Essential Oils and Hair Loss

Losing hair can be depressing. Whatever the reason for losing it, hair gives both men and women a certain value. Losing it can be more devastating to some people than others, and that is where treatments for hair loss come in.

People can put a lot of value on the amount of hair they have. Many products are currently available for hair regrowth. However, a lot of these are not very effective.

Hair loss, known in the medical world as alopecia, happens for a variety of reason. It can be caused because of hormones, drugs, cancer treatments, illnesses, and even genetics. Hair is lost in a few different ways as well.

If you know the reason for the hair loss, then there can sometimes be a natural way to treat it. Organic essential oils have medicinal value to them. Depending on the type of hair loss, organic essential oils may be the perfect choice for you.

I'll give you one example. In 1998 a study was done by 84 people who had alopecia areata, or male pattern baldness. Alopecia areata affected both men and women, and was suspected to be caused by an inflammatory immune response that happened when they were stressed.

The study wanted to see how organic essential oils affected alopecia areata if the individuals used organic essential oil applications to their scalp. They used a mixture of essential oils that had been used in history for baldness.

They put together a mixture of cedarwood, lavender, rosemary, and thyme essential oil. Half of the group used the organic essential oil mixture, and the other half used a plain carrier oil. They tested the group several times in a seven month period using photography and measurement systems to see if there was any improvement.

The results were that those that received active treatment with the essential oil treatment significantly improved by 44%. The placebo group that used carrier oil only improved by 15%. This suggests that essential oil treatments can promote hair growth.

source: Testing was done by researcher Isabelle C. Hay, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary 1998

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