Is healthy, thick and long hair what you truly desire? Have you tried several hair care products to no avail? There are various commercial products available in the market that claim quick results. However, you can achieve this goal with natural holistic remedies that are gentle and free of chemicals and synthetic ingredients. The chemical and synthetic ingredients that are used in some over-the-counter hair products can damage the hair and cause build-up, leading to hair loss. Herbs and herbal infusions have been used for centuries to treat various hair problems.
Since I believe in using and promoting natural herbal remedies and green beauty products, I decided to share a fantastic list of 11 wonder herbs that aid hair growth so that all of you can have much better options for getting the beautiful, luxurious hair that you desire! This wonderful post is written by Chetana, the founder of Style Craze which is India’s largest beauty network. All of the natural herbal remedies that are provided in this post can help encourage strong, healthy hair growth. I hope that you will try some of these herbal remedies and let me know how they worked for you. Here’s the information on all of the amazing herbs that you can incorporate into your hair growth treatment.
1. Stinging Nettle:
Stinging nettle has been used for centuries to stimulate hair growth and restore the vibrancy of the hair. Stinging nettle essential oil is used as an active ingredient in most organic shampoos and conditioners to promote hair growth. It contains chemicals that block the conversion of testosterone into DHT, the primary cause of hair loss in both men and women. The herb is available in both pill and capsule form, and works best in combination with saw palmetto. The herb is most effective for treating male and female pattern baldness.
Stinging nettle capsules can be taken three times per day. However, you can begin with 50 milligrams a day for the initial week to see if any reactions occur. If the dosage seems to be safe, it can be increased up to 250 milligrams a day.
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Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry, is one of the best herbs for promoting hair growth. It comes packed with several hair-friendly nutrients like calcium, iron, carotene, phosphorus and B complex vitamins. It is loaded with Vitamin C, a nutrient that promotes circulation of blood in the scalp, and accelerates hair growth. Amla berry can be taken internally and works best when mixed in green smoothies or fresh juices. Eat amla berry in fresh and dry forms for maximum benefits.
Amla powder can be made into a paste by adding water and applying on the scalp. Leave on for about 30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Also, dry amla can be powdered, mixed with water and 2 tsp of lime juice to form a paste. This paste can be applied to the scalp.
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Acacai concinna, commonly known as shikakai, is a shrub native to India. The shikakai herb is derived from the leaves, pod and bark of the plant. The herb contains nutrients like Vitamin A, D, E, C, and K, which provide the hair follicles with necessary micronutrients required for healthy hair growth. Shikakai also eliminates dandruff from the scalp, nourishing the hair.
Make a paste of 1-2 tbsp of Shikakai powder with enough water. Keep on adding warm water until the mixture turns watery. Let it stand for an hour and stir the mixture in between. Strain it using a cheesecloth and store in a squeeze bottle. While using for hair, apply the tea along the lengths or your hair and cover the scalp. Leave on for some time and then rinse off the hair.
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Reetha, the Hindi name for soapnut, is a member of the Sapindaceae family. Reetha is gentle and economical. It is an excellent natural alternative to chemical-based hair shampoos. The antifungal and antibacterial properties of reetha clear the build up that often stunts hair growth. It cures scalp infections and prevents them from recurring.
Deseed 15-16 soap nuts/Reetha and crush them. Take 6 cups of water and soak the crushed Reetha overnight. This mixture can also be boiled for 10-15 minutes. The next morning strain the mixture to remove the soap nuts. If required, Shikakai and dried amla powders can be added. You can now readily use it as a hair shampoo.
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Methi, also known as fenugreek, is widely used in many natural hair growth treatments. It does wonders for thinning hair and alopecia. Boil methi seeds and use the water to rinse the hair. It also protects the scalp from fungal infections.
Soak 2 tbsp of methi seeds in water overnight. Prepare a fine paste the next morning. Apply coconut oil followed by the paste to the scalp. Leave for an hour and then rinse off the hair thoroughly. Another alternative is to mix the powder with coconut milk and apply.
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Brahmi also known as Bacopa is a traditional herb to get thick and shiny hair. Brahmi powder is used to make nourishing hair packs and for other medicinal purposes as well. It is often mixed with oil to prevent hair loss and get thick and healthy hair. It increases the level of serotonin, a brain chemical that promotes relaxation. It invigorates the mental processes while reducing the effects of stress and nervous anxiety. This further helps to combat hair loss due to stress. Regular application of brahmi powder can help reduce split ends drastically.
Take 5-10 tsp of brahmi powder, 3 tsp of amla powder and 1 cup natural henna powder. Add water to make a fine paste and leave aside. Before applying this hair pack, apply some oil to the hair. After the pack is applied, leave for about 30 min and rinse off the hair. You can use this hair pack once in a week.
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7. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera contains enzymes that promote healthy hair growth. These enzymes eradicate the dead skin cells that clog the hair follicles, preventing the proper penetration of nutrients into the hair. The keratolic action of Aloe Vera breaks down the sebum and dead scalp cells, promoting further hair growth. The alkalizing properties of Aloe Vera bring the scalp’s pH to a desirable level, resulting in hair growth.
Take half a cup of fresh aloe vera gel. Mix it with 2 tsp of castor oil, 2 tsp of fenugreek powder and 1 tsp of basil powder. Prepare a fine paste of the mixture using water and then apply to the scalp. Cover the scalp and leave it for the whole night. Rinse off the hair the following morning with water followed by a gentle shampoo.
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This pleasant-smelling herb has been used for centuries to prevent baldness and encourage new hair growth. Rosemary contains anti-bacterial agents that soothe scalp infection. Rosemary oil stimulates cell division and dilates the blood vessels, stimulating the follicles to produce more hair. In addition, rosemary also promotes pigmentation of the hair, preventing premature greying. Add rosemary oil to your shampoo and conditioner or create your own tonic. Apply rosemary infused oil on the scalp for maximum benefits.
Prepare an oil mixture using 2 tbsp fresh rosemary and 1 ounce jojoba oil. Apply some mixture to the hair and massage thoroughly. Leave on for a while and then wash off the hair. You can also use rosemary essential oil to replace the fresh rosemary for a more potent version. Essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful than the fresh herb. Use 3-5 drops of rosemary essential oil mixed with 20 drops of jojoba oil. Massage into your scalp every night.
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Burdock root oil, also known as bur oil, is one of the most potent herbs for promoting hair growth. The herb extract is used in many hair restoration treatments. It contains essential fatty acids and phytosterol that are used to reverse hair thinning.
Take 1 cup of olive oil in a bowl with half a cup of burdock root in it. Leave the bowl in a boiling water bath and let it steep for half an hour. Afterwards, set aside the mixture for one day and later strain using cheesecloth. Store the strained oil in a glass bottle. Apply the oil thoroughly and cover the scalp. Rinse off the hair after 2 hours.
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Bhringraj is often used to treat hair loss and premature greying. Topical application of this herb strengthens the hair shafts, stimulating the roots of the hair. Its oil restores the natural texture and color of the hair.
Mix bhringraj and amla powder in 2:1 ratio using lukewarm water. Prepare a fine paste and use it as a hair pack. Apply to the scalp and leave for about half an hour. Later rinse off the hair thoroughly.
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Horsetail can also help you obtain thick and long hair. It contains high levels of silica, a mineral that is known to boost the hair growth process. Add horsetail herb to your shampoo and wash your hair with it twice a week for effective results. You can take horsetail with tea or in the form of capsules. Add 2 tbsp of horsetail powder to hot water and let it steep for some time. This mixture can be added to your regular shampoo and can be used to wash your hair.
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The best feature about using these herbs for hair growth is that they are completely natural and less likely to cause any harmful side effects. Do not consume these herbs in large amounts as they can potentially cause damage to the organs. Also, consulting a physician before taking any herb is always advisable.
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