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Despite popular belief, essential oils can be some pretty powerful stuff. When you use essential oils in the wrong ways you can wind up causing damage to your skin and locs.
On the bright side, essential oils are growing more and more popular over time, which we want to encourage. We just want to make sure you get the best out of your essential oil treatments without causing any damage to your skin and hair.
The Do’s and Don'ts of Tea Tree Oil
First off, it’s always important when using essential oils to make sure it's 100% essential oil and not diluted with other ingredients like alcohol for a cheaper sale. Once you’ve scored a bottle of 100% tea tree oil, you need to know how to use it. Never apply tea tree oil directly to your skin without diluting it with water or other essential oils that will add soft moisture to your skin. This rule also goes for your scalp. Though tea tree oil is often recommended as a natural treatment for dandruff and pimples, because it is an awesomely powerful ingredient one should never underestimate its strength, no matter how horrible the pimple or how irksome the dandruff. Using tea tree oil the wrong way can lead to further irritation and drying of the skin and scalp, while potentially causing more problems than what you started with.
Lavender Essential Oil Caution
Next up, lavender oil. The same rules that you would apply to tea tree oil should be applied to lavender essential oil. It should always be 100% essential oil and it should never be applied directly to the skin or scalp no matter how delightful the smell. You can always add a few drops to your bath to relieve stress, or you can add 3-4 drops to a carrier oil and apply to your skin or locs. Many claim lavender oil may cure hair loss, but for optimal results, it should be combined with thyme, rosemary and cedarwood, which is a heavenly combination if you ask us! On the other side, lavender oil could be an allergen for some, which may lead to eczema or a rash on the skin. Always do a patch test first on your hand or inner arm.
Peppermint, Clove and Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Many essential oils could be harmful for pregnant women since they are frequently used to cause menstrual flow. If you’re pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, make sure to read the labels on the essential oils you frequent or, would like to adapt into your daily or monthly maintenance routine. Sometimes we just get so excited about all the wonderful ingredients produced by nature herself that we forget how certain ingredients need to be handled with care, even if she is all-natural all the way through. And finally, be careful of your eyes, and if you choose to ingest essential oils, make sure you know how to dose it, because they can often be poisonous, no joke!
We absolutely love essential oils, which is why you will see it used in our build-up free products. However, Dr. Locs has strategically worked with chemists and professionals to design harmonized all-natural products to make sure you get the best results possible when taking care of your locs. If you’re an essential oil enthusiast and love to make your own combinations for cleaning the house, cleaning your skin, cleaning your locs and clearing your mind, we love it, we just want to make sure you utilize these powerful ingredients with caution for optimal results!
What’s your favorite essential oil and why? We’d love to hear from you!