The Moon & Hair
The moon is a powerful force; she rules the tides, the night sky, and some would say even your hair. One of the most common Moon representations is that of the Triple moon: waxing, full, and waning.
Hair care by the moon is an old practice, and some tales say that even cutting your hair by the moon can grant different effects. Trim on the New Moon and your hair will grow faster. Trim on the Full Moon and your hair will grow thicker and fuller.
Anointing with Blessed Oil
The Moon is seen as a divine heavenly body in many spiritual paths, and often times oils were left out in moonlight to impart its blessed properties. Anointing is the ancient practice of using oils or other substances to bless or invoke the Divine. And, much like the moon, oils can have a positive influence on hair.
The idea of oiling hair is frightening to many, after all, oil is leveraged by so many marketing campaigns as something evil, something to be rid of. But the truth is that your body produces oil on your scalp because your hair needs it. It is a protective coating that keeps moisture inside the shaft. Alas, harsh shampoos strip this away and leave the scalp dry and bare, signaling the body to produce MORE oil, which is what leads to greater oil production, and perhaps uncoindicentially, more shampoo sales.
Natural oils can help sooth an overworked scalp, helping to ease the production of natural oils while carrying the benefits of essential oils to the scalp, leading to increased hair growth, and the growth of stronger, healthier hair.
Triple Moon Hair Anointing Oil
NightBlooming’s oil is named after the Triple Moon, a symbol, that represents the three phases of the moon — waxing, full, and waning. According to Robert Graves’ The White Goddess, it also represents the three phases of womanhood, in the aspects of Maiden, Mother and Crone, although many scholars have questioned Graves’ work.
This symbol is found in many NeoPagan and Wiccan traditions as a symbol of the Goddess. The first crescent represents the waxing phase of the moon — new beginnings, new life, and rejuvenation. The center circle is symbolic of the full moon, the time when magic is at its most potent and powerful. Finally, the last crescent represents the waning moon — a time to do banishing magic, and to send things away. for the three benefits it imparts to hair and scalp: Protection, Growth, and Soothing.
Hair Protection: The waxing phase of the moon is for drawing things to you. This blend of oils imparts protection to the scalp as well as the length of the hair, keeping hair strong with needed lipids and vitamins, helping it to retain precious moisture.
Hair Growth: The full moon is the most potent of all lunar phases, and the ingredients in this mix help stimulate the scalp and nourish follicles to increase hair growth.
Scalp Soothing: The waning phase of the moon is for casting negative things away from you and the oil’s ingredients help to sooth itching, flaking, or irritated scalps.
What does Triple Moon Oil smell like? And how do I use it?
Directions for Scalp:
Use a dropper to draw thin lines of oil across the scalp, starting from the forehead, going back over the top of the head towards the nape of the neck. Use the pads of your fingers to massage the oil into the scalp and leave on at least an hour before showering.
Directions for Length:
Lighter than most hair oils, this will help your hair to keep in moisture without weighing it down. To use, place three to five drops of oil in your palms and rub them together until warm. Then smooth your hands over your already combed hair. Your hair should not feel oily and greasy, only soft and shiny. For a deep treatment you can apply more oil to the length, then wear it under a shower cap or plastic wrap until showering. The heat from your head will help open the cuticle of the hair, allowing it to take in more of the nurturing oil.
New to oiling? You’ll find complete instructions along with many oils and essential oils in Rehabilitating Damaged Hair Naturally.
What do customers say about Triple Moon Anointing Oil?
Customers usually start off with a sample either with or without the dropper included. The sample with the dropper is nice because everything comes all in one package, making it ideal for travel.
“I decided to try this after I tried the Panacea. The smell is more woodsy to me and I love it. My hair literally eats this stuff. I love it for scalp massages!”
“Great! I often put this on my scalp before going to bed.My scalp is more moisturized now, I don’t have the dry patches I had before. I also sometimes mix it with the Vegan Panacea for my ends. Love it!”
“I really love what this does for my hair; it’s light, wonderful smell as always, and works wonders. I oiled my hair lightly this morning, and this evening even my ends are soft and shiny. Thank you!”
“This oil smells wonderful and my hair soaks it right up. It’s light enough to use as a smoothing/conditioning agent, but substantial enough to use as a deep treatment. I’m very glad I purchased the full size bottle!”
“My hair LOVES this! So shiny afterwards, even makes my rough damaged ends soft. Plus, great for sore muscles and stretching ear piercings!”
“Smells divine, I also had to put it on my baldheaded husband, he loves it too! Thank you!”
What makes this work so well?
While all of the ingredients in Triple Moon Oil are important, these ones impart the greatest benefit:
Organic Cold–Pressed Unrefined Sunflower Oil– An oil wealthy in Oleic acids with high amounts of Vitamins A, D, and E, also has beneficial amounts of lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. Deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin and hair it is a natural emollient (meaning it corrects scaling and dryness), by helping upraised skin and hair cells lay flat, helping to increase shine and keep in moisture. Cold-pressed oil, also called cold-drawn, or virgin, oil, is purer than oil expressed with the aid of heat and retains more of its natural benefits.
Evening Primrose Oil– Evening Primrose Seed Oil is pressed the seeds of the Evening Primrose plant, Oenothera biennis . The yellow flowers only open in the evening, hence their common name. Evening Primrose Seed Oil is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid and nourishes the scalp, hair, and even your nails.
Shea Nut Oil– A beautiful oil with a deep golden color which is made by cold-pressing the nut seed of the Shea (Karite) Tree. Shea oil is a byproduct of Shea butter production where the pressing of the seeds produces a fractionated oil. This oil leaves a smooth and healthy feel to the skin and hair buy helping rough and upraised cells smooth back into place. It offers benefits for numerous skin problems including dermatitis, eczema, burns, cutaneous dryness and other irritations. Highly recommended as a protective agent against harsh weather conditions where a mild barrier against the elements is desired.
Nettle-Infused Oil– Fixed or essential oils are not obtained from this plant but extracts are produced, although not by distillation. The plant, organically grown, is macerated in virgin olive oil to produce nettle oil which contains the lipid soluble constituents. Used for treating eczema and other conditions causing itching of the skin and is natural deep cleanser useful for oily skin and hair. Nettle is also said to promote hair growth.
Sea Buckthorn Oil– So rich in vitamins and nutrients that it has been even speculated that the plant must have been cultivated by some ancient plant-breeder. A useful, highly prized, and specific oil typically used to treat damaged skin, ulcerations, scar tissue, wrinkles, eczema, burns, etc. Cold extracted from whole Sea Buckthorn berries, it is a moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, scalp soother. This oil is exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols.
Bay Essential Oil– Bay is a scalp stimulant and antiseptic astringent and was very popular with the Romans, who thought Bay was a symbol of wisdom, peace and protection. The Latin Laudis means “to praise,” which is why the victors at the Olympic games were presented with a Laurel (Bay) Wreath. The priestesses at Delphi sat over the burning fumes to increase their prophetic visions.
Birch Essential Oil– Birch oil is another herb that is believed to help promote hair growth. This herb is often recommended to people who may be experiencing hair thinning, as it is also known to slow down hair loss.
Cedarwood Essential Oil– Excellent for both hair and skin care. It balances oily skin, soothes and helps to heal skin rashes, reduces oil in hair and skin. Famed cedars of Biblical times (Lebanon cedar) provided one of the world’s earliest perfumes. Other ancient cultures used cedarwood for sarcophagi and palace and temple building material.
German Chamomile Essential Oil– Promotes hair growth, scalp soother and hair conditioner. This most soothing of herbs was used in ancient Egyptian medicine as an emblem of the omnipotence of Ra through its power to restore wholeness to the Self.
Lavender Essential Oil– Enhances hair growth by stimulating the scalp. The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash” and was known as one of the seven polyvalents (effective against many toxins). Greeks and Romans perfumed their bathwater with lavender, burned lavender incense to appease their wrathful gods, and believed the scent of lavender to be soothing to untamed lions and tigers.
Red Thyme Essential Oil– Helps control an oily scalp and stimulates the scalp, promoting hair growth. So important was the herb’s aroma that its name was culled from the Greek thymon, meaning, “to fumigate.” Indeed Roman soldiers bathed in thyme before entering a battle, and in the Middle Ages sprigs of thyme were woven into the scarves of knights departing for the Crusades. Most present-day research has centered on thyme’s ability as an antibacterial and anti-infectious agent, even when diffused in the air.
Rosemary Essential Oil– An antimicrobial/antiseptic scalp stimulant and soother; to the ancient Greeks and Romans the plant was sacred, symbolic of loyalty, death, and remembrance, as well as scholarly learning. At weddings and important occasions, wherever solemn vows were made, garlands and headdresses of rosemary were worn, as an emblem of trust and constancy.
Sage Essential Oil– A scalp soother and astringent, the herb is of ancient repute, valued as a culinary and medicinal plant – called herba sacra, ‘sacred herb’, by the Romans
Tea Tree Essential Oil– A long-reputed herb for its ability to sooth irritated skin, this oil reduces the itching of an irritated scalp. The aboriginal peoples of Australia soaked the pungent leaves in hot water and used them in all manner of medicinal treatment.
Ylang–Ylang Essential Oil– This oil is a scalp soother and follicle stimulator. Indonesians spread the luxuriant flowers on the marriage bed of the newly weeded couples. Ylang means “flowers of flowers,” sometimes called “the perfume tree.”
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