Hirsutism: How To Get Rid Of Excess Body Hairs Naturally With Essential Oils
3 Best Essential Oils for Hirsutism and How to Use
These essential oils for hirsutism have been proven to be useful in getting rid of excess hairs naturally.
What is Hirsutism?
Hirsutism is excess body hair growth in men and women in places hair doesn’t usually grow thick and long. It is a condition that occurs due to an increased level of androgens (male hormones) in the body. Hirsutism is usually a cause of an underlying endocrine imbalance in the body. This imbalance may be adrenal, ovarian or central.
About 5-15% of women across all ethnic backgrounds are affected by hirsutism. It cause much psychological distress and depression in women, often leading to avoidance of social events and interaction with others. Approximately 40% of women have some degree of unwanted facial hair.
Women with hirsutism usually experience excess hair growth on their chins and upper lips. There are many ways to remove this excess hair including epilation, waxing, shaving, laser hair removal and electrolysis. But most of these methods are known to be costly and painful. That’s why many women are turning to natural and cheap remedies to get rid of their hair! These remedies include at-home sugar waxing and the use of essential oils!
Essential oils are powerful substances. There are 3 known essential oils that have been proven to inhibit hair growth and significantly reduce growth of excess body hair. We shall check out these essential oils below but first, let’s see the study proving essential oils are effective for hirustim:
Study Showing Essential Oils Work for Hirsutism
A study published in the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, shows that essential oils are proven to naturally and successfully treat hirsutism.
In this placebo- controlled, randomized study, 12 women suffering from mild idiopathic hirutism used an oil spray containing lavender and tea tree essential oils. They were to use the spray twice a day on hirutism affected areas for 3 months. A hematological and hormonal evaluation was carried out at baseline and after 3 months. A statistically significant decrease of hirsutism total score and of hair diameter was found.
The conclusion was that lavender and tea tree oils applied locally on skin could be effective in reducing mild idiopathic hirustism and that this treatment could represent a safe, economic and practical instrument in the cure of this disease.
Source of the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23211454
Top 3 Essential Oils for Hirsutism
1. Lavender Essential Oil
2. Tea tree Essential Oil
3. Grapefruit Essential Oil
Note: It doesn’t mean the above essential oils will lead to hair loss in the scalp. These essential oils won’t lead to hair loss in the scalp at all.
How to Use Essential Oils for Hirsutism
The best way to use the above essential oils for hirsutism is by combining them in a base ingredient such as a carrier oil or other base like witch hazel and aloe vera gel. Here are a few ways you can use these essential oils:
1. Aloe Vera Application
What you need
- 1 cup aloe vera gel
- 10 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops grapefruit oil
- Large bowl
- Amber glass jar
- In a large bowl, dump in one cup of pure aloe vera gel.
- Now add 10 drops each of lavender, tea tree and grapefruit essential oils.
- Whisk everything together to create a well combined gel-like mixture.
- Store in an air tight amber glass jar.
- Apply on your skin after hair removal methods to inhibit hair growth.
2. Hair Growth Inhibiting Mask
Note: Turmeric powder is a powerful hair growth inhibitor. However, it can stain so if you’re light skinned, be careful to use just a little and wash it off thoroughly to remove the stain.
What you need
- ½ cup chickpea or garbanzo bean flour
- 1 tbsp turmeric powder
- 5 drops lavender oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- In a bowl, add ½ cup of chickpea flour. If you need more for a larger part of your body, add more. If you need less for say, only your face then use less (1 tbsp). Adjust the ingredients accordingly.
- Now add enough water while whisking with a spoon to create a smooth lumpless paste.
- Add essential oils and whisk again.
- Your mask is ready! To use, slather it on your skin after hair removal methods. Leave it to dry up completely, then rinse off. Use this mask every time you remove your unwanted hair to slow down and inhibit hair growth.
3. Hair Growth Inhibiting Spray
What you need
- ½ cup distilled water
- 2 tbsp aloe vera gel
- 7 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops lavender oil
- 5 drops grapefruit oil
- 4 oz amber glass spray bottle
- Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle.
- Spray on skin as needed after removing excess hairs to slow down and inhibit hair growth.
- Grapefruit essential oil is photo-reactive, which means it reacts when exposed to sunlight. So please do not apply it at day time when you’re going to be out in the sun. Or do not expose the area it’s applied to in the sun. If you’re staying indoors, it’s fine.
- Keep essential oils away from children and pets.
- If you’re new to essential oils, please first read Caution & Safety when Using Essential Oils