Often, when people hear the term “essential oil” they probably think of aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is a very common holistic healing method that is used around the world to alleviate things such as stress, headaches, nausea, as well as boost mood and focus. But, essential oils may be good for more than just helping you stay productive.
There is evidence that several different essential oils may provide some benefits for people suffering from hair loss. Sounds too good to be true? That’s why I’m here.
When it comes to hair loss, there are many people out there creating products or writing articles to try and sell products that have little-to-no scientific backing. It is extremely important to remain skeptical and only use treatments that have strong evidence supporting them.
Which is why in this article we are going to focus on the most commonly used essential oils that you may come across and take a hard at the research to determine if they could be a viable option or not.
What is an essential oil?
First let’s go over exactly what and essential oil is so that if you decide to use on for your hair loss you know exactly what you are putting on your body.
Essential oils are concentrated liquid extracts from plants. Inside every plant there are highly concentrated, highly potent chemicals that provide a range of benefits. But they need to be extracted so that these beneficial compounds can be isolated from the rest of the plant.
There are several ways that manufacturers go about the extraction process including steam distillation, water distillation, and cold pressing.
Now, you can buy essential oils in their pure form and there may be some benefits associated with that, but for the purpose of this article we will not be talking about pure essential oils. When it comes to the hair and scalp, using pure essential oils can be harsh on the skin and may cause negative side effects. This is why a carrier oil, commonly jojoba, is usually added.