Founder of Aroma Foundry
Master Chinese Acupuncturist & Herbalist
When you hear the term crowning glory, what do you usually end up thinking about? On our end, a couple of things immediately come to mind. The first one is how it’s used to figuratively describe the most outstanding feature in objects, people, places, and events. It defines the best and the greatest. As for the second, you might have already guessed what it is. I'll give you a hint: it’s sitting right atop your head. That's right, it's your hair.
The human hair serves different functions depending on where in the body it's located. But more than providing warmth or protection, we call hair our crowning glory because it has evolved into a status symbol. This is especially true for the hair that covers our scalps, and our history reflects it too.
The way people of yesteryears used to style their tresses was a reflection of their wealth, power, and the beauty standards prevalent during their time. Some notable examples include the powdered wigs of the 18th century, the Greco-Roman hairstyles that distinguished one's role in society, as well as the different types of wigs that determined rank in Ancient Egypt. Nowadays, it’s a little more subtle: some of us consider what our hair looks like as a reflection of health.
Studies show that thinning hair is often associated with deterioration or old age, and hair loss to stress.
With this kind of outlook cultivated by centuries of changing trends, people have understandably become more conscious of their hair's appearance. This has resulted in an over-abundance of products that cater to its care, maintenance, and healthy growth. The problem is, most are not only expensive; they can also be harmful. In 2014, complaints made to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported adverse effects when using certain products. Among the complaints received was scalp irritation and alopecia. The latter is particularly bothersome: it’s a condition that causes spot baldness in specific parts of the body.
Imagine the psychological stress such a condition can cause you. No one needs that in their life.
Aroma Foundry will explore safer alternatives for you to use in today’s list of essential oils. All natural and devoid of chemicals that can harm you, using these is one of the best ways to encourage healthier hair growth. What’s more, you’ll get to enjoy additional benefits too!
As one of the most popular essential oils, you'll be hard-pressed to find anybody who doesn't know what lavender is. Well known for its flowery scent, its soothing quality helps relieve stress—a common reason for hair loss. Applying it to the scalp aids in eliminating dryness, meaning a more moisturized skin that can help healthy growth of hair.
However, the good news about lavender essential oil doesn’t end there. A 2016 study done on female mice has proven an increase in the number of hair follicles after topical application, speeding up the hair growth process. Seeing as lavender essential oil helps in the reproduction of skin and the growth of cells, no wonder!
The benefits of peppermint essential oil extends to more than just the cooling effect it has on the skin. A hybrid of two mint species, watermint and spearmint, its refreshing smell helps rejuvenate and re-energize.
Catching a whiff of peppermint almost feels like a preview of its benefits as confirmed by a study done in 2014. Applying peppermint essential oil showed a significant increase in the following: dermal thickness, follicle number, and follicle depth.
It can also help with a dry scalp and getting rid of dandruff, which promotes a healthier scalp where your hair can thrive and grow.
Infamous for its many uses, the rosemary essential oil traces its roots as far back as ancient times. The following is already an incredible list of things that it can help you out with, and this isn’t even everything. Some of its benefits include pain and inflammation management, relief for respiratory issues, boosting the immune system, and even preventing dementia.
It gets even better! A study in 2015 showed evidence that rosemary essential oil is as effective in treating patients with androgenetic alopecia (AGA) when compared to the more conventional hair growth treatment minoxidil. As an added upside, the patients who used rosemary essential oil suffered less scalp itching, too. Talk about benefits on top of more benefits!
Cedarwood essential oil was found to be able to help with dandruff control and hair loss. During an aromatherapy trial done in 1998, eighty-six patients diagnosed with Alopecia areata were randomized into two groups to test out treatment. Mixed with other essential oils thyme, rosemary, and lavender as well as a mixture of carrier oils, the first group massaged cedarwood onto their scalp daily. The other group exclusively used carrier oils.
A staggering 44% of patients who utilized the cedarwood mix showed improvement in comparison to the other group’s 6%. This goes to show how aromatherapy is an effective and safe alternative treatment that can encourage healthier hair growth.
Learn more about cedarwood essential oil benefits.
Widely known as an essential oil that helps with fungal and bacterial infections, it’s not surprising that tea tree is regarded as the primary treatment for dandruff as well as other skin conditions like acne, scabies, and even herpes. This means it can be good for the health of your scalp.
In fact, evidence on a study made in 2013 confirms how tea tree essential oil helps further as far as hair growth is concerned. In this study, the hair growth treatment minoxidil proved more effective on patients with alopecia when combined with tea tree essential oil instead of using it on its own.
Learn more about tea tree essential oil benefits.
With properties that help prevent bacterial growth, lemongrass essential oil definitely makes it to this list. It assists in the treatment of dandruff, and a study made in 2015 proved how adding it to a hair tonic showed positive results in just a week. There was even more significant improvement by week two.
As we know, a healthy skin promotes better hair growth, and with lemongrass essential oil’s anti-microbial properties that can take very good care of your scalp, you can never go wrong.
Learn more about lemongrass essential oil benefits.
The first thing we want to address is the importance of using only pure and genuine essential oils. To ensure your safety, only use them as directed. Note that no two oils can be applied in the exact same way. Seek the guidance of an aromatherapy practitioner if you’re uncertain of what the methods are for applying and using certain essential oils.
If you have any type of pre-existing illnesses or conditions whether severe or otherwise, are already taking medication, or want to switch to essential oils as an alternative treatment, it is recommended to first talk to your doctor. The same goes for women who are trying to conceive, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women. Please seek your doctor’s professional advice before proceeding.
Awareness is key to safely enjoying the numerous benefits of essential oils. If applying topically, please observe proper oil dilution. Make sure that you perform a small patch test to check for any allergies prior to extensive use.
Also take note of photosensitive oil; if applying on a large and exposed area of the skin, it is advised to stay away from sun-exposure for 24 hours at most to avoid sunburn or other adverse reactions.
Ingesting essential oils is generally not recommended, and it is best to get the advice of an aromatherapy practitioner before attempting to do so. Keep essential oils away from children and pets. Most of them are not recommended for children below the age of 7, and some can be dangerous to your pets.
Please avoid using essential oils near and/or on the eyes and mucous membranes. If you experience adverse reactions, discontinue using the essential oil that caused it immediately and get medical help as needed.
Due to how sensitive our scalp is, it’s vital to observe the proper way of preparing and using essential oils. This is to avoid any unwanted or damaging effects that can cause more problems than it’s solving. Since these essential oils require topical application, please take note of this: use it only in its diluted form. These highly-concentrated essential oils have to be mixed with carrier oils before you apply them on your skin.
Aroma Foundry offers all of the essential oils listed above so there’s no need to go looking too far! You can take a look at them and other equally wonderful essential oils right here in Aroma Foundry's collection of essential oils.
Bonus Tip: Do you want a two-in-one fix? If you have dry hair, the best carrier oils to mix with your essential oil can be any of the following: shea, coconut, or avocado. How about oily hair? No worries! Grapeseed, apricot kernel, or almond oil are alternative options for you.
This is an important step that anyone using essential oils can’t afford to miss. Due to the high-concentration of essential oils, 2-3 drops of it on a tablespoon of carrier oil should do. We can’t emphasize this crucial step enough times. Always keep this in mind.
With your essential oil ready for use, massage it on your hair and scalp for up to three minutes using your fingertips. The purpose of this step is not just to spread the oil evenly, it’s also to stimulate the blood flow on your scalp. Relax; you’re about to begin a wonderful journey to more beautiful hair.
Depending on your preference, you have the option of rinsing off the oil right after or leaving it overnight. As long as properly prepared and applied, sleeping with it still on your hair and scalp shouldn’t be a problem.
In a world where we tend to be assessed based on our physical appearance, it has become important to take care of how we present ourselves to other people. How we look like has turned into a game changer—it can be a factor in determining whether we’re going to get a job, or if the person we like will notice us. It can even open doors of endless opportunities. And while it remains true that beauty is skin deep, you know one other thing that is too? Making a good impression.
This isn’t supposed to be difficult. Making a good impression doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t even have to feel like a chore. By starting with something as simple as your most outstanding feature? You’re already off to an amazing start. Essential oils can take your hair care routine a step further. By delivering a lot of benefits that will impact your life, it can add so much value by targeting your health and improving it. Good health has the potential of unlocking so much beauty within us, and if you feel beautiful on the inside, count on this: it’s sure to emanate and reflect outward.
Your real crowning glory isn’t just the silky strands that protect your wonderful mind. What defines your best and greatest isn’t the separate parts that make you whole but rather all of it combined, making you complete. The next time you hear this term, do us a favor and think about this:Your true crowning glory is you.