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Custom Hair and Skin Care
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
 

Women and men can easily include aromatherapy in their everyday cleansing routines by adding a few drops of essential oils to unscented shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and cleansers. The proper oils can help ease dryness or oiliness in your skin or scalp, assist in the regeneration of skin cells, improve the circulation of blood to your skin, and improve the condition of your hair. Make sure to choose high-quality base products, with no fragrance already added. Then add 8 to 10 drops of essential oil per ounce of product. Rose, jasmine, lavender, and neroli are good oils for normal or dry skin; dry skin can also benefit from fennel, benzoin, and cedarwood.

Oily skin is best treated with juniper, patchouli, peppermint, tea tree, and ylang ylang.

Aging skin responds well to myrrh and helichrysum; for sensitive skin, stick to chamomile, jasmine, rose, or rosewood.

For use on the hair, people with oily hair have the most choices; they can try ber­ gamot, cypress, clary sage, juniper, pine, rosemary, tea tree, and lemon.

Dry hair responds well to chamomile, lavender, and rosemary; try a mix of the three. Normal hair can use lavender, chamomile, thyme, and ylang ylang.

To clear up dandruff, add tea tree, cedarwood, rosemary, and pine.

Besides using essential oils in prepared products, you can also add your chosen varieties to jojoba oil for a deep-conditioning treatment. Use 10 drops in 1 ounce of jojoba oil and leave on the hair overnight, if possible, or at least for half an hour. Then shampoo.

 
 
 
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