Herbs for Hair Growth

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 08, 2014

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Read about the usage of certain natural oils and the distinct benefits the hair reaps from each of these natural oils.
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    The Natural Stuff for Hair

    Age, hair dyeing, curling, straightening, harsh chemicals and stress can play havoc on your hair health. Even certain uncontrollable factors like genetics or conditions like pregnancy or an illness can cause hair loss, that doesn't mean you cannot do something about it. Read about the usage of certain natural oils and the distinct benefits the hair reaps from each of these natural oils. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

     

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    Jojoba Oil

    Jojoba oil has been used for hundreds of years by American Indians to moisturize and grow hair. It can be purchased at herb shops and can be applied directly to your hair or you can add a few drops to your favourite conditioner to promote hair growth. Jojoba is hypoallergenic and will not harm your hair or scalp. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

     

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    Aloe Vera

    Mix 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/4 cup of aloe vera and 1/4 cup of coconut milk and use this product as a natural shampoo. Aloe vera can be grown at home and applied directly to the scalp as it will open pores on the scalp that may have previously been blocked and will allow the hair follicles to grow. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

     

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    Peppermint Oil

    Peppermint oil is also a good scalp stimulator but must be diluted before application. Mix 3 drops of peppermint oil with 3 teaspoons of water and massage into the scalp. It can be purchased at herb shops. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

     

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    Lavender

    For centuries, lavender has been used by herbal practitioners to prevent baldness and to encourage new hair growth. Lavender contains potent anti-bacterial agents that soothe and heal scalp infections, treat dandruff and add volume to the hair shaft. Bring water to a boil, add a few sprigs of lavender, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, then cool and rinse your hair with this water daily. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

     

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    Burdock (Arctium lappa)

    This herb definitely has its benefits to people suffering from hair loss. Burdock actually promotes healthy hair by improving the circulation of blood to the hair follicle and in relieving scalp irritations. Burdock contains high levels of essential fatty acids and phytosterol compounds that are known to be effective reversing and reducing hair thinning. Phytosterol is actually one of the most potent ingredients of many hair restoration products in the market today. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

     

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    Rosemary

    For centuries, rosemary has been widely used as a solution to hair loss, hair thinning balding or receding hairline. It actually works by stimulating the circulation in the scalp thereby resulting to hair growth. This works best when added to olive oil and applied as oil. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

     

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    Ginko Biloba

    Like aloe vera, ginko biloba is said to increase blood flow to the brain to correct any nutritional deficiencies to hair follicles. As a result, this has likewise become a popular herbal remedy for hair re-growth. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

     

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    Panax Ginseng

    Hair growth is just one of the medicinal values of this popular ancient Chinese herb. Applied as a tonic or shampoo, ginseng is often used to address male baldness by nourishing and strengthening the hair.  Image Courtesy: Getty Images

     

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    Horsetail

    Called such because of its long brush-like features, horsetail's potent ingredient is silica which is responsible for strengthening bones, nails and hair. It restores brittle hair to keep it from breaking or thinning thereby preventing further hair loss. Because of its hair loss remedy properties, horsetail is often found in many conditioning products to fortify and repair hair.  Image Courtesy: Getty Images

     

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    Saw Palmetto

    This is another ancient remedy which is thought to cure balding by preventing the conversion of testosterone into DHT. DHT is responsible for receding hairline in both men and women. It is often recommended to be used together with Stinging Nettle which serves the same function. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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