I have been using rosemary oil rubbed into my scalp to treat my hair loss - is this safe for me?
Hi, Cally. There are a few points that your query raises but to address your initial query, applying rosemary oil to your scalp - as long as it is properly diluted and used in accordance with the instructions provided - should not cause you any harm. It is generally considered 'possibly safe' when used in this way.
However, you would need to first check with a doctor that you are medically suitable to use rosemary oil as there are a number of contraindications associated with this product. For example, it is widely advised that people with epilepsy and those with high blood pressure stay away from stimulating essential oils
, which includes rosemary oil. Furthermore anyone with an aspirin allergy, bleeding disorders or seizure disorders, as well as pregnant or nursing women, stay away from rosemary oil.
Rosemary oil must not be taken by mouth but applying it topically reduces the risk of side effects. When taken in large doses, this can include vomiting, uterine bleeding, kidney irritation, increased sun sensitivity and allergic reactions.
Whilst rosemary oil is said to promote hair growth in cases of patchy hair loss
caused by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata
, and has also been linked to stimulating the follicles to assist hair growth in cases of Male Pattern Baldness
, it is not clinically-proven to treat hair loss of any kind. As such, whilst it may be somewhat safe when used properly, it is unlikely to be particularly effective.
If you are interested in finding out what is causing your hairloss and, from there, having a suitable hair loss treatment
course recommended, we would recommend having a consultation with a hair specialist. They will be able to provide professional advice based on a scalp assessment, your medical profile and any lifestyle requirements you may have. They can also answer your questions so that you feel fully informed of all the options open to you for treating hair loss.