AAA: Can Essential Oils Promote Hair Growth?
It can be said that we’ve missed the salon these last couple of months. Not sure about those reading this, but our hair was in need of some TLC. So we started some research, grabbed our EOs, and got to work. Essential oils might not have the capacity to color or perm your hair but how do they perform when it comes to hair growth? Read on to learn what we discovered.
Turns out essential oils and hair go hand-in-hand. Aromatherapist, Robert Tisserand collected research showing that a 1% dilution of Rosemary essential oil out-performed a 2% dilution of minoxidil (of which, Rogaine is a common brand). A separate study showed that a 3% dilution of Peppermint essential oil improved the appearance of hair growth better than minoxidil. Similarly, Lavender alone along with a blend of Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender and Cedarwood diluted in Jojoba and Grapeseed were found to dramatically enhance hair growth. In other words, the research is conclusive on essential oil’s benefits towards hair growth.
But how is this possible? Two of the above studies purport that both Rosemary and Peppermint EO was able to promote hair growth by stimulating the scalp and increasing blood circulation to hair follicles. This may also be why caffeine, a constituent found in Coffee, is a known hair-growth stimulant. With this information, it may be worth testing other EOs known to increase circulation for hair growth as well such as Cypress, Geranium, and Juniper Berry. But for now, we’ve decided to stick to what we know works and create our own blend for hair growth. If our manes aren’t the only ones that could use a little TLC, pick up this helpful recipe below –
5 drops Rosemary Around The World oil
4 drops Peppermint Around The World oil
3 drops Lavender Around The World oil
1 tbsp Jojoba carrier oil
1 tbsp Grapeseed carrier oil
30 ml empty amber glass bottle
Combine all ingredients in your empty bottle. Massage a small amount of oil onto your clean scalp 1-2 times per day every day for four weeks or until desired results are achieved. A skin patch test is recommended before applying the blend to your scalp. Note, your hair/ scalp may be oily after application. If applying at night, a hair cap is recommended.
We suggest the Around The World oils as they each contain a combination of the same oil but from different origins (i.e. Rosemary from Morocco, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, and Corsica). This results in a powerful synergy that offers heightened therapeutic benefits.