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So what are essential oils? They are oily, concentrated plant extracts that keep the natural smell and flavor of the plants from which they are derived.
To give you an idea of just how concentrated and rich these oils are, you need about a thousand pounds of dried lavender flowers to produce between five to ten pounds of lavender oil.
There are various methods of extracting a plant’s essential oil. The most common one is distillation, which involves the use of steam. Another method is cold pressing, which is a mechanical method that does not involve heat.
Essential oils have various uses and can be found in a wide range of consumer goods like soaps, toiletries, detergents, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, foods and drinks.
They are also used in aromatherapy, which is an alternative medicine practice that uses the aromatic compounds in various oils and other substances to produce healing effects.
The use of these oils for therapeutic purposes has risen dramatically in recent years, and nowadays you can find them being used in conventional hospitals and clinics for things like stress relief, pain and nausea.
And, as you will learn in today’s video, we have recently started to discover just how effective some of these oils can be in promoting hair growth.
So without any delay, let’s get into the most commonly used essential oils for hair:
*Lavender oil. So lavender oil is perhaps the most popular and widely used essential oil, and with good reason. Traditionally it’s been used for the treatment of insomnia, as well as to induce relaxation and general well-being.
A 2016 study in mice provided the first scientific evidence that lavender does indeed have a strong hair growth effect, something for which this oil has been used traditionally for going back centuries. We’ve linked to this study, as well as all the other studies mentioned in today’s video, in the description below.
The oil also has antimicrobial and antifungal properties, and can be used to kill or prevent hair lice.
It is not recommended to apply this essential oil on its own on your hair, but rather to blend it with other oils, most notable rosemary oil and basil.
The diluted blend should be massaged into the scalp and left to sit, ideally for up to an hour.
Alternatively you can add a few drops of the lavender oil into your regular shampoo and use the shampoo as you normally would.
*Rosemary oil. Another essential oil with a long tradition going back millennia, rosemary oil has been used in a variety of conditions including coughs, headaches, sores, infections and more.
Now, recently there has been some clinical research into the hair-growth properties of rosemary oil, and the results are very, very encouraging.
It all started off with a 2013 study in mice, which found that the oil held promise as an anti-androgenic treatment for male pattern baldness. The mice’s hair growth had been interrupted by the administration of testosterone, which as you might recall is what Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT is made of. The oil was also found to inhibit 5alpha reductase, the enzyme which converts testosterone to DHT.
A 2015 study out of Iran took things not one, but several steps further: the researchers administered rosemary oil to men with androgenetic alopecia and compared its efficacy against another group of men who were treated with 2% minoxidil. After 6 months, both groups of men showed a significant increase in hair count, and this increase was the same across both groups.
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