Lavender Oil & Hair Growth
Lavender oil can help your hair grow. Many people lose their hair because of a medical condition called alopecia areata. Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to reject its hair follicles as foreign objects. Lavender oil is a natural product to help treat this disease. A sense of calm is a bonus!
The essential oil aids in hair growth as well as treats sleeplessness, stress and anxiety. It can also help stop hair loss.The lavender flower has a sweet, soft scent and is where the essential oil is extracted from. Lavender oil is regenerative and found in hair formulas for all types of hair and scalp conditions.
A study by a group of dermatologists in Scotland showed that 44 percent of alopecia patients who were tested experienced new hair growth when they massaged their scalp daily with lavender and other essential oils for seven months.
The essential oil blend included lavender, thyme, rosemary, cedarwood and the carrier oils jojoba and grapeseed. A carrier oil dilutes the essential oils and aids in the delivery of their healing properties without irritation.
To make an essential oil blend like the one used in the study, mix 3 drops of lavender oil, 3 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of thyme oil, 2 drops of cedarwood oil, 4 tsp. of grapeseed oil and a half-tsp. of jojoba oil. Most essential oils come with a top that will dispense the oil in drops. Mix the oils well before applying.
Massage the oil onto a small patch of your scalp before putting it on your entire scalp, to see how your skin reacts. If all goes well, massage the mixture into your scalp every night for five minutes, being sure to cover bald or thinning spots. If the lavender oil becomes overwhelming to your senses, add a little more of one of the carrier oils to dilute it further. Try not to dilute the oil too much, though, because you may lose the benefit. After you're done, cover your hair with a towel. To see the best results, do this routinely for at least seven months
Lavender oil is antiseptic too. It can be used to treat burns, cuts and acne. Other healing properties include lessening pain associated with arthritis, muscle aches and headaches. Pregnant women should not use lavender oil .
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