5 Fantastic Essential Oils For Alopecia

essential oils for alopecia

Alopecia or hair loss is an unbelievably common condition, occurring in both men and women and for a number of different reasons.

This can range from the more familiar male/female pattern baldness associated with genes and hormones (known as androgenetic alopecia), to severe auto-immune conditions where all body hair is lost (such as alopecia areata, totalis and universalis).

There are of course various synthetic drugs available for alopecia treatment and though they are effective, they’re not without some worrying side effects.

Drugs such as minoxidil, finasteride, and dutasteride can lead to problems including contact dermatitis, headache, low blood pressure, abdominal discomfort, acne, hormone changes, sexual dysfunction and depression [1a][1b][1c][1d][1e] Not to mention being extremely dangerous to children! [1f]

And it’s for these reasons that there’s a move to investigate plant-based therapies as a safer answer to hair loss problems [1].

Using essential oils for alopecia and hair loss is a realistic alternative to these pharmaceuticals and much gentler on the whole body.  And thankfully this isn’t all based on folk-lore, there’s now a lot of science behind how these oils work and why they’re so effective.

So, in no particular order, let’s look at 5 of the best essential oils for alopecia and the ways in which they help to reduce hair loss…

5 Fantastic Essential Oils For Alopecia

1  Peppermint Oil

The humble peppermint plant produces an oil that isn’t just good for indigestion, but great at promoting hair growth as well.

A scientific study carried out in 2014, comparing peppermint oil, minoxidil, jojoba oil and saline, found that peppermint oil produced the most prominent effects on hair growth.  And it did this by speeding up the anagen phase of hair growth, the most active part of the hair’s lifecycle.

The peppermint not only increased thickness of the skin, but also the depth of the hair follicles and the number that were present.  And the best thing is, no toxic side effects were seen from its use [2].

2  Lavender Oil

Lavender also has a whole array of therapeutic benefits from reducing anxiety and promoting sleep, to healing skin conditions, such as eczema, acne and burns.  And its benefits now seem to extend to boosting hair growth, as the science is showing.

In a recent study on mice in 2016, lavender oil was compared to several other solutions and found to produce a marked response in hair growth.  Just like peppermint oil, it boosted the number of hair follicles, their depth within the skin and the thickness of the dermal layer [3].

3  Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil has also compared well to minoxidil in studies on androgenetic alopecia.  In a randomised trial in 2015 rosemary oil produced the same significant increase in hair count as minoxidil, but without the level of itchiness that the drug caused [4a].

Also in older study in 1998, rosemary oil was shown to work well in conjunction with other essential oils – thyme, lavender and cedarwood – at treating alopecia areata, and with a siginficant improvement in the condition [4b].

4  Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin seed oil is very high in vitamin E (tocapherols), antioxidant compounds and unsaturated fats, such as oleic and stearic fatty acids [5].

In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in 2014, men treated with oral pumpkin seed oil had a 40% increase in hair count after 24 weeks [5a].  With no side effects recorded throughout the trial.

5  Hinoki Oil

And finally, you may not have heard of it, but amazing hinoki oil comes from a Japanese cypress tree called Chamaecyparis obtusa.  The oil from this tree not only has important antimicrobial effects but also appears to be a promoter of hair growth, due to some of the compounds it contains.

A study using mice in 2010 showed that hinoki oil increased the gene expression of certain skin growth factors, which in turn promoted more hair growth [6].

And a later study showed that hinoki oil produced a significant proliferation in the number of hair follicles in the scalp over just a 4-week period.  It not only stimulated growth factors in the skin, but also maintained the hairs in the active anagen phase of their growth, even better than the pharmaceutical drug minoxidil [6a].

If you’re feeling inspired to try using essential oils for alopecia, feel free to check out some of my hair treatment recipes…

Rosemary And Lavender Olive Oil Hair Treatment

Nourishing Coconut Oil Hair Treatment and

Hinoki Essential Oil Hair-LossTreatment.

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