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Essential Oils for Alopecia

author image Kristie Jernigan
Kristie Jernigan is a health writer with over 17 years of experience as a medical social worker. She has worked mainly with the elderly population and with children. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and early childhood from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in health care administration and gerontology from the University of Phoenix.
Essential Oils for Alopecia
Rosemary oil is very useful in treating alopecia. Photo Credit: TongRo Images/TongRo Images/Getty Images

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, alopecia is the loss of hair, and this condition can occur for many different reasons, including damaged hair follicles and fungal infections. The loss of hair can cause anxiety and depression to any alopecia sufferer. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that essential oils can be effectively used to treat alopecia through therapeutic massage, which can help to improve circulation in the scalp.

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According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, rosemary oil has been traditionally used to stimulate the growth of hair. Massaging the scalp every day with the essential oil rosemary can help to improve hair loss and cause re-growth of lost hair. In addition, rosemary is considered an excellent antifungal treatment for fungal infections that might be causing the alopecia. However, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, massaging your scalp may need to be done for several months before any benefits are seen.


Lavender oil has antiseptic properties and helps to improve circulation. This can help a person who is having a loss of hair due to poor circulation or infected hair follicles due to bacteria. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, lavender essential oil can be combined with other oils such as thyme and cedarwood to help with the treatment of alopecia. Massaging the scalp on a nightly basis and then letting it sit overnight is an excellent treatment for hair loss. However, it may take several weeks before you see any progress if you use this treatment.


Cedarwood has an earthy scent but also has properties that help to improve lymph function and can help to stimulate hair growth. Rubbing a small amount of the essential oil on the scalp and leaving it on overnight may be enough to stimulate hair growth in a person suffering from alopecia. If the cedarwood scent is too earthy for your tastes, you can blend the oil with other oils such as lavender or thyme; these are also helpful in treating alopecia. However, you may need to repeat this process for several months before seeing the benefits.

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