Ho Ho Ho Goddess!
I hope this post finds you deep in Christmas Cheer with PERFECT Holiday Hair!
To celebrate YOU this holiday season, my kids wanted to give you The North Pole!!!
ate worked on their art, I shook up the holiday edition of one of my favorite hair growth oils. I love vanilla and I LOVE mint even more, but I rarely combine the scents until the holidays (those cupcakes don’t count:)
The scent of this oil makes me miss the snowy winters of the east coast…but not too much:)
The original hair growth oil recipe includes cedar wood, ylang ylang, and sage essential oil. These oils have strong hair growing properties and a deep earthy fragrance — not what we’re looking for today.
For the Holiday Version we’ll be leaving these out, but we won’t lose any hair growing benefits from this recipe. I’m including a spotlight on each ingredient so you can see why it’s so good for our hair.
**For Hair Challenge Goddesses, apply this oil to your hair, scalp or ends at least once this week.**
Next week is our Monthly Check-in & Giveaway, so take lots of photos so we can see your Gorgeous Hair! Are you noticing any growth?
Healthy Holiday Hair Growth Oil | Vanilla Mint
Use this oil for shine, hot oil treatments, oil rinses, on your ends, as an after shower body oil, and in your bath (4 to 6 drops).
To make this recipe you will need:
5 oz bottle with top
apricot kernel oil
rosehip seed oil
vanilla essential oil
peppermint essential oil
Lavish Ingredient Spotlight
Safflower Oil (conditioning)
Safflower oil, when added to my clay washes, hot oil treatments, and cosmetics, gives my hair shine that can be seen without squinting! It conditions the skin, is high in unsaturated fatty acids that give your hair shine, and your body a radiant glow!
Apricot Kernel Oil (restoring)
This oil is a perfect substitute for almond oil in that it’s consistency and function is similar. Since I’m a naturalista with nut allergies, I stumbled across this oil when looking for non-greasy, nut-free oils for hair and skin.
Apricot oil absorbs quickly leaving a silky feel. This makes it PERFECT for use as a massage oil, as well as in soaps and cosmetics. It’s high in essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6, and 9) and gives the benefits of a rich, thick oil, without the oily-ness. Plus, if you’re using it as a massage oil…it won’t leave your sheets oily or sticky.
This oil is extremely affordable compared to it’s more expensive cohorts, and restores a healthy glow to hair and skin.
Bonus Recipe: A Massage Oil for Santa’s Helpers
- Apricot kernel oil 1/2 cup
- Organic safflower oil 1/2 cup
- 15 drops sandalwood essential oil
- 10 drops rose essential oil
If using this blend for infant massage or with children, try 2 drops of vanilla essential oil or 2 drops of orange essential oil instead.
Coconut Oil (healing)
This by far, is my favorite all-around oil. I use it for hair, skin, cooking, baking, vegan cooking & baking, and when using food as medicine, which is daily in our home. You may know that coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft and promotes hair growth, but did you know it can:
- reverse thinning hair
- reduces the loss of protein in damaged and undamaged hair
- helps hair retain moisture, preventing breakage
- warming coconut oil before applying it to your hair makes it a powerful conditioner by itself. Keeps hair shimmering and soft
- applying coconut oil to your ends can reduce the appearance of split ends, and possibly heal them
- prevents baldness and gray hair
Avocado Oil (nourishing)
Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin A, and essential and trace minerals, which are great for preventing hair loss. It is also used to treat the thickening of the skin (sclerosis) and gum infections. Since it soothes and heals the skin so well and stimulates blood flow to the scalp, it promotes hair growth and speeds wound healing.
Rosehip Seed Oil (rejuvenating)
Rosehip seed oil heals! It is high in omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 essential fatty acids, which are good for the hair, brain, mood, and healing the skin. This oil is excellent for repairing damage to the skin, and for skin rejuvenation. I use this oil as a natural moisturizer for my sensitive skin.
Peppermint Essential Oil (revitalizing)
Peppermint oil has ancient roots as a medicinal oil. It’s been traced back to the early 1600’s! When I was growing up, my grandmother had wild peppermint growing outside by her back door. You could smell it upon entering and leaving her kingdom. She put it in her homemade tea (which was like water then in the south;) and I was in college before I realized all tea wasn’t made with fresh mint leaves!
My love of peppermint and peppermint oil runs deep, and that’s a good thing because it’s a powerful healing herb that’s awesome for hair growth.
If you should eat a bit too much during the holidays – get rid of that upset stomach with hot peppermint tea. I drink it for an upset stomach or nausea, and give it to my kids when they have any tummy discomfort. It’s gone in minutes!
- Stimulates blood flow to the scalp
- Promotes healthy hair growth
- Is an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome
- Prevents dry and cracked nipples from breastfeeding (i learned the sore way: peppermint oil = happy nipples:)
For my research lovin’ naturals, check out what current clinical research has to say about peppermint oil.
Vanilla Essential Oil (calming)
Did you know vanilla oil fights cancer? Heals wounds?
- Regulates menstruation
- Enhances libido
- Relieves stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression
- Encourages dreaming
- Reduces nausea (this was wonderful during each pregnancy:)
Cedar wood Essential Oil (stimulating)
Cedarwood essential oil is stimulating to the scalp and is often used as a natural cleanser. A few drops added to your daily spritz, or gently massaged into your scalp for a pre-poo, is all that’s needed to begin seeing the benefits of this essential.
I used this on my kids when they were babies to make sure there was no cradle cap. Cedarwood essential oil is anti-seborrhoeic (seborrhea or eczema). Eczema occurs when there is a malfunctioning of sebaceous glands which increases sebum production and infection of the epidermal cells.
I’ve had eczema since I was a teenager (thanks pool @ White’s Creek High School) and use prevention to keep my kids from having the nasty flare ups that can come from this condition.
Flare ups are itchy and sometimes painful depending on the area. Although I have oily skin, my chin and areas around the T-zone can feel like a forest fire during a flare up (no pun intended). Cedarwood is an anti-inflammatory oil that reduces skin peeling, regulates sebum production and treats infection.
Next time you’re having a muscle spasm, try massaging some cedar wood into the area (mix it with a tablespoon of olive oil). It’s antispasmodic, meaning it relieves muscle spasms and spasms of the heart, intestines, respiratory system and nerves.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (balancing)
This essential balances the natural sebum in your scalp, prevents hair loss, and stimulates hair growth. I love Ylang Ylang so much, I wrote a post about it…9 Ylang Ylang Benefits for Hair & Body!
Sage Essential Oil (strengthening)
Natural scalp & hair tonic, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, restores alertness, induces mental stability, helps prevent hair loss, increases flow of creative ideas.
SAGE SHOULD NOT BE USED DURING PREGNANCY.
Where I Bought The Ingredients For This Recipe
I buy the Rosehip Seed Oil & Cedarwood EO (Now Foods Brand, 1 oz), Ylang Ylang, and Sage (both Aura Cacia) from my local Sprouts (like a smaller Whole Foods).
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Merry Christmas Goddess – Give & Receive Lavishly!