Benefits of Rose Essential Oil for Hair
Rosa Damascus or better known as Roses are beautiful, fragrant and a worldwide symbol for love, passion, and compassion. Native to Iran, this flower was held in high esteem by the Prophet Muhammad due to its important healing qualities in Iranian medicine. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties that have all been confirmed through research. It is so much more than a flower found in a garden or a bouquet you give to your loved one. This fragrant flower contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
The extracts of these exquisite petals have been treasured since ancient times due to its fragrant scent and its miraculous healing properties. Due to the low oil content that roses produce, rose essential oil is one of the most expensive oils to produce.
Here are some of the benefits of rose for hair care:
Rose essential oil can be used to strengthen hair strands and roots.
Rose essential oil has powerful antioxidants that help strengthen and nourish hair strands. Even though our hair is not made of living cells, it is comprised of keratin. These antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that keep the hair follicle from shrinking. Antioxidants also help maintain the collagen in hair and provide protection to scalp cells as well as protect your hair from oxidative damage which leads to spit ends, brittle and weak hair strands and eventually hair loss or thinning. Rose essential oil provides the powerful antioxidants that help protect your hair from oxidative and environmental damage.
Rose essential oil can be used in a hair rinse to calm itchy scalp.
Rose essential oil can be mixed with distilled water to make a rose water tonic to use as a hair rinse after you shampoo to help calm itchy scalp. Rose essential oil has anti-microbial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe an irritated scalp. In a research study published in the Journal of Medical Sciences, the antimicrobial effects of rose and thyme essential oil were effective in destroying yeast, ecol i and staphylococcus bacteria and more more effective in doing so than prescription antibiotics.
Rose essential oil can be used as an emollient to soften hair strands.
Rose essential oil can be used as an emollient as an add-in or alone to your hair conditioners to help seal in moisture of you hair strands. Emollients are ingredients that are added to conditioners or leave-in's to seal in moisture and assist in keep your hair soft, shiny, and hydrated.
Rose essential oil can be used to help treat hair loss and thinning hair.
Rose essential oil has astringent properties that aid in contracting the blood vessels in the scalp which helps stimulate new hair growth and strengthen hair follicles to prevent hair loss. Rose essential oil is also an relaxant in aromatherapy which aids in relieving stress. Relaxation is a huge key in reducing hair loss and thinning. Rose essential oil's antiseptic properties help ease symptoms of scalp fungal infections such as dandruff that can hinder healthy hair growth.
Did You Know: True authentic rose essential oil or absolutes are very expensive to produce. It is takes tens of thousands of rose petals to produce one ounce of rose essential oil. Authentic rose essential oil, absolutes, or concretes are so concentrated that it only takes 2-3 drops to enjoy its beauteous benefits.
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