Coniferous trees tend to be very aromatic and beneficial for human health. Such is the case with Hinoki essential oil, which is extracted from a coniferous tree! The oil is not that popular but the literature we have on it, tells a different story. Its chemical composition makes it possible to support and stimulate the processes of hair loss, among others.
Read on to find out how it can do that, right from the first part of this article. I will talk about this process in more detail there. This is a subject of interest for almost everyone, especially after a certain age. I say this, because the hair has different phases in which it matures.
Starting with the adulthood, it starts to become less resistant and has the tendency to break a lot easier. I will tell you how to use Hinoki essential oil, and give you a few tips too.
In the last part, you’ll get to read more things about the Hinoki wood and its aromatic essence. How it’s extracted, where it grows or what are the precautions for using it are just a few of those things. I hope that after reading this post, you’ll have all the info you need to start enjoying the oil’s benefits.
Did You Know?
- Hinoki wood has a long history in the Japanese culture. People used it to build shrines and make caskets for their emperors. Today, they still make bathtubs and furniture from the wood of hinoki.
How to Use Hinoki Essential Oil as a Natural Hair Loss Prevention
Botanical name: Chamaecyparis obtusa
Color and Aroma: light pink to brown color, with a smooth woodsy aroma. You can also smell some spicy and citrusy notes in it.
Other names: Japanese cypress or fake cypress.
The oil of Hinoki has certain abilities and properties that make it unique and helpful with hair loss. I will get in more depth about this last part in a few moments, but I want to tell you about its chemical composition a bit.
It is a very complex one, composed of tens of active molecules. They all work in a complete synergy to deliver their most potent effects.
Hinoki’s chemical composition:
- Delta-cadinene is a sesquiterpene.
- Alpha-muurolene is another sesquiterpene.
- Alpha and beta pinene (phytoncides).
- Small amounts of limonene.
Chemically, sesquiterpenes are a class that gives the oil analgesic (pain relieving) effects. It also gives the oil sedative and antispasmodic properties.
Pinene and limonene are part of the terpenes class. They are also known as phytoncides. These substances give the oil stimulant, tonic and antiviral properties. They can also act as anti-tumor agent. The essential oil with the highest amount of pinene in its composition is Pine.
Phytoncides are characteristic to wood essential oils. Forest bathing is one of the most pleasant and recommended practices in Japan. People stroll through hinoki forests to strengthen their immune system. They believe that that will protect them against infections of all sorts.
Recent studies have shown that phytoncides can indeed enhance the human natural killer cells activity. This one, also called NK cells activity, is critical to the immune system.
They’re the ones that give a quick response to infected cells and tumor formation! Incredibly enough, NK cells can recognize stressed cells. They will then cause the immune system to react fast, even if there aren’t antibodies present.
This one study found that inhaling phytoncides for up to one hour can increase the NK cells activity in the body. In other words, Hinoki essential oil is perfect for diffusions and inhalations on a daily basis. Not only will you feel like you’re forest bathing, but you’ll strengthen your immune system too.
Hopefully, these details will help you understand the working mechanism and importance of Hinoki. Now, on to more pressing matters…
I’ve done a thorough research and found some very good questions people ask themselves about hair loss. I admit I often asked myself the same questions, yet I didn’t think to research the subject in more depth before.
Nonetheless, now I’m going to share the answers with you. Hopefully, they’ll shed some light over the hair loss process and help you understand what needs to be done from now on. With the help of Hinoki essential oil of course, and we’ll see why…
What are the causes of hair loss?
The most challenging part is to find out what type of hair loss you’re experiencing. For instance, hair loss from breakage is very different from the hair loss caused by decreased or slow hair growth process. Here are the processes of hair growth, if you want to know more about it.
Once you’ve figured out what your hair loss type is, you must identify the causes. There can be a wide array of causes, among which we have:
- A lack of essential vitamins and minerals.
- Protein deficiency.
- Thyroid disease.
- Chronic stress.
- A poor hair care and hygiene.
- A poor diet.
- Scalp injuries or surgery scars.
- Hormonal changes.
- Scalp problems (dandruff for instance).
Some of these factors may only contribute to hair loss, but they’re not frequent causes.
How to delay, slow down or stop the process of hair loss?
After the age of 20, everyone starts to see changes in regards to their hair. Men more than women, however unfair that is. The first sign would be the thinning of hair.
Unfortunately stopping this process is not really possible, since it’s a natural course the body follows. Yet, there are methods of delaying and even slowing down the hair loss process. You can start with your vitamins intake, hygiene, and lifestyle.
You can then continue with natural treatments as often as possible. You’re about to find out, after the next couple questions, how to use Hinoki essential oil for this purpose.
How can hair growth be stimulated?
Hair needs a lot of nutrients to grow. For that, you’d have to start taking care of the scalp first. Dandruff can be eliminated with the right products, and Hinoki can help with it.
It has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which can help destroy the Malassezia fungus. This one is responsible for dandruff and consuming precious nutrients that would help the hair grow.
Hinoki oil can stimulate the blood circulation. A better blood circulation is able to deliver more nutrients and oxygen to the hair roots.
How can Hinoki essential oil help with hair loss? What does it do?
It is a concentrated anti hair loss agent. It can stimulate all the growth factors until the hair fall slows down or, in some cases, stops.
According to PLOS.org: “This essential oil promotes proliferation and division of hair follicle cells through induction of vascular endothelial growth factor and has anti-atopic activity in mice.”
In other words, it showed great potential to rapidly heal the damaged cells of the hair follicle. It can do so by causing a special protein to better oxygenate the scalp. That in turn, travels to the hair roots and stops the hair loss.
How to Use Hinoki Oil in Hair Care?
This is the easy and fun part. After all those technicalities, which I tried to explain to you in simple language, you get to use the oil now.
- You can spice up your regular shampoo with Hinoki oil. Use 20 drops per Oz shampoo and use as you would normally. Only this time, try to leave it on for as long as you can. If possible, rinse the hair last. You can do the same with your conditioner too.
- On top of adding it to your shampoo, you can add the aromatic oil of Hinoki to a warm hair care mask.
You can mix 6 – 12 drops of EO into 2 teaspoons of carrier oil, and apply all over the scalp and hair once a week. Use your fingers to massage the scalp gently and spread the oil everywhere, including the ends. Keep it on for at least 1 hour and cover your hair with a shower cap.
That way the warmth will stay inside and help the hair absorb as many beneficial molecules and fatty acids as it needs. Make sure you wash your hair until it squeaks, to avoid any greasy portions from the carrier. After drying it, the hair will be easy to style, will have volume and will healthily shine.
- Also, you can make a hair spritz to style your hair. Use 12 drops of Hinoki essential oil into 1 Oz of Peppermint or Lemon Verbena floral water (hydrosol). Shake well and apply all over the hair and from a distance, on the hair roots too. The essential oil is not greasy to the hair or scalp, it gets absorbed really fast. A part of it will also evaporate, because it is volatile.
Warm Anti-Hair Loss Mask
- Hinoki EO: 7 drops
- Rosemary EO: 4 drops
- Atlas Cedarwood EO: 4 drops
- Coconut oil: 2 tablespoons
Mix the oils together and warm it ever so slightly. Test it first on your wrist to make sure you don’t burn the scalp. Use light textured carrier oils, like Coconut that don’t put pressure on the hair. Other good ones are Macadamia, Evening Primrose and Hemp.
Extra benefits of using the oil:
The aromatic oil of Hinoki has been tested for its mood enhancing and relaxing effects. People have felt a lot relaxed and in a better mood after inhaling this oil. So, while you’re caring for your hair, you will also enjoy the oil’s benefits on your nervous system.
Did You Know?
- Hinoki wood has a natural moisture to it, which means that its essential oils rise to the surface of the wood. That makes it very easy to extract the oils afterwards.
More Facts about Hinoki Essential Oil, plus Precautions
Hinoki is definitely not as popular as other essential oils. However, we can still find a lot of literature available. And here I am, sharing with you some more knowledge on this oil, in case you want to read more.
Hinoki oil is also called Hinoki Wood essential oil. This tree grows in central Japan, and it is often called “the divine tree”. Since it is highly resistant to decay, we can see why it would be so much appreciated. Japanese emperors deserved nothing less than the best materials for their shrines and temples.
Even though, hinoki is a slow-growing tree, it is often cultivated for its very decorative aspect. It can grow almost everywhere though. There is also another species called the “dwarf hinoki”. This one can often be bought as bonsai or grown in gardens as a beautiful décor element.
The essential oil of Hinoki is extracted via the steam distillation process, from the aromatic bark of the tree. The material is usually gathered after the wood has been carved for furniture or house building. Hinoki trees are carefully monitored by the Japanese government.
Its scent is widely used in the perfume industry for both men and women fragrances.
A Few Safety Words
- Always test the oil for allergic reactions, on a small skin patch. Leave it on for a day to be extra sure. Limonene molecules are known allergens.
- Keep away from the reach of children and don’t use on them without medical approval.
- Pregnant and nursing mothers should also use it with caution or medical advice, only after the first trimester.
- Try to always dilute the oil of Hinoki with carrier oil before applying it to the skin/scalp.
- Avoid all contact with the eyes, mouth, ears and nose.
As you can see, Hinoki essential oil is quite a versatile one. It smells beautiful and it has tons of benefits for our health, physical and emotional. It is also a relatively harmless essence, as long as you take into consideration the few safety precautions. With this aromatic essence you don’t even need to find a hinoki forest to bathe in!
Will you give the oil of Hinoki a try now? Have you tried other combinations of essential oils to delay hair loss?