February 26, 2010

Head Massage with Essential Herbal Oils

Posted in Category : Massage Therapy

Head massages with oil, herbs and some essential oils are extremely beneficial in relieving stress, nourishing the scalp, improving circulation and also in removing toxins. It is very beneficial in treating some hair and scalp ailments like hair loss, dandruff and premature graying. Various types of oils are used and each has its own benefits when used regularly to massage the head. A warm oil massage is exceptionally useful as it moisturizes the scalp and keeps the hair lubricated and conditioned. Using natural herbal oils for head massage not only makes the scalp soft and supple, but also strengthens the hair roots thus preventing hair loss and promoting growth of stronger and healthier, smoother and easier to handle hair. The muscles around the neck are also relaxed leading to reduced stress and better sleep.

A head massage with olive oil helps open the pores and thus lets the scalp breathe and detoxify. Sesame seed oil also works similarly and additionally helps make the scalp soft and reduces stiffness. Almond oil is used to massage the head to nourish the scalp with essential vitamins. Coconut oil has a cooling effect thus relieving stress and preventing hair loss and graying. Jasmine oil is also a stress buster and very relaxing. Rosemary helps stimulate the hair follicles thus promoting growth along with retarding premature graying and thinning while soothing and conditioning the scalp. Lavender too stimulates growth while balancing the oil production in the scalp and replenishing it. Hibiscus leaves and flower buds help in maintaining the natural hair color and condition the hair. Tea tree oil strengthens the hair follicles.

Head massages at home are simple. To make an effective oil add 3 drops each of tea tree oil and lavender essential oil along with 4 drops of rosemary essential oil to half a cup of olive oil. Warm the mixture enough to be able to handle it comfortably. Use your fingers to apply the oil evenly all over the head, a little at a time to the scalp, by parting the hair. It is beneficial to apply some along the length of the hair as well. Massage the oil into the scalp with circular motions using the fingers, slow and soft movements will relax the scalp where as strong movements will enhance circulation in the scalp. The head should be covered with a shower cap for 40 to 60 minutes. Better results can be achieved by using a hot towel wrap (soak a towel in hot water and wring it out). Using a mild shampoo to wash the oil off is recommended.