Black Castor Oil is the most often used oil to encourage Hair Growth and is great for scalp massages to stimulate hair growth. My recipe has a generous amount of high grade Jamaican Black Castor Oil, at 26%. Any more and I find it too thick. The Washington Post did a story about the new popularity in the traditional hair growth properties of Castor Oil. It has been shown to improve hair luster and though there are no definitive studies proving that Castor Oil promotes Hair Growth, there are many that agree theoretically and others who have experienced help from Castor Oil. The Washington Post piece quotes a physician practicing functionals and integrative medicne in Georgia named Bindiya Gandhi cites the example of Latisse, the eyelash product, and who writes:
Hair growth is triggered by prostaglandin (PGE2) and ricinoleic acid in castor oil has been shown to stimulate PGE2 so we can conclude that this is the reason that it increases hair growth.
Here is a link to learn more about Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Thuja orientalis is an evergreen shrub from the cypress family that has been used in East Asia for centuries as a topical hair growth stimulator for people who are losing their hair or are balding. This study suggests that topical application of thuja orientalis may prove to be a better hair growth treatment than even Minoxidil by inducing anagen phase of hair growth. In my recipe, I use Thuja Essential Oil in the hope it will promote hair growth in a similar way that the study seemed to indicate.
This Peppermint Essential Oil Study suggests that a strong topical peppermint essential oil application (I use 2% which is above the recommended topical amount) will:
“facilitates hair growth by promoting the conservation of vascularization of hair dermal papilla, which may contribute to the induction of early anagen stage. In addition, PEO effectively stimulated hair growth in an animal model via several mechanisms and thus could be used as a therapeutic or preventive alternative medicine for hair loss in”
In addition to Black Castor Oil, Thuja and Peppermint Essential Oil, I infuse Fractionate Coconut Oil for 6 weeks in the sun with the following Hair Growth and Hair Stimulating herbs: Brahmi, Amla, Rosemary (from my garden), Kelp, Saw Palmetto, Shavegrass, Burdock, Calendula, Marshmallow Root, Hibiscus, Green Tea and Ginger. My choice of Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT) is to make the Castor Oil a nicer consistency and the incredibly long shelf life of Fractionate Coconut Oil. Infused Oils have a tendency to rancidity but not MCT!
I also use Karanja Oil as a traditional treatment for hair fall, possibly due to its excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties.
If you apply this every three days, there is enough in this 4 fl oz (3.5 oz) pump bottle to last half a year, even if you apply very generously over your entire head. I can easily see this bottle lasting an entire year for some people. And given my choice of oils and it’s high level of the antioxidant Vit. E, it will stay fresh for a year. You will find some herbal bits in the mix as well.
Take a look at the entire list of hair follicle stimulating ingredients in my Hair Growth Lotion: Black Castor Oil, Karanja Seed Oil, Peach Seed Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil infused with the following herbs: Brahmi, Amla, Rosemary, Kelp, Saw Palmetto, Shavegrass, Burdock, Calendula, Marshmalllow Root, Hibiscus, Green Tea, Ginger and Corn Silk, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Thuja Essential Oil, Ginger Root Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Cederwood Essential Oil, Thyme Essential Oil, Neem Seed Oil, Coffee Essential Oil and Vit. E.