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Reader Question: What is the Best Essential Oil for Hair Growth?

I have a comprehensive archive on the use of essential oil for hair growth on the website but sometimes, I still receive some questions about incorporating essentials oils into a hair care regimen.

I’m answering one of these essential oil questions from a frequent reader today. You can catch up on the essential oils archive for more information.

Which is the Best Essential Oil for Hair Growth

“What is the best essential oil for hair growth?” – F.M

What is an Essential Oil?

An essentials oil is a volatile liquid extracted from plants. They are named from whichever plant they’re extracted from.

Essential oils are mostly extracted via steam distillation. There are a few other extraction methods such as solvent extraction, resin tapping, cold pressing, and expression.

Essential oils are very popular in aromatherapy for their healing and relaxation properties. 

The best essential oils for hair growth have 6 properties in common.

6 Properties of Essentials Oils for Hair Growth

  1. Antimicrobial
  2. Antibacterial
  3. Anti-fungal
  4. Antiseptic
  5. Anti-inflammatory
  6. Antioxidant

All these properties help essential oils eliminate issues on your scalp causing issues. Some of these issues could be infections or flakiness. 

As it eliminated these issues, it stimulates hair follicles and improves circulation to the scalp area.

Combined with the correct carrier oils, essential oils are a very effective way to treat hair growth. 

Best Essential Oils for Hair Growth & Thickness

I’ve suffered a bout of hair loss twice so I’ve experimented with many essential oils and carrier oils. 

Based on this research and testing, the best essential oils for hair growth and thickness includes:-


Rosemary Essential Oil


Peppermint Essential Oil


Eucalyptus Essential Oil


Tea Tree Essential Oil

All the essential oils recommended above contain the properties required for optimal hair growth and eliminating scalp issues. 

This study into great detail about the therapeutic effects of various essential oils while this study covers the medicinal properties.

If you’re new to using essential oils, below are some important do and don’t of using them. 

I have also included a nifty essential oil blend for hair growth recipe card at the end of this article. 

7 Dos and Donts of Essential Oils

1. Essential Oils Shouldn’t Be Ingested

Essential oils are toxic. There are some therapeutic-grade essential oils that are marked as fit for consumption.

However, they should be ingested only under the direction of an experienced and certified professional.

2. Essential Oils Should Be Diluted

Undiluted essential oils shouldn’t be applied to the skin as they can cause contact dermatitis.

Keep away from the skin as much as possible before diluting with a suitable carrier oil.

3. Not For Pregnant Women

Pregnant women should not use essential oils unless cleared by a physician. It has also been shown to cause irritation and nausea in pregnant women.

4. Store Essential Oils Properly

Essential oils should be stored in dark bottles in a cool location to preserve their integrity.

The dark bottle should also be dropper style like this one so you don’t contaminate the essential oil. 

5. Do Not Use on Younger Children

Do not use essential oils on children under the age of 5 unless directed by a physician.

6. Be Cautious if You Have Allergies

If you have any allergies, check with the physician before you start using the essential oils recommended in this article.

7. Essential Oils Are Not Suitable as a Heat Protectant

Do no use essential oils as a heat protectant. Some of them are flammable when exposed to sparks or electricity.

Previous articles that examined each essential oil mentioned above recommended several blends for hair issues. You can view those articles at:-

You can use one of those recipes or the one below. They are all effective and comes down to which mix your hair responds best to.

Stimulating Essential Oil Blend for Hair Growth

You will need the following ingredients:-


You may need to mix and match the essential oils to figure out which mix your hair will like best.

How to Use Essential Oil Blend for Hair Growth

  • Use the mix as a scalp massage oil 2 – 3 times a week before going to bed. Massage in for 5 – 10 minutes until your scalp feels hot. Use my tried and tested scalp massage technique here.
  • You can also use it to massage your scalp 30 – 45 minutes before shampooing and deep conditioning.

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Stimulating Essential Oil Blend for Hair Growth

Stimulating Essential Oil Blend for Hair Growth

Yield: 1 bottle
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Simple


  1. Measure the sweet almond oil and Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO) or clear castor oil into the bottle.
  2. Add the emu oil and vitamin E oil. Close and shake.
  3. Open and add the rosemary essential oilpeppermint essential oil, and lemongrass essential oil or neem essential oil. Close and shake again.
  4. Add the lavender essential oil or ylang-ylang essential oil if using. Your essential oil mix is ready.
  5. Use as a nightly scalp massage oil 2 – 3 times a week and/or massage into your scalp 30 – 45 minutes before shampooing and deep conditioning.

Stimulating Essential Oil Blend for Hair Growth


  • You may need to mix and match the essential oils to find the best mix for your hair.
  • If the mix is. too hot for you, dilute with more castor oil or sweet almond oil.

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Saturday 8th of January 2022

I think the Peppermint Essential Oil would be the best

Ann Ginsburg

Monday 24th of April 2017

Great Article, I think a combination of an essential oil along with krill oil would have amazing results.

Natural Oils for Hair & Health

Saturday 20th of May 2017

I've never used krill oil and not sure it would be effective but I'm currently researching it and will accordingly if I find it suitable. Thanks for visiting

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