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.