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Essential Oils for Chemcially-treated Hair: Basil Oil

Basil oil is not just a good seasoning for your food, but is also good for your hair whether chemically-treated or natural. This tropical essential oil originated from tropical Asia and the Pacific Islands. It is pale greenish-yellow in color and extracted by steam distillation from the herb Ocimum basilicum.

Basil oil is more than a spice. It can also be used on relaxed, colored and natural hair. See all the benefits and uses of basil essential oil. | arelaxedgal.com.

Benefits of basil oil

Considered as an energizing, restorative and stimulating oil, the benefits that basil oil brings to relaxed, colored and natural hair are mostly around hair growth through stimulation of the scalp. When used topically basil oil has been found to help stimulate the hair follicles which can help with increasing hair growth and lessening hair loss. Basil oil can also help improve blood circulation which is another factor for hair growth.

Some additional benefits of using basil oil include
  • Treating dandruff and dry scalp
  • Relieving headaches which is great after spending an hour or so of detangling

Ways to use basil oil

After reading multiple articles and opinions of basil oil, it seems the best way to use it on your hair is in an oil mix that you massage on your scalp. Let the mix sit on your scalp for a few minutes before rinsing it out and moving on to shampooing.
 

Things to keep in mind

  • Test the basil oil on a small patch of skin before applying it to your scalp
  • Basil oil is considered to be a warm oil with a strong aroma so it could be irritating for those with sensitive skin. One way to help with this is to dilute the basil oil with another oil like coconut oil or avocado oil
  • When buying look for basil oil that is 100% pure, natural and organic

Have you ever tried basil oil on your hair? 


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Resources: http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-tulsibasil-for-skin-hair-and-health/, http://www.100pureessentialoils.com/basil-oil.html
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