Essential Oil for Scalp Health and Beautiful Hair

Essential Oil for Scalp Health and Beautiful Hair

Using pure essential oils for the scalp can help with unwanted conditions since they have a synergistic effect that enhances other products you are using. Essential oils have specific qualities that moisturize and detoxify. They also have antifungal and antibacterial qualities that get to the source of many problems associated with a flaky itchy scalp.[1]

A healthy scalp does not appear oily or flakey. It is a foundation for luxurious, beautiful hair. If you are dealing with dandruff, scalp psoriasis, or an itchy scalp you know how difficult these conditions can be to treat.

There are many things that can disrupt the health of the scalp such as illness, hormone fluctuations, medications, stress, and environmental toxins. Essential oils can be highly effective as a part of your overall care plan.

Using the Best Essential Oils for Scalp Care

Keeping the scalp healthy requires frequent cleaning and conditioning. One of the leading factors to scalp problems is the chemical content of hair care products, specifically Sodium Laureth Sulfate. These chemicals are very harsh and while they are good at stripping oil and impurities from the hair, they can dry the scalp and cause overproduction of oil.

It is not easy to find shampoo and conditioners that are free of these chemicals, but finding sulfate-free products, and combining them with the best essential oils such as Manuka oil and Tamanu oil will ensure you are doing the very best for your scalp.

What About Using Essential Oils for Hair Loss?

Essential oils alone won’t restore hair which is lost through aging and illness. However, using essential oils for scalp problems like hair loss will establish an environment that keeps hair follicles free to produce new hair growth particularly when combined with massage.

Scalp massage has been shown to increase hair thickness due to the stretching forces placed on hair follicle cells. Massage also stimulates blood supply which nourishes the follicle and encourages hair production. So, not only is a scalp massage very relaxing, it can actually stimulate new hair growth. [2] [3]

Many women experience alarming hair loss a few months after giving birth. This is a delayed reaction to childbirth and is normal - this is not an unhealthy scalp issue but is caused by hormone fluctuations.

The hair usually returns to the original growth cycle within a few months.[4]

We all lose about 100 hairs per day but since we have around 120,000 hairs on our head, this is insignificant. In fact, we replace all of our hair strands every four years. Supporting this constant genesis requires a clean and healthy scalp.

Looking for the Best Essential Oils for Dandruff Treatment?

Dandruff is something that we all deal with from time to time. If you are seeing dry flakes every day for an extended period, you probably should use an over the counter dandruff shampoo for a week or two. Persistent dry flakes or oily scabs could be announcing other problems stemming from yeast overgrowth or fungal infection such as seborrheic dermatitis. [5]

The hundreds of thousands of follicles in the scalp all produce a small quantity of oil. When there is an underlying fungal infection, you can rely on Manuka oil, which is among the best essential oils for scalp health, to tackle the source of this condition.

Scalp Psoriasis and Dry Scaly Patches

Massaging the scalp with essential oils, such as Tamanu and Manuka oils, increases circulation, replenishes healthy oils, and kills bacteria.[6] Scalp psoriasis and dry scaly patches respond to these essential oils in a natural way and provide the scalp with nutrients needed for healing. Natural essential oils detoxify and enhance the function of the scalp by supplying moisture while treating any fungal or bacterial infections that may be present.

Tamanu Essential Oil - Polynesia’s Secret to Healthy Scalp and Hair

Polynesians have been using Tamanu oil (Calophyllum inophyllum) for thousands of years. Named ‘green gold’ by native populations, Tamanu oil is cold-pressed from the nut of the Tamanu tree. It can be used directly on the scalp or diluted with carrier oils such as almond or olive oil. It is used in skin care products and is quickly being discovered by those looking for essential oils for scalp rejuvenation.

Tamanu oil works as a moisturizer and treats yeast-based conditions that can cause dandruff. It is particularly wonderful as a scalp massage oil. Try this... Using the fingertips, work it into the scalp using small circular motions. If you have scaly patches, work tamanu oil into them and let the oil work overnight. Wash your hair with a mild, sulfate-free shampoo and condition with a few drops of tamanu oil in your conditioner.

Treating Common Scalp Conditions with Essential Oils


Mild cases of dandruff are annoying but usually clear up relatively easily. Over-the-counter dandruff shampoo does work but the best essential oils for scalp conditions contain antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that address the source of the problem. [1] Adding a few drops of Manuka and Tamanu oil to your sulfate-free shampoo will combat the itching caused by dryness and will also attack the fungus lurking in the hair follicles.

Scalp Psoriasis, Cradle Cap & Ringworm

Using Tamanu oil, Manuka oil, or a combination of them reduces itching and attacks the fungus or yeast overgrowth that causes conditions such as scalp psoriasis, cradle cap, and ringworm.[7] Ringworm is a fungus and Manuka oil, in particular, is a highly effective treatment for this and other fungal infections.

Cradle cap in babies and young children is common and although the cause isn’t known, treating the area with Tamanu oil helps lift the dry scales, while lubricating the scalp. As our oils are organic, vegan, and cruelty-free, you can use them on all members of your family with confidence.

Head Lice

Almost every child will come home with a note from school about an outbreak of lice. Once one member of the family has head lice, everyone has to be screened and potentially treated. One way to prevent the transmission of lice is to use Manuka oil. It can be added to shampoo and conditioner. Putting a few drops on a hairbrush and then thoroughly brushing hair before sending your child off to school may prevent the lice from migrating. The effective ingredient in Manuka oil, when combating lice, is the strong earthy odor that lice hate.

We Support the Production of Organic, Vegan and Cruelty-Free Essential Oils for Scalp Enhancement

We care about the environment and about the supply chain these products are part of. There is a growing movement to fairly compensate those who produce the products we see on our grocer’s shelves every day - coffee, chocolate, and avocados to name a few. We are committed to only sourcing products from producers who are properly compensated for their work and who also take care of the land where these products are grown. Fairtrade helps everyone.

Essential oils for scalp and other conditions are precious and we are proud to be part of the supply chain bringing these healing oils to the world. Our products are organic and cruelty-free and are consistently tested to ensure that you receive the highest quality and most potent organic oils available.

As our products are applied to the skin we understand the responsibility we have to provide purely produced oils that work with the body. Manuka oil has been used for countless generations of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people to heal many conditions. Tamanu oil is a South Pacific staple for Pacific Islanders. These oils have been tested and found to be highly effective in treating skin maladies as well as enhancing the skin’s overall condition.

Using Essential Oils for Gentle Effective Treatment of Scalp Conditions

Whether you are looking for help with a scalp condition like dandruff or cradle cap or looking for a way to promote overall scalp health, we are confident that our line of organic essential oils will help you overcome any conditions that you encounter.

These chemical-free oils enhance other treatments you may be using. Because they are completely natural, they work with the body’s systems to combat fungus and bacteria while supplying nourishing oils that in turn help you obtain or maintain a beautiful head of hair.


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