Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender and Cedar Wood
An exciting study in the Archives of Dermatology (1998; 134:1349-1352) finds that aromatherapy can promote new hair growth and safely and effectively treat temporary hair loss due to alopecia areata. The study was performed by Scottish researchers who had half of their patients massage thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedar wood essential oils onto their scalps each day. The other patients massaged in “carrier” oils jojoba and grape seed oil.
After seven months of treatment, 44% of the patients using the essential oils showed significant improvement in hair growth. The group using carrier oils showed just 15% improvement. In addition, the aromatherapy caused no significant side effects. Researchers concluded that not only did the aromatherapy work, it was also far safer than traditional alopecia treatments including conventional steroids.