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Benefits of Peppermint Oil for Hair

October 21st, 2014

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Peppermint oil is derived from the peppermint plant which is a cross between water mint and spearmint and is a native to Europe and the Middle East. Currently, the peppermint plant can be found in many parts of the world including North America. Peppermint oil like many others including, tea tree oil and emu and jojoba oils, provide multiple benefits to the hair and skin when applied topically. This oil houses multiple beneficial components including calcium, iron, potassium and copper, Vitamin A and C as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Together, all of these minerals and nutrients work together to combat a number of hair and skin ailments.

Combats Dandruff: Peppermint oil helps to balance the pH within the scalp. Our hair and scalp sebum (oil) has a normal pH balance between 4.5 and 5.5. When the pH balance is thrown off on our scalp we can experience bacteria, fungi and other related issues. So it is important to make sure that the pH is kept at its natural acidity. If you find that you are experiencing some of these issues on your scalp, peppermint oil may be the perfect natural solution. Applying a diluted topical solution of peppermint oil to the skin to help combat buildup on the scalp.

Encourages Hair Growth: When applied to the scalp, peppermint oil not only reduces dandruff but it can also stimulate the scalp allowing for improved blood flow. With improved blood circulation comes an increase in oxygen which our hair follicles need in order to thrive. Since hair growth is determined by the state of the hair follicle it is crucial that the follicle receives the oxygen and blood flow it needs. This increase in blood flow and oxygen allows for healthy hair growth.

Improves Hair Appearance: Another benefit to using peppermint oil on the hair is that it also improves hair shine and even hair volume. Whether you are diluting peppermint oil with other oils, or if you choose to use a shampoo or conditioner formulated with peppermint oil, you will notice an improvement in how your hair looks and feels.

Applying Peppermint Oil

If you do choose to use peppermint oil for your skin, it is suggested that you dilute it. Although peppermint oil has a multitude of benefits, it is very strong when left in its original concentration. Without diluting this oil, you may experience some skin irritation because of its potency. To dilute peppermint oil or other strong oils like tea tree oil, simply mix 3 to 4 drops of the peppermint oil with 1/2 tsp of carrier oil. Or you can mix 6-8 drops of peppermint oil to 1 tsp of carrier oil.  Some examples of carrier oils include jojoba oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, and sweet almond oil.

You can also look for a shampoo or a conditioner with peppermint oil. Simply look at the list of ingredients and look for either peppermint oil or its binomial name Mentha Piperita Oil. If you are nervous about making your own peppermint oil concoction, using haircare products can be just as effective, especially if they contain other important ingredients to maintain hair health and encourage hair thickness and hair growth.

Horsetail and Hair Health

October 7th, 2014

horsetailWhat is Horsetail?

Horsetail is a prehistoric plant that is also identified by its other names including puzzle grass, bottlebrush, snake grass and pewterwort and its botanical name, Equisetum Arvense. This tall green plant with its hollow bamboo like stems serves as a beneficial ingredient especially in regards to hair growth. Over the past few weeks we have gone more in depth into the benefits of a variety of different ingredients including caffeine, copper peptides, jojoba oil, keratin as well as others, and this week will be no different as we explore the benefits that horsetail extract has on hair.

The Benefits of Horsetail

Horsetail extract is believed to stimulate hair growth because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Horsetail contains selenium, cysteine and silica which are some of the reasons why this plant serves as a great ingredient for hair health and hair growth.

Selenium- Selenium is a chemical element that has the ability to create selenoproteins.  These proteins assist in stimulation of the hair follicles which can lead to hair growth. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, adding a daily multivitamin containing the mineral selenium can help to improve nutrition which can help with overall hair growth and hair health. Another benefit that selenium can have on hair, is its ability to reduce build up and dandruff on the scalp. This frees the hair follicles, allowing the hair to grow in more easily.

Cysteine- Cysteine is a semi-essential amino acid which also serves as a means of contributing to healthy hair. Cysteine does its job for your hair by serving as one of the building blocks for proteins. The organs in our bodies thrive off of protein, and our hair is no different. Protein, especially keratin, is one of the main contributors to healthy hair growth and hair health and without the ample amount of protein, hair can appear to be dry, brittle and it may even result in hair loss.

Silica- This trace mineral has been shown to assist with strengthening blood vessels which results in improved circulation. As mentioned in a previous post, blood circulation is extremely important in regards to hair growth because with improved circulation comes improved oxygen output which can help stimulate hair growth on the scalp. Oxygen is crucial for our bodies to thrive, and our hair and scalp are no exception. Silica has also been shown to keep hair, skin and nails strong through its importance for the skin’s connective tissues.

As you can see, the many elements of horsetail come together to produce multiple benefits for hair growth and overall hair health. Horsetail can be found in both dried herb and liquid forms including hair care products such as the Regenepure DR hair loss shampoo and the Regenepure Intense Volumizing Biotin Conditioner.

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