Essential oils for hair loss
Essential oils for hair loss

CAN ESSENTIAL OILS PREVENT HAIR LOSS?

Essential oils have been used to promote hair growth for years. The safety and efficacy of essentials oil in the have been investigated by several clinical trials and have shown essential oils to have some promising hair restoration properties and well tolerated in the general population.

Certain topical oils can increase blood flow to the scalp which increases growth and division in the hair bulb, this leads to more cells in the hair bulb, that grow for a longer period of time before they keratinise (die), this gives you thicker hair.

WHAT STUDIES SUPPORT THE USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HAIR LOSS?

Several studies have been carried out to evaluate the efficacy of essential oils in relation to hair regrowth;

  1. Hair growth promoting effects of lavender oil in mice 2016.  This study showed that number of hair follicles increased significantly, hair follicle depth deepened and dermal layer thickened in the experimental group which indicated that lavender oil has a marked hair growth promoting effect.
  1. Effect of peppermint oil on hair growth in C57BL/6 mice suggest that peppermint oil induces a rapid anagen stage.
  1. Rosemary oil versus minoxidil 2% for the treatment of androgenic alopecia: a randomised comparative trial in 2015 – Both groups showed a significant increase in hair count at 6 months.
  1. Randomized trial of aromatherapy in 1998 found that cedarwood oil is a safe and effective treatment for patients with alopecia areata.
Essential oils for hair loss

Patient showing an excellent response to essential oil therapy.  Results after 7 months of essential oil therapy (thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood) in a mixture of carrier oils [6].

REFERENCES

  1. www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-for-hair-growth
  2. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4289931/
  3. www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20372926
  4. www.healthline.com/nutrition/best-vitamins-hair-growth
  5. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6380979/
  6. Hay IC, Jamieson M, Ormerod AD. Randomized trial of aromatherapy: successful treatment for alopecia areata. Archives of dermatology. 1998 Nov 1;134(11):1349-52.

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