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This article will break down what peppermint oil is used for, benefits of peppermint oil for hair growth, how to use peppermint oil for hair growth and best peppermint oil brands.
It’s one of the essential oils recommended in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide, a comprehensive tool for recovering from hair loss, regrowing bald spots and filling in thin areas of your scalp.
There’s a whole chapter in there dedicated to using essential oils to achieve hair growth goals. Learn how to grab your discounted copy HERE.
What is Peppermint Oil Used For?
Peppermint oil has been used for hundreds of years in medicine due to its therapeutic benefits. It is produced from the peppermint plant.
The peppermint plant is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint and usually found in Europe and North America.
Peppermint oil is used as a flavouring agent in foods, and candy. It is also used to create a pleasant fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.
Peppermint oil is a popular oil in aromatherapy and can be added to a diffuser for a soothing and calming effect on nerves.
Peppermint oil can be used for a relaxing body massage. Read 7 Amazing Homemade Body Massage Oil Recipes.
I will write a more in-depth article shortly about all the ways you can utilise peppermint oil. I will keep the focus on peppermint oil for hair today.
Peppermint Oil for Hair
Peppermint oil has anti-fungal, antioxidant, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which makes it an excellent treatment for hair loss issues.
In this study from 2014, it concludes peppermint oil promotes hair growth without any side effects.
The study used 100% natural and organic peppermint essential oil and jojoba oil. The study concludes:
“Our experimental data suggest that 3% PEO facilitates hair growth by promoting the conservation of vascularization of hair dermal papilla, which may contribute to the induction of early anagen stage.
In addition, PEO effectively stimulated hair growth in an animal model via several mechanisms and thus could be used as a therapeutic or preventive alternative medicine for hair loss in humans.”
Here are a few common hair problems peppermint oil can help alleviate:
- Scalp issues like dandruff, itchiness and inflammation.
- Bald spots and thinning areas.
- Optimise hair growth rate.
Peppermint oil is very strong and should never be used alone. In order for it to work effectively, it should be mixed with carrier oils targeted towards your specific hair problem.
Peppermint Oil Recipes for Hair
Peppermint Oil Recipes for Scap
For scalp issues such as dandruff, itchiness and eczema, combine peppermint oil with carrier oils like:-
Peppermint Oil Recipes for Bald Spots and Thin Hair
For bald spots and thinning areas, combine peppermint oil with:-
Peppermint Oil Recipes for Optimising Hair Growth
You don’t have to use all the carrier oils recommended in the recipes above. Start with 1 – 2 in each category then based on the results, you can mix and match with the rest.
That way, it’ll be easier to identify what’s working and what isn’t working so you can adjust your regimen accordingly.
To boost the effectiveness of the treatments, you can add 5 – 10 drops of peppermint oil to your shampoo and deep conditioner just before application.
Peppermint Oil Side Effects
Peppermint oil is well tolerated for topical applications but may cause skin irritation if used incorrectly. Always dilute with a carrier oil.
If you have sensitive skin, use peppermint oil in very small amounts to start with. You can also conduct a patch test before you start using.
Where to Buy Peppermint Oil?
Some essential oil brands contain filler materials and contaminants. This weakens the purity and effectiveness of the oil.
Below are my top 5 recommendations for peppermint oil, which can be purchased on Amazon.
If Amazon doesn’t ship to your location, you can also get them on Iherb.