use four drops of peppermint oil to every cup of water, as it is usually potent when obtained as an essential. It is generally advised to consult a doctor before excessive peppermint oil usage.

Not only does peppermint oil have a cooling, tingling effect when massaging the scalp, it also balances the pH levels of the scalp to prevent oily hair. It is an astringent which normalizes the scalp's oil production effectively preventing greasy, oily hair. Due to its pH balancing qualities, peppermint oil can also be used to remedy dry scalp and dandruff, removing any itching sensation as it neutralizes the dryness on the scalp itself. Peppermint oil is often combined with carrier oils such as almond, castor or olive oil. It is not uncommon to find peppermint oil paired with other essential oils like lavender, jasmine or wheat germ oil. Whatever the pairing, peppermint oil is often utilized as a moisturizer for the hair shaft. This process is performed by distributing a generous amount evenly throughout the hair, wrapping the hair up in a shower cap or thin towel and placing a heated towel on top. It is then suggested to allow the heat from the outer towel penetrate through the hair for twenty to thirty minutes. Peppermint oil also stimulates the hair follicles and increases hair growth. Besides the aforementioned benefits, peppermint oil has a pleasant, natural fragrance.

Application on other body parts

This oil can also help smooth the skin, due to the menthol present within it. It can also be used to control an oily skin, and brighten a dull skin, as well as to cool off tired skin. Due to its lip balm and sunburn remedying attributes, it is frequently used in cosmetics products. The oil has a soothing, nourishing and smoothing effect on lips. Peppermint oil is also an effective headache, respiratory ailment and irritable bowel syndrome treatment method. Applying the oil on the chest will aid in fighting cough, asthma and nasal congestion and is known to relieve heartburn and stomachache. It is used in toothpastes and mouthwashes, but is most effective when treating hair. Peppermint oil is convenient, and effective, as well as easy to apply.

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