Like many other naturals, I am a huge fan of herbs. I love their aromatic smell; their distinct taste; and the benefits they provide to our overall health. For centuries, many cultures utilized herbs in ways that many of us are just now coming into the know about. But better late than never. In this post, I am going to elaborate on the two herbs that are able to facilitate in hair growth: basil and peppermint.
Almost everyone is familiar with the herb basil. Basil has gained its popularity because of the robust flavor that it gives to many Asian cuisines and pestos. However, what many of us may not have known is that basil is an herb that provides many medicinal benefits to the mind and the body. It helps to relieve stress, it removes blemishes, and it also detoxifies the liver (to name a few). Because of the great bold taste and the medicinal benefits that this herb provides, basil has held a significant role in many cultures throughout the world.
Basil is native to India, Africa, and Asia. This herb is a member of the peppermint family, however, its aromatic smell and distinctive leaves allows the herb to maintain its individuality and uniqueness. The name basil comes from the Greek word Basilikohn which means “royal”. So, how can this noble herb benefit and enhance our crowns: our hair?
Basil provides many benefits to the hair and scalp. These benefits are listed below.
- Stimulating properties increase blood flow which helps with hair growth
- Antifungal properties helps to fight dandruff
- Fights premature graying
- Strengthens hair shaft
How do I incorporate basil into my haircare routine?
There are a number of ways in which we can use basil on our hair and scalp. I choose to use basil essential oil because it’s convenient and it’s highly concentrated, however, using fresh basil leaves is also an option. It really just depends on your preference. If you choose to use basil essential oil; you can use it as a pre-poo treatment by 1.mixing 4-8 drops of basil essential oil with a carrier oil (grapeseed, olive, or jojoba oil), 2. applying the mixture to the hair and scalp, and 3. letting the treatment sit on the hair and scalp for 15-30 minutes before shampooing. Another option is to do a basil hair rinse. This can be achieved by 1. slowly simmering 1 cup of fresh basil leaves with 4 cups of water, 2. allow the mixture to cool, 3. let it sit on the hair and scalp for 15 to 30 minutes, and 4. rinse your hair with lukewarm water and proceed with your haircare regimen.
What comes to mind when you think of peppermint? Tea? Candy? or maybe you think of the holidays. Although we may equate peppermint to a casual treat, many ancient cultures deemed this herb to be a medicinal necessity. For years, these ancient cultures used peppermint to treat a wide array of ailments. Furthermore, if an individual had the peppermint smell in their home, they were considered to be hospitable. Peppermints’ “pepperminty” smell can be attributed to the herb’s high amount of menthol. Today, the science community is confirming what ancient cultures already knew: that peppermint has a significant impact on our overall health.
Because peppermint contains menthol, it is able to nourish our hair and alleviate many hair problems. When peppermint infused shampoos, conditioners, or other treatments are applied to the hair and scalp, the menthol instantly goes to work by breaking down dead skin cells which in turn eradicates dandruff. Menthol also cleans and purifies the scalp which causes the hair to grow.
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How to use peppermint
Peppermint is hands down one of my favorite herbs. I love its versatility and its refreshing smell and taste. Luckily, peppermint is easily accessible. You can practically find fresh peppermint at any grocery store. Although, I prefer fresh peppermint, I choose to use peppermint essential oil for my hair because it’s convenient, highly concentrated, and a little oil goes a long way.
Peppermint essential oil can be infused into almost any hair product. You can put 4-8 drops into your shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, or a deep
conditioner. Be advised that if you have a negative reaction after using peppermint essential oil, cease using it. However, if you don’t have a negative experience, try to incorporate peppermint essential oil into your haircare regimen as often as possible. In order to see the results of this herb, it is important to be consistent.
Have you ever used peppermint or basil on your hair? If so, how was your experience? Did your hair grow? If so, how long did it take for your hair to grow? Did you use an essential oil or was the herb fresh? Please leave your comments and questions below.