Though most women admire a head of long, thick, healthy hair, there is a lot of confusion and debate in the natural hair community about the best way to achieve those goals. As you look around at the women that have enviable heads of hair, most likely those ladies eat a diet that provides their hair with the nutrition it needs to thrive and that they supplement their diet with supportive vitamins and herbs. For most women our hair is not just something that sits on top of our head, but a symbol of feminine beauty and status. Naturally long healthy hair is envied by women, sexually attractive to men, and especially appreciated in the black community because its so uncommon.
Growing Long Hair with Herbs
Certainly genetics plays a role in how fast your hair would normally grow. However, by supplying your body with a substantial quality of hair growing herbal nutrition you can maximize and even accelerate your standard growth rate.
Unfortunately, many naturalistas know little to nothing about how herbs can improve their hair texture, eliminate scalp problems, halt breakage and help keep their natural hair strong and healthy. To acquire the long, beautiful hair you desire, these are some of the most powerful herbs for hair growth that you should be using regularly.
- Nettle: It is effective against hair loss as it inhibits the production enzyme which is the root cause of hair loss. Nettle has been used for some centuries as hair tonic to stimulate new hair growth and bring back natural hair color. it can be said about nettle that it is one of the wonder plants that nature has gifted us with. Nettle is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, especially the critical trace minerals: selenium, sulphur, zinc, chromium, boron, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, silicon, vitamin B complex, vitamin A, vitamin C, D, and K and amino acids. Nettle increases blood flow to your scalp. It also oxygenates your hair follicles and strengthens hair fibers, promoting healthier, shinier, fuller hair.
- Basil: As a rinse basil stimulates hair follicles and may actually facilitate hair re-growth. In people who loose hair due to poor scalp circulation, a basil oil massage helps kindle the hair, while also soothing the roots with anti-inflammatory properties. The magnesium in basil protects hair from breakage, and this herbal hair loss remedy also provides your skin and hair with antioxidants, supporting a healthy immune system. For those who have dry hair, basil oil also moisturizes and provides shine.
- Ginseng: This ancient herb helps the body to adapt to stress, which is one of the prime reasons behind hair loss at the edges of the scalp and the crown. Ginseng improves the absorption of oxygen by blood thereby improving circulation. Ginseng is also reported to help soften coarse, brittle hair. Available in pills, dried or tea form.
- Horsetail: Named for its long brush-like appearance, this herb is packed with a nutrient called silica. Silica is a substance that strengthens bones, nails and hair. Horsetail adds luster to the hair when taken orally in tea form.Horsetail contains cysteine, selenium and silica, and these can enhance the growth of your hair, as well as improve the health of the strands you already have. Horsetail can also be added to your shampoo to strengthen hair and keep it looking shiny. Steep horsetail inside boiling hot water and add the horsetail to your favorite shampoo or conditioning treatment.
- Hops: Hops are not only an important ingredient in beer manufacturing, they make an excellent natural hair conditioner and softener when applied topically. The herb also contains silica so it helps fortify the hair from within. Many popular hair supplements use hops to add strength and resilience.
- Fo-ti: Not only does this herb help you get back your original hair color, but it may also help speed up your hair growth so that more length is achieved in a shorter period of time. The ancient Chinese herb Fo-Ti has become popular worldwide with people suffering from hair loss. Some users report it helps grow back hair while others have said it slows down (or stops) their hair loss. In fact, this herb is also being used more frequently in commercial hair loss products.
- Burdock Root: Use burdock root to treat hair loss and promote hair growth. Burdock is a powerful herb that stimulates hair root circulation and helps renew the cells of your skin and hair. Massage your scalp daily with burdock oil to help hair growth. Apply to your skin to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
- Lavender: Lavender is another herb that enhances the beauty of the hair. Lavender helps increase shine and gently cleanse deposits that dull the hair. Lavender is also believed to stimulate growth of long hair and its antibacterial properties can help eliminate scalp conditions which negatively impact hair growth. Lavender essential oil can be easily added to shampoo, conditioners or your daily moisturizing spritz bottle.
- Rosemary: Rosemary is an excellent herb to use topically to promote hair growth and increase scalp health. When applied to the scalp rosemary increases circulation and helps to gently remove excess sebum and dandruff, which can inhibit healthy hair growth.
- Saw Palmetto: Saw palmetto is also an herbal remedy for hair loss that is currently the treatment of choice of several men because of its capability to slow down hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. Tinctures and extracts from this herb block the receptors on cell membranes for dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main cause of hair loss in many patients.
- Sage: Sage has been used since ancient times as a remedy to reverse baldness. It is also known for its effect restore thick and healthy hair within weeks. For centuries the Gypsies have used sage to darken grey hair.
- Aloe Vera: This is a plant not an herb, but the gel from the Aloe Vera plant worthy of a mention. Aloe soothes skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory when applied externally. By massaging the gel into the scalp, the pH balance of the scalp is restored to normal healthy levels, which helps hair growth. Aloe also helps dry natural hair to retain water (moisture); since one quarter of the hair is made up of water, Aloe Vera enables hair to remain resilient, breakage free and well-nourished.
Though the small amounts of herbs used for growth of long hair discussed in this article are likely to be safe, as with any herb or medication, we recommend that you consult with your physician or a board certified Naturapath before combining herbs or mixing them with prescription medications. There are known side effects associated with the use of some herbs and certain medications that your medical professional can advise you of.
About the Author (Author Profile)Blogger, writer, relationships/dating expert, fitness trainer and natural hair enthusiast since 1997. Sharing information from grandmomma, books and scientific journals, as well as my personal discoveries and experiences with natural hair as we journey from relaxers, flat irons and weaves together.
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