Peppermint is a commonly used herb which has its own distinct aroma and known for its medicinal value. Peppermint is known to be a hybrid mint- a cross between watermint and spearmint. Peppermint is commonly known as ‘Pudina’. Its scientific name is Mentha piperita. Peppermint is a perennial herb which belongs to family Lamiaceae.
What Is Peppermint Oil
Peppermint Oil is extracted from the leaves of Peppermint plant. This oil is quite beneficial and is used for a variety of purposes such as flavoring food, in cosmetics and for treating various health conditions.Menthol is the main ingredient of Peppermint Oil which gives this oil its distinct characteristics. Peppermint Oil is also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It also contains numerous minerals such as manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, calcium and copper. It has a refreshing, cooling and a stimulating effect, hence believed to promote hair growth. Though there is limited evidence to prove in this regard as of now.
Benefits Of Peppermint Oil For Hair
Menthol is the main ingredient in Peppermint Oil which is known to have a cooling effect and refreshing sensation. It is due to the presence of this Menthol that Peppermint Oil is known to promote hair growth, as menthol stimulates your scalp by increasing the blood circulation in scalp. As the blood circulation increases, the essential nutrients required for healthy growth of hair reach your hair follicles. Peppermint Oil has got antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic properties due to which it is quite beneficial for treating various hair problems like hair loss, dryness, dandruff etc. Let’s discuss in detail the benefits of Peppermint Oil for hair:
1. Promotes Hair Growth
Peppermint Oil is beneficial for hair growth as it contains Menthol which is a vasodilator and helps to increase blood circulation to your scalp, thus providing nourishment to your hair follicles which in turn promotes hair growth.
2. Treat Dry Scalp Condition
Peppermint Oil is known to have hydrating properties which moisturizes your hair. This oil has anti-inflammatory properties as well which help to soothe the dry and irritated skin of scalp. You can mix few drops of Peppermint Oil to any carrier oil like olive oil or almond oil and apply gently on your scalp.
3. Help To Remove Head Lice
Peppermint Oil acts as a natural insect repellent. Peppermint Oil has Menthol which gives it a strong and refreshing smell, which help to suffocate the head lice. Applying Peppermint Oil to your hair can help to get rid of lice.
4. Strengthens The Roots
Peppermint Oil nourishes your hair from deep within and helps to strengthens the roots. This property of Peppermint Oil is due to the presence of pulegone and mentone, which help in strengthening roots and thereby preventing hair loss. You can apply Peppermint Oil with carrier oil like Coconut Oil and massage well on your scalp and hair. Wash off after one hour. With regular application, this method will definitely help in reducing hair fall and strengthening of hair from root to tip.
How To Use Peppermint Oil At Home For Hair And Scalp?
Peppermint Oil is very strong in its concentrated form, hence you can dilute it with a carrier oil like Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil to get an excellent result. Let’s see some easy DIY tips for increasing the health of your hair using Peppermint Oil.
1. Peppermint Oil & Coconut Oil For Hair & Scalp Care
- Take a few drops of Peppermint Oil
- Mix it well with a carrier oil like Coconut Oil
- Massage your scalp gently with this mixture
- Leave it for 30 minutes and then wash
When you massage your scalp, the blood circulation increases which in turn stimulates the hair follicles. The blood supplies oxygen and nutrients to your follicles which gives them the required strength and nourishment.
2. Peppermint Oil Into Your Shampoo
Add few drops of Peppermint Oil to your regular shampoo while washing your hair. After the hair wash you can feel the difference. You can feel your hair smelling fresh and more nourished.
3. Peppermint Oil Hair Mask
Another easy DIY recipe is to add a few drops of Peppermint Oil to your homemade hair mask. For example, the homemade egg hair mask is very beneficial for your hair as it contains chemical compound biotin, which helps provide nourishment to your hair. You can make egg hair mask by adding 1 egg, banana, 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 teaspoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix well and your egg hair mask is ready for application. To this hair-mask, add a few drops of Peppermint Oil to help rejuvenate your hair and promote hair growth. This recipe helps to get rid of damaged and dry hair.
Precautionary Tips And Warnings
- Peppermint Oil should always be mixed with a carrier oil before application.
- Peppermint Oil should be used in limited quantity as an overdose of Peppermint may trigger respiratory problems.
- High dose of Peppermint Oil can cause skin and scalp irritation as well.
- Always check for allergies as some people are known to be allergic to Menthol which is the main ingredient in Peppermint Oil.
- Keep out of the reach of children.
- It is not advisable to use Peppermint Oil for babies.
- Pregnant women and lactating mothers should avoid its usage.
- Avoid contact with eyes, if it happens immediately rinse off with water.
Written By - Akhila Menon
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