Solutions for specific hair and scalp problems - Essential Oils - Customize homemade shampoo

While the basic homemade shampoos in our list below are effective, we sometimes customize them. We do this with additional essential oils whose healing properties offer the solution to personal hair and or scalp concerns that we currently have. I have compiled a list of some more common essential oils that are useful for homemade shampoos and conditioners.

How essential oils can solve your hair and scalp problems:
If you need to:
Solution. Use single or multiple oils (See details of each oil below):
Promote hair growth
Rosemary, Jojoba(technically a wax), Bay, Ylang Ylang
Stop hair loss, temporary alopecia, seborrhea / seborrhoea and other scalp disorders
Rosemary, Tea tree, Jojoba
(technically a wax), Cypress, Bay, Lavender, Patchouli
Combat dandruff
Combat lice
Have a general hair tonic

Combining essential oils
While most oils may be combined with each other, certain mixes are particularly fragrant and healthful. We have also included this information below.

Precautions & Alternatives
Always do skin patch tests to determine whether you are allergic to an essential oil before using it for the first time. Below is a list of precautions. However, also note the alternatives when certain oils do not suit your personal circumstances. 

How much essential oil should I use?
We have found that the required quantity of essential oils is not an exact science. However, the following are suggested quantities.

For approx 1/3 cup of shampoo: 
  • approx 15 drops - age range from teens to mid-60s
  • approx 7 drops - ages outside of the teenage to mid-60s range
  • approx 1-4 drops - children under 7
  • approx 5 drops - pregnant women

Essential oils for hair - Details
Mixes well with (oils for your concern)
Precautions & Alternatives
Boosts hair and scalp health; Promotes hair growth
Smell: Strong & Clean
Visual: Clear
Other:  astringent
Not for pregnant women or individuals who suffer from hypertension and or   epilepsy.

As alternatives:
Ylang Ylang (for hypertension sufferers);  lavender (for hypertension sufferers);  Aloe Vera gel methods
(technically a wax)
Combats dandruff, hair loss (like temporary alopecia); promotes hair growth
Other: Antiseptic; antifungal; resistant to high temperatures

Combats hair loss (temporary alopecia);

Combats hair loss; Improves scalp health; promotes hair growth

Smell: sweet and fresh
Other: Antiseptic; astringent;
Eugenol content may irritate skin; Not for pregnant women. Aloe Vera gel
Combats dandruff, lice and other scalp disorders
Smell: Very fragrant
Other: antiseptic; hypotensive
Combats dandruff and other scalp disorders; Combats lice
Smell: Sharp
Other: antifungal; antiseptic
Combats excessive sebum secretion; Promotes hair growth
Other: Hypotensive (reduces blood pressure); antiseptic; sedative
Excessive use causes nausea
Combats dandruff and other scalp disorders;
Smell: musky
Other: antiseptic; astringent; fungicide
Excessive use may cause loss of appetite. 

As an alternative to oils, Aloe Vera gel alone
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Place your product in a cool, dark place. If possible, use a dark bottle. These measures are useful for extending the shelf life of the natural, organic ingredients in your product.

Recipes for natural Homemade Shampoo:

Why we use natural shampoos and conditioners?
When I underwent the live blood analysis, I was surprised to see that the ingredients in my hair products had entered into my blood stream. In fact, the doctor explained that each chemical hair treatment creates a spike of toxins in women’s blood analyses. In short, hair care choices can affect our health. Learn more about why we use natural homemade shampoos.

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