Aromatherapy Formulas for Children With Alopecia Areata
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Aromatherapy is becoming a well-known and popular treatment for alopecia areata. Because alopecia areata is most prevalent in children, one must ask if these treatments are safe for children. With current treatments producing undesirable side effects and mediocre results, parents looking for alternatives may be tempted to purchase or make an essential oil treatment for their child’s hair loss.
One of the most famous formulas is from a study conducted by dermatologists in Scotland. The results were impressive, concluding aromatherapy to be a safe and effective treatment for alopecia areata. This particular formula uses the essential oils of cedarwood, rosemary, lavender and thyme in a solution of grapeseed oil and jojoba.
While lavender oil is safe in small amounts even for very young children, cedarwood, rosemary and thyme are not recommended for children under a certain age. Certain chemo-types and variations of thyme should be avoided completely. As the child progresses in age and size more essential oils can be used safely.
Roman chamomile and lavender oil are generally safe choices for very young children (aged 2 and up). These oils are highly valued for scalp and hair care. They also have the ability to produce a soothing, relaxing effect that can assist a child dealing with the emotional aspects of hair loss. As the child grows in age more essential oils become safe to use. Eventually oil such as rosemary, geranium, marjoram, frankincense, cypress and rosemary can be incorporated in the formulas as long as they are in the proper dilution.
Another consideration is how potent the child’s formula should be. Essential oils must be diluted into a carrier oil before they can be applied to the scalp. The younger the child, the more highly diluted the essential oils must be. Choosing the correct base oil is also important. Hazelnut or sweet almond oil are safe and gentle for small children, unless they have a nut allergy. In cases of nut allergies, olive oil can be used.
Extreme care must be taken when using essential oils on children. There is no such thing as a generic one-size-fits-all formula, especially when it comes to children. Safe effective scalp formulas for children can be achieved by using the correct essential oils in the proper dilution ratio. Aromatherapy can provide a safe and effective treatment for children with alopecia areata as long is it is used responsibly and all safety guidelines are adhered to. A trained aromatherapist can assist with creating a safe, effective, age-appropriate formula.
Improved hair growth is not the only benefit of aromatherapy scalp massage. Putting aside the time to massage the scalp of a child with alopecia areata can create a wonderful bonding experience for both the child and the parent. The soothing effects are therapeutic for both child and parent. As the parent gently massages aromatic oils into the child’s scalp, a safe, nurturing environment is created. Because scent association and memory are intimately connected, the aroma of the essential oils can strengthen the connection between child and parent for years to come.