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Emu oil & hair growth

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When it comes to natural alternatives to hair regrowth and the reversal of thinning hair and baldness, we can’t honestly put our hands on our hearts and swear that emu oil will be that incredible 100% sure-fire panacea for all hair loss issues. As much as we believe in this extremely old school remedy for aiding a variety of ailments including hair loss, we also know there are a number of reasons why hair loss occurs and unfortunately sometimes they can’t be reversed naturally.

However, please keep reading because not all is lost, what we can say is that as far as natural treatment options go, emu oil has shown some really great scientifically studied potential with stimulating and reviving hair follicles, increasing growth and really fortifying the health of hair and scalp.

Russian roulette of genetics

The causes of hair loss is sometimes just the Russian roulette of genetics, another reason to give stink eye to the relatives at the next family gathering. Other causes include environmental and medical conditions such as:

  • Male pattern baldness
  • Alopecia
  • Stress & environmental factors
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy
  • Itchy scalp and inflammation
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Autoimmune disorders

Without addressing the underlying cause, no amount of massage, specialised product or prayer will make that hair grow back.

How emu oil can help with hair loss

Emu oil has the potential to act as a 5α-Reductase inhibitor to decrease the amount of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in your body. What that means is emu oil has the potential to inhibit enzymes responsible for stunting new hair growth, while also aiding in increased hair growth.

Hair and scalp emu oil

Benefits of emu oil for your scalp and hair health

Emu oil is high in omega 3, 6, & 9 fatty acids, known for their deeply penetrative natural anti-inflammatory properties. The oil is also made up of nearly 100% triglycerides, the major component of sebum, the oil naturally found in your skin and scalp.

Combine this with the oil being hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, bactostric and high in vitamins A, D, E, F and K2 with natural healing compounds such as antioxidants, carotenoids, flavones, polyphenols, and phospholipids. Your scalp and hair follicles will be loving how easily the oil penetrates all seven layers of your skin. This helps deeply nourish the newly formed skin cells and hair follicle, potentially aiding some of the symptoms that contribute to hair loss and thinning.

Studies supporting emu oil for hair growth

Professor Michael Hollick, from Boston University School of Medicine, discovered that when emu oil was applied to the scalp, it increased hair growth by 20%, when compared to the use of corn oil.

Another study conducted in the UK, asked participants to apply emu oil to their scalp for 30 minutes before rinsing. It tracked the rate of hair regrowth finding an 8% increase per month and a whopping 48% regrowth over 6 months.

So while the use of emu oil isn’t a cure-all treatment for every type of hair loss issue, it may be that 100% all-natural option that has the potential to counteract some of the symptoms associated with hair loss or thinning that you may be experiencing.

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