How to Treat Hair Loss Using Herbs

12 Methods:Ginkgo BilobaPlant OilsAloe VeraGreen TeaPygeumStinging NettleFenugreekAngelicaSaw PalmettoAyurvedic SolutionsChinese HerbsVegetables

Hair loss can occur as a result of genetic susceptibility, medical problems and site-specific damage such as wearing hats or hair elastics.[1] In some cases, herbal and plant remedies may assist with stemming hair loss, stimulating hair growth or improving the hair you still have. However, in all cases it is advisable to speak with your health practitioner for advice.

Steps

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    Eat a healthy diet to ensure healthy hair.[2] Hair needs a range of nutrients to be healthy, strong and thriving. A healthy diet that provides your hair with plenty of zinc, iron and vitamin B12 is essential.[3][2] Good sources of these nutrients can be found in lean meats, fish, leafy greens, nuts and beans.[3] Vegans can supplement their diet with a vitamin B12 tablet or liquid.
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    Talk with your health practitioner. No matter what evidence there is for a herbal remedy working wonders, each person is different and results will vary. Moreover, each person has their own susceptibilities, medical conditions and medications, and it is important to ensure that anything you ingest or apply topically (direct to the skin) is given the go-ahead by your health practitioner. In some cases, herbs can react with medications (prescribed or over-the-counter) or a medical condition to worsen things for you.[2] Or, the amount to be taken internally may be unclear, and should therefore not be undertaken without professional advice. If you don't know, don't take the chance; discuss first, then enjoy the benefits knowing it's okay by your medical adviser.

Method 1
Ginkgo Biloba

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    Use ginkgo biloba as a hair regrowth promoter.[2] Purchase a reliable, standardized extract of ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) from a reputable pharmacy or herbal remedy stockist.[4] Take 40 to 80mg per day, on your doctor's advice, to aid blood circulation to the scalp and to provide additional antioxidants.[4] This may be of assistance for those who are suffering from alopecia or hair shaft disorders.[4]
    • If you are on blood-thinning medications ir have a bleeding disorder, diabetes, infertility or a history of seizures, do not use this remedy without first speaking to your health practitioner about the possible effects.[4]

Method 2
Plant Oils

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    Make a massage oil from essential oils to help clear up a skin infection and stimulate new hair growth.[4] For this remedy, place 1 tablespoon of olive or vegetable oil into a small bowl. Tip in 3 to 4 drops of peppermint (Mentha piperata) essential oil, 3 to 4 drops of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil and 3 to 4 drops of sage (Salvia officinalis) essential oil.[4] Combine by stirring together. Use this oil mixture as a massage for the area of scalp affected by a skin infection.[4] Rosemary stimulates hair growth, adds shine and may be able to slow down premature greying.[5] Sage improves scalp infections, treats dandruff and reduces hair loss.[5]
    • Thyme (T. vulgaris), lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) and rosemary (R. offi- cinalis) essential oils massage blend is another suitable combination for stimulating hair growth.[2]
    • Speak to your health practitioner if you are using any other product on your scalp or other skin area (such as a commercial hair stimulant) to ensure that there is no reaction likely.[4]
    • Always test a small area of skin first in case of an adverse reaction to the essential oils. Also, read the contraindications for each essential oil, in case it is not suitable for you.

Method 3
Aloe Vera

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    Use aloe vera to stimulate nutrient absorption, which can in turn stimulate new hair growth.[5][2] Aloe vera activates the production of nitric oxide and an enzyme called superoxide dismutane, two substances that may work together to stimulate hair regrowth.[citation needed] Ancient Egyptian medicine included aloe vera as prevention for hair loss.[citation needed] Botanically, this plant contains enzymes that can remove dead cells from the scalp and keep the follicles unclogged, which promotes better absorption of nutrients.[citation needed] Aloe vera also helps maintain the hair pH level, which then promotes healthy hair regrowth.[5] As a bonus, aloe vera makes a great natural conditioner for hair and can control frizz.[5]
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    Use aloe vera as a hair mask. You will need:
    • ½ cup aloe vera gel (extracted from the aloe vera plant)
    • 2 teaspoons of castor oil
    • 2 teaspoons of fenugreek powder (see below for benefits)
    • 2 teaspoons of basil powder.
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    Mix the ingredients together. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair.
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    Leave on for about 8 hours. Do this by wearing a shower cap to protect your strands. You can sleep on it to make the wait easier.
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    Wash off by using a mild shampoo. Use this hair mask at least once a week.

Method 4
Green Tea

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    Drink green tea (Camellia sinensis) regularly for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce the stress that may contribute to hair loss.[6] Drinking green tea may stimulate new hair growth as well.[6] Also, the natural polyphenolic compound chemicals called catechins found in green tea have been found to increase hair growth.[2] They may be able to help to inhibit an enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT.[citation needed] (DHT leads to male pattern baldness.)

Method 5
Pygeum

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    Use pygeum (Pygeum africanum).[2] Pygeum works in a similar way to green tea.[citation needed] Take commercially produced supplements designed for reducing hair loss, as advised by the packaging.

Method 6
Stinging Nettle

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    Use stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) to work as an anti-inflammatory and astringent.[5][2] It can also assist with reducing oily hair and removal of dandruff, some especially helpful co-benefits.[5] Stinging nettle is thought to block the conversion of testosterone into the more harmful DHT.[citation needed] Take commercially produced supplements designed for reducing hair loss, as advised by the packaging.

Method 7
Fenugreek

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    Use fenugreek seed extract to prevent baldness.[7] During a study period of 24 weeks, the participants consumed two soft gelatine capsules of fenugreek seed extract with other micronutrients (vitamins C, vitamin E, niacin, vitamin B6, riboflavin, thiamine, biotin and folic acid, the mineral calcium and trace elements zinc, copper, iodine and selenium).[7] Such a supplement may be helpful to encourage increased hair density and growth and to prevent baldness; however, discuss with your health practitioner first.

Method 8
Angelica

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    Use angelica (Angelica sinensis) to stimulate hair growth.[8] The study applied dried angelica in an ethanol mixture.[8] It is advised to speak with a qualified Chinese herbalist or your health practitioner as to the topical application method appropriate for your needs.

Method 9
Saw Palmetto

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    Use saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) to treat hair loss.[2] Saw palmetto is used for males suffering male pattern baldness as it slows hair loss and reduces the uptake of DHT into the hair follicles.[citation needed] Take commercially produced supplements designed for reducing hair loss, as advised by the packaging.

Method 10
Ayurvedic Solutions

Eclipta Alba

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    Use eclipta alba, a well-known Ayurvedic herb.[citation needed] It is considered to be a useful natural remedy for treating hair loss and premature greying of the hair.[citation needed]

Bhringaraj

Bhringraj is a type of herb mostly used in Ayurvedic hair oils and tonics that target hair loss.[citation needed] This has been used to treat baldness and premature hair greying.[citation needed]

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    For this, you will need:
    • 50g bhringaraj leaves
    • 200ml coconut oil
    • 2 tsp fenugreek seeds
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    Crush the bhringaraj leaves. Boil coconut oil in a pan.
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    Add the crushed leaves and the fenugreek seeds to the boiling coconut oil.
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    After letting the mixture boil for 10 minutes, set aside overnight.
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    Filter the mixture into a glass jar or bottle.
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    Massage directly onto your scalp daily.

Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry is also known as amla. Indian gooseberries are rich sources of Vitamin C and iron.[citation needed] Like bhringraj leaves, amla has been used since ancient times to prevent hair loss.[citation needed]

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    Turn amla into a hair loss treatment. You will need:
    • Dried amla (Indian gooseberry) leaves
    • Coconut oil.
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    Boil the coconut oil.
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    Add the dried amla leaves to the boiling oil. Let it boil until the leaves darken in color.
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    Take it off the flame. Allow the oil to cool.
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    Filter the mixture to remove the amla pieces. Use the oil to massage your scalp.

Method 11
Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs may be helpful for reducing hair loss or increasing hair growth, when administered by a qualified practitioner.[3]

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    Use He Shou Wu or Fo-Ti, a Chinese herb. It is traditionally used to combat hair-loss and graying.[citation needed]

Method 12
Vegetables

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    Use capsaicin from chili (Capsicum frutescens) to stimulate hair growth.[2] Capsaicin is a skin irritant that draws blood and nutrients to the scalp and encourages histamines to be released, which stimulates cell division and hair regrowth.[citation needed]
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    Apply onion to the scalp.[citation needed] Onion is high in sulfur, which is thought to be a hair healing mineral.[citation needed]

Tips

  • Make it a habit to take good care of your hair. You don’t have to buy expensive chemicals, in fact constant dyeing, straightening and pulling of hair can be a cause of hair loss. The best products are those that are not harsh, synthetic or damaging. Always opt for the gentler solutions and if in doubt, leave it out.

Sources and Citations

  1. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=85&ContentID=P00700
  2. 2.002.012.022.032.042.052.062.072.082.092.10Nattaya Lourith, PhD & Mayuree Kanlayavattanakul, PhD. (2013) Hair loss and herbs for treatment. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Vol. 12, pp. 210-222
  3. 3.03.13.2Prevention.com, Hair Loss Problem Solver, July 2014
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