How To Use Essential Oils for Hair Growth — For Men and Women

Man With Hair Loss

If you're noticing some hair loss, you may want to try essential oils for hair growth. Massaging aromatherapy blends into your scalp may help reduce the loss and may stimulate hair growth.

The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that cedarwood, lavender, thyme, or rosemary may be effective in reducing hair loss by increasing circulation to the scalp. To make a scalp massage oil, add 10 to 12 drops of essential oil(s) 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 it's OK to 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.

Aromatherapy for Hair Loss

Massage a few drops of the following blend into your scalp each night:

  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 25 drops rosemary essential oil

Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies

If you can't use rosemary, other recommended essential oils for hair growth include basil, cedarwood, peppermint, spikenard, and ylang ylang. Try this hair growth formula:

  • 50 drops of a blend of the suggested oils
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil

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

Reversing Women's Hair Loss

After noticing an increasing amount of hair in the drain after washing my hair, I have successfully used the following blend from Ananda Apothecary to decrease the amount of hair falling out:

  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon evening primrose oil
  • 1 tablespoon rosehip seed oil
  • 24 drops lavender essential oil
  • 24 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 24 drops carrot seed essential oil
  • 12 drops clary sage essential oil

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 and continue to use the blend once or twice a week.

Hair Loss Prevention

If you want to prevent hair loss, blend the following ingredients in a pump bottle:

  • 4 teaspoons castor oil
  • 4 teaspoons camelina vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
  • 20 drops atlas cedar essential oil
  • 10 drops bay rum essential oil

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

Alopecia Areata and Essential Oils for Hair Growth

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 where the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, causing 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 in the treatment of 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:

  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 2 drops thyme
  • 2 drops cedarwood
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba and/or grapeseed oil

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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