When I first came across poppy seed oil, I had a completely different idea in my mind about it. Turned out I was wrong. The plant has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is grown primarily in Europe and Asia nowadays with the world’s highest producer being Czech Republic.
Poppy seed oil is derived from the small seeds inside the opium poppy aka Papaver somniferum. The seeds are obtained once the pods are dried out and are free of any narcotic side effects. They have a nutty pleasant taste while the oil is high in vitamin E, linoleic acid, oleic acid and palmitic acid.
Dried & Bleached Poppy Plants
Apart from hair treatment, poppy seed oil is used as a lamp oil, varnish, in paintings and soap making. It can also be used as salad dressing, garnish in several dishes and the seeds can be used in baking. This is a great way to incorporate it internally.
How to Treat Dandruff with Poppy Seed Oil
You can use the oil or you can use poppy seeds to treat dandruff. Below are two methods highlighted. You can test both to see which one will work better for your hair:-
- Seeds: Grind poppy seeds, then mix in with curd, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon of white pepper. Apply to scalp afterwards and massage thoroughly. Leave in for 30 – 45 minutes then wash out with a mild shampoo, condition and style as usual. Use once a week till your dandruff issue is solved. You will need a seed and nut grinder for the seeds. You could also use the mill attached to your blender.
- Oil: Mix about 1/3rd cup of oil, 5 drops each of peppermint essential oil, rosemary essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil. Let it stand for 10 – 20 minutes then massage into scalp thoroughly. Leave in for an hour then wash out with a mild shampoo and condition as usual.
Poppy seed oil is a drying oil and should be used sparingly as a part of a regimen that involves washing it out before final conditioning.
Fast Fact: The cultivation of poppies is legal. However, it is illegal to process it into a narcotic.
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