Does Thyme Oil Actually Help Your Hair Grow?

Thyme oil is extracted from an aromatic herb called Thymus vulgaris, which belongs to the Lamiaceae family and has 6 unique types featuring different compounds, according to Healthline. The oil extraction process involves crushing the leaves and flowers and passing them through a steam distillation system. Although thyme is grown and cultivated globally, it originates from European and Asian countries.

Thyme improves your health in various ways. Per WebMD, people often drink thyme tea to boost their gut health. It helps with smooth bowel movements, reduces bloating, and aids digestion. The potent thyme compounds are also known to enhance blood circulation, remove internal clots and provide nutritional value. Aromatherapy experts often suggest a thyme oil massage on the feet's soles to help you sleep better and reduce symptoms of sleep apnea.

Moreover, thyme oil is widely used to treat skin problems and promote better hairĀ growth. A 2020 study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology stated that various essential oils are created with thyme oil, along with a carrier plant extract, to rejuvenate the scalp, nourish the hair follicles, and stop rapid hair loss.

How does thyme oil improve hair growth?

Alopecia is a permanent or temporary disorder that causes hair loss on the scalp, chest, arms, or legs. In a 2019 study, people with alopecia used thyme oil with a suitable carrier oil for dilution (such as jojoba or castor oil) over the course of 7 months. By the end, more than 40% of the people had experienced notable regrowth of lost hair.

Severe hairĀ loss can also be caused by depression and anxiety. Some mental illnesses result in the release of excess stress hormones, which damage the hair follicles. As a result, the hair gradually becomes dull and brittle, losing its original luster and strength (via Healthline). However, a regular thyme oil hair massage on the scalp can offer anxiety relief, help you calm down, and promote better circulation to the follicles.

Additionally, if you have a dry itchy scalp with dandruff, Curl Centric suggests thyme oil application. Its anti-inflammatory properties can protect against inflamed follicles that prevent hair growth. Keeping the dose of hair essential oils at a minimum and mixing in a carrier oil can promote hair growth and ease the powerful fragrance.