Peppermint oil, as you might already know, is the essential oil you get from peppermints. Peppermint oil is known to relieve itching, muscle pain, and headache. It also helps improve hair growth and prevents hair loss. Peppermint oil contains an abundance of menthol, despite its soothing effect, it can potentially cause a burning sensation if you apply peppermint oil directly on the scalp.
Peppermint Oil Scalp Benefits
Many people know peppermint oil more for its amazing benefits for skincare. However, it has great benefits for the scalp and hair too. For instance, it can help to treat itching and dryness, as well as other scalp issues.
Many people even use this oil to treat and reverse unwanted hair loss. Remember, peppermint oil contains an abundance of menthol, a powerful vasodilator. As such, it can help increase blood flow and supply to your hair follicles and promote hair growth.
How to use peppermint oil directly on scalp:
- Apply it directly with a carrier oil.
- Add 1-3 drops of the oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage the mix gently on your scalp till it is fully absorbed.
- Let the treatment stay on your head for about 15-20 minutes.
- After that, wash it off your hair with shampoo.
- Add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner. Be careful not to put too much. Don’t use more than 5 drops for each ounce of conditioner or shampoo. Each time you use the conditioner or shampoo, you would enjoy the amazing benefits of peppermint oil alongside.
Note, however, that peppermint scent does not mean that a product contains peppermint oil. Products that only have peppermint scent will not do what peppermint oil does. Peppermint scent does not contain enough menthol to deliver therapeutic benefits.
Should You Use Peppermint Oil Directly on Scalp?
Peppermint oil has high concentrations of menthol. As such, you should not apply the oil directly to your skin or scalp. If you do, it might burn your skin or scalp. That’s why you should always dilute it with a carrier oil before you apply it.
It is normal to feel the typical minty tingling sensation. Applying too much can cause a burning sensation. To fix this, all you need do is take some carrier oil and massage on your scalp for a few minutes. This would help balance the peppermint effect.
Another thing you can do is to wash off the oil immediately with shampoo.
Examples of oils you can use include jojoba oil, coconut oil, and shea butter essential oil, among others. These are all good carrier oils for peppermint oil.
If there is no relief from peppermint effects after 2 days, you might try using oatmeal. We heard that this method is very effective.
Soak some oatmeal inside a bag to extract oat milk from it. Then pour milk on your scalp (focus on the area where you have the burning sensation). This should soothe your scalp immediately.
You might wonder why oats would be effective. They have alkaloids in them that help to reduce inflammatory responses.
Meanwhile, even if you have diluted the oil properly, make sure it doesn’t mistakenly get in your eyes while using it on your scalp. Your eyes and the skin around them are sensitive and may burn seriously even if the oil is properly diluted and doesn’t hurt the scalp.
Other Essential Oil for Hair Growth
Here are some other essential oils that can promote hair growth and thickness:
1. Lavender oil
This essential oil can also speed up your hair growth. Some of its hair benefit properties include promoting hair cell growth and reducing stress. Researchers have confirmed that this oil helped generate rapid hair growth when tested on mice.
2. Rosemary oil
This is another oil that can help improve both your hair thickness and growth. Cellular regeneration is one of its strong points. A study by experts showed that rosemary oil is as potent as minoxidil (one of the popular hair growth regimens). However, the oil has less itching and/or burning side effects on the scalp.
3. Thyme oil
This oil also promotes hair growth because it stimulates the scalp. Aside from this, it actively prevents hair loss. Experts have said that thyme oil is effective for the treatment of alopecia areata, a type of unpredictable hair loss.
4. Cedar-wood oil
This oil reduces hair loss and promotes hair growth too. What it does primarily is to balance your scalp’s oil-producing glands. As such, your scalp becomes like a fertile ground where hair can grow. More so, the oil also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which might also contribute to treating hair loss and dandruff.
Remember, however, that you should not use these oils, including peppermint oil, directly on the scalp. They all require carrier oils to dilute them before you apply them on your skin or scalp.