There aren’t many treatments for hair loss, and the ones that are out there come with a lot of potential side effects.
Minoxidil can cause an elevated heart rate, breathing problems, increased body weight, edema and dermatitis, itching and scaling of the scalp, and all of these side effects might occur simultaneously.
Because of this, there is an urgent need for nontoxic support for hair loss, and peppermint oil, in addition to lavender oil, is one of the options available.
Minoxidil, jojoba oil, saline, and 3% peppermint oil were all applied topically to mice for the duration of a study that lasted for four weeks.
The most effective treatment of all was peppermint oil, which had the “most prominent hair growth effects.”
This includes a notable rise in both the thickness of the dermal layer as well as the number of follicles and the depth of the follicles.
Additionally, two indicators that suggest higher hair growth showed considerable improvement.
When compared to saline and jojoba oil, peppermint oil was shown to “remarkably” promote hair growth. Additionally, peppermint oil was found to promote hair growth “even faster than” minoxidil.
According to the explanation provided by the researchers, “these results suggest that PEO [peppermint oil] induces a rapid anagen stage and could be used for a practical agent for hair growth.”
One of the ways that it works to stimulate hair growth is by relaxing vascular muscle, which in turn stimulates blood circulation.