Posts Tagged ‘Oils’

Essential Oils, Plant Oils, Animal Oils and Herbal Teas to Apply Topically

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

These are the most commonly mentioned oils for topical applications to stop hair loss and improve hair thickness.. I will write more about each of these. Many of these topicals could: Reduce inflammation, kill bacteria or other scalp parasites, and reduce dandruff.  Naturally, when an oil is applied one must massage it into the scalp, so an oil could simply be a used for the sake of facilitating a scalp/head massage. Also,  some of the topicals are simply carrier oils, that’s not to say that carrier oils by themselves are not beneficial!

Why the ones below?  I have found at least one person saying that at least one of these worked for them. If one person reported a benefit from a topical, that oil gets listed below.

note: Not one oil or one oil combination works for every one it seems, thus you have to experiment with single oils and combination (recipes).

The list of promising oils and teas for topical use and scalp massages:

  • rosemary oil
  • lavender oil
  • thyme oil
  • peppermint oil
  • cedarwood / atlast cedarwood oil
  • tea tree oil
  • eucalyptus oil
  • aloe vera oil/gel
  • grapeseed oil
  • arnica oil
  • sandalwood oil
  • lemon / lime oil
  • Amla oil / indian gooseberry, amalaki, amlaki  (Emblica officinalis) (Ayurvedic)
  • almond oil
  • sage oil
  • rosewood oil
  • lemon balm (melissa officnalis)
  • broccoli oil
  • tata oil
  • cactus oil
  • clove oil
  • cinnamon oil
  • chamomile oil
  • ginger root oil/ ginger juice (extract) / ginger tea
  • borage oil
  • castor oil (black jamaican castor oil)
  • hemp oil
  • burdock / burdockroot
  • ylang-ylang
  • Sesame
  • Agrimony (Ayurvedic)
  • Camphor (Ayurvedic)
  • Keshuth (leaves) (Ayurvedic)
  • Ashwagandha (leaves and stem) indian winter cherry (Ayurvedic)
  • Brahmi Oil (Ayurvedic)
  • Bringaraj oil / Bhringaraj oil (Ayurvedic)
  • Shikakai (Ayurvedic)
  • Bhringaraja / Bhringraja – Thistles  – (Eclipta alba) (Ayurvedic)
  • Daruhaldi – Berberis aristata, English Name: Indian barberry (Ayurvedic)
  • Karpoor Camphor or Karpoor – Cinnamomum camphora Nees (Ayurvedic)
  • Olive oil (carrier)
  • Coconut oil (carrier)
  • Emu oil | Emu Oil vs. DMSO (carrier)
  • jojoba oil (carrier)
  • herbs, powders:
    • chamomile, a-bisabolol
    • Amalaki /Amla fruit powder
    • Henna

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  • Edgar Cayce’s Hair Loss Remedies – Pt. 1 – Crude Oil, Castor Oil etc.

    Thursday, March 17th, 2011

    I have not tried the crude oil method.. But I was intrigued by the Edgar Cayce’s methods and regimen suggestions, that I compiled some of the info I have below. Please note, lots of the advice is in-line with other good advice that I came across and share here, however I would not use the crude oil topical, crude oil contains benzene which is a known carcinogen.  I am not sure why crude oil would work at all… if you know more on this please contact me.

    Please note, Cayce’s advice is not medical advice.. Do not apply crude oil on your scalp it contains benzene which is a known carcinogen.

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    “To his credit, Cayce recommended a healthy diet plus herbal and vitamin supplements to encourage hair growth. He also encouraged scalp massage to promote circulation. But his first rule of hair growth was to massage pure crude oil into the scalp. Cayce said that this treatment would ‘improve both the circulation of the scalp and the tone, luster and thickness of the hair.’

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    Following the crude oil application two or three times a month, Cayce recommended rinsing the hair with 20% grain alcohol to make the oil easier to wash out. The final step included rubbing Vaseline into the scalp to complete the hair rejuvenation process.

    Cayce was careful to recommend only pure, unrefined crude oil ? no gasoline, kerosene or motor oil – and created his own brand that he named ?Crudoleum®.? Cayce?s Crudoleum® came from Pennsylvania and was said to have the mildest odor and the easiest texture to rinse out of hair. The reason, he said, is that Pennsylvania crude is paraffin-based. Darker oil is asphalt-based and, according to Cayce, more difficult to use.

    The crude oil concept has since spawned an entire line of Crudoleum® hair products, including a hair rinse, hair conditioner and hair cream.

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    Emu Oil vs. DMSO

    Saturday, March 12th, 2011

     

    When I first heard of Emu oil I was excited about it, as it penetrates skin tissue and could be used a solvent that delivers various topical oils into the scalp. I then found that this oil should be prepared carefully to prevent contamination, it is from the Emu bird, the largest bird in Australia. I have only used topical plant oils so far and ingested plant oils and the other old fashioned cooking oils, butter or lard, and also consumed fish oil, cod liver oil and krill oils.

    I’ve never applied a fish or animal oil topically and was uncomfortable with that idea, so I put off purchasing Emu oil.

    In my search I came across DMSO. DMSO is Dimethyl sulfoxide, it is an organosulfur compound  with the formula (CH3)2SO.  It is a  colorless liquid, it is an important polar aprotic solvent that dissolves both polar and nonpolar compounds and is miscible in a wide range of organic solvents as well as water.It is weakly acidic.

    DMSO’s ability to penetrate the skin readily is what interested me, and many other researchers.  DMSO is used as a solvent for chemical reactions involving salts, most notably Finkelstein reactions and other nucleophilic substitutions. It is also extensively used as an extractant in biochemistry and cell biology.

    DMSO has a very high boiling point (189 °C; 462 K), this means it evaporates slowly. In labs reactions conducted in DMSO are often diluted with water to precipitate or phase-separate products.

    DMSO is something one could add to shampoo (along with many beneficial topicals) and then wash off.

    DMSO is used in medicine. Around 1963, a University of Oregon Medical School team, headed by Stanley Jacob, discovered it could penetrate the skin and other membranes without damaging them and could carry other compounds into a biological system.

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    Krill Oil Supplements

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

    NOW Foods Neptune Krill Oil – Now Foods, Neptune Krill 1000, 1000 mg, 60 Softgels or Now Foods, Neptune Krill Oil, 500 mg, 60 Softgels

    Arch Dermatol. 1998 Nov;134(11):1349-52. “Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata”

    Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

    -::- Note: The below is published here for archival purposes -::-

    Arch Dermatol. 1998 Nov;134(11):1349-52.
    Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata.

    Hay IC, Jamieson M, Ormerod AD.

    Department of Dermatology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Scotland. ad.ormerod@abdn.ac.uk

    Comment in:

    * Arch Dermatol. 1999 May;135(5):602-3.

    Abstract

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of aromatherapy in the treatment of patients with alopecia areata.

    DESIGN: A randomized, double-blind, controlled trial of 7 months’ duration, with follow-up at 3 and 7 months.

    SETTING: Dermatology outpatient department.

    PARTICIPANTS: Eighty-six patients diagnosed as having alopecia areata.

    INTERVENTION: Eighty-six patients were randomized into 2 groups. The active group massaged essential oils (thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood) in a mixture of carrier oils (jojoba and grapeseed) into their scalp daily. The control group used only carrier oils for their massage, also daily.

    MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Treatment success was evaluated on sequential photographs by 2 dermatologists (I.C.H. and A.D.O.) independently. Similarly, the degree of improvement was measured by 2 methods: a 6-point scale and computerized analysis of traced areas of alopecia.

    RESULTS: Nineteen (44%) of 43 patients in the active group showed improvement compared with 6 (15%) of 41 patients in the control group (P = .008). An alopecia scale was applied by blinded observers on sequential photographs and was shown to be reproducible with good interobserver agreement (kappa = 0.84). The degree of improvement on photographic assessment was significant (P = .05). Demographic analysis showed that the 2 groups were well matched for prognostic factors.

    CONCLUSIONS: The results show aromatherapy to be a safe and effective treatment for alopecia areata. Treatment with these essential oils was significantly more effective than treatment with the carrier oil alone (P = .008 for the primary outcome measure). We also successfully applied an evidence-based method to an alternative therapy.

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