Alopecia is a condition is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in
which the body attacks its own hair follicles and stops hair growth.
There is evidence that T cell lymphocytes cluster around these
follicles, causing inflammation and subsequent hair loss.
An unknown environmental trigger such as emotional stress or a
pathogen is thought to combine with hereditary factors to cause the
A study reported in the journal Archives of Dermatology (vol. 134,
1998;) showed effectiveness of aromatherapy essential oils
(cedarwood, lavender, thyme, and rosemary oils) in some patients.