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14 Apr

The Power of the Flower

There is something cool and unique about flowers during the spring. Maybe it’s the sweet light aroma of a flower or its delicate petals and various colors that resemble actual personalities. The other reason could be its symbolism for growth and new life if a newly blossoming flower comes to mind. Besides its pure beauty, flowers have potent medicinal benefits for the hair and skin that is often overlooked. This season, create new ways to incorporate floral essential oils into your hair or skin routine for healthy and strong tresses. Since many of these aroma floral oils have antibacterial elements that minimize infections and the growth of bacteria, using these oils during the course of protective styles, such as extensions and sew-ins, braids, or whenever the scalp is enclosed, will keep the scalp at a balanced pH level, cleansed between the use of shampoos, free of build up, and naturally fragrant. That way hitting the gym or swimming becomes less of a hassle when maintaining certain hair styles during the warmer seasons. Take a peek at these essential oils to see which flower would be most beneficial for you.

 

Soothing & Anti-Inflammatory Power

Geranium Oil

The scientific term for the Geranium is pelargonium odorantissimum. This oil has astringent properties that help to tighten loose skin. Geranium speeds up the healing process for wounds and cuts but also helps to recycle dead skin cells and regenerate new ones. The flower aids in facilitating blood flow within the skin to produce an even skin complexion and prevents bacteria from growing. Geranium oil works on the skin and will also stimulate the sebaceous (oil) gland when applied to the scalp. This will help the hair’s natural oils distribute throughout the hair for more hydrated strands.

Jasmine Oil

Jasmine oil, or Royal Jasmine, is extracted from the Jasminum Grandiflora. It has an energy-boosting effect and is a good mood lifter that improves your immunity by creating feelings of happiness. It’s considered an aphrodisiac because the jasmine aroma evokes feelings of romance and love. Using Jasmine oil on the skin will fade scars or marks and is ideal for dry and dehydrated skin; its often used to sooth and calm eczema or dermatitis. It’s a great idea to carry a travel-size spray bottle filled with equal parts of distilled water and jasmine oil so you can replenish moisture back into your skin or freshen your hair after the gym. Or the next time you go on a date night, spray a few pumps of the mixture into your hair. It can double as perfume!

Lavender Oil

Lavender, or lavandula latifolia, oil is a popular one known for its calming and relaxing effects; you’ll likely see this essential oil used within many spas. The antibacterial and fungus fighting properties aid in keeping the scalp and skin free of bacterial build up. The lavender flower works well for troubled skin conditions, such as acne and eczema, to help balance oily skin and its over active sebaceous glands. Lavender will also relieve dry and itchy skin associated with eczema or inflamed scalps. Add a few drops of lavender oil to your conditioner and leave it in overnight for a calming hair mask that will balance oily hair or calm an irritated scalp; either way, you’ll be in for an aromatic and rejuvenating night.

Neroli Oil

Neroli Oil is extracted from the bitter Seville orange tree known as the citrus aurantium bigaradia. It helps to reduce acute and chronic inflammation which makes it ideal for scalp and skin disorders like dandruff, psoriasis and dermatitis. In addition to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, neroli oil is also full of antioxidants that repair and rejuvenate the skin and hair, as well as reduces dermal scarring and premature aging, like wrinkles.

 

 

Frizz Reducer & Hydrating Power

Rose Water

Rose Water is made by steeping rose petals in water and is used to hydrate both the hair and skin. Rose water is really versatile, and can be blended with any of the oils for a hydrating and stimulating hair mist. Rose water conditions damaged hair, hydrates, and de-poofs frizzy hair. It also great for oily or acne prone skin because it tones, balances, and deeply cleanses the skin. For your quick spring or summer getaway, don’t forget to pack a bottle of rose water to hydrate your skin and hair.

 

If you have florals on the brain like we do, tell us which floral essentials oil would be your favorite to try first!

Marisa Peal

Marisa Peal is a writer from Philadelphia, cosmetologist, and hair consultant who is a lover of natural kinks, beauty culture, and an undercover foodie. You can find her featured on Ebony.com, TXTURE Magazine, Sisterofthestrand.com + TalkingTexture.com. Check out her work at www.Organixlocs.com. 

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