Natural oils are a curly/natural girl’s best friend. They are bountiful with benefits for our skin and our hair and they have been used by humans for centuries. It seems that recently the trend to go ‘Natural’ has made them common again and while most of us know the most popular oils to use, there are some that are not so popular but full of advantages. These oils can help with just about any ailment one may have with their body or hair.
We all know the most popular oils like Olive, Coconut, Avocado, Jojoba, or Castor just to name a few. Everyone has a favorite whether they love the smell, what it does or how well their hair takes to it but the lesser known oils may be lesser known only because of how strange they sound or the fact that it would be too odd to even try. Here’s a list of oils that are amazing in so many ways but they might surprise you.
Mustard oil or mustard seed oil is loaded with vitamins and minerals like zinc, and beta carotene. Since beta carotene converts to vitamin A it’s an excellent source for stimulating hair growth. It’s a great way to condition your hair because it’s full of fatty acides, iron, calcium and magnesium and this promotes hair growth.
The practice of massaging one’s scalp with mustard oil is over 4,000 years old and was practiced by Indian women. This practice started in ancient India and apparently became popular again in the 1970s in the UK. Now we are seeing more and more women giving themselves mustard oil massages all across the globe as it helps to keep the skin firm and strengthens the muscles in the head.
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Garlic oil is known for being a quick remedy for hair shedding and hair breakage. This seems to be the ‘go to’ for serious hair shedding problems some may experience from stress or bad hair services where hair is falling out.
“Garlic is said to nourish hair by stimulating blood flow to your scalp, which encourages hair to grow rather that fall out or break off. Garlic is said to add body and shine to your hair, which can result in an appearance of a fuller hair of hair. Garlic will also help relieve dry hair and a dry or itchy scalp.” Livestrong.com.
Garlic definitely has healing properties as I’ve taken garlic pills for years and even had it help me get over severe colds.
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Emu oil is obtained from the back and the behind of the Emu bird found in Australia. From this oil we get cell growth and anti-inflammatory properties. The oil works with the Anagen phase of hair growth which is the only phase in hair growth where the hair follicle is considered living. This just means it makes the hair grow FASTER since the Anagen phase is the growing phase of our hair growth. To my understanding the bird isn’t harmed by retrieving this oil.
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Amla oil is indigenous to India and used by Ayurveda practitioners for its conditioning benefits and pigments. Amla oil is supposed to promote a healthy scalp by combatting dandruff or soothe an inflamed scalp. This is great for people who suffer from itchy scalps especially in the winter or dryer months. Another great benefit from this oil is its hair-darkening properties and it’s great for delaying the graying process.
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All of these oils can be found online through Amazon.com or other sites and you may even find some of them in your favorite Vitamin store or Whole Foods. Each oil has wonderful benefits that should be considered before trying unnatural products. If you are adventurous I say give one or all a try. I would LOVE to know if you’ve tired any of these before so if you have please share below or tell me which ones you are going to try. It can’t hurt, right?