If you read my post on Excessive Shedding yesterday, you know that I’ve been on a quest to get my shedding under control for a while now. Last year, in a search for solutions, I came across this great post on MopTopMaven’s website that provided an essential oil (EO) blend to address shedding and stimulate growth. I’d been applying a modified version to my scalp a couple days a week as I didn’t have thyme oil and didn’t feel like buying it online.
However, a couple of months ago, I finally tracked down thyme EO at a local health food store in a neighboring town. So, I did some additional internet research to locate the recipe again. I came across this article from Men’s Health Magazine that indicated that there was a limited study (84 participants) that showed 44% of the participants in the treatment group had new hair growth versus only 15% in the control group after 7 months of continuous use of the EO blend. On a daily basis, each participant in the treatment group massaged the EO mix into their scalp for 2 minutes, then wrapped their head in a warm towel to allow the oil to penetrate more fully into the scalp.
The recipe from the later post is below and was slightly different from the version on MopTopMaven’s site. If you google the mix, you’ll find lots of links on it. A couple of months ago, I made the Men’s Health version below and began using it 2-3 days a week:
Hair Oil Recipe
3 drops of essential oil of thyme
3 drops of essential oil of lavender
3 drops of essential oil of rosemary
3 drops of essential oil of cedarwood
1/8 cup of grapeseed oil
1/8 cup of jojoba oil
The first picture below is of my nape area in July 2010 and the second is the same area in May 2011. I think that there is some improvement, though my hair is still a lot finer and less dense in this area. However, the thinness doesn’t look as if it goes as far up my head as it did last year.
(Yes, I just applied the EO mix, so my nape is a bit oily. *lol*)
What do you think? I’ve never been a big scalp “greaser/oiler,” but I like massaging this oil blend into my scalp a few times a week and believe that, even if it’s not promoting new growth, it’s not causing any harm.
Have any of you used this Essential Oil Mix? If so, how often and what was your experience with it?