Hair loss can be both a naturally occurring part of ageing and also the result of a number of medical conditions. Hair loss sufferers can find it very emotionally distressing and statistics from 2009 show that, world-wide, there were 811,363 people seeking medical treatment for hair loss.
Alopecia is the common term for all forms of hair loss, which can include:
- Male- and Female-Pattern Baldness – this is a naturally process of ageing and tends to affect men more than women. There are some commercially available drugs which can help to slow down the process but in general it is not treatable.
- Alopecia Areata – this is a condition where areas of baldness appear on the scalp (and sometimes on other parts of the body). They are usually around the size of a large coin. It tends to affect teenagers and people in their twenties. In the majority of cases the hair will grow back over time.
- Scarring Alopecia – this is usually caused by complications from another condition which result in the hair follicle itself becoming irrevocably damaged, meaning that the hair won’t grow back.
- Anagen Effluvium – this is a condition in which widespread hair loss can affect the scalp, face and body. It is most usually caused by chemotherapy or other cancer treatments and the hair will normally start to regrow after the treatment is finished.
- Telogen Effluvium – in this condition you will notice a widespread thinning of the hair on your scalp only. It is usually caused by your body reacting to alterations in; hormonal levels, stress levels, physical stress, dietary changes, medications or illnesses.
In many cases of hair loss, there isn’t realistically anything that you can do to either halt the hair loss or encourage it to grow back. However, for sufferers of Alopecia Areata or Telogen Effluvium there may be things that you can do to help. As with so many conditions, there are numerous chemically synthesised drugs available that claim to be able to encourage hair regrowth; however some people may prefer to look to Mother Nature’s pharmacy to find a safe, natural and effective remedy. This is where lavender essential oil comes in!
Lavender Essential Oil For Alopecia
Lavender oil has a number of properties that can make it an excellent choice for encouraging hair regrowth after alopecia:
- Lavender oil contains a number of essential nutrients that will help to nourish your hair and scalp encouraging it to become healthy and happy again.
- The soothing and calming properties of lavender essential oil can help to relieve the stress that can be associated with hair loss – the same stress that tends to make hair loss worse!
- Promotes heathy circulation throughout the body and, especially if applied to the scalp, will promote strong and healthy hair growth.
In fact, one study from Scotland showed that 44% of alopecia patients experience new hair growth when they massaged their scalp with a blend of essential oils, including lavender, daily.
To encourage hair growth using lavender oil you can add a few drops to a carrier oil and use it to massage your scalp or add a few drops to your favourite shampoo or conditioner.