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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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  • Teas & Herbs to Brew & Drink

    Thursday, March 17th, 2011

    MANY herbs can be used to help with hair loss. Many of these may be taken as dried extracts in capsules or powders.

    The dried leaves, roots, berries, and their powders are used to make teas with. Other options to consume herbs is as glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Many herbs and plants (or their oils) can be also applied topically.

     

    How to make tea:

    Teas are made with 1 tsp. of herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots. Do not boil these in the water, the water needs to be hot but not boiling.  Most the herbs can be taken alone, or combined to make tea recipes.

    This article will list the most effective tea recipes I found (based on personal experience and other’s experiences)
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    Combine the following in equal parts and use as tea (2 to 3 cups per day) or tincture (20 to 30 drops two to three times per day): ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis), prickly ash bark (Xanthoxylum clava-herculis), black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

    Green tea (Camelia sinensis), 2 cups per day, and saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), 100 mg twice a day

    Hormone imbalance: Chaste tree (Vitex agnus cactus), 200 to 300 mg per day, has a normalizing effect on the pituitary.

    Viral origin or immune system cause: Herbs that support immune function can help treat the underlying cause of this type of alopecia. Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia), astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

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    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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