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Essential Oils and Hair Growth

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Hair growth. A subject that is near and dear to the hearts of many. If you’ve never been one with fine hair or watched your once thick tresses dwindle in number you may never understand the feelings of dread and frustration that can accompany the loss of your hair.

Growing up my mom always told me “A woman’s hair is her shining glory” and it’s stuck with me all these years. She was just trying to get me past that pre- teen “I-don’t-need-to-wash-my-hair-it’s-only-been- a-week-or-so” phase but even now, all these years later it’s something that rings in my ears each time I break out the shampoo (thankfully, it’s now more than once a week!).

While bald can certainly be beautiful, not all of us are ready, willing nor do we want to show off our shiny pates! For those of us who are desperately clinging to the hairs we still have left on our heads and would like to encourage more to stick around for a longer period of time, this month’s recipes have been created.

So now you’re wondering, “Can essential oils really work to help grow hair?” Well, a study was performed by Scottish researchers who had half their patients massage a blend of essential oils in Jojoba oil into their scalps before shampooing. The other half of the study group only got Jojoba oil to massage on in the same manner. After seven months 44% of the patients using essential oils had significant improvement in their hair growth. The control group who only used the Jojoba oil showed a 15% improvement. Check out our recipe section to find out what they used!

Scottish Hair Growth Formula

Massage this blend into your scalp and allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes before shampooing off. Better yet, do it before bed and shampoo off in the morning!

* 10 drops Rosemary (Rosemarinus officianalis)
* 10 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
* 6 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
* 4 drops Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Add oils to Jojoba in a glass or plastic bottle, shake well and massage 2 tsp into scalp. Shampoo off. Dry and style hair as usual.

Healthy Hair and Scalp Final Rinse

Keep this blend handy each time you shampoo!

* 5 drops Rosemary (Rosemarinus officianalis)
* 3 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
* 2 drops Sage (Salvia lavandulaefolia)
* 1 litre water

Add essential oils to your container of water and shake well. Pour over head working into scalp and through the ends of your hair as a final rinse. Do not rinse out.

Dry Scalp Massage oil

Feels like your scalp had a trip to the spa!

* 10 drops Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
* 7 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
* 7 drops Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)
* 4 drops Bay (Laurus nobilis)
* 30 mls Jojoba oil

Gently warm Jojoba oil (double boiler or microwave) and add essential oil. Stir (or shake if in sealed container) gently to blend. Massage into clean scalp and work oil through to the ends of the hair. Wrap hair in plastic wrap and a warm towel for 20 minutes. The heat will allow the oil to better penetrate the hair shaft. Shampoo out as normal afterwards.

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One Response to Essential Oils and Hair Growth

  1. Rachel September 19, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    Yes there are so many natural ways to keep long beautiful healthy hair. Thanks for these extra tips they really do work. I’ve been using some of them for years & have the hair to prove it!

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