Peppermint oil, a natural minoxidil alternative?

Minoxidil alternative… really?

We explored some of the benefits of peppermint essential oil in our previous article. In addition to all those benefits, PEO (peppermint essential oil) is a major problem-solver to all your hair growth problems, which is the focus of this article.

Uses and benefits for hair

• Peppermint essential oil is used in shampoos, skin creams, and other hair care products as it is known for it’s minty fragrance.
• Peppermint oil can also be used by adding it to any carrier oil, given its cooling effect, for relaxation.
• Peppermint essential oil, when applied to the hair, helps with dryness, itching, or other scalp problems.
• Naturally conditions your hair.
• It helps in eliminating dandruff and fight lice, given its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
• It stimulates hair growth and prevents thinning of hair. It’s a tested fact that Peppermint Essential Oil is the best one to use if you are suffering from severe hair loss. Let’s find out what makes it the most powerful.

Peppermint essential oil for hair regrowth

The major cause for hair loss is Iron deficiency. When you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t produce the hemoglobin in your blood. And since hemoglobin carries oxygen for the growth and repair of cells in your body, including the cells that stimulate hair growth, your hair starts shedding. PEO stimulates blood circulation. When blood is flowing, the nutrients from your body can feed your hair follicles more effectively. And as a result, you hair regrows.

Is Peppermint essential oil the best Minoxidil alternative?

Before going to the the details, let us know a little about Minoxidil. Minoxidil is known to be a popular FDA-approved (food and drug administration USA) drug used in hair loss treatments. It belongs to a class of drugs known as vasodilators. It comes as a topical lotion or foam. The mechanism of how Minoxidil works is not fully understood yet, several studies suggest that Minoxidil causes hyper polarisation of the cell membranes. That is, it widens the blood vessels that allow more oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. As discussed earlier, this stimulates growth in hair cells. And as a result hair can regrow. So why should you use PEO and avoid Minoxidil

• According to a scientific study of the effects of PEO and Minoxidil on hair growth, conducted on male mice by Korean researchers in 2014, they concluded that PEO effectively stimulated hair growth in an animal model via several mechanisms and thus could be used as a therapeutic or preventive alternative medicine for hair loss in humans.

The conclusion came after they applied Minoxidil and PEO on two separate groups of mice for four weeks. As observed, hair growth was more prominent and rapid in the PEO group as compared to the Minoxidil group. Clearly, PEO was dominant.

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• Minoxidil is widely effective for treating hair loss caused by pattern baldness (a condition where your hair follicles get smaller and smaller over time. So, when the strands of your hair fall out, they’re not replaced with normal new hair, but instead by thinner, finer strands of hair) in males and females and not by any other condition. While PEO is an essential oil with no side effects that can treat hair loss caused by any condition.
• As a tested fact, Some women may experience facial hair growth when they use minoxidil. This might happen to men or women as side effect when highly concentrated minoxidil is used. While there is no such risk when using PEO.
• The growth is slow when using Minoxidil. Hair loss may seem to stop early, but growth can take around 8-9 months. While PEO works rapidly. You will observe better results in just a month.
• Minoxidil can cause irritation, flaking, and redness on your skin. While you can apply Peppermint essential oil anywhere on your skin for pain relief or relaxation.
• Minoxidil might not be easily available in the pharmacy stores. While PEO is easily accessible. You can make an easy purchase from any online store. It is also cheaper than Minoxidil.
• One of the major drawbacks of using Minoxidil is that many users have reported rapid hair loss once they stopped using minoxidil. This is not the case with PEO

Now that it is clear that peppermint oil can claim to be minoxidil alternative, especially without any negative effects. Let us show you, how you can make the hair growth oil using Peppermint and Jojoba Oil. Note: We are using jojoba oil because it is the closest to natural oil produced by us and it penetrates easily into the skin.. thereby making it one of the best carrier oil.

How to make Peppermint regrowth hair oil

• Add 7-10 drops of peppermint oil (Buy Peppermint oil) to one tablespoon of Jojoba oil (Buy Jojoba oil). This would be about 3-4% mix. Make sure that you thoroughly mix both oils.
• Apply the oil on your scalp and massage it with your fingers. If the tingling is too intense, add more of your carrier oil.
• You can leave the mix in your hair for about 1 hour or keep it overnight as well. Make sure to shampoo it out thoroughly. Apply 4-5 times a week for maximum effectiveness.

Safety Issues

• Don’t apply on children below the age of 3, given their extremely sensitive skin.
• Pregnant women should not apply it excessively.

Watch our video in Hindi on how you can make this regrowth hair oil using Jojoba and Peppermint oil.

8 thoughts on “Peppermint oil, a natural minoxidil alternative?”

    1. Hi Santosh, we have shown the recipe on the article itself, you can make it on your own. You can purchase the oils with the links given in the article.

    1. Hi Rich, 100% peppermint oil or for that matter any essential oil is not recommended as they are extremely potent and need to be diluted, the other reason is that you need a carrier oil to deliver the essential oil into the roots / scalp and that something Jojoba does very well. Even in the study mentioned, peppermint oil was diluted with jojoba oil in a 3% mix.

  1. Hi,

    I really enjoyed reading your article. I would like to try it as a alternative to prescribed drugs(i.e Minoxidil and Propecia) due to their side-effects. But I have a question:
    1. Will PEO combat decrease in hair density(by about 30-40%) due to DPA which is short for Diffused Pattern Alopecia(which is a kind of MPB) and help with improvement in density.
    2. Also, does shaving the head(mainly to escape daily shampooing) and applying it makes any difference? Is it that effective?

    1. Hi Rishabh.. you can see from the experiment done that PEO had successfully grown more hair than any other product and also the hair were quite dense. How it works is that PEO contains menthol which is known to increase blood circulation on the applied area. As with all natural cures, do not expect overnight results… give it 5-6 months to see visible changes and then keep using it till you get the desired results. Shaving head will not make much difference, you do not need to shampoo everyday, only shampoo the days you apply the oil.. rest of the days you can just wash your scalp and hair with water. Make sure you are having a good diet.

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