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Episode 134: Nourishing Your Hair and A Look at Clementine

In this episode we sit down with Samantha Lewis, a member of the doTERRA Product Marketing team, to talk all about how doTERRA products can help your haircare routine. Plus, we'll look into the fascinating history of Clementine.


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doTERRA: Did you know that hair is the second-fastest-growing tissue in the human body, after bone marrow? Your hair grows day and night, so why not show it a little love?

Welcome back to Essential Oil Solutions with doTERRA, the podcast where you'll hear exciting, useful, and simple everyday uses for essential oils from experts in the field. If you like what you hear today, rate, review, and subscribe wherever you listen. We always appreciate hearing from you.

Today, we're excited to talk to Samantha Lewis, a member of the doTERRA product marketing team, about how doTERRA products can become an integral part of your hair care routine. Samantha, thank you so much for sitting down with us today.

Samantha Lewis: Thanks so much for having me!

doTERRA: How can essential oils help my hair?

Samantha: I think the biggest contribution essential oils can make to your hair is improving the overall appearance. Some essential oils can help keep your hair clean. There are also a few essential oils that are known to give your hair a healthy glow, which I personally love, living in a dryer climate. Plus, your hair always smells great.

doTERRA: And what essential oils do you recommend adding to my haircare routine?

Samantha: There really are so many oils you can add to your hair care routine. 

My first go-to is a leave-in treatment. I include a few oils, usually 10 to 15 drops of Geranium, Juniper Berry, Cedarwood, Rosemary, and Tea Tree in a bowl with about a tablespoon or so of both Fractionated Coconut Oil and Jojoba oil. Then I'll rub that and comb through my hair and give myself a little scalp massage and go to bed. If my hair really soaks it up, though, I'll add a bit more carrier oil and Geranium to help with that shine I'm usually missing when my hair is feeling dry.

I also know how many people love Ylang Ylang as part of their deep-conditioning routine, along with some Lavender and Geranium.

doTERRA: Finally, Samantha, can you tell us about other products that doTERRA has for my hair?

Samantha: Yeah, absolutely. With the new haircare product launch, we've totally refreshed our haircare products. There's a new protecting shampoo that includes some amazing essential oils, like invigorating Spearmint, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus and cleansing Tea Tree and Rosemary.

The same essential oils can be found in the conditioner. But I like to add some Lavender and Geranium if I'm planning on leaving it in throughout the rest of my shower routine. My favorite part about this conditioner is it doesn't weigh my hair down. I have pretty thick hair and find the heavy conditioners, although my hair might feel silky soft, and smooth, they really weigh my hair down even more, and I'll lose all volume. But I don't seem to have that problem with this conditioner. Honestly, if anything, I tend to have more volume after styling.

And then last but certainly not least, we've got an amazing leave-in conditioner that smells beautifully delicious. It has Wild Orange, Lime, Blue Tansy, Magnolia, and my personal favorite yummy osmanthus absolute. Honestly, though, my favorite part about this leave-in conditioner, other than the smell, is that my hair is always soft and smooth after styling. Plus, it acts as a heat protectant, so I've cut down on product use significantly.

I love some of the recipes we actually have on our doTERRA blog. One of my favorites is the hair detangler with Rosemary, Patchouli, Geranium, and Tea Tree. I also like to add some Magnolia for aroma.

When I needed deep clean, and don't want to use harsh chemicals on my hair, I turn to the scalp buildup cleanser with Rosemary, Lemon, and Grapefruit. I also always add Tea Tree to any scalp treatments that I do on myself.

doTERRA: Samantha, thank you so much for being here with us today.

Samantha: Thank you so much for having me. I love sharing my passion for essential oils.

doTERRA: Not far from the Mediterranean Sea lies a small municipality called Misserghin. Part of the Oran province of Algeria, much of Misserghin is covered by a salt lake called Sebkha of Oran. Today, Misserghin has a population of approximately 18,000 people. But we're going to take a step back in time, more than 100 years ago, to the late 19th century when Algeria was under French rule.

The Development of Clementine

Imagine yourself surrounded by citrus trees and sunshine as a warm, temperate breeze gently goes by. We're in the garden of an orphanage run by the Brothers of Annunciation in Misserghin. This is where brother Marie-Clement developed what we know as a clementine.

According to one person's memoirs, brother Marie-Clement “introduced several hundreds of varieties of trees into the country, including fruit trees and ornamental ones.” He developed a tree “which won the admiration of connoisseurs and which the orphans baptized the Clementine. It was neither a mandarin tree nor an orange tree. Its fruit was redder than a mandarin and had a delicious taste and, moreover, it had no pith."

Another person remembers it this way. Brother Marie-Clement “was following a bee that was collecting pollen for honey making. The bee went from an orange tree onto a mandarin tree. What could come from such cross-fertilization? The Brother attached a red ribbon to the flower of the mandarin tree and kept an eye on the fruit it produced. He made a seedling from the fruit when it matured and obtained a Clementine.”

Aptly named for Brother Clement, the clementine is a citrus fruit hybrid of Citrus x deliciosa (a Mediterranean or willowleaf mandarin orange) and Citrus x sinensis (a sweet orange). Juicy, sweet, and less acidic than most oranges, the clementine is a favorite of many. Clementine's have been called the crown jewel of the citrus world, and its pungent, yet light aroma smells similar to that of an orange with delicate, lemony notes. All around the world, citrus fruits of all kinds are commonly used for supporting health and wellness needs every single day.

We hope that beautiful Clementine is able to serve you and your family in bright and brilliant ways while bringing an atmosphere of joy into your home.

Thanks for joining us and congratulations on living a healthier lifestyle with essential oils. If you liked what you heard today, rate, review, and subscribe wherever you listen. Also, if you want to try any of the products you learned about, go to or find a Wellness Advocate near you to place an order today.

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