Hair Loss Solutions: Will Sandalwood Oil Regrow Your Hair?
We’ve talked about hair transplant surgery—now, let’s look at a natural way to stimulate hair growth: sandalwood oil.
Is sandalwood oil effective? Are there studies that prove it works? In this article, we address the possibility of using sandalwood oil to combat hair loss and balding due to genetics or aging.
(This is the second part in our series of articles about hair loss solutions. Check back in to see what other options there are for fixing your hair problems!)
What is sandalwood oil?
Sandalwood oil is an essential oil extracted from the wood and roots of Santalum album—the East Indian sandalwood tree.
Not only does this oil have a classic wood smell that calms and clarifies your mental state, it can also help improve your overall health.
Sandalwood oil is heavily featured in Ayurvedic medicine (the folk medicine of East India) and in traditional Chinese medicine. Particularly, sandalwood oil is used to treat:
- the common cold
- urinary tract infections
- liver and gallbladder problems
- digestive problems
- muscle problems
- mental disorders
This oil is also used in aromatherapy, meditation, and spiritual rituals because it helps promote a clearer mental state. One 2006 study even supports the notion that sandalwood oil is effective in reducing anxiety.
Using sandalwood oil to promote hair growth
A new study at the Monasterium Laboratory in Münster, Germany suggests that sandalwood oil is effective in stimulating hair growth.
Laboratory tests that include rubbing sandalwood oil on scalp tissues showed hair growth in just six days, reported the Daily Mail.
Previous studies proved that exposure to sandalwood induces the multiplication of keratin in human skin cells. Not only did these studies show that sandalwood oil helps in speeding up healing, but they also paved the way for researching the effects of sandalwood oil on hair loss.
Specifically, the German researchers exposed scalp tissues to Sandalore, an artificial sandalwood-like aroma. Six days after the exposure to Sandalore, the keratin in the scalp tissue began to increase.
The study suggests that sandalwood oil blocks the genes that cause apoptosis, or the self-destruction of keratin cells.
It also supports the idea that sandalwood oil helps release ‘growth factors’ in the body. ‘Growth factors’ include vitamins or hormones that are necessary for the multiplication of cells.
This study was published in the journal Nature Communications and may pave the way for sandalwood-based balding treatments in the future.
How to use sandalwood oil for DIY balding treatments
You can apply sandalwood oil to your scalp, so long as you don’t do it too often—the body has a way of making itself allergic or immune to essential oils when used too much.
Try using it once or twice a week to start, and reduce or increase frequency depending on how your body reacts.
It’s also best to dilute sandalwood oil with a carrier oil such as coconut, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil.
Alternatives to sandalwood oil
If you’re interested in a treatment with immediate concrete solutions, read up on our article on hair transplant surgery.
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