Last Updated on January 29, 2009 by Devin Greenfield

Essential oils are another efficacious way to regrow hair naturally. This alternative hair loss treatment is also referred to as aromatherapy. Well, the use of aromatherapy traces back to the ancient times of Egyptian pharaohs when people first tried to apply essential oils from various flowers, leaves, bark and roots of plants to achieve therapeutic effect in treating of hair problems.

Nowadays the most popular essential oils that are used as a hair loss remedy are rosemary, lavender, cedarwood, thyme, and also grapefruit, lemon, jojoba oil, chamomile and bay. Recent studies have proved aromatherapy to be a safe and effective treatment for alopecia or baldness. So now it is evident that these oils can help you regrow hair. Moreover, essential oils have a very low risk of side effects and are of a very of moderate cost. But as it happens with all natural hair loss treatments, there’s no quick fix here and it usually takes 3 month or more when first results become apparent.

Here are several useful tips how to regrow hair with the help of aromatherapy.

To make an essential oil blend to stimulate hair regrowth you will need 3 drops of rosemary oil, 3 drops of lavender oil, 2 drops of thyme oil, 2 drops of cedarwood oil, 4 teaspoons of grapeseed oil and half teaspoon of jojoba oil. Mix all these ingredients well. Massage this blend into your scalp for at least two minutes before sleep. Then wrap your head in a warm towel and leave it overnight. It is also very useful to massage and rub oils of arnica, lavender, rosemary and calamus in your hair before washing. Use a mild shampoo in order not to upset the sebum balance.

To make an essential oil blend to stimulate circulation in your scalp and improving your hair take six drops of each oil and add the mixture to 4 ounces of a warm carrier oil (almond, soybean or sesame oil). Rub the blend into the scalp and leave it for at least twenty minutes. Then wash your hair. Add 3 drops of bay oil to the shampoo that you regularly use.

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48 thoughts on “Essential oils in hair loss treatment

  1. Essential OilNatural rose water is a gentle cleansing product for every kind of skin. It maintains the pH balance of your epidermis, stimulates the organic regeneration process, and has a soothing effect in blemishes, acne, sunburns, and other skin maladies.

  2. Aromatherapy can really work. There was even a Scottish study that took 86 people with alopecia and divided them into two groups. Each was given a formula of essential oils to massage into their scalp daily. One group had essential oils of rosemary, thyme, lavender, and cedarwood in a base of jojoba and grapeseed oils. The others used the unscented carrier oils alone with no essential oils added. At the end of seven months, the study showed that 44% of people who used the essential oils had improvement in their alopecia. I think that is pretty amazing.

  3. Hello,

    Thank you for the informative article about oil for hairloss.
    I have a website about men’s health and i’m providing a category to baldness.
    I have an article about reviews of baldness cures. I hope you like it.
    Thanks for the article.


  4. One of the main reasons for hair loss is overuse of hair care products, mainly cheaper shampoo’s that are made from chemicals instead of natural essential oils, vitamins and nutrients.

  5. Wow. Nice information you have here.
    In my opinion, for a healthy, natural, inexpensive way to experience hair re-growth, put aside potentially dangerous synthesized medications. Instead, focus on the natural, anciently-used herbs for the healthiest and the best hair loss treatment.

  6. I just wanted to share my success with hair growth.
    I had traction alopecia (Black female, braiding get it?) I started using essential oils two months ago on my bald spots and it works. My base oil was hemp seed oil not jojoba. Still using it. Key thing is to stop using harsh shampoos esp. the once with sodium lauryl or laurate sulfate cause it thins hair. Excess blow drying and brushing too is a culprit. I hope this helps someone.
    PS: ALl the claims about miracle formulas do not work. I have tried a bunch of them.

  7. I have used some of these oils and they are definitely good. I will try the remaining also. Thanks for sharing.


  8. I have used these oils but not in the specified combinations. I will make sure to try them. Thanks for sharing.

    – Rose

  9. I would like to thank you for this post. I really thought that oils are the reason why i am experiencing hairloss. Still i am quite confused because every time my hair feels so oily and light it seems that my hair are falling.

    I am still 22 years old and am experiencing hair loss at an early stage.

  10. i have been suffering from hairloss & thinning in my hair for yhe last 10yrs i have tried all sorts chinese medication, herbal, different oils and regaine nothing has cured me and now i dnt wnt to go anywhere i just lost my confidence & spent loads of money i need some help.

  11. I am a fan of natural cures, I do not trust the FDA to thoroughly test these chemicals that people are putting on there head.

  12. Hello This is my second post here. Just wanted to share my recipe for hair regrowth. My hairloss was from traction and may not work for people with hormonal or other issues So here it is

    for a 4 oz bottle, I use:
    32 drops each of lavendar, rosemary, seabuchthorn,cedar, tea tree, thyme, carrot root and sage essential oils. For stimulation purpose, I incoporate a couple of menthol crystals in the essential oil( too much is irritating so find the right strength) and let it dissolve ( about 24-48 hours). Finally I add about 10-20mls black Castor oil and fill up the 4oz bottle with hemp seed oil(carrier oil). Oh I also refrigerate my oil because hemp seed oil needs to stay refrigerated. You do not need to saturate your scalp with this. Just make sure every part of your scalp is covered and massage for a couple of minutes. It took 2 months of use to see real improvement so don’t give up after a week because it is not a magic treatment. Hope this helps someone same way it helped me.
    PS: be careful where you buy essential oils as some are very diluted or fake. Look for a sites that have USDA, Kosher, or some kind of certification on their products.

  13. i recently came across your article and found your article is very informative and beneficial for the bald guys who suffers this problem a lot. I recommend only natural products for hair care using chemical is like wasting your time

  14. I have just started using essential and carrier oils about 3 weeks ago. I suffer from sensitive skin allergy to strong fragances and itchy scalp but my receipe seems to be helping with my conditions.

    I got most of my oils from I believe their products are authentic. My receipe for scalp treatment is as follows:

    8 drops of (clary sage, thyme, rosemary, and cedarwood) per ounce of carrier oil

    25 drops of lavender per ounce of carrier oil

    1/2 tablespoon of (virgin coconut, extra virgin olive, jojoba, and grapeseed)[these are all carrier oils]

    Mixing the above carrier oils as indicated yields 1 ounce combined of carrier oil. I usually have to use 2 ounces of oil per application.

  15. I absolutely love Essential Oils! I think the Young Living brand of oils are really high quality, if you are looking for the good stuff.

  16. Hi,
    Thanks for the information, but you have not mentioned castrol oil. I did not know if I wrote it in the correct way, we call it “ricin olja” in Sweden.
    anyhow, It is good for your hair.

  17. This is a good article on hair loss though people should not forget that hair loss is often due to both internal and external factors. Some of the participants listed the shampoos made of chemicals which definitely contribute. Some other external factors include the hair gels, hair dyes and excessive brushing and/or blow drying. There are also some internal factors including vitamin deficiencies that cause anemia (particularly in women) either a Vitamin B12 deficiency or an Iron Deficiency. Correcting some of those deficiencies will also contribute to regenerating your hair. Finally getting rid of some of the chemicals in your body with some basic teas like dandelion tea or sage tea. I discuss a lot of these issue on my show – Food Healing Talk. A whole body approach using essential oils and diet modification will lead to the best results for you.

    Garden Of Knowledge Institute (GOKI)…
    True Wealth lies in your Health

    Food Healing Talk Host – Blog Talk Radio

  18. There are several products available today that can help with this as well. As well as Emu Oil, etc.

  19. I had hair problems all last summer and tried everything to cure the small patch of hair that was thinning, as well as the dry scalp i was experiencing. I tried 6 kinds of organic shampoos including head and shoulders, nutricap vitamin pills for hair and nail strength and a bunch of other stuff but nothing was working and the problem seemed to get worse. i became depressed, stressed and had low confidence because i’ve always had thick curly hair and never had hair problems before. then last december i came across articles on the net about using essential oils to help regrow hair, and let me tell you they work! i make a mixture of 1 tbsp of organic coconut oil (melted) 3 drops of natural lavender oil and 10 drops of sweet almond oil and massage it into my scalp and hair every day and leave it in for an hour before i wash my hair. i also let my hair air dry a bit before i comb it with a wide tooth comb and then dry it with the hair dryer on low heat setting. it’s important to comb your hair to get rid of tangles. i’ve been doing this for 2 months now and i noticed new hair growth and fullness and i visited my dermatologist recently and she said the same thing. i realized it was stress that was causing the hair shedding and thinness so every day try to de-stress yourself and take a long walk and eat healthy. i drink ginseng oolong tea 3 times a day as well and that is good for your hair and health too. coconut water also helps and make sure to stay hydrated with lots of water as well as milk because it’s dry problematic scalps that really cause hair loss and thinning. i hope my story helps someone with their hair 🙂

  20. I began using essential oils just five weeks ago and am very pleased with the wealth of information available on this site. So far I’ve used only Rosemary, and Cedarwood with Jojoba as the carrier oil. First of all, I love the fragrance, when I use the treatment before bedtime. It seems to promote a more restful sleep, and, I noticed lots of new hair coming in within the first four weeks. Love those essential oils!!!

  21. Thanks from your posts. I been loosing hair for over a year.I experienced hair loss from relaxers and hair dyes. I started using essential oil recipe about 3 weeks ago. I also changed shamphoo and conditioners routine also. I was getting discourgaded because I have not been seeing results now I know it takes months to see a difference. I guess a watched pot never boils!!

  22. apple cider vinegar (i use raw organic) and rosemary oil work good, or acv and sage oil. noticed results in less than a week regarding hair breakage, and dry scalp problem i had for around 15 years. straight acv worked before i even tried the rosemary.

  23. Hi
    I have just set up a lavender blog and continue to be amazed at the amount of uses for the lovely lavender. How good it this…..ppl given hope with natural products for their hair loss. I will continue to research this as I know my readers will be most interested; especially those who click onto health & well-being on my site.
    Thanks again for all the tips and helpful advice on this most important topic.
    Patricia Perth Australia

  24. Jojoba oil is also great for acne sufferers because it can penetrate oily pores.

  25. This is a really great website, and a hope for those who are bald, going bald or scared of going bald although it may be pretty unlikely that the last may ever go bald.

    Beautiful hair has been the admiration of the world, yet like death or destiny, at times, the human race has almost no control when it comes to loosing hair.

    For centuries or in fact almost since man has been on this planet various remedies have been described and a search for how to fight baldness has been the most important secret any human being would stumble across, yet, our knowledge of baldness and its causes are well known, but how to fight it are yet not known.

    Everyone knows that the whether is bad today, but who can do anything about it?

  26. hey friends…im goin to use almond oil,castor oil and coconut oil mixture…..does this work to prevent hair fall???

  27. i use a mixer of emu oil castor oil vitamin e oil and vatika oil , and olive oil and i use rosemary essential oil and peppermint ,essential oil 15 drops of each and i make a batch that lasts about two months and i use giovonni tripple tea tree shampoo and for my conditioner i use ojon restorative treatment which i whip with shea butter to stretch it and i put a little bit on my hands then rub it in my hair and i leave it in and i twist my dreadlocks i do this every week because i wash and retwist my hair once a week i twist my hair with fantasia ic shine polisher gel which is made with aloe vera gel and i put rosemary and peppermint essential oils in my gel as well i twist and get under the dryer after my hair is dry i put my oil mixer on my scalp only because my hair has the ojon in it and my hairs growing like a weed

  28. i have lost my hair a lot but i want to get back nw plz help me give me some suggestion hw can i regenerate my hair nd some oil name those help me 4 it. ihave lost my hair after typhoid so plz help me as soon as possile

  29. I’ve been using aeromatherapy and i like it better than anything else I’ve tried. I tried minoxidil (what it did was throw off the hair I had to regrow the same ones) and not to mention the side effects are terrible, it’s aging and you have to keep the regimen forever because your afraid to loose everything you gained. I left minoxidil and tried this. It’s not a miracle cure and I don’t use it every day to let the folicles breathe but it’s great! I see little hairs and the smell is amazing!!! I bought the oil mix in mountain rose herbs but I first read about this from a couple of books from here So far, it helps and I’m happy with it.

  30. Thanks for the information. I’m going to try this right away. I have thinning hair due to medication. I’ve loc’d my hair found that it is not shedding anymore. I used Jojoba oil regularly on the scalp but didn’t think of other oils. I’m going to create a mixture to see how it works on my hair. Peace and Blessings

  31. Ok, here I go. I am 28yrs old and ran into this site, I was very exited. Since At about the age 19yrs old I haven’t been able to wear my hair down because it is so thin. I will try this for 3 months and let u know the results. 🙂 Wish me luck. Hopefully it works and I will make sure to spread the word out for other people with the same problem.

  32. i’m 37yrs old and i have long locks but i believe that its due to stress that i have now started to drastically lose hair at my hairline..i can no longer leave my hair uncovered because i don’t like how it looks…my hair is very long and to have this problem is hard,,i was thinking about cutting it but that thought is scary..please help me regain my hairline so that i can go out with my hair uncovered again..please please please….

  33. This works for balding males,
    100ml grapeseed oil as a base,then add 7drops of kaffir lime,6 bergamot 6 lavendar,8 rosemary,8 sage,8 peppermint,6 cedarwood,massage gently for 2 mins,cover head with shower cap,wash of after 2 hrs with a herbal shampoo,let hair dry naturally then brush gently when it is drying.

  34. Thank you all for all your help i am going to try a few of these ideas wish me luck thank you connie

  35. I’m reading here that if you have high blood pressure, you should not use rosemary oil. What should I use then?

  36. I have used jamaican black castor oil mixed with cederwood and rosemary for alopecia areata and have seen great results in just two months.

  37. This thread is absolutely fantastic! All of the combinations mentioned do work, especially a combo with Rosemary, Thyme, cedarwood, and lavender in a combo of carrier oils (I use hemp oil and jojoba together). Afer using essential oils for over 30 years, I found the absolute best oils I have come across 8 years ago. Now I am a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils and an Aromatherapist. If anyone needs help locating oils, I can definitely help.

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