Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine using aromatic plant extracts, known as essential oils. It is a treatment for the relief of minor pains, soothing of the skin, and revitalizing of the whole body. It can also do wonders for a person’s mood as it promotes relaxation and eases tension, fatigue, and stress.
Aromatherapy is fast becoming popular with the proliferation of spas, salons, and organic cosmetic products. It is more known for its relaxing and skin improvement benefits, but it could also be used as a natural way of reducing hair loss. Some essential oils have been proven to stimulate hair growth. Others help stimulate the cells of your scalp and increase the flow of blood to your hair follicles, while others detoxify your scalp. Here are a few examples of essential oils that may help alleviate your hair loss problems:
1. Lavender and bay
Combine six drops of these two essential oils with four ounces of either soybean, almond, or sesame oil. Massage the mixture into your scalp. Let it sit for 20 minutes before washing it off with water. With the added benefit of helping you relax, these essential oils will stimulate your hair follicles. You can also add three drops of bay oil to a palmful of shampoo, and you can use this to wash your hair everyday.
2. Almond and castor
Combine equal parts of almond oil and castor oil and massage into your scalp once or twice a week.
3. Olive. Apply olive oil onto hair and scalp
Cover your head with a shower cap and let it sit overnight. Wash it off the following day. The moisturizing properties of olive oil will help keep your hair and scalp healthy.
4. Henna and mustard
Boil four tablespoons of henna leaves in 1 cup of mustard oil. Strain the mixture using a sieve and store it in a glass bottle. Massage the oil into your hair and scalp and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. It would be better, however, if it is left overnight before washing it off the following day.
5. Cedarwood, thyme, lavender, rosemary, jojoba, and grapeseed
Mix two drops of cedarwood and thyme oil, three drops of lavender and rosemary oil, half a teaspoon of jojoba oil, and four teaspoons of grapeseed oil. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage well for two minutes nightly. Using a warm towel, wrap your head and leave it overnight. According to an article in Health Magazine’s November-December 1999 issue, a study made by dermatologists of the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland showed that among 43 people suffering from hair loss, 19 grew half of their hair back after using the said oil mixture daily for seven months. A small fraction, on the other hand, regrew almost all of their hair. Note, however, that rosemary oil should be avoided if you have high blood pressure. Moreover, grapeseed oil could cause minor irritations to those with sensitive skin.
Essential oils are very easy to procure and to apply, but it is very important that one be patient in waiting for the results when undergoing aromatherapy. It could take at least 3 to 6 months or even longer for hair to grow back and scalp health improvements to be noticed.