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Hair Loss and Aromatherapy


What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is an alternative healing practice that uses essential oils and other aromatic plant compounds to improve the overall health and wellbeing of an individual. These essential oils may be used in a massage oil, heated in an oil burner, placed topically on the hair or skin, or inhaled with steaming water.

It is believed that the oil’s scent stimulates the olfactory system of the brain, which controls our sense of smell. When we smell the aroma of the oils, the limbic system of our brains (responsible for memory and emotions) releases chemicals that reduce physical effects of stress, often responsible for hair loss.

However, when essential oils are used topically on the skin (including the scalp), thermal receptors are activated to destroy the microbes and fungi that inhibit our immune system and prevent hair growth.

Hair Loss and its Causes

Hair loss, or baldness in its extreme, is the medical term used to describe inexplicable hair loss from the head and body. It may be the result of genetics, stress, medication, hormonal changes and fatigue, and is a good measurement of how your health is faring generally.

How Aromatherapy can Help Hair Loss

Aromatherapy is the ideal natural alternative to fighting hair loss. Like good nutrition, the essential oils used in aromatherapy are filled with vitamins, minerals, herbs and oils that feed the hair and promote its growth. It also successfully treats hair thinning and bald patches, as well as stimulating hair follicles that leads to increased hair growth.

Aromatherapy Oils for Hair Loss

There are many aromatherapy oils that can help grow hair and prevent hair loss. They may be mixed in with your shampoo, or blended with jojoba oils to be used as a hair treatment or in a head massage. Some of these essential oils include:

  • Arnica, which has traditionally been prepared as a hair rinse as a natural treatment for Alopecia (baldness)
  • Bay, which stimulates hair growth, diffuses dandruff problems and revitalizes dull hair. Adding three drops to your regular shampooing routine is the best way to use it.
  • Basil, which by stimulating scalp circulation promotes healing and natural hair growth. It may be used as a hair oil, and works exceptionally well when combined with herbs such as Fenugreek and Ivy Burdock.
  • Cypress works to prevent hair loss by easing the effects of stress and improving blood circulation to the scalp.
  • Lavender oil has a beneficial effect on the skin of the scalp, returning it to a level of health in which strands of strong hair can grow.
  • Rosemary contains camphor that works to strengthen the hair-bulbs and condition the hair, preventing hair thinning and loss and promoting hair growth.
  • Jojoba oils, which are one of the best oils to use to heal hair that regularly breaks or falls out. When treating the hair, approximately 30ml of Jojoba oil should be used in conjunction with 4-8 drops of the above aromatherapy oils.

If you are interested in finding out more about how aromatherapy can help with hair loss, speak to an aromatherapist in your local area.

Find out about other effective natural hair loss treatments.


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