Herbal Treatments for Hair Loss

Herbal Treatments for Hair Loss

As a range of research and experiments has shown, many natural products can be used to help hair grow. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), more than 30% of adults and 12% of children utilize treatments developed “outside of mainstream Western, conventional medicine.” People often turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in an attempt to find safe, natural, and efficacious therapies to restore hair[1].

Besides your usual hair care ritual, the addition of natural remedies will have an even greater effect. Not only due to the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that provide to the hair. But when using natural elements, you avoid the chemicals that can easily damage the hair follicles. Considering you decided to try natural remedies to help your hair grow, start here.

Herbal Treatments

People still use herbal treatments to control their hair loss rate, even if there are so many products that address this concern. And that’s because some of them really work. Even specialists agree to use natural remedies to slow down hair loss. 

If a medical condition is causing your hair loss, it may need to be treated, and most probably, herbs won’t help, but they’ll still condition your hair and give it its best shape. However, until now, these are the natural herbs that have been scientifically proven to create a favorable environment for the hair to grow.

Lavender

Due to its antibacterial properties, lavender leaves the scalp free of any product residues, without anything getting in the way of growth. In some cases, the scalp might be covered in such things as parasites or fungus from the hair care products, making it impossible for new hair to grow. 

A study of 86 people with alopecia areata at the University of Maryland Medical Center concluded, “those who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for seven months experienced significant hair regrowth compared to those who massaged their scalps without the essential oils.”[2]

How to: Use it topically as a massage oil for the scalp, or make it a tea and apply it to your scalp. Both will do.

Ginseng

Dermatologically, ginseng, and ginsenosides have been shown to regulate the expression and activity of major proteins involved in hair-cycling phases. 

Ginseng increases the dermal cells on the scalp, which, in turn, strengthens the follicles and roots of the hair. Moreover, the ginsenoside in ginseng helps nourish the roots, promoting new hair growth while inhibiting hair thinning and breakage. The promotion of hair growth by ginseng and its metabolites are associated with the induction of anagen and delaying of catagen phases. [3]

Although no ultimate data have been reported from human in vivo studies, several animals and human in vitro studies describe the hair growth-promoting effects of red ginseng and its ginsenosides. In 2015, The Journal of Medicinal Food published a study investigating the hair growth-promoting effects of red ginseng extract and ginsenosides’ ability to protect hair matrix against DHT. The research shows that ginseng extracts have a positive impact on the recovery of hair follicles in mice.[4]

Until further research, the use of ginseng is encouraged for hair growth.

How to: Peel and grate the ginger to extract the juice from it easily. Strain the juice from the ginger until you have pressed most of the juice out of it. Then add two or three parts of coconut oil and one part of ginger juice. Apply the mix to all areas of your scalp with a three-minute scalp massage. It will help if you put on your shower cap or plastic wrap to help hair get as many nutrients as possible.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is commonly used in hair loss treatment. The enzyme content in aloe vera prevents hair loss by protecting the scalp and reducing dandruff [5]. Also, the fatty acids found in the aloe plant have anti-inflammatory properties[6].

Aloe vera cleanses the follicles efficiently, stripping off the extra sebum and the residues left by other hair care products.[7] But, unlike other chemicals in hair products, aloe vera is gentle, preserving your hair’s integrity. The gel can also profoundly hydrate and restore the pH balance of the scalp, encouraging hair growth.

Aloe vera gel is used for centuries for hair loss and for improvement in hair growth following alopecia[8].

How to use: Mix the juice of aloe vera with coconut milk and wheat germ oil and massage your scalp before shampooing your hair. 

Ginkgo Biloba

Known to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation, Ginkgo Biloba helps increase blood flow in the scalp. A study in 2011 in which men were given a twice-daily dosage of 60mg ginkgo Biloba extract registered an increase in cerebral blood flow[9].

Its benefits are attainable by taking supplements or drinking it in a tea since the benefits are mostly attainable through digestion. It is very useful for people experiencing deficiencies that affect the hair follicle. 

Green Tea

Very popular among people who want to regrow their hair, green tea has many benefits. This is because it contains antioxidants to prevent hair loss and panthenol, strengthening the hair and repairing the damaged hair. Its antioxidant properties are believed to be mediated by epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). The antiandrogenic activity of EGCG is responsible for green tea’s efficiency against hair loss[10].

Green tea can be applied topical or administrated orally as a tea. A study on mice found that adding 50% polyphenol extracted from green tea to drinking water resulted in significant hair growth after six months.[11]

But because of green tea’s diuretic effect, it’s not recommended to have more than 5 cups per day. For this reason, its topical application might be preferred.

How To: Mix a few drops of carrier oil, like coconut, or argan with green tea powder. Stir until you get a paste-like consistency, apply it to your hair, and leave it on for 15-30 minutes. You can wash it off with lukewarm or cold water. Or you can add 1-2 green tea bags to boiling water and allow them to steep for a few minutes. Once it cooled down, apply the liquid to your hair after you’ve washed it.

Sources

  1. https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/492035#ref2
  2. https://naturalingredient.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/Lavender-University-of-Maryland-Medical-Center.pdf
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6163201/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4350143/#B11
  5. http://www.jocpr.com/articles/aloe-vera–a-potential-herb-and-its-medicinal-importance.pdf
  6. https://www.e-ijd.org/article.asp?issn=0019-5154;year=2008;volume=53;issue=4;spage=163;epage=166;aulast=Surjushe
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3768575/
  8. https://mafiadoc.com/kesharaja-hair-vitalizing-herbs-international-journal-of-chemtech-_5a4134d21723dddf95d3b7f3.html
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3163160/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3058706/
  11. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16173333/

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