What is Aromatherapy?
Each essential oil is made of up hundreds of natural components. The intricate balance of these components is what gives each essential oil its unique therapeutic properties. All the vital energy of the plant is contained within the molecules of each single drop of oil, making each drop a valuable and potent healing agent. This is why essential oils are typically sold in very small bottles. For most purposes a drop or two is all that is needed.
Some of the properties of certain essential oils are anti-bacterial, antifungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic etc. These properties make essential oils valuable for skin, scalp and hair care.
Essential oils enter the body through skin absorption or through inhalation. The method used for hair and scalp conditions is skin absorption. Because the molecules of essential oils are relatively small and have a low molecular weight, they are easily absorbed through the skin. This means that they have an affinity to fat cells. Since fat cells are present in the subcutaneous layer of the skin, absorption begins as soon as contact is made.
Once absorbed into the skin, the oil travels into the bloodstream and throughout the body, making their way to muscle tissue, joints, lymphatic tissue, cells and organs. As they interact with our internal chemistry, actual physiological changes take place. Part of their work is to increase blood circulation, transport oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, and to help rid the body of carbon dioxide and other waste materials. Once their work is complete, they leave our system in a gentle non-intrusive manner.
As essential oils work on they physical and cellular level, they also influence our spiritual and emotional well-being. They strengthen and calm the nervous system. This balancing effect on the mind and body creates an overall sense of well being.
The intricacy of essential oils makes them very versatile. Each particular essential oil may be used for many diverse purposes. Using essential oils to improve hair often provides surprising benefits that go way beyond a healthy head of hair!
Importance of Aromatherapy Scalp Massage
Massaging the scalp should be part of every hair care regime. Massaging the scalp with botanical ingredients to promote healthy hair is nothing new. This technique has been used by many cultures throughout history.
Using fragrant botanical oils to grow hair may seem like a far-fetched idea until the therapeutic properties are understood. The healing potential of essential oils does not merely come from uncapping a bottle and sniffing the released aroma--as the term “aromatherapy” may imply.
Each essential oil consists of hundreds of intricately balanced natural components contributing to its unique healing abilities. Essential oils are carefully distilled from various parts of plants. The concentrated liquids which are stored in cellular pockets within the plant contain all the vital energy of the plant. Each single drop of essential oil holds the essence of the entire plant.
A clean healthy scalp is vital for healthy hair growth. Aromatherapy formulas thoroughly cleanse the scalp of excess sebum and other environmental pollutants. If not thoroughly cleansed excess sebum turns into wax, clogging the follicles and creating a barrier for the new hair to penetrate. If the hair does manage to push through the wax it will be weak and frail not likely to survive. Certain essential oils have the ability to dissolve sebum and exfoliate dead skin cells and other debris from the scalp. This action also helps minimize the effects of DHT for those who are predisposed. The antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of essential oils contribute to their superior cleansing abilities.
Hair follicles must receive a steady flow of nutrients in order to produce healthy growing hair. Nutrients are delivered to the hair through blood supply. The scalp being an extremity is one of the hardest places for blood to circulate to. If circulation is poor follicles will become malnourished, the root will suffer and the hair will not grow to its full potential. Essential oils are well known for their ability to increase blood circulation. Aromatherapy scalp treatments can dramatically increase the amount of blood directed to the scalp and hair follicles, helping to ensure that the hair is well-nourished.
The vasodilatation which occurs from using essential oils has a stimulating effect on the follicles. The entire scalp feels energized and invigorated. The follicles in their enlivened and widened state are able to accept more nutrients, enhancing overall health and growth. This benefit also helps to combat the effects of miniaturization. Miniaturization of hair which often comes with age--and is caused by narrowing follicles can also be greatly improved by the vasodilating effects produced by essential oils.
Essential oils are known to have cellular regenerative properties. They have the unique ability to deeply penetrate the layers of skin all the way down to the dermal layer where cells are formed. Because each new strand of hair is formed from cells at the base of the follicle, essential oils with cellular regenerative properties can help keep the hair growth cycle alive, healthy and youthful while inhibiting the effects of aging.
Essential oils are absorbed directly in keratin, which is what hair is made of. They are one of the few ingredients that can penetrate the cuticle layer and cortex layer of the hair, allowing true hair repair to occur.
The antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities of essential oils can assist in healing many scalp conditions which hinder hair growth.
Essential oils are powerful natural hair growth stimulators. As they work to create an ideal environment for healthy hair growth, they are also creating other positive influences. Using essential oils for hair growth may provide additional surprising benefits.
In order to promote hair growth, essential oil scalp treatments must be carefully formulated, using the highest quality essential oils at the proper potency. Custom blended formulas based on individual circumstances have the greatest potential for success. VZ Botanicals can help with all your hair loss concerns. Visit VZ Botanicals to order custom formulas, purchase books to make your own natural hair loss formulas or to read more hair loss articles.
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