Several essential oils have received attention with regard to a potential role in hair growth.
In 2015, Panahi and colleagues published a randomized study of 100 patients - 50 who received 2 % minoxidil and 50 who received rosemary essential oil for a period of 6 months. This study showed that rosemary was fairly similar in effectiveness to 2 % minoxidil.
This small study was encouraging and supports a potential role for rosemary essential oils in androgenetic alopecia.
Panahi et al. Skinmed 2015.
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