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So I was flipping through a magazine the other day and a hair treatment caught my eye. I dont think that the product was anything special per se, just a regular product with a big name and big price tag. No what caught my eye is the mention, the touting of the use of myrrh oil. Now I cant remember the words exactly but it was big, how good it is for your hair, all that it does etc, etc, etc. all to sell a 40 dollar hair product.

Now me being me, I decided to check out myrrh oil and see what the fuss is about.

First off what is Myrrh?

Myrrh is an aromatic plant that is mainly grown in the areas native to Somalia, Arabia and Yemen. Well, it is a small size plant that can grow near about 16 feet high. The tree boasts of its gorgeous small white flowers. It doesn’t have much of leaves. When the bark of the tree is cut down, a pale yellow liquid comes out from the gum resin. When this liquid dries, it transforms into reddish-brown lumps, from which the oil is extracted through steam distillation. The yield is usually about 3 – 5 %.

What does it do?

Myrrh essential oil is known for its antimicrobial, balsamic, anti-inflammatory, sedative and antiseptic therapeutic properties. It is also a great body toner. It serves as an excellent stimulant for the body. It is increasingly finding its way in the preparation of astringent. Application of Myrrh oil helps in preventing the body from falling prey to diseases such as bronchitis, halitosis, ringworm, itching, athlete’s foot, toothache, chapped skin.

In regards to hair myrrh is simply used for dry scalp, dandruff, lice and inactive sebaceous hair glands. ( Which means that it helps to get the glands to produce oil again.) So if you suffer from dry hair myrrh oil maybe something for you to check out. It is a little pricer but you do have to dilute it so it would go along way. Average cost put it at around 21 dollars for 11ml to 30ml depending on where you look. I found that iherb.com had a really good price point.

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I mentioned before ( the previous post) about carrier oils that are good for the hair, here are essential oils that are good for the hair. Please note that you should not place eo’s directly on your scalp or any other body part except maybe tea tree oil but thats another post. I digress, so you shouldn’t have direct contact with an eo because they are potent to the nth degree, that is where carrier oils come in hence the name. You dilute the eo in the carrier oil here is a small chart that I found on thread talking about eo’s.

 Dilution of Essential Oils

Normal Dilution by 2.5%
You’ll need (x) ml carrier oil/2 = total drops of essential oil. Sample Blend – (Essential) 5 drops Sandalwood, 3 drops essential oil, 2 drops orange in 20ml carrier oil.

Low Dilution by 1%
You’ll need (x) mil carrier oil/4 = total drops of essential oil
Sample Blend – 3 drops essential oil per 20 ml carrier oil.

Extremely low Dilution by 0.5% (very sensitive skins)
You’ll need 1 drop essential oil per 10ml of carrier oil.

Conversions:
5ml = 1 teaspoon
30ml = 1 fluid oz
1ml = 20 drops of essential oil
600ml = 1 pint

Popular Essential Oils For The Hair:

Basil: Promotes hair growth.

Cedarwood: Antiseptic, astringent, tonic reduces the production of sebum, normalizes both dry and oily skin and hair, stimulates the scalp and hair follicles; used in hair care to treat dandruff and hair loss.

Chamomile: Conditions the hair, helps withy making sheen.

Eucalyptus: A powerful antiseptic, helps to get rid of dandruff.

Frankincense: Great for dry scalp.

Jasmine: Used mostly for the scent.

Lavender: Scalp treatment for itchiness, dandruff, and for the smell.

Lemon: Refresh invigorate, improve elasticity, helps to cleanse the scalp.

Lemongrass: Useful for oily hair, help to slow down scalp oil production.

Myrrh: Can be used for dry hair, scalp & dandruff.

Orange: Balances the production of sebum.

Palmarosa – Regulates sebum production.

Patchouli: Dandruff treatment for oily hair.

Peppermint: Promotes hair growth.

Rose Oil: Soothes scalp and smells great.

Rosemary Oil: Promotes hair growth & Dandruff treatment – DO NOT USE IF YOU’RE PREGNANT!

Tea tree: Treatment for dry scalp, oily hair, dandruff, and underactive sebaceous glands.

Sandalwood: An antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory; good for dry scalp.

Ylang-ylang: A soothing antiseptic, helps to control the production of sebum and stimulates hair growth.


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