Hair grows in all kinds of unwanted places, and removing can be difficult. Waxing is typically considered the most effective method, but of course it's painful and often requires the use of a professional. Shaving easier, but it has to be done more frequently and leaves unsightly stubble behind.
There are plenty of products out there designed for hair removal, but they can have some alarming ingredients. At the end of the day, smearing a bunch of potentially dangerous chemicals on yourself just to remove unwanted hair can seem like overkill.
In addition, all of these methods treat the symptoms, but not the root of the problem. They remove the hair from the surface, but they don't address the conditions that cause excess hair growth in the first place. Using essential oils for hair removal could be a much better solution.
What Causes Excess Hair Growth?
Much of our hair growth is determined by genetics, and there's very little you can do to alter this. Your genetics will set hard limits for how much hair grows on your body, where and how long it grows, what color it is, etc.
Within those limits, there are other determining factors. Mainly, your hormones will determine if hair grows in certain areas, and how much of it grows there. In women, excessive amounts of androgens (male hormones) can cause hirsutism, or excess hair growth, especially on the face.
Polycycstic Ovary Syndrome is a medical condition that can cause this, but it's not the only cause. Perfectly normal, natural hormonal changes such as menopause can also lead to the growth of facial hair in women.
These hormonal changes, while natural, don't have to cause excess hair growth. You can treat them naturally to rid yourself of the excess hair you don't want, and there's no risk that doing so will cause you further problems.
How Essential Oils Can Help
Many essential oils contain compounds that help to regulate our hormones. So, using the right essential oils can help restore your hormone levels and treat excess hair growth by addressing the underlying cause of the problem, rather than simply removing the hair.
Of course, that's not the only way they can help. Even if you choose to focus on other hair removal methods, essential oils will be useful to you. They can prevent ingrown hairs, soothe razor burn and bumps, disinfect the skin, and soothe razor burn.
So, even if you don't want to rely on essential oils to remove excess hair, you still want to have some on hand to help deal with the consequences of other hair removal methods.
Best Essential Oils for Hair Removals
There are lots of essential oils you could use for hair removal. We've put together a list of the best choices, and we recommend any (or all) of these oils for use in hair removal.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is really popular in beauty products. It can add a wonderful, fresh scent, but it also has many medicinal benefits that make it useful in shampoos, cleaners, and soaps. It's naturally anti-fungal, which makes it great for treating dandruff, and it has other antimicrobial properties as well.
Tea tree oil also boosts your immune system, improves blood circulation, and treats congestion. It's a great, all-round oil to have on hand for many different uses.
For hair removal, tea tree oil has anti-androgenic properties that restore your natural hormone balance.
Regular use of tea tree oil can, therefore, help to remove unwanted hair and can even help prevent the loss of hair in the places where you actually want hair to grow.
If you're going to be using tea tree oil regularly, you want to make sure that you're buying the best quality oil you can.
This oil is steam distilled from Chinese tea trees, which are widely considered the best in the world. Because it's steam distilled, all of the delicate aromatic compounds that give it its medicinal properties are preserved.
It's truly astounding how may uses lavender oil has. There's hardly a single condition that lavender can't be used to treat, so it ends up on every list of essential oils you should buy.
One of the best things about lavender oil is that most of it's reported benefits have actually been proven in clinical trials, meaning that there's some strong scientific evidence for lavender's medicinal nature.
Lavender is probably most famous for it's soothing properties, and it's popular as a sleep aid and a stress reliever. It's also a powerful pain reliever, and it's even been used (successfully) to relieve pain for women in childbirth. It's a strong anti inflammatory, and it also has strong antimicrobial properties that make it useful in treating cuts and scrapes.
Like tea tree oil, it has anti-androngenic qualities and helps restore a healthy hormone balance, so it can treat excessive hair growth by dealing with the underlying cause of the problem.
As an added bonus, it's soothing properties can help to relieve the stress and anxiety that typically accompany hormone imbalances. And, if you choose to use other methods of hair removal, the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving qualities of lavender oil will still be useful in treating razor burn, rashes, and preventing ingrown hairs.
This lavender oil is made from the finest lavender plants grown in rich Bulgarian soil, and steam distilled for purity. There are no added ingredients, so you're getting pure lavender oil with this product.
Frankincense, made from the sap of the Boswelia tree, is possibly the world's oldest medicine. The tree is native to the middle east, northern Africa and parts of Asia. In those regions it's been used for almost all of recorded history, and quite possibly longer than that.
In fact, it's almost certainly the original aromatherapy, because frankincense was commonly burned as incense (it's right there in the name, after all). The soothing, medicinal effects of frankincense may be responsible for the deep religious associations that ancient cultures have had with it.
In addition to its widespread use in religious ceremonies, frankincense was used as a natural painkiller, to clean and heal wounds, and treat illnesses. It does actually have strong anti inflammatory properties and antibacterial properties, so it's very effective in these uses.
All of these properties make frankincense a great choice if you're going to be using traditional hair removal methods, as it can help soothe your skin after the hair is removed.
Frankincense can also restore your body's hormone balance, however, so just like tea tree and lavender it can be used to treat the underlying cause of excess hair growth.
We like this frankincense essential oil for a couple of reasons. First, it's steam-distilled from the choicest Boswellia trees, so it's pure and potent. Second, it comes packaged in a convenient roll-on format so it's very easy to apply topically, which is great for treating excess hair or soothing the skin after hair removal.
Frankincense Essential Oil Combo
Frankincense essential oil has several health benefits including: boosting immune system and relieving stress and anxiety.
Vivorific’s frankincense essential oil combo is: 100% Pure and natural, free from fillers, additives and harmful chemicals, vegan and kosher certified and sealed with tamper evident closure and Euro style dropper cap.
Lemon is one of the most useful essential oils for you to have around. It has endless uses around the house. Lemon is especially popular for its use in homemade, household cleaners. It doesn't just add a clean, fresh scent- it also removes grease and grime and disinfects surfaces.
Lemon oil also reduces stress, promotes sleep, reduces dandruff, and has antiseptic and antifungal properties. It's a great oil to use blended with your other favorite oils for any medicinal purpose, and it's scent blends well with the majority of essential oils.
For hair removal, lemon oil can help to restore hormonal balance, and is especially effective when used in combination with other essential oils. Lemon oil is a great choice if you want to either treat hair growth directly or use it to soothe the skin after using other hair removal methods.
Lemon oil should be cold-pressed rather than steam-distilled, and this lemon oil is cold pressed from the best Italian lemons. No other ingredients are added, so when you buy this product you're getting pure lemon oil.
Peppermint is one of the most instantly recognizable fragrances out there. The fresh, soothing, cooling smell of menthol is widely used for medicinal purposes, especially for relieving nasal congestion.
While peppermint is technically a stimulant, many people find the smell quite soothing and report that it helps them to sleep and even relieves anxiety.
It's also excellent for digestion and relieving nausea, while boosting your immune system and even relieving headaches. With so many uses for such common ailments, you really should already have some peppermint oil on hand.
For excess hair growth, peppermint oil, like many others, helps to promote hormonal balance and so can treat the root cause of hair growth.
It does have some anti inflammatory and soothing properties, but it's also quite strong and can actually cause further irritation to inflamed skin before it soothes it.
This peppermint oil is steam distilled from the best peppermint plants, so you're getting a pure and potent oil if you order it.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil has several health benefits including: alleviating headaches and energizing the body.
Vivorific’s peppermint essential oil is: 100% Pure and natural, free from fillers, additives and harmful chemicals, vegan and kosher certified and sealed with tamper evident closure and Euro style dropper cap.
How to Use Essential Oils for Hair Removal
Aromatherapy is the most popular method of using essential oils. You can add a few drops of the oil to a diffuser, or simply pour a bit into a bowl and inhale.
If you're in a hurry just open the bottle and take a whiff. Some people like to smear a bit of the oil on their upper lip, right below their nostrils.
Diffusers are best, though, so if you want to use aromatherapy you'll want to buy one. Fortunately, they're inexpensive.
Aromatherapy is popular because it's a very effective way of using essential oils. Since you're inhaling them, the oil is going directly to your bloodstream, so you often feel the beneficial effects of the oil very quickly.
It's worth mentioning that much of the research into the beneficial effects of essential oils focuses on aromatherapy, so many of the confirmed benefits have been experienced by people using aromatherapy.
For hair removal, you may wish to try a topical treatment by applying the oil directly to the areas with excess hair growth. This can be a very effective method of treatment, but you need to be careful to properly dilute the oil before applying it.
All essential oils are very strong and can be powerful skin irritants. Mixing a few drops of your oil with a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil is a good way to dilute them.
Any of these essential oils would be a good choice, but if we had to pick just one or two we'd recommend lavender, tea tree, or a blend of the two. These two oils seem to have the most powerful hormone-regulating abilities, and they're extremely useful beyond treating hair growth too.
While beginning the treatment, you may still need to use traditional hair removal methods to keep unwanted hair off, since it can take some time for your hormone levels to be brought into balance, and some time after that for unwanted hair to go away on its own.
For that reason we recommend buying several oils and using them both to treat your hormone imbalance and to soothe your skin after you shave or wax.
This way you'll maximize the efficacy of your hair removal regimen while still using all natural, safe, essential oils.
One of the best things about these oils is that there are no dangerous side effects, so you don't need to worry about using too much of them or blending them improperly.
However you choose to tackle your hair growth problem, essential oils are the safest and most natural solution.
Don't wait any longer to treat this condition. Essential oils aren't just safer than most other solutions, they're also usually cheaper, and easier and more pleasant to use.
The solution to your hair growth problem has been here all along. Order your essential oils and start treating your excess hair naturally.
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