There are certain herbs, plants and essential oils with long-standing reputations for stimulating hair growth. Some work by killing fungus and bacteria resident on the scalp that affect hair follicles, causing hair to fall out. Others work by increasing blood flow to stimulate growth… and others work by moisturizing the scalp and nourishing both the scalp tissue and hair follicles. But this fast hair growth tonic works in all three ways!
Herbs and Oils That Stimulate Fast Hair Growth
Growing their hair out after years of over-processing with relaxers or heat damage and breakage from flat irons is a frequent reason women give for going natural. A former hairdresser of mine told me that many of her black female clients suffering from hypertension or that are on medications for high blood pressure have marked hair loss in the crown area of their heads. As a result, the hair in the crown can become softer than normal and more prone to breakage. If high blood pressure is an issue, talk to your doctor about side effects of your medication to find out if hair loss is one of them.
Even without the issue of hair loss or scalp disease, growing your hair out is a lot easier said than done. What we put on our hair and how we handle it has a lot to do with maintaining moisture and reducing breakage, and of course medication, genetics and nutrition play a role as well.
But for most women, decent growth can be seen after just 4-6 weeks using stimulating products on the scalp. So I set out to find which things are rated highest and have the best reputation for contributing to increase in hair strength, quantity and length.
After some research I discovered exactly which herbs, plants and oils have the best reputation for hair growth and I put them all together into a super hair grow tonic. All I can say is if the tingle in my scalp is any indicator, this stuff works and it works VERY well.
Super Fast Hair Growth for Your Natural Hair
Let me give you a brief run-down of some of the ingredients included in this fast hair growth tonic, and why they were used:
- Aloe Vera has incredible moisturizing and soothing properties which makes it a great thing to use on dry and damaged hair. Aloe helps with hair growth because it heals and soothes damaged scalp from scratches, burns, dandruff, etc., reduces itching and scales, reduces scalp inflammation, and balances the pH (porosity) level of hair.
- Rosemary is considered to be one of the greatest healing herbs of all times. Not only that, Rosemary has a reputation for stimulating hair growth and has been used for centuries by many cultures for this very purpose. Rosemary strengthens the roots, reduces flaking, and keeps your scalp clean.
- Nettle root has been used for centuries as a hair tonic to stimulate new hair growth and bring back natural hair color. 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, oxygenates your hair follicles and strengthens hair fibers, promoting healthier, shinier, fuller hair.
- Saw palmetto is an herbal remedy for hair loss that is currently the treatment of choice of many male baldness treatment plans 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 chief cause of hair loss in many men and women.
- Fenugreek is a natural herb with extremely potent seeds, which have a medicinal effect to reduce balding, hair fall, and hair thinning. and dandruff. Fenugreek seeds are a good source of protein which helps strengthen the hair shaft. It also contains a large amount of lecithin, a natural emollient known to strengthen and moisturize hair. Fenugreek is used frequently in commercial hair care products to promote growth, luster, health, and shine.
- Horsetail is an herbal supplement that contains the highest known content of silica of any herb. Silica is known as the “beauty mineral,” and is a common ingredient in many popular beauty aids. In addition to silica, horsetail extract vitamins are also abundant in selenium. Together these minerals help promote circulation to the scalp and maintain strong, healthy hair.
- Fo-Ti root powder is considered one of China’s four greatest herbs. Fo-Ti has a long history of use in Chinese Traditional Medicine as a longevity tonic, and as the legends go, a villager regained his hair’s black color, and the appearance and vitality of a man decades younger than his actual age. Fo-ti is alleged to not only eliminate gray hair, but to increase the speed at which hair grows. This herb is also include din many commercial hair loss treatments.
- Vitamin E has long been known for its benefits for the skin, but only recently has it begun to gain attention for its positive use in hair care. Vitamin E can help increase the flow of blood which in turn helps stimulate the hair follicles, inspiring them produce hair faster and hold on to your existing hair with a tighter grip.
How to Make Our Super Fast Hair Growth Tonic
After ordering the herbs and essential oils I didn’t already have from Mountain Rose Herbs, I got out a 6 cup heat-resistant ceramic bowl, and measured the following things into it:
- 2 Tablespoon Nettle leaves
- 2 Tablespoons Hops Flowers
- 1 Tablespoon Saw Palmetto berries
- 1 Tablespoon Fenugreek seeds
- 6 leaves fresh Basil
- 1 Tablespoon dried Rosemary leaves
- 1 teaspoon Horsetail powder or 1 Tablespoon leaves
I measured out 3 cups of distilled water and heated it up on the stove until almost boiling, then poured that water over the herbal mixture. Covering it with a plate, I let it sit for an hour to steep.
In a separate medium sized bowl I mixed the other ingredients:
- 1 Tablespoon castor oil
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Tea Tree oil
- 3 drops Peppermint oil
- 2 tsps. Fo-Ti root powder
- 2 Tablespoons Polysorbate 20
Some sort of emulsifying agent is necessary so that the oils and water stay mixed. I use Polysorbate-20, but you can also use emulsifying wax. The oils should be thoroughly emulsified before adding the liquid.
Once the herbs were steeped, I placed the cheesecloth in a strainer over the emulsified oils and poured, allowing the liquid to strain into the pitcher with the oils. I then added 2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera gel, mixing all the ingredients together thoroughly with a whip.
Then I poured the mixture into two squirt top bottles for easy handling and application.
After shaking the bottle a few times for good measure, I squeezed a few drops onto my scalp in the crown of my head, the one area where I’d experienced a lot of hair breakage from years of wearing my hair in single braids with extensions. I massaged the mixture around for about a minute then WOW! The tingling sensation was immediate and lasted for at least 15 minutes.
When the tonic was dry, my hair was left feeling soft, moisturized, and not overly oily (for those worried about the castor oil). Remember, essential oils are not designed to be used directly on skin, so you must put them in some sort of carrier oil. Though my combination type 4a/4b hair loves oil, if you don’t want to use a heavy oil like castor oil, Jojoba, Grapeseed or Amla oil would be perfect substitutes.
I have no plans to shampoo the fast hair growth mixture out, but instead will use a little bit morning and evening in the spots where my hair is short for the next month and see how things go!
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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