The Best Herbs You Should Use Right Now for Natural, Healthy, Hair Growth (Part 1)
Updated: Jun 5
At one point or another, we all eventually face hair thinning, hair fallout, baldness, or just damaged hair. But before you run to the hair doctor, let's explore some natural herbs you can use to not only prevent but even cure these issues outright. Read on to find out how these 20 herbs can help your hair remain healthy.
Hair problems are an inevitable phase of life. Although specific medical treatments might help with your baldness or hair loss, there are more natural ways to improve your hair growth and remain healthy. In this article, we will discuss exactly how you can use herbs for hair growth and to maintain healthy hair. Without further ado, let us list the 20 herbs that will stimulate hair growth and help you fight that receding hairline.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one of the miracle herbs when it comes to health benefits, and it can do amazing things for your hair, such as treating Alopecia. The gel of the plant can help restore your scalp's natural pH balance, which in turn can stimulate hair growth. In conjunction, Aloe Vera also helps open up blocked pores on your scalp boosting the natural growth and development of your hair follicles. To use Aloe Vera, just apply the gel directly to your scalp and gently massage it for some time. Leave it in for no more than 10-15 minutes and rinse. This will yield the best results.
2. Amla Berry (Indian Gooseberry)
Amla is used extensively throughout the South Asian regions for various medicinal benefits. Amla Berry helps in the stimulation of hair growth, treats dandruff, cleanses your scalp, improves pigmentation, and can even strengthen your existing hair. The vital phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins present in the Amla berry help nourish and condition the hair. The Amla berry can be used in any form, raw, as a powder or as oil. If using raw Amla, mash it up into pulp and apply it to your hair. If using the powdered variant, make a thin paste by mixing it in water and apply to your hair. You can apply Amla oil directly to your hair. Apply the medium of your choice, massage it in your scalp, and rinse it out after letting it sit for a bit for best results, you'll be glad you did.
Brahmi, also known in the southeast Asia as "The Herb of Grace," is a common herb used in the Indian medicinal sciences to treat hair fallout, split ends, hair thinning, and dandruff. The herb contains rich nutrients that help stimulate hair growth and give your hair a shiny, healthy look. It also acts as a natural conditioner for your hair. Brahmi toughens your hair and strengthens hair follicles, promoting hair growth. It also helps in making your hair thicker and protects the roots from damage. Brahmi can be purchased as a powder or oil. Use the powder as a paste and apply to your hair and scalp, or massage the oil directly into your hair. In either case, massage the product well into the hair, leave it for some time and rinse.
The Burdock root has been around for ages and is often referred to as “the ancient route to flawless hair.” Burdock is known for its efficacy when it comes to fighting hair fall. Burdock root has essential fatty acids, vitamins, tannins, and fiber that helps keep your hair follicles healthy and stimulates hair growth. It is also effective in curing rapid hair fall. To use the Burdock root, you can add the tincture to water or boil the burdock root in a hair oil of your choice and apply the resulting serum directly to your scalp. Massage it in, leave it for some time, and you guessed it, rinse for best results.
5. Coat Buttons/ Tridax Procumbens
Tridax is commonly referred to as coat buttons and is a flowering plant within the daisy family. Tridax has been scientifically studied for its hair growth-promoting activity and shows some promising results. It has been known to help improve the pigmentation of your hair and help stimulate hair growth. It also helps fight hair fall and improves the overall health of your hair. To use Tridax, extract the juice from the herb and mix it with any oil you use for your hair. Boil the mixture till the water from the juices evaporates and cools the oil down. For best results, massage some warm oil every night into your scalp before sleeping, leave it in overnight, and wash your hair the next morning.
6. Gingko Biloba
Known to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation, this herb helps nourish your hair by improving the blood flow to your hair follicles. It stimulates hair growth at the root level. According to a study published by the International Journal of PharmTech Research, it helps in hair regrowth. Although you can directly apply it to your hair, it is better to make a tea of the herb. Some observers even claim that ingesting this herb as tea has more benefits than topical application. Perhaps it's worth considering.
Ginseng is an herb commonly used in Asian medicine. It helps prevent cell death and increases the number of dermal papilla cells in your scalp. Because of these properties, Ginseng helps prevent hair loss, cures dandruff, prevents grey hair, conditions your scalp, and nourishes your hair. Ginseng extract or tonic can be easily purchased at your local grocery store. Apply it directly into your scalp, massage, and rinse after leaving it for some time.
8. Green Tea
Green tea is known for its health benefits. It helps detoxify your body and helps freshen up your vitalic activity. The antioxidants in green tea help improve hair growth, fight hair fall, and improve the overall health of your hair. You can make a homemade hair rinse for your hair by adding 1-2 green tea bags to boiling water. Let it steep for 5 minutes and apply the liquid to your hair after you shower.
Hibiscus is densely packed with rich vitamins and antioxidants. It helps improve your hair and scalp's health, giving your hair a healthy, lustrous appearance. It has been known to be an extremely effective treatment for dandruff. It stimulates hair growth and even helps fill in bald patches. To use, combine 3 tbsp of ground hibiscus leaves with 1 tbsp of ground fenugreek seeds in ¼ cup of buttermilk. Now evenly massage the mixture into your hair, leave it in for some time, and rinse.
10. Holy Basil
Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi in India, is a leafy herb that belongs to the mint family. This herb has been around for almost 5000 years now and is commonly used in Indian herbal medicine and cuisine. Although it is good for your heart and is believed to fight cancer, Holy Basil can also help with your hair's problems. It prevents hair loss and treats dandruff. To use in your hair, either consume it in your food or as a tea; alternatively, use polyherbal ointments with Holy Basil to help improve the health of your scalp.
Based on its silicon content, antioxidant properties, and impact on collagen, Horsetail is known to be an effective treatment when it comes to hair restoration. Horsetail improves hair growth speed, reduces dandruff, and boosts scalp circulation. Due to its impact on collagen, Horsetail gives the hair a thicker and shinier look. To use Horsetail, cut up a good handful of the dried herb into small pieces and boil it in 2-3 cups of water. Allow it steep for as long as you want and once cooled, apply to the hair and leave for some time, then rinse.
Jatamansi is also known as Spikenard and is an indigenous herb to the Himalayas. It stimulates hair growth, makes your hair dark and shiny, and makes them silky soft. It also helps with dry and brittle hair. It can reduce dandruff and prevent split ends. To use Jatamansi, it is best to massage its oil directly to your scalp, leave it for some time and rinse.
Lavender is popular for its antibacterial properties. So it is an excellent herb to keep your scalp clean and hygienic to allow for your hair to grow. It keeps all the parasites and fungus away and keeps your hair follicles healthy. Lavender is best used for hair by applying its oil directly to your scalp, but it can also be used as a tea.
The Iron and Zinc in Moringa help bring oxygen to the roots of your hair and stimulate hair growth. The essential amino acids help build healthier hair strands. Vitamins C and E fight oxidative stress, and the Omega 3s help nourish the hair. You can make an avocado and Moringa hair mask by mixing mashed avocado, raw honey, olive oil, and a tbsp of Moringa powder. Apply it to your hair thoroughly, let sit for 10 minutes and rinse.
Peppermint has antimicrobial, insecticidal, pesticidal, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this, it helps stimulate hair growth. It promotes faster hair growth and increases blood flow to undernourished hair. It also helps make your hair thicker and more durable. Diluted peppermint essential oils can be used directly to your scalp for healthier hair. Apply the diluted oil after your shower regularly for the best results.
Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb. It helps enhance hair growth and fight stress. Stress has adverse effects on your body and may cause hair loss and hair damage. The nutrients in Rhodiola help fight stress and hence, promote hair growth. For best results, use a Rhodiola supplement in your daily diet in the morning.
Roses may be a symbol of beauty, but they also help you look and feel better as well! This herb will help prevent a dry, flaky, and itchy scalp, which will, in turn, promote hair growth and improve your hair and scalp health overall. The best way to nourish your hair is to use rose water. Rinse your hair with a mixture of rose water and bathing water, which will increase blood flow to your scalp and stimulate hair growth.
Rosemary is a common herb used in cooking, but it has a lot of benefits for your hair as well. Its anti-inflammatory properties promote nerve growth and improve overall blood circulation to your scalp, which, in turn, helps promote hair growth and fights hair thinning. Add some Rosemary oil to your shampoo or apply it directly to your hair by massaging it into the scalp after your shower
19. Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto has been used to treat baldness for quite some time now. It boosts hair growth and nourishes your scalp. It also helps with gut health and to helps treat prostate-related issues. Although Saw Palmetto shampoos are available, it is best to use Saw Palmetto supplements. However, it takes generally around six months to see its effects in the case of severe balding.
Rich in vitamins and minerals, Nettle has been used to treat hair loss for centuries now. It helps combat hair thinning as well, and helps against greasy hair too. It is rich in natural silica, which improves hair growth, radiance, shine, and lightness — brew one teaspoon of dried Nettle, or 3-4 fresh leaves in a cup of water. Strain your tea and drink it as you normally would. You will begin to see the results after some time.
We've looked at a few herbs that can do magic for your hair. They are rich in nutrients and minerals and help prevent and cure many hair issues. And the biggest advantage? Since all herbal treatments are natural, they have very few side effects, but just in case, ensure you don't have any allergies and consult with a doctor when in doubt if you plan to use any for ingestion that you haven't had before.
We hope this article was helpful in your quest for natural, healthy hair growth. See part 2 for our continued list of herbs that can boost your health restoration to new heights! (pun intended)
The Best Herbs You Should Use Right Now for Natural, Healthy, Hair Growth (Part 2)