Hair loss – the dreaded word for both men and women. Causes can vary from person to person, being emotional or physical stress, medications, hair abuse, auto-immune disease, crash diets, nutritional deficiency, high-grade fever, and the list can go on and on. With hair loss in can even be two or three causes working together! And it’s usually so hard to identify the cause unless your are diagnosed with an auto-immune disease or are taking medication known to cause hair loss as a side effect.
Other than having a healthy diet and TLC, we can really bring back that much sought after, healthy mane back to life by incorporating the below mentioned Ayurvedic herbs for hair in our daily lives:
Herbal Treatment For Hair Loss
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera does it all, be it conditioning, promotes hair growth, prevents hair loss, combats sebum and much more. Extract aloe vera gel from the plant and directly apply on the scalp and leave it for at least two hrs before rinsing. This not only arrests hair loss but also promotes hair growth.
Ginseng is believed to stimulate the blood circulation, thus increasing the blood supply to the hair follicles. If taking ginseng supplements, it would be better to take them along with vitamin B6 and zinc supplements. For topical application, any hair oil infused with the ginseng root can do wonders.
Rosemary is a powerful herb for hair growth. It not only prevents hair loss but also stimulates new hair growth, detoxifies scalp and restores hair pigmentation. Though rosemary tea will do good but the most effective way is to use rosemary infused oil on the scalp.
4. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry, also known as “Amla”, is rich in Vitamin Cand other minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, iron, Vitamin B complex and carotene. It promotes hair growth, strengthens hair roots, and increases shine. It can be eaten fresh or in dried form or in the powdered form for its benefits. Coconut oil infused with the gooseberry should be massaged into the scalp for maximum benefits.
Rubbing the scalp with fresh Amla juice or applying the paste of Amla powder mixed with lemon juice on the hair for 10 to 15 minutes prior washing offers positive results.
Amla juice, when mixed with water, helps restore the vitality of hair, while offering strength and shine. Gooseberry claims to control dandruff, prevents excessive hair fall and premature graying. The addition of some Amla powder to Henna mix offers conditioning and restoring properties.
Neem has strong anti-bacterial properties which are useful for the remedy of itchy, dandruff-prone scalp. It stimulates blood circulation of the scalp, when applied topically. Neem oil is useful in thinning hair and premature graying. It also boosts hair growth, and prevents and cures many hair problems. Boiled neem water, when used as the last rinse after a hair wash, reduces dandruff and prevents it from coming back.
Dry neem powder can be mixed with water to make a thick paste and this can be massaged on the scalp to exfoliate, cleanse and nourish the scalp. Nearly 30 minutes before shampooing will offer benefits. Note that the core of Neem oil strong, and thus, it should be mixed with lighter oil such as olive, coconut and almond before application.
Sage has antiseptic and astringent benefits for the hair. I f used wisely, it results in thicker and stronger hair.
Burdock root oil extract is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids, the nutrients that are required to maintain a healthy scalp and promote natural hair growth.
Bhringaraj is the most powerful herb used for the remedy of hair loss and premature graying. It results in healthy hair, healthy scalp and promotes new hair growth.
Jatamansi infused with oil is very helpful I preventing hair loss and premature graying.
10. Curry Leaves
Curry Leaves, a very common and well-known herb, claims to prevent premature greying, stimulates hair growth and nourish the roots.
You could boil these little leaves in oil (coconut, olive or sesame) and apply it to your scalp, and leave it overnight for healthy, strong and shiny hair. You also could grind and mix it with buttermilk or yogurt and apply on regular basis as yogurt is said to help restore hair moisture.
Basil or Tulsi as it is commonly known to help rejuvenate hair follicles.
Massaging Basil oil into the scalp not only moisturizes the hair, but also helps stimulate blood circulation, which further stimulates hair follicles for hair growth. Basil is said to contain Eugenol and magnesium, which together improve blood flow to the scalp.
Make basil oil at home by drying some basil leaves in the sun, powdering them and mixing it with double the quantity of slightly preheated olive oil. Sieve the oil in a muslin cloth and store it in a jar or bottle with a tight cap and place it in the refrigerator. Make sure you don’t use this oil for more than 11 days since the day of creation.
Soap nuts or Reetha is said to contain Saponin, a natural cleanser easily available on the market.
Reetha works to cleanse the hair while offering better shine and lustre. For best results, soak 6-7 balls of reetha with 2 Amla in about 500ml of water overnight.Then heat this water till it just starts to boil. When this mix cools down, mash it to pulp and strain it. Use this liquid to wash your hair. As this herb lacks lather, avoid hair massage. Instead apply and leave it for 5-10 minutes and rinse. When used regularly, this shampoo promotes hair growth.
13. Hibiscus Flower
Hibiscus flower, apart from preventing hair loss, is known to add shine to the dull hair while and also fights greying hair.
Heat any oil that you use on your hair with this flower and apply it on your scalp 30 minutes before a hair wash for positive results. You could also make a pulp of this flower and apply it on the hair for 30 minutes.
14. Castor Oil
Known for germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties, Castor oil is said to clean the scalp of all impurities thereby nourishing and preventing it from drying.
Their high concentration of Omega 9 fatty acids promotes hair thickness, growth and also re-growth in balding areas. Presence of ricinoleic acid in the oil proves to be a great remedy for mild or severe dandruff. Benefit from this oil by mixing 1 part coconut oil to 4 parts castor oil. You can also add 1 part olive oil to the mix for added benefits. Massage this mixture into your hair and scalp, and then shampoo and condition as usual. Repeat this at least twice per week.
Ginger is not only healthy for our body but it works great on our hair too. Ginger oil helps in treating and preventing dandruff and is known to stimulate hair growth while boosting circulation. To make ginger oil at home, grate ginger root and place it inside a muslin cloth. Squeeze out the juice and mix 1 teaspoon of the fresh ginger juice into one fourth cup of sesame oil. Mix the oil and juice together and massage it into your scalp and leave it for 30 minutes before rinsing it out with a mild shampoo.
16. Lemon Grass
A key ingredient of Thai and Vietnamese cooking, Lemongrass, is a well known herb that protects and strengths the hair. It also strengthens the hair follicles which is essential to prevent hair loss.
It can be used as a hair rinse, when 2-3 teaspoons of dried lemongrass is boiled with 1 cup of water.Even though using herbs is a better option than using synthetic products, it does not mean that herbs are completely safe.Some herbs might suit some users, but not necessarily the others. Hence forth it is a better to do a patch test first before using any to detect any kind of allergy or adverse reaction.
Herbal remedies incorporate one or more of the above-mentioned ingredients to combat hair loss. The results vary from person to person depending on the reason for hair loss. These natural herbal remedies are passed on from generation to generation, and now it’s our turn to make the most out of it from these hair care herbs.
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