Did you ever think of using essential oils for hair growth? Maybe it’s about time you should! There are a couple essential oils that reduce hair loss. Rosemary oil immediately comes to mind, but there are more!
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Best Essential Oils for Hair Growth
1. Rosemary Essential Oil
Without a doubt, rosemary is one of the best essential oils for hair growth. And there is an actual clinical study from 2015 that verifies this.
The study compared the effects of rosemary essential oil and minoxidil 2% on treating hair loss in 100 patients. Minoxidil is a pretty common drug for hair loss. You may have seen it sold as Rogaine and Lipogaine. I’m sure you’ve probably heard of it… It does work!
Anyway, after three months of daily use, the patients saw little change to their hair growth. But, after six months, at the end of the study, patients in both groups (rosemary and minoxidil) saw major improvement to their hair count! And the rosemary oil group had very similar results to the minoxidil group!
That’s amazing news considering minoxidil has so many side effects.
An earlier study found when rosemary was mixed with oils and lotions it was helpful in “stimulating the hair bulbs to renewed activity, to prevent premature baldness.” Neat!
I have an anecdote for you too. Hubby actually uses a rosemary blend every morning. He mixes together castor oil, argan oil, rosemary essential oil and sometimes tea tree oil and massages it into his scalp. He’s been using it for a couple years now and I think the blend has definitely helped reduce his hair loss and dandruff. Hooray!
Get the oil he uses here:
Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Cedarwood Combo
Woah! That’s quite the combo!
The combination showed good results in this 1998 clinical study involving spot baldness. In the study, participants massaged their scalp with the blend for two minutes before bed. Half of the participants saw great improvement in their hair growth. Awesomesauce!
The exact blend had 2 drops each of thyme and cedarwood oils and 3 drops each of rosemary and lavender. The essential oils were added to 3 mL of jojoba oil and 20 mL of grapeseed oil. Massage this blend into your scalp for a couple months and compare your loss!
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Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot oil showed good results in animal studies like this 2003 one. The researchers found a blend of bergamot and boxthorn “played an active role in skin and the promotion of hair growth” in mice.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Another animal study, this time from 2013, explored the hair growth changes in mice subjected to jojoba oil, 3% minoxidil and 3% peppermint oil.
After the second week, the mice in the peppermint oil group had faster hair growth rates. A month into the experiment, the peppermint group had 92% growth. Compare that to the minoxidil group which only had 55%!
The researchers also pointed out peppermint improved hair length, hair thickness, follicle depth, and dermal thickness. That’s all great news for the mice! And should be good news for your own hair too.
Try peppermint oil:
Clove Basil Essential Oil
Ok I’m going to quote one last animal study here; this one is from 2004 and involves clove basil (Ocimum gratissimum) oil. The researchers found the oil improved hair growth and believed the oil could help patients who had chemotherapy-induced hair loss. So clove basil is definitely one to try.
Using Essential Oils for Hair Growth
When it comes to using essential oils for hair growth, you should know the oils don’t work overnight. Actually, there’s nothing you can do or take that can magically give you a full head of thick, luxurious hair overnight. No magic pill, no magic bullet!
These essential oils can help, yes, but you have to apply them to your scalp consistently. Every single day… for months… There is no other way to do this. It takes time.
And be sure to mix your essential oils with a vegetable oil before applying it to your skin. Why? Well, undiluted essential oils are very strong and can react with your skin. I’ve broken out in hives before after using undiluted tea tree oil… That’s not something you want all over your scalp either; so, dilute the oils.
A good dilution ratio is 5 drops of essential oils per 5 millilitres of a carrier oil like argan oil or avocado oil. Check out my post on the benefits of avocado oil too.
Not All Hair Loss Can Be Stopped
There are so many causes of hair loss. Getting older is certainly one of them. Genetics is another… if your family has spot baldness, it is likely you may develop it too. And that’s not something that can be fixed with an essential oil.
But, there are other contributing factors to hair loss like stress, not eating enough protein, and taking certain medications. These you can address so you won’t experience excessive hair fall.
If you are concerned about your hair loss and if you are planning to use essential oils for hair growth, talk to your doctor. Some oils can interact with certain medications. So, it’s important to have that conversation.
Do you use essential oils for hair growth? How does it work for you? Let me know in the comments below.
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