Essential Oils for a Healthy Scalp

Taking good care of your scalp is crucial to the overall health of your hair. If your hair needs some TLC, treat it from the scalp and roots all the way to the tips.

Hair follicles within the scalp require nourishment – if the scalp is excessively oily, hair follicles get clogged up, and if the scalp, there’s no moisture getting to the hair follicles, which in both cases affects the condition of the hair.

Shampoo and conditioners contain ingredients that often do more damage to the hair and scalp and can exacerbate an existing issue. The hair naturally cleanses itself but by regular washing, strips the hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry or damaged.

One of the best and natural ways to ensure healthy scalp is with essential oils and by mixing it with a carrier oil of your choice to create your own scalp oil that can be massaged into your scalp as often as you feel the need to use it.

So before you head out of the door to try a new product, an organic product or conditioning treatment, check out these essential oils that are sure to work on your scalp like a charm.


Lavender essential oil is an all rounder for use in skincare, haircare and for relaxation. While lavender has antimicrobial and antioxidant components, it is also gentle, making it a suitable choice for even the most sensitive skin and all hair types.

Lavender’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties can improve scalp health. It acts to balance the scalp – whether you’re dealing with a dry scalp or oily. Lavender oil is useful in scalp conditions such as dandruff, eczema, psoriasis and acne. With it’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, lavender soothes and heals the scalp.


Rosemary essential oil is a popular choice for use as a hair oil given that it strengthens circulation to the scalp and hair follicles. It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that stimulate the scalp, and may facilitate hair growth.

In addition to stimulating hair growth, rosemary essential oil is used to prevent premature graying and dandruff. It may also help dry or itchy scalp.


Peppermint oil, with its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, soothes an itchy scalp, clears dandruff and defends against head lice. Like lavender oil, peppermint oil also has a balancing affect on the scalp – helping to absorb excess oils on the scalp, and moisturise a dry scalp. It can also help promote hair growth.


Cedarwood fights bacterial and fungal areas with its antiseptic properties, making it a beneficial oil to cleanse the scalp as well as to reduce dry or flaky scalp. It also stimulates hair follicles and increases circulation to the scalp. On hair, it can also add shine and act as a heat protectant.


Sage essential oil (not the same as clary sage essential oil) is steam distilled from the leaves of the common sage herb. It helps cleanse impurities out of the scalp and works well with other herbs to provide healing properties for scalp conditions like psoriasis. Sage essential oil also nourishes hair roots.

How to use essential oils in scalp remedies: 

Add 3-5 drops of essential oil of your choice to a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil. Massage the oil blend into your scalp evenly using circular movements. Leave on for several hours or overnight. Wash your hair using lukewarm water with a very gentle shampoo.

A tip is to apply oil to the scalp after a bath or shower – this is an opportune time given that the hair follicles will be open and will soak up the oils easily.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at


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