Topic: Hair Loss, Minoxidil and possible essential oil alternative

“Minoxidil is used to stimulate hair growth and to slow balding. It is most effective for people under 40 years of age whose hair loss is recent. Minoxidil has no effect on receding hairlines. It does not cure baldness; most new hair is lost within a few months after the drug is stopped”, (2016 The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc.)

Minoxidil may cause side effects:

  • scalp itching, dryness, scaling, flaking, irritation, or burning

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • weight gain
  • swelling of the face, ankles, hands, or stomach
  • difficulty breathing (especially when lying down)
  • rapid heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • lightheadedness

———2016 The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc.

So I told a pharmacist that I work with that I read an article about Castor bean oil causing the stimulation of the hair matrix, thus causing hair growth….. unfortunately I was mistaken about the article I read, which talked more about Castro oil as an emollient, and the potential for it to stimulate hair growth, but there were no significant conclusions.  Well, I am using my mistake as a learning opportunity.  I looked up all I could about hair loss and potential herbal remedies.  Most articles talked about nutrition being a key factor in hair loss, especially lacking iron, sulfur, and zinc in one’s diet.  Other articles talked about potential essential oil mixes, but I couldn’t find any legitimate academic journal articles with any  significant conclusions about these mixes.  What I did find was a conclusive animal study, or in vivo study, that determined that  Zizyphus  jujuba,  a Chinese date (the seed crushed and made into essential oil) was shown to promote hair growth, as well as, increase hair thickness.  I liked this article because it has pictures and graphs to show the results, and I felt like they put a lot of thought into their study criteria.  Check it out, but always take care, I did not find any human clinical trials for this product. Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Article link:  Hair growth promoting effect of Zizyphus jujuba essential oil article




Minoxidil use and side effects:  2016. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc.,

Article:  Yoon, J, Al-Reza, S, & Kang, S 2010, ‘Hair growth promoting effect of Zizyphus jujuba essential oil’,  Food And Chemical Toxicology: An International Journal Published For The British Industrial Biological Research Association, 48, 5, pp. 1350-1354, MEDLINE Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 28 March 2016.


Article: Drug-Herb Interactions


“To optimize the use of herbal medicines, further controlled studies are urgently needed to
explore their potential for interactions with conventional drugs and to delineate the underlying mechanisms”, (Shi, S, & Klotz, U 2012, pg.2)

Link to Article:  Drug and herbal interactions article

This is a really interesting and well-outlined article giving an in-depth view of drug-herb, based on liver-enzymes, interactions.  I really liked the summary of interactions from pages 5 to 9, which included the liver enzymes acted upon, and if they were inhibitory, additive or inductive responses.  This article is pretty heavy with scientific jargon, but very informative non-the-less, just try not to get caught-up in the enzyme short-hand, as it is not that important for the general consumer to know this kind of detail.  I particularly thought it was interesting that there has been a significant amount of studies done of St. John’s Wort and drug-herb interactions.

“The clinical implications of any drug interaction depend on
a variety of factors, such as co-administered drugs, the health
status of the patients, the composition of the herbal medicine
and the applied dosage regimens”, (Shi, S, & Klotz, U 2012,  pg.19)



Article:  Shi, S, & Klotz, U 2012, ‘Drug Interactions with Herbal Medicines’,  Clinical Pharmacokinetics, 51, 2, pp. 77-104, Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost, viewed 20 March 2016.

Post: Herbal Medicine for Digestion Issues


(2016, The Info Emporium)

Link to Word document:  Herbal medicine for digestion issues

So this week I decided to post information on herbal medicine and how it can help with a variety of digestion issues, i.e. constipation, gas, cramps, etc.  There are a lot of people in the world, especially in North America and Westernized cultures that struggle due to food by-products, added chemicals, high amounts of refined sugars, and just plain nasty food-stuffs.  I also wanted to post this because a lot of people taking pharmaceutical medications suffer digestion issues as a side effect to their medications.  The dosages outlined are not recommended for all individuals, and it is always really important to consult an expert before mixing herbal medicine with pharmaceutical medicine.  Enjoy, and thanks for reading.  Be aware and eat with care 🙂


Picture:   2016 The Info Emporium,

Word document on herbal medicine for digestion issues:  Schar, D 2003, ’14 Tummy-Soothing Herbs’,  Prevention, 55, 8, p. 144, Alt HealthWatch, EBSCOhost, viewed 13 March 2016.