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How to Use Rosemary for Treating Hair Loss

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How to Use Rosemary for Treating Hair Loss

We all desire healthy and lush hair, so hair loss or progressive thinning of the hair can affect us quite badly. Hair loss (alopecia) is more common in men, and can be a result of many factors but according to a research rosemary can be used effectively for treating alopecia.

Alopecia – Common Causes

Alopecia can be caused by several factors such as: genetic factors, hormonal imbalance, skin conditions, thyroid problems, nutritional deficiencies, chronic stress, harsh dyes, side effects of certain medications as well as other causes (you can read more about it in my article about 10 causes of hair loss in women).


So it is therefore important to treat the underlying cause of the hair loss and not just the symptom itself. There is also natural hair loss which often occurs due to aging process when the hair follicles begin to shrink and produce thinner hair with a shorter life span.

Rosemary Oil for Treating Hair Loss – The Research

A randomized controlled trial tested 100 men with androgenetic alopecia – male pattern baldness. In the trial, 50 of the men were treated with 2% topical minoxidil which is a synthetic drug used to stimulate hair growth. The other 50 men were treated with rosemary oil.

The men in both groups were tested with hair count analysis which is the most objective measure of treatment for baldness.

After three months, neither of the groups showed any significant increase in hair counts.

But when tested at six months, the researchers found that both treatments significantly increased the overall hair counts among the men.

This means that rosemary oil is as effective as minoxidil – but safer. The researchers found adverse effects such as scalp itching – significantly more frequent among the minoxidil group. But it’s important to mention that scalp itching was found among the rosemary group as well.


If you have sensitive skin you may not tolerate rosemary oil as well as others but this may be resolved by simply diluting the oil with a carrier oil.

How to Use Rosemary for Promoting Hair Growth

Although it’s not clear how rosemary works for hair loss, applying it to the scalp increases blood circulation. So how can you use rosemary to stimulate hair growth? Here are several options:

1. Daily Shampooing

For nourishing your hair on a daily basis add rosemary essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner. Use 10-12 drops of oil for every ounce of shampoo or conditioner.

Alternatively you can use the herb itself. Place approximately 1 qt. of distilled water in a large saucepan. Bring the water to a boil and stir 1-2 large handfuls of dried rosemary leaves into the boiling water (if you use fresh rosemary you need to double the amount of herb as dried herb is more concentrated).

Turn off the heat and allow the rosemary to steep in the water for at least 5 hours. Pour the rosemary infusion into a dark-colored glass jar and store it in your refrigerator. Use the rosemary infusion to make basic rosemary shampoo by mixing 1/4 cup of the infusion with 1 cup of liquid Castile soap.


2. Daily Massage

For a daily massage to stimulate new growth, add 3-4 drops of rosemary oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil such as jojoba oil. Rub into the scalp for a few minutes and leave for at least 30 minutes. You can also combine it with peppermint essential oil (which can also promote hair growth).

3. Hot Oil Treatment Once or Twice a Week

Once a week use a hot oil treatment for your hair and scalp. Mix a few tablespoons of a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) and a few drops of rosemary essential oil (about 3-4 drops of rosemary oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil) in a small glass jar that can be sealed. Place the jar in a bowl of hot water until the oil is warm.


Gradually massage the entire amount using your fingertips into your dry scalp for several minutes. Make sure to apply a little blend down the length of your hair until the ends. Wrap your hair with plastic wrap or plastic shower cap, and then cover it with a very warm damp towel.

Replace with another warm towel once the first one has cooled. Leave the blend for at least 30-45. You can stay with it overnight, and if you do this, remove the plastic wrap and sleep with a dry towel on your pillow to absorb the oil. Then rinse and lightly shampoo your hair with a chemical free shampoo. Follow with conditioner if you want.

Other Natural Remedies for Hair Loss

Castor oil can be beneficial for hair growth – find out how to use castor oil to improve and regrow your hair.

– According to a research, garlic can help to regrow hairlearn how to use garlic to regrow your hair.

Onion can be used as a natural remedy for growing hair – learn how to use onion to regrow your hair.

Peppermint was found to have noticeable hair growth effects according to a research – how to use peppermint essential oil for hair growth.

– Studies reveal: this natural ingredient can stop hair loss and regrow hair.

If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy which will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

There is another way to regrow you hair using one natural ingredient:

How to Regrow You Hair Using One Natural Ingredient

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120 Responses to How to Use Rosemary for Treating Hair Loss

  1. SWEEBA says:


  2. admin says:

    You can get essential oils in many health stores or buy it online such as in Amazon.

  3. Cindy Freeman says:

    Can you substitute jojoba with another base oil, like apricot kernel or almond? Thanks

  4. yolanda e.pili says:

    my hair is newly rebond am i allowed to apply that rosemary essential oil to my hair?

    • Jenny says:

      I have read in the internet that regular oiling with any of the carrier oils such as coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil is recommended for rebonded hair. I don’t think that adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil to the carrier oil will do any damage. If you are in doubt, do a patch test first in which you apply the mixture on a small part of the scalp and see what’s the reaction.

  5. Elaine Jeffery says:

    I have an underactive thyroid gland and had a sub total thyroidectomy. My hair has been falling out for 30 years (I had a huge amount of hair). How can I stop the hair loss and restore some of what I had? Any suggestions would be appreciated…

    • Jenny says:

      Hormonal changes can indeed cause hair loss. I believe in treating the root of the problem (if possible) rather than the symptom itself (hair loss). Endocrinologist is the one to address underactive thyroid gland. There is a need to see whether bringing the thyroid to normal levels will solve the problem, but I cannot give any advice in this issue. It is something for a professional health practitioner.

    • Marie Milton says:

      Dear Elaine Jeffery,
      Have you tried taking iodine supplements? Also, I don’t know how often you wash your hair, but I find it helps to wash it regularly (2-3 times per week). And I use Timotei shampoo and conditioner (anything else is too strong for my hair), and I gently massage my scalp with both the shampoo and conditioner (little massaging circles with the finger tips). (I’m researching to make my own shampoos and conditioners, but I need to wait till the spring for the plants to show themselves. hehe)
      It’s not a guaranteed success, but I know this has helped me out. 🙂 Good Luck.
      I also drink nettle tea, horsetail (plant) tea, dandelion tea, and yarrow tea to help the blood. 🙂

  6. Diana Self says:

    I use Kerineque can I still use this ?

    • Jenny says:

      I am not familiar with Kerineque. Read in the leaflet attached to the medicine to see if it has some warnings or consult with your doctor.

    • beth says:

      id like to know if those using this product..does it really work?

    • ritaroo says:

      I used Kerineue and all it is is minoxidol,they gave me my money back,just wanted to let you know!!!!

      • Amy Lee Nibert says:

        Yeah for real that Keranique crap sucks. My friend actually lost some of her hair using that cheap to re grow her hair!

    • Lee Magri says:

      Keranique has minoxidil. the same stuff in what bald men use, & it is a forever thing, don’t use Keranique, it is a forever thing when you use peppermint oil, almond oil, castor oil, & tea tree oil, & Rosemary, it is natural, & long just gives you a fuzz, & when you stop using it, it falls off, where these oils are forever lasting!

  7. Raquel says:

    How long could I do the shampoo treatment for?

    • Jenny says:

      It takes quite a while until you see results, and time varies between different people, but we are talking about several weeks or months probably. It’s not a matter of days.

      • vinod says:

        They told something about hot oil wats that???

        • Jenny says:

          Hi Vinod, generally with a hot oil treatment for hair, the bottle of oil is heated by putting the bottle in hot water for a certain period of time. Then the hot oil is massaged to the scalp and applied to the hair. Then you wrap your hair with the towel and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes. This conditioning treatment of the hair gives more strength and body to the hair and can help repair damaged and weak hair. Wikihow website shows you how it is done. Have a look here –

  8. padma says:

    Hello friends,

    when i browse something, i got this articles. i think it might be useful for many people. below is the link.

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you for sharing. Indeed a proper diet can help and it’s always a good idea to be checked by a doctor to see if there is an underlying reason for hair fall.

  9. Laureen Kanyan says:

    Is almond oil a good carrier?

  10. Elle Denton says:

    I read where heating essential oils decreased their effectiveness.

    • Jenny says:

      The prolonged exposure to heat can decrease essential oil’s potency, and indeed it is recommended to store essential oils in a dark cool place, however essential oils are quite common in hot treatments which are short in time such as in hair treatments or facial steams (for example in cases of sinus infection).

  11. ginno says:

    I have alopecia areata. Does it works for me if I tried this?

    • Jenny says:

      This relates to the question whether alopecia is reversible or not. I have read in several places in the internet that There is chance that your hair will regrow with or without treatment, but it may also fall out again. No one can predict when it might regrow or fall out. The course of the disease varies from person to person. Some people lose just a few patches of hair, then the hair regrows, and the condition never recurs. Other people continue to lose and regrow hair for many years. So I would say that it still worth giving the treatment a chance as it varies from person to person.

      • eva says:

        Does the rosemary irritate the scalp a lot? Does it get itchy?

        • Jenny says:

          Rosemary essential oil should always be diluted and not be applied in its pure form. I suggest that you first do a patch test on a small area and see how it reacts after several minutes. Alternatively you can use rosemary herbal infusion.

  12. Veronika says:

    Stress triggered my immune system to fight against my hair. My doctor encourages me to take prednisone.
    Will this help me with hair loss? Or, is there something else? Any suggestion???

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Veronika, I cannot advise in your case as I am not a doctor and doesn’t have knowledge about this medication. Also every person has his/her own medical history and specific medical conditions, and therefore it is best to consult with a trusted medical practitioner.

    • Kimberly says:

      Veronika, When taking prednisone you have to way the good it does for you at the time of your illness….prednisone is a very stong steriod which does have a lot of side effects, So make sure that you read up on it and always question your doctor why you should take any medicene. If you do not like his explanation then get a second opinon…It is your body, your health, always your decision.Good Luck

    • LU says:

      HI Veronika,
      Just checking in with ya because prednisone is a extremely powerful medication that I refuse to take.. Has anything changed since your post 12/2013?

  13. karishma says:

    Can i replace jojoba carrier oil by coconut oil ..?
    In case jojoba or any oil has more effective action den pls inform.

  14. rejitha nair says:

    where will i get rosemary oli…how to apply it?

    • Jenny says:

      You can get essential oils in health foods stores or online (such as Amazon). The application instructions are in the article.

  15. milabs says:

    my hais is very thin.what can i do for my always searching in deferent remedies on how my hair grow healthy and shiny..please reply tnx

    • Jenny says:

      Other than the suggested treatment in the article, you can use homemade masks for thin and dull hair that will add shine to it. The internet is full of hair masks recipes using common household items such as avocado, honey, banana, eggs, beer, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, mayonnaise, olive oil and many more. Just Google it.

  16. Goldy says:

    Hi jenny,my hair has been falling out since 2 years (I had a huge amount of hair). How can I stop the hair loss and restore some of what I had? Any suggestions would be appreciated…???

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Goldy, there may be a need to check the reason for the hair fall and why it was falling at such a young age. Sometimes it’s better to treat the root of the problem (if possible) rather than the symptoms.

  17. William Richardson says:

    Please be ever so careful when choosing an essential Oil because unfortunately not all are equal. Most oils are Adulterated up to 95% with Fillers and Additives. Most real cheaply prices oils are for Aromatic use only. Some can be used topically but if you cannot use them internally as well I would advise staying away from them. I am a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA ( Gift of the earth ) a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential Oil co. Our Oils are pure and the efficacy of the oils are impeccable. We have been using and helping others with these oils for 3 years now and have had amazing success. I would like to make myself available to help anyone here with any questions you may have regarding essential oils. I only want to bring Truth to this topic as so many people are looking for Organic ways to take care of their Health and Well Being. GOD bless all. James 5:14

  18. Sheila Robertson says:

    I am interested in essential oils for hair, skin, nails and overall health. I have multiple sclerosis, so I wouldn’t want anything that might be bad for that, although I’ve never heard of any that are.

  19. Romeoalone says:

    love this

  20. Donna says:

    taking seizure nedication for 9 months now, lost a lot of my hair,extremily thin .balanceis off, disoriented,need this medication to prevent having amore seizures, before I had my first stroke , I was paralyzed and in a coma for 8 days,this happened may 25, 2013.cognative thinking is poor, very short term memory, lost three quarters of my eye sight, the stroke effected the emotional section of my brain, oh speech ,
    weening off of seizure med 4 days now, I have some tremor’s on left side, etc,any advice for essential oils to help increase or stop my hair loss, I believe in natural remedy’s again ,any advice, thank you, for a reply, sincerely yours !! sorry, difficult typing, learning to type over from the left sided bleeding stroke

    • Jenny says:

      First of all Donna I wish you a quick recovery. This is the most important thing. As for the hair loss – if you stopped taking the medication that caused the hair loss, maybe wait for a while to see if the hair grows back, and then you will not need to treat it with rosemary essential oil. It might also take time before the hair returns to grow in its natural way. However, if you want, you can start the rosemary treatment, but bare in mind that it takes time until you see results, and results may vary between different people. Wishing you all the best and take care!

    • Sapphire says:

      my mother has the same problem. it caused her hair loss

    • Lola says:

      Donna, Rosemary can cause seizures from my research and is not recommended. My daughter has epilepsy. You can take biotin vitamins. Mash avocado and apply to your hair dry and leave in as long as you want and wrap with Saran Wrap then a towel. Leave in for at least 40 minutes. Massage your scalp. Look up castor oil benefits and if there is any side effects. Most herbs are not good for anyone that has seizures. My daughters hair has gotten better with just the vitamins and increasing her vegetables.. Good luck and hope you are doing better. If your seizures stopped then congratulations and your hair growth should come back.

  21. malik yasir says:

    From where I purchased it how got it

    • Jenny says:

      Rosemary can be easily grown in your own garden or in a pot (you can get it from a plant nursery). As for rosemary essential oil or dried rosemary – you can get it in herbal stores or health food stores or online.

  22. Kathleen says:

    Does anyone know if you can mix the rosemary oil in Nioxin shampoo?

  23. Pius Magea says:

    Thanks for the information in regards to hair loss prevention and regrowth.Would greatly appreciate if you can send same information and if possible more directly through my email.
    Thankyou so much and kind regards.

    Pius Magea

  24. marites villareal says:

    Hi jenny my daughter lost hair rapidly this year and im worried so much its difficult to find those oil mention such rosemary oil can I use olive oil to massage her scalp and how many minutes I can leave them please help thanjs

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Marites, parallel to treating the symptom of hair loss, it’s best to also try and figure out what has caused the hair loss – is it due to stress, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, etc, so you can get to the root of the problem. You can use olive oil as a base oil, but I’m not sure if olive oil can do the job alone without the rosemary. Generally speaking olive oil hair treatments are used to make the hair shinier and treat dry hair and there are claims that it contributes to hair growth. Also massaging the scalp can encourage blood circulation which contributes to a healthy hair. For directions of how to apply it have a look at number 2 and 3 in my article. If you struggle to find rosemary essential oil (or rosemary plant), you can also order it online from places like Amazon or eBay.

    • Kristin says:

      Did you ever find a solution to your daughters hair loss my daughter is losing her hair too

  25. Lida says:

    hi,Jenny. I’m so glad to hear from you that Rosemary can treat hair loss. I tried to a lot of products to prevent my hair loss. But most of them are less effective. When I asked experts how long these products will take action for my hair. They always told me that I should keep patient and may be short or may be a long time according to you situation. I was always confused by them. As you said Rosemary is good for hair loss. Can you give some tips about how long it will regrow for me.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Lida, it is not a quick fix and can take several months until you notice results. Even when buying commercial products to treat hair loss it usually takes several months to see results. Also parallel to treating the symptom of hair loss, it’s best to try and find out what causes this hair loss so you can treat the underlying problem (read my article about causes for hair loss). Working to tackle both the symptom and the root of the problem will give better results. You may also be interested to read my article about castor oil to regrow hair.

  26. Lida says:

    Oh, thank you, Jenny. I read your article about causes for hair loss. I understand my situation of hair loss. Maybe Extreme stress is main reason for my baldness. From last years, I changed my work to be as a salesman. The process of changing was very difficult for me and I encountered extreme stress to finish my work. And more importantly it took me little time to take care of my hair because of my job. I’m pleasure you can share hair loss knowledge with me. You are so great. I think I will keep patient and find some methods to treat my hair for my appearance. 🙂 Some day I want to come here share my success with you.

  27. Jessie says:

    Rosemary oil does work. About 25 yrs ago. I was conversing with a Hispanic woman, while waiting in a Dr’s. waiting room, about hair loss. She told me in Mexico they would massage their scalp with rosemary oil when they had thinning hair. I at that time did not use it.
    When my daughter was 4 yrs old (She is now 19) I panicked thinking her hair was not growing and was to thin, I remembered the rosemary conversation. I didn’t want to massage her hair every night so I put about 1/4 oil to her 3/4 shampoo. This became a habit every time I got her a new shampoo bottle. Well over the years her hair grew at the age of 8 her hair was passed her knees and very thick. It never irritated her scalp. So I’m a true believer that it does work. I am now starting to use it this since my hair is now thinning

  28. Elaine says:

    I’m a cosmetic chemist and am continually appalled at what a rip off tiny dram bottles of EOs are. Consider buying from soap and cosmetic suppliers. Even “expensive” ones such as “From Nature With Love” or “Majestic Mountain Sage” will be a deal and a half compared to these little rip-off drop-at-a-time sellers whose product is no different than a regular supplier.

  29. Sapphire says:

    Hey Jenny. I have recently cut my hair, a little under shoulder length. I want to grow my hair back, to its long and healthy original state. I have healthy hair, and I only lose hair when I get out all the knots from my hair. I am trying to grow my hair longer than I had it before, and my hair was very long. It was a little above mid-theigh. Can you help me? Rosemary didn’t make my hair grow that fast, but it is helping. Please tell me if there are any other essential oils.

    Thank you,

  30. pumzie says:

    I have mixed coconutoil,rosemary oil,teatrea oil,& castor oil to treat a reseading hairline.l hope these do not in anyway,work against each other.

  31. anjali says:

    Will a combination of almond,castor,rosemary and lavender oil work in the improvement of hair loss and regrowth?

    • Jenny says:

      You can try it and see if you notice any improvement (it may take quite a while until you notice results).

  32. Debbie says:

    What about eyebrows. Hairs falling out. Yes
    My eyebrows are too.
    Mine was from OMEPRAZOLE…..for acid reflex. SUCKS.

    • Jenny says:

      WebMD website mentions hair loss as a possible side effect of this medication. Perhaps consult with your doctor whether he/she can replace the medication to something else that doesn’t have this side effect.

  33. S khalid mehmood says:

    Can i mix 50drops rosemary oil + 50tablespoonful carier oil at once and store them ?

    • Jenny says:

      Typically essential oils have a shelf life of around 12 to 18 months and even more (except of citrus oils have the shortest shelf life). The shelf life of carrier oil is typically around 6-12 months (some of them more than that), although good storage conditions (like storing in a fridge) will extend shelf life further. So you can mix them in advance and store in a cool dark place or even in the fridge and use within several months.

  34. Jenny says:

    2 questions.
    1) could I apply rosemary oil directly on the scalp?
    2) could olive oil be a substitution for the other oils mentioned to mix with the rosemary oil?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Jenny, 1) Since essential oils are very concentrated, it’s usually not recommended to apply them directly on the scalp or skin without diluting them first as they can cause skin irritation. 2) Olive oil can be used as a carrier oil to dilute the rosemary essential oil.

  35. Claire says:

    Hi, I have curly hair but after dying it with home hair dyes I have a receding hairline all around the front and at the back of my neck. My skin has now gotten very dry and my hair and scalp is also dry with thinning eyebrows and have acne all over my back, chest and some on my face! I’ve had blood work yet they say it’s normal, what else can I do? Oh forgot to mention I have a burning scalp that tingles every now and again and have this sticky stuff on the sides of my scalp. I’ve tried apple cider vinegar and lidterine but it doesn’t go away!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Claire, I’m not a doctor hence can’t give a specific advice. I guess that the reaction in the scalp and hair is due to the chemicals in the hair dyes which can cause sensitivity in some people. It might be that if you change the hair dye product or stop using it, things will improve. As for the acne, I would go to get an advice from a professional dermatologist. Many people suffer from acne in the back, chest and face and their blood tests are normal, but they may have some hormonal issues or oily complex or any other skin condition that cannot be tracked in regular blood test. Try to find a dermatologist who has an interest in hair loss disorders as well (although they can be difficult to find) so you can present him/her with the full picture about your problem with both hair/scalp and acne.

  36. Wayne says:

    Is it possible to just put drops of the Rosemary Essential oil onto our hands and rub it into the scalp?

    And what is the typical amount of time before one starts seeing results in thickness and amount of hair growing back on the applied area?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Wayne, since essential oils are very concentrated, you need to dilute them to avoid skin irritation. Add a few drops of rosemary oil to an ounce of carrier oil such as jojoba oil and rub into the scalp. It takes time to see results and it’s not a quick fix, so patience is required. You need to wait at least two month, but preferably more than that – even three or four months. Usually with commercial products you need to wait several months as well to see results.

  37. Cabello says:

    I am baldness and i used finasteride for a year. I didn’t know about this essential oil! Very nice. Thanks!

  38. Didi Toure says:

    Hello,I have my oils and ready to mix them. Can I just apply them as a scalp oil without having to wash it after?
    I have 16 Oz of jojoba that i’d like to mix with rosemary, peppermint and tea tree. Can you please assist ?

    Thank you so much

    • Jenny says:

      The reason for washing the mixture is to avoid the greasiness of the oil on the scalp and roots and the strong smell of the essential oils, but it’s really up to you.

  39. Gopi says:

    I am staying in a place with hard water. I am using this hard water for bathing. Did the Rosemary oil reduce hair fall if I use hard water for bathing

    • Jenny says:

      I’m personally not familiar with the effect of hard water on hair loss, but you can read more about it here.

    • Sunni says:

      Hi Gopi, I live in an area with hard water also. I would recommend you purchase chelating shampoo that washes away minerals,chlorine and hard water deposits.One that I use was purchased from Sally’s Beauty Supply Quantum Brand.

  40. Steve says:

    What kind shampoo is best for mixing with rosmaryn oil for hair lose ?

  41. Aimee says:

    Hi, i read your post about the homemade shampoo with castor oil, coconut oil, essential oil like rosemary and castile soap. I can’t find it anymore if you can kindly give me the portioning i will be very happy for i needed it so badly for my hair. Thank you so much..

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Aimee, there are 2 options you may refer to:
      1. Homemade shampoo with Castile soap – see more information here.
      2. Topical application for hair loss that combines several ingredients (not shampoo) – see more information here (under method 2).

  42. Angus says:

    Hi jenny i was wondering if there was info on what method of application of the rosemary oil was most affective??
    And some info on the study that you mentioned was ran along side medoxonil as i wasnt able to access it, i was just wondering how the participants of the study had applied th rosemary oil??
    Cheers 🙂

  43. Enrico says:

    Can I use rosemary oil together with jojoba oil ? is it safe to apply it overnight and wash it in the morning ? Thank u

    • Jenny Hills says:

      You can mix a few drops of rosemary essential oil with a tablespoon of jojoba oil, but at first I wouldn’t leave it for the whole night. It would be best to check it first on a small skin patch to see that you don’t develop any skin irritations, and then start applying it for a shorter period of time to see how you react. If you don’t notice any skin irritation, gradually increase the time of application until you can apply it for the whole night.

  44. Jennie says:

    I have struggled with my hair for a long time now. I am quickly approaching my 30s and I have bad hair quality. Recently, I have also noticed that my hair has stopped growing as it used to. A few years ago I went to the salon on a monthly basis. Now, it takes me almost two months before I even need to cut my hair! I am desperate and I really need help right now. Hair is one of the most important parts of a woman and I don’t want to give up on this one. I went to the doctors but they didn’t found anything wrong with me. The exams I took showed that I am healthy and there’s no reason for this to even happen to me. Please, I really need hair advice urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Jennie, there can be many reasons for hair loss, and you did the right thing trying to find the underlying reason for that. This is the first step to try and tackle the root of the problem. Since the doctors could not find any apparent reason for the hair loss, then the other step is to try and use some of the natural methods that encourage hair growth. I’ve written an article which summarizes all of them – some of them are backed by research – see my article HERE. You can also try and combine several of them. It should be said that these are not quick solutions and it usually takes several months to see any improvement, so patience is required. Also every person is different, and results vary between different people. Some find it helpful while for others they will not do the job. The only thing you can do it to experiment and be patient. You’ve got nothing to lose. The other option is to go to a second opinion from another doctor who can dig further in to see what causes the problem.

  45. Fara says:

    3 questions:
    I used rosemary oil on my scalp by itself without mixing with any
    Other oil. Is it bad for the scalp?
    If I use rosemary oil every night by itself do I have
    To wash my hair in the morning or I can wash my hair
    After two days ? For how long I can leave the oil on my

    • Jenny Hills says:

      1. Since essential oils are very concentrated and strong, they should be diluted with a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation. 2. It is advised to wash the hair in the morning to prevent build up of excess oil on the scalp. Also if you dilute it with a carrier oil, the hair will look greasy. So best to shampoo the hair with a mild shampoo, like a baby shampoo. 3. The diluted oil can be applied for a shorter time (such as 2 hours) up to overnight. Start from a shorter amount of time to see that you don’t develop any skin irritation, and gradually increase the amount time if you want.

  46. Seeking help to regrow thinning hair says:

    Hello and thanks for your article. I recently lost a lot of my hair due to weight loss, even though I began a regimen of vitamins for hair, skin and nails at the same time to prevent such an effect. So now I will try the essential oil route, in addition to continuing my vitamin intake. I will try rosemary and peppermint essential oil combination with carrier oils of sweet almond and coconut to see if it works. I am currently sitting with it on my head and can feel my scalp tingling, after an hour’s application. I will do this daily, when possible. I am keeping my fingers crossed! I will keep you updated with my results.

  47. Ronald Yudo says:

    Was wondering how to combine Peppermint essential oil and Rosemary extract oil for daily massage.
    Would this be 1 tablespoon of castor oil mix with 4 drops of Rosemary oil + 2 drops of Peppermint oil?
    And should I apply this 2x a day and let it sit for 30-60min before wash it with water

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Ronald, the usual recommendation is about 10-12 drops of essential oil fer 1 oz (30 ml) of carrier oil. 1 tablespoon is around 10-15 ml depending on its size, so you can put something like 4-6 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil. It is recommended to do a patch test to make sure it doesn’t irritate your scalp, otherwise put less drops of EO per tablespoon. You can put equal amounts of each EO in castor oil. As per how often to apply it – if you can apply it twice a day that would be great. Washing it with water only will not take of the oils as water and oil don’t mix, so you will need to use a mild soap to remove it. In the peppermint oil study the applicants applied it once a day, but I believe the more you apply it, the better the chances are. This is not a quick solution, and patience is required.

      • Ronald says:

        Hi Jenny,
        Thanks for your reply.
        I have castor oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and coconut oil with me already.
        I will have time to apply it only 1x a day (after work), unless the mixture can replace my hair wax, then I will use it also in the morning :).
        Btw, I just wanted to confirm, so can I mix coconut oil + peo + rosemary oil in 1 bottle to use it just in 1 go everyday without ruining the goodness of the oils right?
        And also instead of dosing it everyday, id like to make 1 batch of the mixed oil sufficient for 1 week.
        Another question (sorry)
        Since it is winter time in Europe, the coconut oil is coagulated, so to use it I need to reheat it for a while. How many times can I reheat the coconut oil (since im making for 1 week batch), and would it be ok also for the peo & rosemary oil being reheated?
        Thanks again.

        • Jenny Hills says:

          You can prepare a larger batch mixing the oils and EOs. As for the coconut oil – under 24 degrees Celsius it will be solid. What I would do is before preparing the larger batch put the coconut oil jar in a small bowl with warm/hot water to make it runnier consistency. Then add the EOs and mix well. I’m not sure if adding the castor oil at this stage will change the temperature in which the coconut oil will harden so you will need to experiment with that. It might be that adding the castor oil will prevent it from hardening, but I’m not sure. If you don’t add castor oil and the coconut oil and EO mixture hardens, then you have 2 option: you can break a small piece of the oil mixture, rub it between your hands so the body temperature melts it, and then apply to the scalp. Otherwise you can put the mixture in small bowl with warm water before each application.

          • Ronald says:

            For now im preparing 50ml coconut oil + 10 drops of peo + 10 drops of rosemary oil. I will try it tonight. What surprises me is the rosemary oil smells very nice.
            another question; do you think its ok to rinse it only with water while showering? coz I dont wash my hair with shampoo that often, probably every 2-3day.
            Thanks again

          • Jenny Hills says:

            Rinsing with water only will not get rid of the oil in your hair, so you will have a greasy hair. If it doesn’t bother you then it’s fine. Otherwise use a mild shampoo such as baby shampoo.

  48. Maria says:

    Hi if I massage my hair with rosemary and argan oil, cant I just leave it in my hair until the day I wash it out? I wash my hair every 2 days because I dont want to stress my hair out

    • Jenny Hills says:

      You can do it, but your hair will probably look very greasy and may have a smell of rosemary oil. If you don’t mind it then you can leave it until you wash your hair.

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