Stimulate your hair growth with peppermint

Peppermint is a popular herb known for its distinct aroma and medicinal value, it has greenish-purple, lance-shaped leaves and a refreshing cool flavor. Due to its refreshing aroma, sharp menthol smell, and cooling sensation, it is often used in home products like bath preparations, mouthwashes, toothpaste, and ointments.
Due to its amazing properties, it has been used across the world as an herbal remedy treatment for hair loss.
It has antiseptic properties and the ability to kill bacteria which may enter our scalp, thus providing a healthy environment in which hair can grow. Peppermint stimulates blood circulation to our scalp, which allows our hair to receive more nutrients and, consequently, grow stronger and faster.
These are some recipes, using mint, for hair growth:

Peppermint Leaves Infusion:

The easiest way of using mint to stimulate hair growth e by infusing its leaves.
Take two cups of hot water and put two tablespoons of fresh mint leaves or one tablespoon of dried mint leaves. Cover it and let it rest until it cools down. Strain it, and put it in a small bottle. Apply the mint infusion directly on the scalp while massaging gently. Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse it off.
You can repeat this process 4 times a week, and you can preserve the infusion for 1 week.

Peppermint Essential Oil:

The peppermint essential oil is also very effective in stimulating hair growth, but you should never apply it directly on the scalp without diluting it. Here are some ways you can dilute it.

With Shampoo: Mix two tablespoons of shampoo with ten drops of the essential oil, and use the mix to wash your hair;
With Avocado Oil: Mix 15 ml of the Avocado Oil with & drops of the peppermint essential oil. Apply it to your scalp and massage it. After 15 minutes, wash your hair as usual;
Other essential oils may also be used, such as olive oil, grape seed oil and almond oil.

Mint Leaves Infusion with Olive Oil:

If you don’t have peppermint essential oil, you can prepare this recipe:

Put 1 cup of extra virgin Olive Oil in a sterilized glass jar and add a handful of fresh mint leaves. Close the jar well and store it in a warm place. Leave it for 2 weeks and shake it once a day, every day.
After 2 weeks, strain it and remove the herbs. Store the Oil on the Jar and it can last approximately 6 months.
Apply some of the oil to your scalp, leave it for 20 minutes and wash it as usual.

Homemade Shampoo:

This Shampoo combats dandruff and stimulates hair growth.

Boil 500ml of distilled or filtered water in a pan. Add one tablespoon of fresh mint leaves, one tablespoon of fresh lemongrass and one tablespoon of freshly grated lemon zest. Let it rest with the lid on for 30 minutes. Add 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and mix well.
Add this mixture to 250 ml of a parabens free Shampoo.

If your hair is Oily, use this recipe instead:

Boil half a cup of distilled water, while you wash 2 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves.
Once the water starts boiling, remove it from the stove, add the mint and 1 tablespoon of rosemary, and leave it to rest for 30 minutes.
Strain it and add the liquid to 1/4 cup of Shampoo.

Use these shampoos as the regular ones. Before using them, test them by applying e small amount on your skin, wait a few minutes to see if there’s an allergic reaction.

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By Eunice Mendes

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