According to a study conducted by Scottish dermatologists and published in the November 1998 issue of Archives of Dermatology, several different essential oils have hair-growth promoting properties and may be used for treating hair loss. These same essential oils have also been used as a folk remedy to treat alopecia (the medical term for baldness) for more than a century. Now science has finally confirmed that they actually work, and you can use them too, if you're suffering from hair loss, baldness or even thinning hair. By combining the essential oils with carrier oils and applying to the affected area, they will penetrate the hair shafts and encourage new growth. Here's how you can emulate the conditions of the study on your own at home:

Materials: Essential Oils for Hair Loss
  • 1/2 tsp jojoba oil
  • 4 tsp grapeseed oil
  • Small mixing bowl
  • 2 drops thyme essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • Warm towel
  1. Combine the jojoba oil and grapeseed oil in a small mixing bowl to create the carrier oil. This mixture will "carry" the essential oils into the skin and hair shaft. This is the same carrier oil used in the study.
  2. Add the thyme, lavender, rosemary and cedarwood essential oils to the carrier oil mixture. Stir well to thoroughly combine. Again, these are the same ingredients and measurements used in the hair loss study.
  3. Massage the combined oils directly into the scalp for a minimum of 2 minutes, making sure to thoroughly covered the affected area.
  4. Wrap a warm towel around the head to aid in the skin's absorption of the oils. Perform this step before bed and allow the towel to remain on for a minimum of 30 minutes, or until the towel is no longer warm.
  5. Repeat the process every night for the best results. Patients who participated in the study applied the essential oils hair loss treatment every night for at least seven months, and an amazing 44 percent experienced improvement in hair growth.
  • When mixing essential oils, use a glass or metal mixing bowl, as plastic may degrade the quality of the oils or absorb a portion of them. Also, do not use a bowl that you also use for food. Use a separate bowl for making homemade cosmetic and medicinal preparations.
  • Make sure to purchase high-quality, 100 percent pure essential oils for making your own hair loss treatment. When it comes to botanical ingredients, you get what you pay for. Purchase the oils from a local natural health store or online from a reputable retailer for the best results. Do not use fragrance oils, as they have no medicinal value.