We pay so much attention to our elaborate complexes, lavishing love, affection, and relentless attention on our faces. Our poor hair takes a beating, and it gets neither the attention nor the care and healing it needs. Most of the essential oils that work well on our skin double as essential oils for hair, making our locks as luscious and lovely as our comely countenances. But we forget. Do you have any idea just how much your hair endures for your sake? Those follicles and strands soak-up just about everything from outside and inside; you will remember crime scene scientists can reconstruct all of your recent history from a single strand of your hair. Just like you periodically erase your internet browsing history, you need to cleanse your hair of all it reveals about you.
Yes, your hair takes a beating, especially from Mother Nature. Sun scorches it, swimming just ravages it, wind dries it, the environment pollutes it, your indoor air exacerbates the outdoor pollution, and your tap water turns all that yucky stuff in your hair to a really high grade toxic soup. We probably could eradicate bad hair days like Jonas Salk eradicated polio if we simply would use our essential oils for hair.
Skin, hair, muscles, vital organs-name a system and the principle remains the same: Nature gives the beat-down, and Nature heals it. We can offer no clearer, more precise description of naturopathy's fundamental principle-right up there with vaccination and “a little of the toxin gives the antidote.” Still, speaking in chorus and harmony with my Lakota ancestors, I insist Nature knows no bad medicine. So, if Nature and the environment assailed your luscious locks, then we seek Nature's remedies for restoring them. And just for the sake of comparison, consider that the most popular commercial conditioners and “volumizers” work their magic with the same essential ingredient your boyfriend cherishes in his WD-40. Sure, I want all kinds of volatile organic compounds swirling around my face all day. No thanks. I'll take the avocado oil and aloe, please.
In the same way they nourish and replenish your skin, avocado oil and aloe vera restore your troubled tresses. Avocados do not number among the best diet foods, because they contain a lot of fat, but all that fat in avocados' essential oil puts hair on exactly the diet it needs. Avocadoes build hair's strong body at least twelve ways. Of course, all-right thinking essential oilists believe in aloe with and for everything.
Add rosemary to your list of indictables for hair care. Strongly aromatic with a heart-of-the-forest pine-like fragrance, rosemary cleanses, detoxifies, anti-oxidizes, disinfects, and generally scrubs and scours like a little brigade of bucketeers. Before you capitalize on rosemary's benefits for your bouffant, you may want to let go of its traditional associations: One of the best natural germicides, rosemary became the air-freshener of choice during medieval plagues, and it gradually became associated with death-not the most pleasant shower-time association. Also one of the most potent aromatherapeutic essentials, rosemary substantially affects memory, so that many florists mix it into bridal bouquets for the sake of making the whole day more memorable. Of course, then, rosemary associates with wedding and marriage; you decide what to do with that connection. Meanwhile, take advantage of rosemary's germicide, anti-oxidants, detoxifiers, and nutrients to make your hair and scalp feel and look terrific.