Natural Remedies for Trichotillomania

Tasneem Abrahams
Jun 23rd, 2016

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In a recent YouTube video, user TheNesa67 discusses her struggles with trichotillomania, particularly the way it compelled her to pluck out her eyebrows and eyelashes. She discussed the ways that her condition embarrassed her, before giving viewers a thorough and engaging natural healing method that was inexpensive, easy to implement, and which used multiple essential oils to to help her resist the urge to pull her hair out of her body.

For people who suffer from this condition, it's important to understand this treatment and whether or not it can help them beat their compulsion and also grow back healthier hair. The compulsions caused by trichtotillomania are difficult to resist and our understanding of this condition is still rather limited. However, as this video shows, many people are trying to combat its negative effects in their own positive and healthy ways.

The Necessary Ingredients For Her Treatment

This video and treatment method are particularly noteworthy because of how few ingredients are necessary and how simple it is to prepare and implement. You won't break the bank investing in this method, letting you save a little money for other potential, more medical, treatments. All you need are:

  • Three essential oils – Castor oil, lavender oil, and rosemary oil, all certified 100% organic
  • A mascara wand with a small well, where you will mix the oils
  • Plastic oil dropper, easily found at any pharmacy

One thing that worth noting if you are interested in this treatment is its very low monetary investment. Beyond the essential oils (which can cost anywhere from $10-$20 a bottle), you're looking at only a few dollars worth of personal investment. And if this technique works for you like it did for her, you're looking at a great way to fight trichotillomania.

Preparation Method

Start by opening up your mascara wand and dumping the mascara into a plastic bag. Seal the bag, throw it away, and begin washing out the well with hot water with no soap. However, you should use 3% full-grade hydrogen peroxide along with the water.

Continue washing out the well until the water is clear and you see no signs of mascara. Wash off the wand until it has no mascara on it, and then press a small sponge or paper towel into the well using the wand. Scrub the sides of the well with the wand, occasionally pulling it out to remove as much residue mascaras as possible.

Now, add 10 drops of the castor oil into the well using your dropper. After that, add three drops of lavender oil and then one drop of rosemary oil. This should give you more than enough of the essential oils to fight trichotillomania. Shake up the bottle for a few minutes with the wand back in place to completely mix them together. Your essential oils are now ready to use.

Applying The Treatment

Once you're done shaking your bottle, you remove the mascara wand and apply it directly to the area where you are pulling out your hair. This can be anywhere on your scalp, arms, legs, or even your eyelids. TheNesa67 was primarily compelled to pull out lashes, so she focused her treatment here. When applying near sensitive areas, make sure avoid dripping and protect the sensitive areas by covering them (such as wearing safety glasses).

While essential oils shouldn't seriously damage your eyesight or any other part of your body, they may sting temporarily and cause irritation. Continue applying oils until you've covered all the areas you need. Let the oil dry and apply more if you feel it's necessary. The oil should then soak into your hair and skin, nourishing the hair's health and promoting stronger skin health.

There are a variety of health benefits of this oil, which we'll discuss below, that help promote better hair health. These oils also help people control their trichtotillomania compulsions. Again, these benefits will be discussed in more depth below, but it is primarily achieved by promoting better skin health in a way that makes life more bearable for anyone suffering from trichtotillomania. It can also help treat any other mental health conditions which may contribute to trichtotillomania.

How These Oils Help

Though the exact causes of trichtotillomania are still unknown, it is believed that depression and anxiety triggers many instances of it. For example, The Nesa67 discussed the way that stress compelled her to pick at her hair, causing a sense of embarrassment that led to further stress, anxiety, and outbreaks of trichtotillomania. These essential oils help alleviate these problems in many ways. However, they also promote skin and hair health in ways that fight these compulsions.

For example, castor oil naturally adds moisture to your skin and helps treat itchy skin. Many people describe their compulsions as being similar to the sensation of itching. By eliminating itchy skin, it may be possible to help alleviate trichotillomania symptoms. Other benefits include anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. These may help eliminate problems that influence this condition which are unknown in the scientific community. For example, there may be certain microscopic fungi that contribute to it that have yet to be discovered. The same is true of bacteria that may have infected your skin. Treating it naturally can help keep your hands off your hair and your follicles firmly in place.

Rosemary oil, on the other hand, will promote cleaner and healthier skin, and can even eliminate scents caused by clogged pores and sweat. It is believed that this helps eliminate trichotillomania symptoms by giving sufferers cleaner and smoother skin, eliminating their compulsion to pick at their hair. It can also help make you feel better about yourself, increase your self-esteem, and decrease anxiety and depression that may contribute to your condition.

Finally, lavender oil combines many of the same benefits while promoting stronger hair growth. All three of these oils combine together to create a powerful mixture that not only promotes stronger hair and skin health, but which really does seem to treat the symptoms of trichotillomania that make life so difficult for people with this condition.

So if you're suffering from this condition or know somebody who is, give this natural treatment method a shot. You might be surprised at how effective it is in treating your symptoms and giving you a life free from this annoying and problematic condition. You may also want to try other relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation. Combine these with this essential oil treatment and you can help decrease the negative side effects of this condition.


Mental Health America - Trichotillomania Hair Pulling 

Listovative - Top 10 Benefits and Uses of Castor Oil for Skin 

Bustle - How Rosemary Can Give You Fresh Pits And Clear Skin 

Style Craze - 20 Best Benefits Of Lavender For Skin, Hair And Health 

Tasneem Abrahams


Tasneem is an Occupational Therapist, and a graduate of the TLC foundation for BFRBs professional training institute. Her experience in mental health includes working at Lentegeur Psychiatric hospital forensic unit (South Africa), Kingston Community Adult Learning Disability team (UK), Clinical Specialist for the Oasis Project Spelthorne Community Mental Health team (UK). Tasneem is a member of both the editorial team and the clinical staff on TrichStop, providing online therapy for people who suffer from Trichotillomania and other BFRBs.

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