8 powerful herbal remedies to prevent hair loss
BY LUSETA BEAUTY
Have you noticed a few more hairs than normal going down the shower drain? Maybe you’ve happened to see that your hair is shedding a bit more than usual each time you brush. At first you thought it was your imagination, but no. You’re starting to feel pretty sure that your hair is falling out.
Hair fallout can make your stress levels spike. Are you healthy? Is it the result of a certain hair product, or even dye? Is it your diet? There are so many thoughts that can race through your mind.
If you’re concerned about early hair loss, there are plenty of home remedies out there. Our list includes eight of the top herbs for hair loss. Give any of the following herbal remedies a try to keep hair full, thick, and free from shedding once and for all!
TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil is a rockstar ingredient. Renowned in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its many healing properties, tea tree oil tops our list for promoting hair growth. Tea tree oil is a popular home remedy, but using it directly on the scalp can cause irritation and sensitivity. Dilute tea tree oil in a bit of jojoba, coconut, or olive oil for maximum replenishing effect. If you can’t be bothered with all that, look for a natural shampoo that features real tea tree oil. You will get all the benefits without worrying about mixing anything yourself.
Peppermint is great for invigorating your scalp. Not only does it smell amazing, but it also contains methanol which promotes blood flow to the scalp to induce hair growth. A peppermint oil shampoo is a great way to get the regenerating effects of this herbal remedy. Gently massage into scalp using circular motions to promote blood circulation, and allow the warm water and steam to envelop you for a relaxing effect. The refreshing scent of peppermint is pretty delicious, too!
Drinking nettle leaf tea is said to reduce hair loss. Nettle lowers a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which has been linked to premature hair loss. For maximum benefit, steep the leaves in water for 4-8 hours. (Overnight works too!) Nettle is a healthy addition to your morning routine, rich in vitamin A and C. The best part about nettle tea is that it is caffeine free, so you can enjoy it in the evening before you hitting the sheets, too. Expect a natural, herb-y taste.
Also known as Amla, Indian gooseberry is a very effective herb for keeping your tresses from falling out. Amla oil comes from Indian gooseberry fruit and its most effective when applied directly to your scalp. Amla is super nourishing and rich in vitamins that are good for your scalp. It’s known to keep hair strong and healthy, too.
Yes, one of the most popular herbs in your kitchen is great for hair loss. Who knew? Early research links rosemary oil to a decrease in hair loss because it may block DHT, which causes baldness. Have patience with this one, though. It can take as long as six months to see results.
Loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, fish oil boosts overall health and encourages hair growth (not to mention, it’s great for skin, too!). Fish oil capsules sometimes have a few unpleasant side effects, like, of the digestive kind. You’ve been warned. Eating fresh fish is better, but fish oil supplements will do in a pinch.
A great alternative to fish oil is burdock root. It is rich in omega fatty acids that are essentials for hair re-growth, plus plenty of vitamin A which is great for your scalp and skin.
Ginseng is one of the best herbs for hair loss, particularly for men. The secret is an active ingredient called Saponin, which blocks an enzyme that is responsible for hair loss in men. This is a beloved ingredient in eastern medicine with tons of health benefits.
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