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Hi Sharon,

I am a male in my early 40's and have thinning hair. I wondered what your opinion was on whether I can correct this with natural methods?


Hi Steve
some benefit may be gained by using natural hair tonics made with essential oils.  There is some evidence that a mix of lavender, rosemary, cedarwood and peppermint essential oils can not only halt the process but stimulate regrowth.
Ensure you purchase good therapeutic-grade essential oils.  They need to be mixed with a carrier oil (even amounts to make a 5% dilution) and massaged into the scalp on a daily basis.
It is a long-term project!
All the best.

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Sharon Erdrich


Any health related question, particularly those related to an holistic approach, using nutrition, herbal medicine, aromatherapy and lifestyle options.


30 years as a registered nurse, Private health consultant and experienced educator of complementary medicine practitioners.

NZAMH, NZ Nursing Council., AIMA (Associate member), Naturopaths of NZ.

Kai Tiaki Journal. Healthy Options Magazine. See my website for downloadable articles.

Reg Nurse, Post Grad Cert Health Science (Nutrition), Dip Herbal Med, Dip Naturopathy, Dip Aromatherapy.

Awards and Honors
Best Research Paper, Top Naturopathic Student (2005)

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Varied, from all ages and with a range of health issues.

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