Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth: Proof of its Effectiveness - How to Stop Hair Loss

Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth: Proof of its Effectiveness

Figure 1: A patient showing an excellent response to essential oil therapy (Hay et al, 1998) Kazunya et al (2013) conducted a study on mice to verify if rosemary leaf extract promotes hair growth. They topically applied the leaf extract on mice whose hair growth had been interrupted intentionally and observed an improvement in hair regrowth. In the same study, improved hair regrowth was also noted in mice whose dorsal areas had been shaved. They concluded that rosemary leaf extract was a crude drug of interest for hair growth. In addition to the positive results in the above studies, Begum et al (2013), Al-Sereiti et al (1999) and Edwards et al (2015) all cite rosemary oil as a hair growth promoter. However, trials to investigate uses of rosemary on specific conditions are very few (Fugh-Berman, 2003). Consequently, promotion of hair growth by rosemary oil alone in humans is still not fully substantiated scientifically. Hence, despite it being known traditionally as a hair growth promoter, it does not appear on the FDA list of approved medications for hair loss. The list is only limited to two, Rogaine® and Propecia® (Rogers, 2013).


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