A condition marked by sudden hair loss, alopecia areata affects about five million Americans. While treatment typically involves use of medication, some patients turn to natural remedies to stimulate hair growth. These remedies include essential oils used in aromatherapy, including cedar essential oil (a substance also used to alleviate skin problems like acne and eczema).
Although research on cedar essential oil and its health effects is fairly limited, one small study from Archives of Dermatology found that use of an aromatherapy blend containing cedar, thyme, rosemary, and lavender) essential oils was somewhat beneficial in the treatment of alopecia areata. Patients in the study massaged the blend into their scalps every day for seven months.
Other natural therapies may aid in treatment of alopecia areata. For instance, some research suggests that undergoing hypnotherapy may benefit alopecia patients.
For more information, read my article on cedar essential oil.