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What are the Best Essential Oils for Hair Growth?

Hair loss is a common occurrence for people of all ages and genders. It can be due to a severe illness, stress, the influence of age and hormones (the case of male pattern baldness), or due to an autoimmune disorder (like alopecia). Hair loss can generally be thought of as excessive loss of hair follicles, as losing hair is actually quite normal and happens every day. If you are losing hair rapidly, you might want to consider using essential oils to stimulate growth.

By using essential oils on your hair, you can nourishing your scalp and  stimulate the blood vessels in that area. To maximise the hair stimulating effects of the oils, rubbing them in to your scalp at night, prior to going to bed. Essential oils can also be added to shampoo and conditioner bottles, or any other hair products you use.

Why Use Essential Oils for Hair Growth?

Essential oils are generally very affordable when compared to over the counter hair loss treatments, and in addition to helping with hair growth, they also lave you hair smelling fantastic. Certain oils can also have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, such as neroli, lemon, and vetiver. The bonus of a nice smelling barnet can also be therapeutic. This might not seem much of a benefit at first, but consider that stress has long been known to inhibit hair growth! Various oils can also be mixed together at home for some great synergistic results.

Tips on How to Make Your Own Natural Hair Growth Formula

Normally, the best way to start your formula is with a carrier oil, such as jojoba, almond, coconut, or wheat germ oil. These carrier oils acts as a base for the rest of the mixture, helping to dilute the essential oils in to a more manageable ratio and avoiding any potential issues with skin irritation.

Next, you need to add your essential oils. Research has shown that when applied to the scalp, a combination of thyme, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood has improved hair growth by an astounding 44% after just 7 months of treatment.

Essential Oils for Hair Growth Reviews

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant through the process of steam distillation. Apart from its famous sweet and floral aroma, lavender is also known for its balancing, soothing, and antidepressant effects.

Different cultures have been using lavender for different purposes. The Ancient Greeks used it to treat various illnesses such as constipation and throat infections. The Romans also favored lavender oil for cooking and bathing. They also used it as a natural air freshener.

As a hair treatment solution, lavender essential oil is great for preventing dandruff and itching. It is also effective in eliminating hair breakage as well as in improving hair growth. Lavender is especially useful for treating alopecia areata.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary has long been used for its restorative property. As an anti-inflammatory remedy, you can use it as a massage oil, especially to treat muscular pains and rheumatism.

Rosemary essential oil can help stimulate circulation. It increases blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles as well as relieve pain.

It has the added benefits of being able to combat headaches effectively, but treat muscular and joint pains too.

Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme oil is not just used for cooking, but as an antifungal and antibacterial agent.

A few users reported that it can help lessen the effects, or eliminate, toe fungus too.

Thyme oil is also used to encourage hair growth, but be warned that this particular bottle is very potent.

Thyme oil is actually very strong, and too much can sting. Be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil before application.

Frances Masters

Frances Masters is a BACP accredited psychotherapist with over 30,000 client hours of experience. Follow her @fusioncoachuk, or visit The Integrated Coaching Academy for details about up coming training.