Essential Oil Mix for Hair Growth?


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?


49 responses »

  1. I’ve never used it. People always swear by Castor Oil for hair growth, especially around the edges (front and back). *whisper* I’ve even heard that people use Monistat!!! *gasp*


      • Yes, the moninstat and castor oil blend actually works! l used it to grow my bald edges post-partum and I was shocked at the results. Gonna try this EO mix for sure


        • To each their own, but hte monistat made my hair fall worse! I wore a weave and my hair grew back and then it is now breaking again because I did not know not to use a Hard Hat Hairdryer which was too much heat on the crown of my head. So starting all over again, depressing!


          • Monistate, like rogaine, only really works while you use it. There is a video on YouTube by a white girl who,does a good job of explaining it.


    • castor oil is actually really great for the hair.It thickens it. I use it on my eyebrows and lashes as well. Idk about using monistat… I would not recommend it.


  2. LOL at monistat. Lord!

    My scalp is itching a lot lately and not sure why. What I did notice however (and this is unrelated) was that I did a scalp massage with a mix of olive/jam. black castor oil and developed a sore spot. What’s that about??? That was last night and it’s gone as fast as it came. No scabs or cuts. Just a sore spot. Weird.

    but back to the itching. i cant’ figure out the culprit. that’s where using too many products is bad. its now hard to single out what’s causing the itching!


    • Michelle,

      My scalp was itching a lot last year too! But, again, I think it was related to amla and castor oil on my scalp. Try simplifying your products on your next wash day to no more than 3 or 4 (shampoo, conditioner, DC, styler) and keep the last off of your scalp. See if it continues to itch. Do you use any type of oil or grease on your scalp other than what you indicated above? Again, castor oil made my scalp itch a lot. It stopped itching once I stopped using that and amla. Some say itching can be good though if you don’t scratch and there is no dryness/flakiness. They say that it means your scalp is stimulated and blood is flowing, which means new cells & growth. Yeah, I never had an itchy scalp before and always had good growth, so I wasn’t buying it for myself;-).


  3. Ive heard of the monistat thing on the scalp and throughout the hair. I have two friends who swear by it but they also wear perms. I would be nervous becuase its not a natural product but she says it grew her hair tremendously


  4. I saw that same post and just started doing this process not too long ago. I’m hoping to see a significant difference, but not holding my breath. Who know! Like you said, I don’t think it’s hurting.


    • Itchy scalp and hairloss may be being caused by sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) in the hair shampoo and conditioner. It is also in soap as a foaming agent, do any of you also get dry skin on the hands? If you do then I would think you are definetly sensitive to it. I’d suggest using a natural SLS free shampoo and conditioner which are available at health shop. Having a search on the net will reveal this info. As a balding man I am now going to try natural oils, a blend of castor oil, olive oil, maybe coconut oil (pure, not expensive organic which has the same qualities anyway) and I have recently found that sesame seed oil can help and certainly mustard seed oil, the latter promotes blood circulation were applied.Scalp massage is also said to work and there is an instrumental called the violet ray (hi frequency electrical therapy device) which also promotes circulation were applied. You can get cheap one’s from Ebay about £60, the antique one’s are more powerful but cost a lot more, I use them for treating bad backs and muscle problems too which it is great for. These are also used by beauticians for facials. again all this info is on the net if you search.

      Hope this helps someone


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  17. Hi Shelli, do you still use this EO blend? And do you wash it Out After a few hours or the next Day? I just made my own Mix and have decided to use it Daily on my scalp but only wash Twice a week. 1 Co-wash and 1 shampoo wash. Please advise.


    • I haven’t used it in a while. I’ve been trying other things (Wild Growth Hair Oil and, recently, JBOC mixed with jojoba oil). I used to apply it during my pre-poo, so it would stay in as long as it took until I washed my hair: Sometimes a few hours, sometimes a few days. I also used it to oil my scalp between washes. So, my opinion is use it however you like.


      • Hi Shelli,

        Thank you for the post! I’m curious to know…why have you stopped using the mixture? Were you no longer seeing results?


        • I wasn’t seeing anything amazing, so I tried WGHO because I didn’t mix it. I actually started making this mix again, and I switch back and forth between it and WGHO. I have all of the EOs still, so I make it when I feel like it. Otherwise, I use what is easy and at hand. LOL!


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  20. lately i’ve been shedding like crazy and i want to get it under control. Can you please tell me if the hair oil recipe mentioned above really work?

    Please and Thank You


    • Hi Jessica, didn’t find that it did anything to reduce shedding. Protein treatments are what helped with my shedding and I think it was partly breakage too, both due to over-conditioning/over-moisturization. I first tried ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin Treatment and that worked immediately. Later I started using Aubrey GPB conditioner as a pre-poo DC tx and that worked great. But now I’ve moved onto my DIY goat milk conditioner.


  21. I’m seeing some results using this blend of oils from a fantastic doctor with a incredible biologist and herbalist background in Blackburn, England. These work by the oils penetrating into the scalp and slowing down the over-production of sebum from sebaceous glands in the scalp. To aid this process you can also use nettle root tincture (I make this but it is easy to make tinctures and a quick look on the internet or youtube can guide you through this). Nettle root stops the body converting testosterone into DHT, which also restricts the hair follicles. its only been 3 or 4 weeks and my hairline was half-way back on my scalp when I started. It is now starting to redevelop at the front and the signs are very promising. You can get the drops below

    being half bold I only need 4-6 drops which means the bottle will literally last months!
    Give it a try. If you can access a violet ray machine (hi-frequency electro therapy) this will further aid hair development as it stimulates circulation where ever the electrode is placed. You can pick cheap versions of these up on Ebay for around £60-70 from Ukraine and a naturopath told me they are very good for the price.


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