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July 24, 2004


Aging Beautifully

Aromatherapy for Hair Loss

Researchers have studied the effects of essential

oils on brain wave patterns and found that oils such as orange, jasmine,

rose, and lavender have a tranquilizing effect and work by altering

brain waves into a rhythm (alpha waves) that produces calmness and

a sense of well-being. One of the most powerful essential oils is

lavender, a lovely fragrance that has many benefits for women

and is widely used around the world.

Lavender aromatherapy has been shown to…

  • Treat hair loss

    by promoting hair growth and healthy scalp circulation. Combined

    with thyme, rosemary, and cedar in a carrier-oil blend of jojoba

    and grapeseed, lavender was tested in a randomized trial for

    effectiveness in treating alopecia areata (hair loss).

    Reported in the November 1998 Archives of Dermatology

    (134:1349-52), a study indicated that 44 percent of the treatment

    group showed improvement (new hair growth) as compared to 15

    percent of the control group. And there were none of the significant

    adverse side effects frequently found with conventional treatments

    for hair loss.

  • Reduce emotional and mental stress and restore

    healthy sleep for women who are experiencing insomnia, particularly

    those who are past menopause who are experiencing sleep deprivation.

    Place droplets of oil on your bed sheets at night.

  • Increase immunity to colds and flu.

    A 1973 study reported in a German pharmacology journal showed

    that a blend of clove, cinnamon, melissa, and lavender essential

    oils were as effective in treating bronchial conditions as commercial

    antibiotics, but without the side effects.

    More recently Jean Valnet, M.D., a French physician, told the

    1st Congress on Aromatherapy in Cologne in 1987 that essential

    oils could be used to treat the herpes simplex virus. (He used

    a blend of lemon and geranium.)

  • Ease the pain from cancers.

    Carol Horrigan, in the International Journal of Aromatherapy,

    recommends rosemary and lavender to treat the aches and pains

    of the disease. For the side effects of chemotherapy such as hair

    loss, anorexia, anxiety, fear and depression, Horrigan has other

    aromatherapy recommendations as well.

  • Treat burns and insect bites.

    There is an interesting story about the development of aromatherapy

    in the 20th century. In 1937, French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse,

    having burned himself while working in his family’s perfume factory,

    plunged his hand into a nearby container of pure lavender oil.

    The burn quickly lost its redness and began to heal, and as a

    result Gattefosse set out to research the curative powers of other

    essential oils. More recent studies confirm this use of lavender


How to use aromatherapy

Essential oils may enter the body in one

of three ways: through the olfactory system (hence the term aromatherapy),

through the skin, or internally. I’ve outlined below three simple

ways you can begin using lavender or other essential oils right

now, in the comfort of your home.

  • Use a diffuser to disperse micro-particles of

    the essential oil in the air, providing mood-lifting or calming


  • Apply through your skin by bath, massage, hot

    and cold compresses, or simple topical application.

  • Spray floral waters in the air or onto your


For certain conditions, and with proper medical

guidance, essential oils can be taken internally. An aromatherapist

can make up an infusion specifically for you and the condition that

you are seeking to improve. Again, the oils should only be taken

internally under the guidance of a practitioner trained in aromatherapy.

Ask your chiropractor, energy worker, naturopath,

osteopath, or massage therapist if they are able to assist you in

including aromatherapy in your own health routine.

Essential oils can be purchased in health food

and beauty stores, but keep in mind that the quality of the oil

may vary. For the highest quality, look for oils packaged in small

dark blue or brown vials. Also, prices within a particular brand

line will vary, as some essential oils are far more expensive than


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Complementary Therapies

Aromatherapy for Hair Loss

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