For centuries, people have been using natural herbs to nourish the scalp and promote the growth of strong and beautiful hair. The list of herbs traditionally used for hair growth is quite long but we have chosen 12 amazing herbs and why they work. Here are our 12 best choices:
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera contains enzymes that dissolve dead skin cells and excess sebum which clog our hair follicles. Aloe also has similar molecular structure with keratin, a known protein that makes up skin and hair. For this reason, aloe vera is an excellent moisturizer and is one of the best carriers for other herbal remedies that promote healthy hair growth.
The Indian Gooseberry Amla is rich in anti-oxidants. It is filled with vitamin C which is essential in the production of collagen. High collagen levels accelerate the production and improve strength of hair. To use amla, purchase it in its powdered form, mix the powder with a moisturizer and massage it into your scalp.
Basil is a rich source of magnesium, an often overlooked mineral that is used by our bodies for hundreds of chemical processes. When used as an herbal rinse for your hair and scalp, basil serves as an amazing anti-inflammatory. It prevents breakage by strengthening hair. It also improves circulation in the hair follicles stimulating hair growth.
4. Burdock Root
In traditional medicine, the root of the Burdock plant is used for plenty of medicinal uses. It is often used as an anti-inflammatory and for scalp treatment. Burdock root is filled with fatty-acids. Its oil can be used by itself or can be combined with other herbs like rosemary to improve scalp health and promote stronger hair growth.
The flowers of the Calendula plant or more popularly known as marigolds are packed with minerals and anti-oxidants. When Calendula oil is applied to the scalp, it encourages growth of stronger hair by promoting collagen production and improving circulation in hair follicles. You may use calendula on its own or you can combine it with other natural moisturizing oils.
Fenugreek is an herb rich in vitamins that help in improving circulation and stimulating hair growth. To use fenugreek, soak it in water overnight. Next, ground it into a fine paste. Apply this paste directly to the scalp or mix it with Greek yogurt for the added benefit of lactic acid which is a known exfoliant. Leave the mixture on for thirty minutes before rinsing.
Flaxseed, also known as linseed, works great in removing toxins and dead cells from the scalp. This is because it is rich in fatty acids and anti-oxidants. To prepare flaxseed for your hair, ground the seeds first and boil it in water to form a soothing gel. Apply the gel to scalp and hair as a moisturizer.
8. Ginger Root
Ginger root is another herb that increases circulation in hair follicles promoting the fast growth of stronger and healthier hair. It is also an antiseptic and moisturizer perfect for clearing up dandruff and other skin conditions which may affect the growth of healthy hair.
9. Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola is sometimes called brahmi or Centella asiatica. For centuries, it has been used traditionally to treat a number of illnesses, many of which are related to the crown chakra. To promote healthy hair growth, mix this herb’s extract with olive oil. Next, massage the mixture into the scalp. This helps improve circulation to stimulate stronger hair growth.
Hibuscus flowers are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that makes both the scalp and hair healthy. If you desire to have strong and beautiful hair, try adding fresh hibiscus blossoms to coconut oil and grinding it into a fine paste. Apply the paste to your scalp and hair regularly to enhance hair growth and at the same time, preventing premature greying and ailments such as dandruff. To obtain the best results, allow the paste stay on your scalp and hair for at least a couple of hours.
Horsetail is rich in minerals and is considered as a popular solution for promoting hair growth and improving scalp health. It works by stimulating the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the hair follicles. It also contains a flavonoid called quercetin which has anti-allergy and anti-viral properties. Horsetail also contains silica which helps in repairing hair damage and strengthening the existing hair to prevent breakage. To use this great herb, dried horsetail in water for an hour or more. Next, strain and cool the infused water before applying it to your hair and scalp.
Lavender oil is a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antiseptic. It simulates circulation in the scalp, strengthens your hair and helps balance the natural oil production of the scalp. This is why many hair products have lavender as an ingredient. Lavender is typically used in combination with a carrier oil. To use it, mix it with natural oils like coconut oil for the added benefits.
Healthy omega-3 fatty acids can foster hair growth and sheen. Your body is unable to manufacture these healthy fats on its own, so fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna can supply them. The American Heart Association advises eating two servings (3.5-ounce portions) of fatty fish per week. If you don’t eat seafood, omega-3s are also found in some nuts and seeds, such as flaxseeds, but it’s in a different form, so you may also want to talk with your health care provider about taking a supplement.
Greek yogurt is packed with protein, which is critical for keeping hair healthy. It also contains vitamin B5 (or pantothenic acid), which may help prevent hair thinning and loss. And while we’re on the subject of protein, make sure to get protein from foods like lean meat, chicken and turkey, which can protect against hair loss and promote growth and thickness. Eggs, milk and cheese are also considered complete protein sources. If you’re a vegetarian, find your protein in foods like quinoa, chickpeas and lentils.
Strawberries, citrus fruits and peppers. What do these have in common? They’re high in vitamin C, needed by your body to help produce protein. And since your body can’t make or store vitamin C, it’s important to include foods that contain this vitamin in your daily diet. Other sources include pineapple, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit and veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and leafy greens.
Iron-rich foods. Low iron can contribute to hair loss. Treat any deficiency with iron-rich foods like lean meat, turkey, whole grains, dried fruit, beans and egg yolks.
Biotin. This water-soluble B complex vitamin, also known as vitamin H, is found in small amounts in certain foods like eggs, cheese, yogurt, chicken and liver. Biotin helps to strengthen the keratin in the hair and nails and comes in different types of over-the-counter supplements. There is preliminary evidence that it may reduce hair loss caused by an autoimmune disease when biotin supplements are combined with zinc and a topical cream containing clobetasol propionate.
Sweet potatoes. Your body turns the antioxidant beta carotene into vitamin A, which in turn helps protect against dry or dull hair and encourages production of sebum (an oily fluid produced by the glands in your scalp that keeps your strands from drying out). Beta carotene, which gives veggies and fruit their rich colors, is also found in carrots, apricots, mangoes, asparagus, broccoli and kale.
Silica. In a study of women with temporary hair thinning, it was found that those who took the oral supplement silica experienced significant hair growth. Foods that contain this mineral include bananas, beer, oats and raisins.