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Ginger Treatment for Hair

author image M.H. Dyer
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.
Ginger Treatment for Hair
Sliced ginger. Photo Credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

While ginger may seem to be not much more than a lumpy, knotted root, this somewhat unattractive rhizome is a powerful herb with a pungent, spicy flavor and aroma. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, the herb's active components are volatile oils and compounds. Incorporated into a simple homemade hair treatment, ginger oil improves circulation, leaves your head feeling tingly and smelling fresh, and may even stimulate hair growth. Additionally, ginger oil, which contains natural anti-inflammatory properties, is an effective, natural way to control dandruff.

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Step 1

Cut a piece measuring about 1 inch from a fresh ginger root, then use a paring knife or a vegetable peeler to remove the papery brown covering.

Step 2

Grate the ginger with a fine grater. You can also place the peeled ginger on a cutting board and mince it very finely with a chef's knife.

Step 3

Pour approximately 4 ounces of light sesame oil into a cup or small bowl.

Step 4

Place about a teaspoon of grated ginger on a piece of clean cheesecloth measuring about 5 inches by 5 inches. Fold the cheesecloth up around the ginger to make a small packet. Hold the top of the packet closed with your fingers.

Step 5

Hold the packet of grated ginger over the sesame oil, then squeeze several drops -- about one-quarter teaspoon -- of ginger oil into the sesame oil.

Step 6

Mix the sesame oil and ginger oil thoroughly with a fork.

Step 7

Massage the oil gently into your hair. Be sure to coat your hair from the scalp to the tip.

Step 8

Leave the oil in your hair for 10 minutes, then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

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