I am a lover of nature so I spend a lot of time appreciating the outdoors and studying the medicinal benefits of plants. Because of this ,whipping up concoctions for my family using herbs became a favorite past time of mine.
What Is Herb Infused Oil?
It is the finished product of infusing herbs in a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil or olive oil. I incorporate herbal infusions in my whip shea butter or simply use it alone by applying it directly to the scalp, hair and skin.
Some of my favorite herbs to work with for hair and skin care are lavender, chamomile, and hibiscus.
Lavender is benefical for keeping the follicles detoxified, stimulating new hair growth and controlling dandruff. It may also regenerate the skin.
Chamomile has been used to lighten hair in tea form. It is great for dandruff and irritated scalp. Chamomile may also be used for acne and eczema support by helping to reduce inflammation and prevent scarring.
Hibiscus combats hair loss, strengthens hair, promotes hair growth and may naturally treat dry itchy scalp. It may also combat aging by lifting and firming the skin, evening your skin tone and gives a good moisture boost.
Herbal Oil Infusions and Eczema
I have eczema and have always used shea butter to help with dryness, itchiness and the fading of scarring. Incorporating herbal infused oils into my shea butter has helped me so much. Eczema is a bit complicated as many things must be looked into when it comes to this skin condition. Gut health is important and watching your stress levels.
Now that I have experienced herbal infused oils, I prefer these oils over stand alone carrier oils. I noticed that my eczema does not react well to coconut oil.
Because of this, I infuse my herbs in a good brand of olive oil. I say a good brand because there are so many to choose from on the shelves and many are really diluted. It can be easy on the pockets to purchase a store brand jug of oil, but I am here to tell you that all olive oils are not created equal. I have been using it for many years and pay close attention to how it works for my family. Pay attention to the thickness of your olive oil. Does it look diluted?
How To Use It
If you want to add an extra boost to your hair and skin care regimen, I would recommend using an herbal infused oil.
You may use it as a hot oil treatment or just apply it regularly as you normally would your carrier oils. Carrier oil plus a boost of the medicinal properties of an herb is very beneficial!
To support health growing hair, massage oil onto scalp in a circular motion. Be sure to use the padding of your fingers when doing so to prevent any scratches on the scalp. For skin care, apply as needed.