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If you're looking for a natural hair loss remedy, you may want to try essential oils for hair growth.
Cedarwood, lavender, thyme, or rosemary may help reduce hair loss by increasing circulation to the scalp. To make a scalp massage oil, add 3 or 4 drops of each of the essential oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil. Massage a few drops of the blend gently into your scalp once or twice a day.
Jojoba oil is a highly recommended carrier oil because it's a traditional herbal remedy for thinning hair, although you can use other carrier oils. Some studies also suggest that aloe vera may promote hair growth.
With any essential oil hair loss treatment, allow four to eight weeks to see noticeable results.
Caution: If you apply hair-loss medications (such as Minoxidal) to your scalp, using essential oils on your scalp may cause adverse drug interactions.
Essential oils for hair loss suggested by The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness are West Indian bay (Pimenta racemosa), clary sage, lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme, and ylang ylang.
Massage a few drops of the following blend into your scalp each night:
Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies
Here's another hair growth formula:
Blend ingredients in a container and label. Use nightly. Shake well and massage a little into scalp for 10 minutes.
Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
If you want to make a shampoo to support hair growth:
Blend all ingredients in a PET plastic bottle. Shake gently before use.
After I noticed an increasing amount of hair in the drain after washing my hair, I successfully used the following blend of essential oils for hair growth to decrease the amount of hair falling out:
Blend the oils in a dark bottle.
Before washing your hair, massage about a teaspoon of the blend into your scalp. Ideally, let set 20 minutes, but I didn't always wait that long. I started seeing a difference after about six weeks.
Hair Growth and Repair Conditioner
Add all ingredients to an eight-ounce glass spray bottle. Shake gently before using. Spray onto roots and work into hair.
Source: The Essential Oil Hormone Solution
If you want to prevent hair loss, blend the following ingredients in a pump bottle:
Shake well. Store in refrigerator, and shake before each use.
To use: Once a week, massage a little of the mixture into your hair. Let sit for a few minutes, and then wash hair as usual.
Source: The Essential Guide to Natural Skin Care
Scalp Restorative Spray
Combine ingredients in spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Spray on hair daily.
Scalp Restorative Shampoo
Stir essential oils into shampoo. Use as you would any shampoo.
Source: Essential Oils For Healing
Scalp Conditioner For Hair Growth
Combine all ingredients in a glass or PET plastic bottle. Store in a cool, dark place. To use:
Source: Essential Oils Every Day: Rituals and Remedies for Healing, Happiness, and Beauty
The most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, called male pattern baldness in men and female diffuse hair loss in women.
In contrast, alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease — the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles and causes hair to fall out in small, round patches. The study Randomized Trial of Aromatherapy: Successful Treatment for Alopecia Areata looked at thyme, lavender, rosemary, and atlas cedarwood essential oils for hair growth to reverse the hair loss caused by this condition. The study concluded that aromatherapy is a safe and effective treatment.
Here's a recipe adapted from Healing With Aromatherpy using those oils:
Make this blend every day and massage it into your scalp for at least two minutes, and then wrap a warm towel around your head for 15 to 20 minutes. Allow at least two to three months to see results.
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