And she is losing her hair.
It’s not a new thing for her. She has always had thin hair (or what we’ve affectionately referred to over the years as “Frog Fur”). But for some reason it seems to be much worse lately.
Her first thought was calling Bosley to get an information packet for hair replacement.
No, I am not kidding.
Then I convinced her to at least try something else.
If you feel like you’re shedding more hair than you normally do, here are some things to think about when deciding what to do about it.
What Causes Hair Loss in Women?
Any number of things can cause hair loss:
- Hormonal changes
- Not getting enough sleep
- Too much chlorine in the water in your house
- Alopecia – a condition that causes inflammation of the scalp
Granted, you can’t do much about heredity, but if your hair loss is due to any of the other factors, it’s time to get it under control.
Fix The Obvious First
If you know you have high chlorine content in your water, get a good shower filter to keep it out of your hair and off your body. Chlorine dries out the skin (including the scalp) and makes your hair brittle. Brittle hair breaks easily and that can contribute greatly to hair loss.
If you know you have hormonal issues and your hair loss tends to increase during certain hormonal phases, talk to your naturopath about addressing your hormone imbalance with diet and herbs.
Stress, Sleep Loss or Diet
If any of the other conditions listed above are an issue for you and could be contributing to your hair loss, essential oils can definitely help. Lavender, Stress Away™ or Peace and Calming will all help ease stress and help you get a good night’s sleep. Getting enough rest can make a huge difference.
If your diet is full of processed foods and preservatives, it’s time for a change. All those chemicals are not good for your body, inside or out. Start eating fresh, unprocessed foods, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, control your sugar intake and you could seriously see a difference in how much hair you lose.
So How Do Essential Oils Help?
I’m sure you were wondering at this point when I would get to using essential oils (other than for stress relief). Well, here you go.
Get a really good cleansing shampoo to strip the excess oil, chlorine and other chemicals out of your hair. My personal favorite is the Lemon Cleansing Shampoo from Avalon Organics.
Find a good organic shampoo (again, check out Avalon Organics).
Use about a dime size portion of the shampoo and add 3 to 5 drops of any of the following essential oils to wash your hair every day:
- Clary Sage
Any of these oils will help promote estrogen balance (thus helping the hormonal issue) and also help reduce thickening of the tissue around the hair follicle. This helps the root of the hair get enough nutrition to stay healthy.
If those oils don’t work for you as well as you would like, experiment until you find a combination that works with your body chemistry.
Other oils to try are:
- Roman Chamomile
If you would rather make an oil for your scalp than a shampoo, mix any of these oils (3 to 5 drops) with avocado or jojoba oil. It will feel fantastic on your scalp! Rub it in and sleep on it. In the morning, wash your hair with the organic shampoo.
If your hair loss is caused by alopecia ( a condition that causes inflammation of the tissue of the scalp), try mixing any of the following oils with grape seed or jojoba oil and rub it into your scalp every night to reduce inflammation:
Let’s face it. We all lose our hair. But if you’re losing more than 100 strands a day and your scalp is more visible than normal, give these oils a try before you resort to drastic measures. Your hair, scalp and body will thank you.
Have questions about using essential oils? Please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!
And if you don’t have these oils on hand, click on the Revive Your Life button above to visit my Young Living website, where you will be able to order it.