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Topic: Essential Oil Study
Posted By: CandiiMamii26
Subject: Essential Oil Study
Date Posted: Apr 09 2008 at 6:11pm

Essential Oils Can Help Regrow Hair

So much importance is placed on appearance in this society that retaining one's hair borders on obsession. Regardless of the cause—be it genes, hormones, drugs or illness—hair loss can cause anxiety and stress. The number of national television ads for hair-growth drugs speaks volumes about the market for regrowth remedies. Thus, a treatment that offers moderate hair growth and no significant side effects could be a boon. Enter four promising essential oils.

Isabelle C. Hay and colleagues from the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland saw several cases of alopecia areata, a type of hair loss that causes patchy baldness, improve after patients used herbal treatments. Unlike male pattern baldness or hair brittleness, alopecia is a condition that affects men and women of all ages, and is most likely caused by an immune system inflammation that affects areas of the scalp. Stress often precedes an alopecia outbreak. Standard medical therapies, including corticosteroid injections, are only modestly helpful. Most, but not all, patients eventually improve or recover.

External application of various herbal essences is believed to benefit those who suffer hair loss due to alopecia. Among these are cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris), all of which have been used to treat alopecia for more than a century. However, no double-blind studies have been conducted to evaluate the efficacy of these herbs until now.

Hay and researchers recruited 84 people with diagnosed alopecia areata. During the seven-month trial, participants suspended use of topical or oral alopecia medications. Instead, half used a blend of cedarwood (2 drops, 94 mg), lavender (3 drops, 108 mg), rosemary (3 drops, 114 mg) and thyme (2 drops, 88 mg) in a carrier oil mix of jojoba (3 mL) and grapeseed (20 mL). The placebo group used just the carrier oils. Subjects were taught to rub the oil into the bare areas of their scalp for two minutes each evening and then to wrap a warm towel around their head to enhance absorption.

Professional photographs of each patients' scalp were taken at baseline, three and seven months. Changes as seen in the photographs served as the primary outcome measure. Outcomes were also measured by mapping bald patches and measuring severity of alopecia with a four-point scale. Of the 84 patients who entered the trial, only 63 completed it—35 from the active group and 28 from the control group.

Of those receiving active treatment, 44 percent (16 of 35 patients) significantly improved, while 15 percent (6 of 28 patients) using placebo improved. The essential oils had a statistically significant advantage (P = 0.008). The average area of hair regrowth with the essential oils was 104 square cm compared with nearly zero for those using placebo.1

One male patient with alopecia areata as well as severe male pattern hair loss saw improvement in both areas after using the essential oil blend.

These results suggest that one or more of the essential oils are biologically able to promote hair growth. While promising, confirming studies are needed before we can be sure. However, is a 44 percent response rate worth the effort? According to the authors, this is about the same response rate dermatologists expect with standard medical therapies. To the herbs' benefit, however, they are less expensive, require fewer doctor visits and have a low risk of side effects.

Future research must explore which of the four herbs had the most effect or if they work in tandem. Also open for exploration is whether increasing the concentration of the most active constituents would increase response rates. Dose is also worth researching. Perhaps twice daily treatment would be more effective than once daily.

While this type of research on herbal remedies is encouraging, only one of five dermatologists I unofficially surveyed could remember seeing this study, although all five read the American Medical Association-sponsored journal that was open-minded enough to publish it.

Posted By: loolalooh
Date Posted: Apr 09 2008 at 8:21pm
Thanks for the info!!

Posted By: lolipop2004
Date Posted: Apr 09 2008 at 8:33pm

Posted By: Carib_n_curly
Date Posted: Apr 10 2008 at 8:54am
thanks for the info now i have something else to buy

Posted By: dividir
Date Posted: Apr 11 2008 at 4:27pm
c&c factory: thing that make you go hmmmmmm

Posted By: growinstrong
Date Posted: Apr 12 2008 at 1:09am
I believe it.  I had an area in my crown that was almost completely bald and I began treating it with a mixture of peppermint oil and tea tree oil.  I would massage it into my scalp nightly.  Now the hair is coming in nicely.  I wish I had taken before and after pictures!  The massaging probably helps, but I believe the oils are working as well.  I am now trying it around my edges to see if it will promote growth.

Posted By: Jr1127
Date Posted: Apr 12 2008 at 2:06am
Oh so peppermint oil and tea tree will promote hair growth?

Posted By: Yogi
Date Posted: Apr 12 2008 at 2:20am
Originally posted by Jr1127 Jr1127 wrote:

Oh so peppermint oil and tea tree will promote hair growth?

Posted By: newcurlygirl
Date Posted: Apr 12 2008 at 11:45am
You can find therapeutic-grade (the purest, most effective essential oils) of rosemary, peppermint, cedarwood, thyme, lavender and others reported to stimulate hair growth (basil) here:" rel="no follow -

Posted By: alynxx
Date Posted: Apr 12 2008 at 12:16pm
trust me! I swear by tea tree and peppermint oil in my mn mix!! my edges are so filled in...thx for the info girly!

Posted By: MsMiamiLady
Date Posted: Apr 14 2008 at 9:29pm
can EVOO be considered as an essential oil?

Posted By: newcurlygirl
Date Posted: Apr 14 2008 at 9:31pm
Originally posted by MsMiamiLady MsMiamiLady wrote:

can EVOO be considered as an essential oil?

no. EVOO is a carrier oil---an oil to which you add EOs.

Posted By: tinkygirl
Date Posted: Apr 16 2008 at 12:50am

Posted By: aishwarya_fan
Date Posted: Apr 16 2008 at 12:37pm
Be sure to read up on the essential oils if you plan to use any of them on young children or if you have any medi conditions. Some of the essential oils used in the study are not considered safe for young children/babies (Atlas Cedarwood, Thyme) or ppl with epilepsy (Rosemary) or pregger women (Rosemary, Thyme, Atlas Cedarwood).

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