Hair loss can be distressing. It’s a common concern for men and women. There are many reasons your hair may thin. From hormone changes, o vitamin deficiencies and genetics. Some scalp infections such as ringworm may also cause hair to fall out.
Unfortunately, there’s no magic potion for growing hair. However, research has shown some herbs may promote new growth or slow hair loss. But, much of the research has been done on animals. So, additional studies are needed to prove their effectiveness on humans.
Read on to learn how herbal hair oils may be used to help promote hair growth. Be sure to consult your doctor before introducing herbs into your daily routine.
Herbal Hair Oils
Hair oils are herbal extracts mixed in a carrier oil base. Some hair oils include multiple carrier oils and herbs.
Popular carrier oils used to make herbal oils are:
wheat germ oil
sweet almond oil
Some herbs used in herbal hair oils are:
Ginseng (Panax ginseng): Ginseng is an age-old natural remedy for many conditions, including hair loss. It contains saponins, which are believed to encourage hair growth by inhibiting 5a reductase. This is an enzyme related to hair loss in men.
Coat buttons (Tridax procumbent): Coat buttons is a creeping Ayurvedic herb and member of the daisy family. It contains antioxidants and promotes hair growth on its own and in synergy with other herbs.
Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi): Jatamansi is a small shrub whose rhizomes may speed hair growth. It’s been shown to increase hair growth in alopecia caused by chemotherapy.
Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa sinensis): Chinese hibiscus is an evergreen shrub. Its edible, vibrant flowers are often used to make herbal tea. Hibiscus is thought to help stimulate hair follicles, increase follicle size, and increase hair growth.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): Brahmi is a creeping herb used in Ayurveda medicine. It contains alkaloids thought to activate proteins responsible for hair growth.
You should know that no herbal remedy can regrow a full head of hair. You should be cautious of herbal products that claim to be a hair growth miracle.
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