How to Use Peppermint Essential Oil for Hair Growth

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Peppermint essential oil has been used across the world as an herbal remedy treatment for hair loss. I’ve already mentioned the many health benefits of peppermint oil and in this article I want to specifically discuss how to use it to promote hair growth.


Hair Loss and its Causes

Hair loss is a problem that many people, both male and female, experience at some point during their lives. When people notice their hair is changing, this can be a blow to their confidence. Our hair is often a part of our identity, so we might go to great lengths to preserve it.

For men, hair loss is often associated with simply growing older and having a genetic tendency toward male pattern baldness. For women, it can be a distressing condition that is associated with multitude of other conditions, and it is important to tackle the root of the problem – read more about it in my article about the 10 causes of hair loss and how to treat them.

Many people turn to natural or herbal remedies to slow down hair loss or even encourage hair growth. And indeed I discussed in the past, several methods to treat hair loss using castor oil, onion juice, garlic, rosemary and saw palmetto.

About Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a plant native to Europe and the Middle East and is now widespread in many regions of the world.

This plant is a cross between water mint and spearmint, and has been widely used as to prevent or relieve flatulence and it is also used as a gastric stimulant.

Peppermint oil is extracted from the whole plant above ground just before flowering. It is very intense and is far more concentrated than most other steam distilled essential oils.

The principal ingredient of peppermint oil, menthol, is primarily responsible for its beneficial effects. It produces a cooling and refreshing sensation. Peppermint oil is commonly used as flavoring in foods and beverages and as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.

Some evidence suggests that it may help relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and indigestion1.

In vitro, peppermint has been reported to show anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antifungal activities as well as antioxidant activity, anti-allergenic and anti-tumor actions.

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Peppermint essential oil is also one of the best essential oils for migraines and headaches, for allergy relief, warts, and one of the top 16 essential oils to relieve pain and inflammation.

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

Current Treatments for Hair Loss

The current products for treating hair loss are oral Finasteride (also known as Proscar and Propecia) and topical Minoxidil (also known as Rogaine), the last was originally created as a hypertension medication.

Minoxidil is believed to stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow to the follicular dermal papilla cells, which play a significant role in controlling the hair growth cycle and production, or by creating a local irritation.

Both Finasteride and Minoxidil have known negative side effects which can include increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, rapid weight gain, edema, seborrheic dermatitis, scalp itching and scaling.

The aim of the research about peppermint oil (which I discuss below) was to test its effect on promoting hair growth without side effects.

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Peppermint Oil for Hair Growth – the Research

A Korean research that was published in the Toxicological Research journal on December 2014 investigated the effect of peppermint oil on hair growth on mice2.

The animals were divided into 4 groups based on different topical applications: saline, jojoba oil, 3% minoxidil, and 3% peppermint oil.

Each compound was topically applied to the shaved area once a day, 6 days a week, for 4 weeks.

During the 4 week study, the mice were evaluated in terms of hair growth as well as other parameters.

Of the 4 groups tested, the peppermint oil group showed the most noticeable hair growth effects, a significant increase in dermal thickness, follicle number, and follicle depth.

The study found that from the second week, peppermint oil grew hair more rapidly than saline and jojoba oil. At week 3, peppermint oil remarkably promoted hair growth more than saline and jojoba oil, and even greater than Minoxidil.  At week 4, peppermint oil showed hair growth of about 92%, whereas Minoxidil about 55%.

The researchers also found that the depth, size, and number of hair follicles were also markedly increased in peppermint oil treated skin.

The researchers concluded that the results clearly demonstrate that topical application of peppermint oil markedly stimulated hair growth in mice skin and thus could be used as a therapeutic or preventive alternative medicine for hair loss in humans.

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Peppermint Oil for Hair Loss – Home Treatments

To reap the benefits of peppermint oil to promote hair growth, you can do the following:

Peppermint oil massage for hair growth

For a daily massage to stimulate new growth, add two drops of peppermint oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil such as jojoba oil or coconut oil. Rub it into the scalp and leave for at least 30 minutes (it is a good idea to do a test on a small skin patch to make sure you don’t develop any skin irritation). Make sure the oil mixture doesn’t reach your eyes.

Add peppermint oil to your shampoo

For nourishing your hair on a daily basis, add peppermint essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner (you can use mild shampoo or a baby shampoo). Use 4-6 drops of oil for every ounce of shampoo or conditioner. Massage the shampoo/conditioner and leave for a few minutes.

Other Natural Remedies for Hair Loss

– You can use rosemary to treat hair loss and promote hair growth – follow the instructions in my post on how to use rosemary for treating hair loss.

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

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

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

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

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31 Responses to How to Use Peppermint Essential Oil for Hair Growth

  1. Terri Zbysinski says:

    Thank you so much for your research and posting this information. I have been praying for a solution to my massive hair loss and I will try your solutions. I am so very grateful.

    Terri

  2. Melissa Ford says:

    Yes I have tried this I had some alopecia and peppermint oil helped grow back those spots without hair.

  3. jon says:

    how effective is this on humans? remember the experiment was done on mice.

  4. Jimmy says:

    The big question is how long did they leave it on the mice? All day? never washed off?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      The research says that each of the 4 different applications was topically applied to the shaved dorsal area once a day, 6 days a week, for 4 weeks. I couldn’t indeed find specific information in the study as per how long it was left on the mice skin, so it might be that they applied it once a day without washing it until they renewed the application the following day.

      • Crystal says:

        The mice likely groomed themselves at some point and “washed” it off. Has me a bit worried about the mice that might’ve licked off the “rogaine”. Wonder what kind of side effects they had to ingesting it?

  5. Bwolf20 says:

    On the ‘Peppermint oil massage for growth’, it says leave it on scalp for at least 30 minutes. Does that mean you wash it out afterwards? I wondered why the instructions don’t specify this especially if this treatment is meant for a ‘daily massage’?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’m not sure if I understand the question correctly, but I assume that you don’t shampoo your hair on a daily basis, so you don’t want to stay with greasy hair until the next rinse. In this case, you can either reduce the frequency of the peppermint oil application or if you apply it on a daily basis, rinse your hair with a mild shampoo, such as baby shampoo or herbal shampoo.

  6. Michael says:

    Minoxidil has irreversible side effects related to your heart. I’d rather get bold than early heart disease. Finasteride worked really good for me for close to three years with no side effects then I’ve stopped. A couple of years later, I was back where I’ve started, with noticeable rare hair on the top. I went back on Finasteride, oils (olive, coconut, castor, peppermint) and 1.5 mm derma roller (which I plan on doing every 3-4 weeks.) I can already notice results in less than a month. I’m not sure which works best, but in terms of oils, I’m trying to leave it on my scalp for as long as possible, almost daily, including overnight. I usually wipe the hair off with a towel after a couple of hours, or rinse and condition only. Conditioner seems to help wash the extra oil off my hair.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      It’s worth noting for future use that according to drugs.com the side effects of Minoxidil that you mention are when it’s used in a tablet form. However when using it in a topical form on the scalp it is extremely rare to have any kind of heart related issue (such as fast heartbeat). This is usually a result of too much of it getting absorbed into the body – here is the source.

      • Michael says:

        When I was researching about Minoxidil, I ran into some studies that observed cardiac enlargement to some of the subjects. Some of those studies are pretty old, from the 90’s, and I can’t remember if it was administrated topically or not. That is on top of arrhythmia. Also, topical applied substances to the scalp make it to the blood, trough the follicle, in as little as five minutes, as a caffeine experiment showed.

  7. andy says:

    so, where do you buy this peppermint oil, is it the same oil they sell for aroma therapy?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Generally speaking, you can buy peppermint EO in health stores, some supermarkets, and online. This is the same oil that is sold in aromatherapy stores.

  8. Temperpolk says:

    I am a post menopausal woman suffering from significant hair loss most noticeable since beginning of menopause (about 10 yrs ago). I also have noticed that in the last few years, my hair loss accelerates when a “flareup”of itchiness of the scalp occurs. I have regular medical check-ups and I’m told that my thyroid is not a problem. Just recently, I have had another flare-up of itchiness. The only thing that works for my itchy scalp is a mask of banana, honey a a teaspoon of cinnamon. I also throw a spoonful of olive oil (I tried avocado, but my blender won’t blend the avocado well) and a few drops of rosemary or peppermint essential oil. Once applied, I wait about 3 hours, enjoying the relief and then wash it out. Mind you, it’s very tough to wash it out. Sometimes it takes a few rinses with cool water. But the result is unbelievable! Thanks to whoever posted this banana/honey/avocado recipe on the web (even though I now replace the avocado with a spoon of olive oil). I don’t even remember where I saw it first. You saved my life!!!!

    I have started to take iodine every two days and plan to continue the banana/honey mask a couple times of week. I’m also planning to use the peppermint oil more often. It’s funny that I’m losing so much hair on my crown, when my DNA test (that I did for genealogy) says that I’m “less likely to bald”:)

    • Mona Lisa says:

      I had a similar problem of severe itching of scalp with severe eyebrow loss. I was told I had frontal fibrosing alopecia.
      My thyroid test came back normal as well. I later contacted an endocrinologist friend of mine who said let me run further tests.
      Turned out, although my TSH and T 3 T4 were normal, my Thyroid antibodies were sky high, meaning my body is attacking my thyroid.
      Thus I have early Hashimoto/hypothyroid. My zinc and Vitamin D levels were also low. I still had the problem with itching and unexplained itchy rashes that would come and go on my shins. They rules out celiac. I then insisted on getting allergy tested. Turns out I am allergic to night shade vegetables, blue cheese, dust mites, brewers yeast and a few other things. Since I have been avoid most of the the irritants my itching as greatly improved. I miss my tomatoes dearly, but it is worth not itching like crazy. I have trying Latisse on my brows for 6 months. Some improvement, but not much. Today I made my own peppermint/jojoba oil solution and put on my first application. Wish me luck!!
      Get allergy tested!!

      • Jessica says:

        Have you tried castor oil for your eyebrows? It’s absolutely great for hair growth period but so difficult to rinse out of scalp but perfect for eyebrows and your lashes! Plus completely safe as it’s scent is so mild, almost undetectable. What I do and find that it works really well is I buy those little disposable eyelash brushes, and you can use organic castor oil or I hear that the 100% pure and (organic for best results) Black Jamaican castor oil is even better but have a huge bottle of castor oil so until that is gone im not buying it. Lol then I use a warm wash cloth or even like those cotton rounds with warm water apply it on my eyebrows till it starts to cool then I apply the castor oil to a clean moist eyelashes brush and brush my eye brows for a few minutes brushing it back and forth up and down kind of massaging it into my skin then do the same for the other and with a new eyelash or different eyelash brush I use it on my eyelashes before going to sleep as often as possible. It has really helped me,especially my eyelashes bc I made the mistake to get those eyelash extensions for a trip to Cabo a while back and it did some significant damage to my real lashes and I freaked out bc I certainly didn’t want to be one of those people relying on eyelash extension for the rest of my life as it’s too expensive and too much maintenance not to mention the fact that I really didn’t need fake lashes mine are pretty decent in length in thickness especially with Mascara on. But I hope this helps just keep in mind you want to stimulate the area and then you want to have the oil penetrate your skin for its maximum benefit. Oh and I never really washed it off till the next morning when taking regular morning shower that’s if there was even any left, which I never noticed it. As an added bonus castor oil is also great moisturizer, and has anti aging benefits, it helps with fine lines crows feet and other undesirable skin problems we are faced with as we age. So you really can’t go wrong but def do a skin test prior to adding it to your daily regimen and do your own research to make sure it’s a safe option for you personally! Hope this helped! Good luck 😉 I’m confident that you will have great results if you try this simple one ingredient inexpensive all natural home remedy.

  9. Temperpolk says:

    I forgot to point out that this itchiness is not about dandruff. I don’t have dandruff. Just an inflamed crown with extreme itchiness. Tea tree oil, Urea shampoo, Nizoral, you name it does not take away the itchiness, Only the banana / honey mask. It brings me at least a good 3 days of feeling like I have a healthy scalp again.

  10. Eno says:

    Hello, I have started production of hair cream locally;my hair cream is essentially made from Shea butter,coconut oil. I’m worry that it’s a bit too heavy for both the hair and scalp. Therefore preventing good absorption and healthy hair.
    I am thinking of introducing peppermint oil,since it unclogged the pores. I think it will aid the absorbtion of both the Shea butter and coconut oil. My question is do peppermint oil go well with Shea butter and coconut oil? Thank you.

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Essential oils don’t help in the absorption of coconut oil/shea butter. Since essential oils are very concentrated, they need to be diluted with carrier oils before being applied to the skin. The term carrier oil is derived from their purpose in carrying the essential oil onto the skin. You can add peppermint essential oil to the mix, but the coconut oil/shea butter will not become “less heavy” by adding the essential oil.

  11. Joanne Stevenson says:

    I M using combo of peppermint oil & jojoba on scalp for hairloss
    Dermatologist recommended 10 drops of peppermint to 2 oz. of jojoba. Shake good in a spray bottle.
    Massage lightly into scalp. No need to wash out.
    However do ?I wash scalp or hair before applying each day?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      You don’t have to wash the scalp after applying it, but then the scalp and hair would be very greasy.

      • jeannie says:

        Have any of the people commenting on this blog reported good results using the peppermint oil to regrow or thicken their hair? Your last reply was dated Jan. 20. I am 67 and my hair has become almost baby fine ,it was always fine I guess but I could have it permed for body and fullness; now the perms burn my hair and dry it out so I am trying to get use to straight thin hair but am so hoping the peppermint oil will thicken it up. Do you think it might?

        • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

          Hi Jeannie, I would love if people left comments about their personal experience using peppermint oil for hair growth. The problem is that it takes persistence and a long time to see results, and by the time people see (or don’t see) results, they have already forgotten where they read about it. There are several natural ways to encourage hair growth (read about them HERE), and it’s hard to know what works and what doesn’t as results vary between different people. It’s also a good idea to discontinue with the perms to get the best result.

  12. Earline says:

    African American hair is different. I have found a product that contains peppermint oil and castor oil. The product is “Jamaican Black Castor Oil with Peppermint”. Most Black women don’t wash their hair daily so I just leave it in and apply it everyday. I sometimes add a little Jojoba oil. I also take Vitamin D3 because that sometimes contributes to hair loss especially if you live in a cold climate without sun most of the year.

  13. MR says:

    I’m a 64 yr. old who used to have thick hair, and I have noticed thinning for at least 5 years. I found the original research for peppermint oil on the NIH website 2 years ago. I started using the combo of peppermint EO and a carrier oil about that time. I noticed after a month of using the oil that my hair was thicker, growing faster, and I could barely see my scalp. I used it 6 days a week for 30 min. or I slept overnight with it. I would rinse it out, but the tingling would last about an hour. I kept that up for 2 months. We had a flood in our basement and I didn’t maintain the oil for at least 8 months, after that my hair started thinning again. I’m now back to using it 4 times a week and I’m already noticing an improvement. You have to keep up a maintenance schedule of at least 3 times a week, 30 min. a day. One thing I have enjoyed with this, my house smells wonderful, and my pillow cases contribute to cooling, comforting sleep.

  14. Tak says:

    Hi! 24 years old man I’ve noticed the last few years my hair thinning in the front but before that I developed itchy oily scalp with white flakes and sometimes my scalp felt like burning. And when I do some exercises play football and sweating, in some areas on my scalp especially in the front it felt like a thousand needles is in my scalp. I maneged to regulate it but in some levels these things I still present. I talked to dermatologist but she did nothing, she said she doesnt see anything ( with naked eyes) its just a mens thing… Can somebody help me or had similar problems ? Thanks in advance! ( and sorry for my bad enlgish)

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