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Doctor Assumed I Would't Lose Hair During Chemo

Author: Diana J.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 03-12-2015
Views: 13,434
Word Count: 207
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10536-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 5

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I was losing my hair due to chemotherapy treatment and was desperate to keep some of it. Due to the type of cancer (bowel), I was told I probably wouldn't lose my hair. But when I went onto the next type of treatment, it started falling out, and I even bought a wig.

To combat this, I researched in the Essential Oils Pocket Reference and on Then I got a small 50 ml (1.7 fl oz) bottle and filled it with the following:

* Filtered tap water
* 20 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
* 10 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
* 5 drops Lemongrass

I then sprayed this essential oil mixture on my head and gently rubbed/massaged it in, first after showering and thereafter whenever I remembered. The nerve endings settled on my head, my scalp was tingling and my hair has started to grow back even though I am still on chemo treatment.

I have made several mixtures and sometimes have varied the concoction (I added Helichrysum oil in one of them), but the main ingredient is always Melaleuca Alternifolia for its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, and anti-inflammatory actions.

I trust my intuition as to which essential oils suit what I am going through. I try what I can as everything helps.

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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: alopecia, bald, balding, baldness, cancerous, hair loss, neuralgia, neuritis, re grow, receding, regrowth, thinning.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: baldness-/-hair-loss-(Alopecia) — "Eyelid scrubs or massage with tea tree oil could be an effective treatment regimen in cases of blepharoconjunctivitis [and Demodex mite infestation]."Link
2.Associated topics: scalp — "It is suggested that the in vivo effect of tea tree oil ointment in the therapy of fungal infections of the skin and mucous membranes as well as in the treatment of dandruff, a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis, may be at least partly due to an antifungal activity of tea tree oil."Link
3.Associated topics: baldness-/-hair-loss-(Alopecia) — "The essential oils of Chamaecyparis obtusa [a conifer in the cypress family] promote hair growth through the induction of vascular endothelial growth factor gene.... [C]onsumers suffering from baldness and/or other forms of hair loss have reported a hair growth promoting effect of shampoos containing these oils."Link
4.Associated topics: chemotherapy-/-radiation — "In nine studies, Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) has shown effectiveness for arteriosclerosis, autism, Bells palsy, chemotherapy-induced toxicity, degenerative disc disease, detox, muscle wasting, muscular dystrophy, neuroblastoma, neuroprotection, oxidative stress, and spinal stenosis."Link
5.Associated topics: anti-inflamatory — "...its flowers and leaves are the most used parts in the treatment of health disorders such as allergies, colds, cough, skin, liver and gallbladder disorders, inflammation, infections and sleeplessness... In vitro studies characterized Helichrysum as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent. Its flavonoids and terpenes were effective against bacteria (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus), its acetophenones, phloroglucinols and terpenoids displayed antifungal action against Candida albicans and its flavonoids and phloroglucinols inhibited HSV and HIV, respectively.... Regarding Helichrysum italicum in vivo activity, the highlight goes to ...the anti-inflammatory properties exhibited by its flavonoids, acetophenones and phloroglucinols, as seen in animal models."Link

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