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Can you use essential oils on your hair if you have sensitive skin?

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If you apply some essential oils directly to your scalp, they may irritate it. Read label instructions for how to dilute oils, and never use them in higher-than-recommended amounts.

If you're allergic to plants such as ragweed, test the oil on a small area of your skin or scalp first to see if you have a reaction.

From: Essential Oils for Your Hair WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy: “What Are Essential Oils?”

National Institute of Environmental Health Science: “Essential Oils.”

Green, M. and Keville, K.  , Random House Digital Inc., 2008. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

Sherri Jessee, owner, Sherri Jessee Salon, Bristol, VA.

Wilson, R.  , Penguin, 2002. Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty

Gottlieb, B.  , Random House Digital Inc., 2008. Alternative Cures: More than 1,000 of the Most Effective Natural Home Remedies

University of Minnesota: "Are Essential Oils Safe?" 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on December 10, 2018

SOURCES:

National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy: “What Are Essential Oils?”

National Institute of Environmental Health Science: “Essential Oils.”

Green, M. and Keville, K.  , Random House Digital Inc., 2008. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

Sherri Jessee, owner, Sherri Jessee Salon, Bristol, VA.

Wilson, R.  , Penguin, 2002. Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty

Gottlieb, B.  , Random House Digital Inc., 2008. Alternative Cures: More than 1,000 of the Most Effective Natural Home Remedies

University of Minnesota: "Are Essential Oils Safe?" 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on December 10, 2018

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