Peppermint oil is known to aid in digestion, vomiting, muscle fatigue, nausea, headaches, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, arthritis, fevers, toothaches and itching. But, what about the hair? How does it benefit your gorgeous red locks?

We spoke with Shrankhla Holece, the founder of Uma Oils. She found a way to combine ages of traditional wisdom with modern science and contemporary sensibility, and knows a thing or two about beneficial oils.

“Peppermint oil is traditionally used for a variety of health and aromatherapeutic benefits,” says Shrankhla. “Its benefits in skin and hair care are primarily driven from its antibacterial properties. So think about any skin or hair conditions that arise from bacterial issues – dandruff, acne, etc. could find relief from use of peppermint.”

1. Stimulates hair growth

Due to the increase of blood circulation to the scalp when applied through your shampoo, conditioner or oil massage, peppermint oil can help trigger hair growth. This is one of the reasons you will find this oil in products for baldness or hair thinning.

2. Dry, itchy, flaky scalp

Even though peppermint oil can be the perfect remedy for a dry, flaky scalp (as well as dandruff), redheads should be very careful when using it. If used in its pure form, it can burn the scalp. Shrankhla recommends mixing it with something, like a shampoo, or dilute it with water. “Add a couple of drops to your conditioner or shampoo and then use that in the shower.” Remember, a few drops go a long way.

After a few treatments you will notice a lift in the life of your hair. But, Shrankhla warns, “If you are thinking of using it on your skin, fair skinned women whom are often sensitive, should patch test to find out if there could be a reaction and to dilute the EO in a carrier oil and possibly use on the bottom of the feet first.”

Rock it like a Redhead!

*If you have a serious health condition, consult with your doctor first before giving these treatments a try. Do not use peppermint oil directly on your skin. Be sure to store your bottle of peppermint oil in a safe, dry spot.