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Herbal Hair Remedies

by Institute for Vibrant Living

Rosemary, lavender and thyme make a fragrant potpourri but when blended, the essential oils of these natural herbs can effectively treat hair loss.

Reverse hair loss with natural herbs

If you are concerned about thinning hair and hair loss, natural herbs can be a cheap and effective answer. They have been used for centuries to support lustrous, strong and healthy hair and the secret is that it stimulates the scalp.

Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center studied the effects of rosemary, lavender and thyme on patients with alopecia and hair loss. The results suggested that sufferers who massaged their scalps with rosemary and other essential oils every day for seven months had a significant improvement in hair growth. The study showed that the stimulating act of massaging herbal essential oils regularly to the scalp reversed the problem of significant hair loss in these patients.

Rosemary oil is known to stimulate the circulation. By rubbing it into the scalp daily it prompts the follicles to boost hair regrowth. It not only nourishes the follicles, rosemary has analgesic properties which soothe inflammation, repair damage, moisturize a dry scalp and helps cleanse blocked follicles.

Lavender Treats Alopecia

Herbalists often recommend the use of lavender oil for those suffering from hair loss and alopecia. This was backed up by studies that showed those who applied lavender oil to their scalp had faster hair regrowth that those who simply applied a carrier oil.

Lavender is a natural healer loaded with antioxidants. It reduces acne, improves eczema and reduces aging through its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and in similar way appears to support a healthy scalp and follicles which reduces hair loss.

Thyme Reduces Hair Loss

Thyme is another natural stimulant for the circulation. Rubbing an essential oil of thyme into the scalp delivers nutrients directly to the hair follicles and appears to stimulate circulation and hair growth. Professional hair loss treatments often include thyme in their remedies showing their faith in this natural herb.

Put a few drops of rosemary, lavender and thyme essential oils into your hand and rub to warm and distribute it. Gently run your oil-coated hands through your hair then brush to distribute it. Make sure you concentrate on applying it to the scalp too. 

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Tips for Using Essential Oils

If you have never used essential oils before, there are a few tips to make it a safe and pleasant experience. Remember that essential oils are highly concentrated essences and should always be added to a carrier oil before being applied to the scalp or skin.

The first time you use an essential oil, dab it onto a small area of your inside arm. If it burns, itches or causes a red patch, avoid using it.   Essential oils are for external or topical use only and should never be ingested.

Keep essential oils away from the eyes, nose and mouth. This means always washing your hands after handling them as a tiny amount on the bottle can inadvertently be transferred to your eyes or mouth after contact.

By following these tips you can safely use essential oils for aromatherapy, particularly for reducing hair loss and treating alopecia.

 

 

 

 

 

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