Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wednesday's Hair Growth Tip!

5. Essential Oil Massage.

DISCLAIMER: Essential oils are very potent. Please consult your doctor before using them, especially if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or have a medical condition. Additionally, please do sufficient research before making your own mixture.

According to the results of one study, daily massaging of the scalp with an essential oil mixture proved effective in treating alopecia areata when compared to massaging with carrier oils alone. The reason for the improvement in hair growth is unclear - perhaps aromatherapy is beneficial to reducing stress? The speculated cause of alopecia areata is an attack on the hair cells by the immune system. Some believe that stress may aggravate the condition.

So, what does the study's conclusion mean for other hair loss disorders? One may wonder if a daily application of an essential oil mixture may work against traction alopecia or relaxer-induced alopecia, for example. There is also the question of whether aromatherapy can accelerate slow hair growth. For the time being, aromatherapy as a hair loss treatment or growth aid remains a debatable topic in the research community. It couldn't hurt, however, to incorporate it into your hair care regimen and perform your own personal study (assuming you've heeded the disclaimer).

*Refer to the first two links below before making your own essential oil mixture.

ABSTRACTS & OTHER READS:
AROMATHERAPY 101 & MIXTURES
MOTOWNGIRL ESSENTIAL OIL MIXTURES
ALOPECIA AREATA #1
ALOPECIA AREATA #2
ALOPECIA AREATA #3
ABSTRACT ON ESSENTIAL OILS & ALOPECIA AREATA
ABSTRACT ON ESSENTIAL OILS & ANDROGEN-DEPENDENT ALOPECIA
LAVENDAR OIL & ALOPECIA

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