The best herbs for natural hair are those that are packed with unique antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and other plant nutrients for promoting hair growth. Such herbs include: 1. Neem, 2. Moringa, 3. Stinging Nettle, 4. Aloe Vera, 5. Amla, 6. Rosemary, 7. Peppermint, 8. Brami, 9. Green Tea, 10. Flaxseeds 11. Fenugreek, 12. Hibiscus, 13. Henna, 14. Chamomile and, 15. Rose Petals, 16. Arnica, 17. Hops, 18. Horsetail, 19. Parsley, 20. Dandeleon, among others.
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In this article, I have gone all out to catalogue some of the most popular herbs used in hair care. This is a list of 37 herbs, some are more popular than others and some are only found in certain areas. I am on a journey to try as many as I can in order to find my top 10 that I will use more regularly in my 4C hair care routine.
Let’s dive in, shall we? We will go in alphabetic order so we don’t have to place importance to any particular herb.
Here is a list of 37 best herbs for promoting natural hair growth
Aloe Vera is one of the most used and recommended Ayurvedic natural remedy for hair fall. When used consistently, it can prevent hair thinning and promote hair growth.
Benefits of Aloe Vera on 4C hair
- Aloe Vera is packed with amino acids and proteolytic enzymes which efficiently improves scalp health and boosts hair growth.
- The proteolytic enzyme in Aloe Vera helps in unclogging your hair follicles by clearing all the dead cells that block them. This gives a chance for the nutrients present in the Aloe Vera extract to nourish your hair follicles hence promoting an increased growth rate.
- Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties which soothes an irritated scalp.
- Its antifungal properties enable the clearing of dandruff and flaking from your scalp.
- The moisture content of Aloe Vera conditions your hair as a result softening it. This reduces constant breakage consequently ensuring that your hair remains thick and voluminous.
- Aloe Vera extracts are alkaline and therefore on application to your hair it helps to maintain a pH balance. For best results, you should use freshly extracted Aloe Vera gel.
How to extract Aloe Vera gel
Slice a freshly cut Aloe Vera leaf. Using a spoon scoop the gel out from the pulpy area. Put the extracted gel into a food processor to give it an even consistency. If you don’t have access to an Aloe Vera plant, you can purchase organic Aloe Vera Gel here.
Amla, also known as the Indian Gooseberry, is a fruit that contains a lot of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Amla can be used in different forms but its oil works best. Massaging your scalp with Amla hot oil helps increase blood circulation enabling efficient production of your hair’s natural oils.This promotes a healthy hair look.
Benefits of Amla on natural hair
- The Vitamins C and other antioxidants present in Amla help in collagen production. Collagen boosts the rate at which hair grows and strengthens your strands making them less prone to breakage.
- Amla oil helps to get rid of dry flakes from the scalp. It dissolves grease and dirt from the follicles opening them up to optimum nutrient absorption after application thereby increasing hair growth.
- Antioxidants in the oil help keep hair and follicles healthy by fighting off the damage-causing free radicals.
How to use Amla
You can mix dry Amla powder with coconut oil and apply to your hair. You can also mix the powder with water to form a paste, and then apply to your hair as a hair mask. Let it sit for at least thirty minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.
Arnica is a flowering herb whose native lands are cold, rocky regions. It is not edible but offers a lot of advantages on healthy hair maintenance.
Benefits of Arnica oil on 4C hair
- The anti-inflammatory properties in Arnica herb contribute in maintaining the health of your scalp. It reduces inflammation, kills bacteria and clears away oil build-up, thus an effective hair and scalp conditions treatment. A healthy scalp equals to healthy hair growth.
- It is an excellent ingredient in dealing with dandruff.
- Premature graying hair is difficult to prevent as the timing of appearance of gray hair is genetically or environmentally affected. Maintenance of good health of your hair using arnica oil on a regular basis however, elongates your hair’s span preventing premature graying.
You can apply Arnica Oil directly to your scalp or in combination with any other carrier oil.
Brahmi is available either as an oil extract or powder form. Reduces hair fall by making your hair strands thicker and strengthening their roots. This makes your hair appear generally healthier. Massaging your scalp with the oil reduces dandruff, itchiness and flakes. It also helps reduce split ends. Brahmi powder offers greater benefits as compared to the oil. It increases rate of hair growth by clearing all hair diseases.
How to use
- You can get leaves of the plant from the market dry and grind to form powder or you can buy it in powder form.
- Mix the powder with water to form a paste then apply on hair. The fresh paste would have a grassy smell, adding some essential oils will give it a more pleasant smell and improve the properties.
- Allow it sit for an hour then wash.
Bhringraj grows as a weed and has a strong smell. It is considered as a miraculous herb for hair growth. Bhringraj has properties that help in improving blood circulation which carries with it nutrients nourishing the hair follicles. Nourished follicles make the hairs stronger at the root, reducing hair fall. The herb also stimulates the dormant hair follicles to come out quickly and thus promote new hair growth.
How to use Bhringraj
You can use this herb by adding Bhringraj Powder to your preferred carrier oil and then apply the mixture to your hair. If you have fresh Bhringraj leaves, grind them, apply the paste directly onto your hair and rinse after several minutes. This will add shine and luster to hair.
Cassia is also known as natural henna. It sometimes works like henna by adding golden hues on blonde and gray hair but does not do the same for black hair. Giving your hair Cassia treatment gives it the following benefits:
- Cassia works as a natural conditioner and moisturizer for dry hair.
- It clears dandruffs and any other pathological condition off your scalp as it has antifungal properties helping promote a healthy scalp.
- Cassia thickens and promotes hair growth resulting in a voluminous mane.
- Cassia adds texture and shine to hair.
- Remedy for lice.
- Cassia regulates and normalizes hair when it is oily or dry at the roots. This could be due to poor nutrition, medical treatment, a hormonal change due to pregnancy or menopause.
How to use Cassia
You can use cassia by mixing Cassia powder in water until it gets to a pasty consistency. Apply the paste to your hair and allow it to sit for an hour. Thereafter, wash your hair to remove any residue.
Calendula is also known as pot/garden marigold. It is an abundant source of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.
Benefits of Calendula on 4C hair
- It increases the production of collagen hence promoting stronger hair.
- It improves blood circulation in the scalp hence promoting even distribution of nutrients required for hair growth.
- Calendula is rich in flavonoid, a plant-based antioxidant, which defends the hair and scalp against cell-damaging free radicals and the scalp from bacterial growth.
- Richly contains antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which help soothe sensitive scalp.
- It has regenerative properties which promote significant growth of hair follicles.
- Eradicates scalp conditions such as dryness, dandruffs etc.
How to use Calendula
Calendula can be used alone or with a carrier oil. To use calendula on your hair, submerge 1/4 cup calendula flower petals in 1 cup warm water, leave it overnight; strain, then apply directly on your scalp as a final rinse after you shampoo your hair. If you dont have access to the fresh flowers, you can purchase Dried Calendula Flowers online on Amazon.
Chamomile is an herb that is used for hair treatments. It can be used in two main forms for hair treatment in oil or tea forms. Either form used it provides great benefits on your hair.
Benefits of Chamomile oil
- Strengthens and moisturizes hair. Like any other oils it helps lock in moisture within your strands. It also nourishes and strengthens strands enabling length retention.
- Naturally does away with dandruffs
- Enhances natural hair sheen
Chamomile tea is another alternative way of using Chamomile herb and it is done by rinsing your hair with the cold tea after you have freshly washed and conditioned it.
Benefits of Chamomile tea for hair
- The tea opens up clogged hair follicles by clearing dead cells, built up oils and dirt off the scalp. This gives the growing hair follicles way to sprout out. It also boosts the rate of metabolism enhancing your hair’s growth rate.
- The tea contains a wholesome package of nutrients the herb has. When hair is rinsed with it acquires the nutrients making it grow healthier.
- Chamomile usage on a regular basis reduces split ends and strengthens hair strands hence length retention.
- Just as the oil it reduces dandruff and other scalp related issues when used on a regular basis.
- Enhances your hair’s natural color
- When used as a conditioner it helps in moisture retention…
Both the oil and tea are good but the tea provides much more advantages after usage.
Comfrey is an herb whose leaves, roots or the entire plant could be used in hair treatment. Comfrey is a very important herb for hair growth and its extract is excellent at detangling hair. It contains vitamins, linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acid that work to promote hair growth.
Benefits of Comfrey
- Comfrey soothes an irritated scalp. It protects the hair against dryness and breaking. It is excellent at preventing hair dryness because the presence of attantoin that not only stimulates skin cell proliferation but it is also an excellent exfoliator that will soften skin cells
- Comfrey root is good for your hair because it has healing properties and packed with minerals, vitamin A, B-12, and antioxidants. It plays a major role in soothing and is the major anti-inflammatory component of comfrey that actually makes hair softer.
- Comfrey has more mucilage than herbs like marshmallow and so it softens, detangles, and adds shine to your hair strands.
- Comfrey has great polyphenols such as caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, and rosmarinic acid. Caffeic acid has very effective antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties that aids in scalp irritations. Chlorogenic acid is anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, making it highly beneficial for scalp conditions likes dandruff and eczema. Rosmarinic acid is anti-inflammatory so it relieves an irritated scalp, therefore, these three polyphenols alone will soothe an ailing scalp quite effectively.
How to use Comfrey
You can use comfrey as a hair rinse by boiling one teaspoon of dried comfrey in one cup of boiling water. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the solution. Let the solution cool down then pour it over freshly washed hair.
The Dandelion plant originated from Central Asian region and got naturalized in many regions. It is a very hardy plant that grows almost everywhere.
The dandelion herb has iron and Vitamin A, B, C, and E, which are vital for treating conditions of the scalp. A healthy scalp is important in promoting hair growth. Dandelion can effectively get rid of excess oil or sebum accumulated in the scalp.
Dandelion contains magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, biotin and calcium and altogether they play a significant role in making your hair healthy as well as stimulate hair growth.
How to use Dandelion
Dandelion tea, which is made by boiling one tablespoon of dandelion in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes, is used as a hair rinse. To make dandelion rinse simply steep dandelion leaves or roots in hot water for about twenty minutes. Strain the mixture and use it on your hair as a final rinse. Condition your hair after this to prevent loss of moisture.
Fenugreek has been used for decades as a natural home remedy for many hair conditions such as dandruff, hair loss, hair thinning, dry and itchy scalp. Many natural hair bloggers have reported that Fenugreek is one of the secret ingredients for long, thick and healthy hair.There is a lot of research that has been done to back this up. As mentioned in this detailed Fenugreek article, this herb is one of my favorite DIY hair ingredients. It has transformed my hair beyond expectations.
Fenugreek contains proteins, Manganese, vitamins, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron (1). Fenugreek also has a high nicotinic content which is very beneficial against hair loss, dandruff and treating scalp issues like dryness, baldness, and hair thinning. It also contains a high amount of lecithin which hydrates and strengthen the roots and hair follicles. Fenugreek is very effective in moisturizing the hair hence is referred to as nature’s best natural conditioner.
Benefits of Fenugreek on 4C hair
- Strengthens hair and prevent hair loss
- Promotes Hair Growth
- Nourishes hair and scalp
- Used as a natural conditioner
- Adds shine to your hair
- Prevents dandruff
How to use Fenugreek on 4C hair
You can use Fenugreek either in powder form or the seeds. When using the powder form, mix it with other herbs of your choice such as Amla or Neem and soak it in water for about 10 minutes; you will obtain a thick paste, add water and mix thoroughly to get your desired consistency. If you prefer to use the seeds, soak them in water overnight and then ground to a fine paste.
Flaxseeds are rich in several nutrients that help in keeping the hair healthy and maintaining scalp hydration. The seeds contain fatty acids which are essential for your hair growth and provide relief from a dry scalp. Flaxseeds also consist of antioxidants that will help in getting rid of free radicals. Flaxseed gel is quite easy to make and will give you excellent results. This article goes into detail of how to use flaxseed gel on 4C hair, the benefits and how to prepare the gel.
This popular Chinese herb is a natural cure for many health and hair related problems. It is one of the chief ingredients that you will find on most hair tonics or hair shampoos.
Benefits of Ginseng on 4C Hair
- It is very effective in treating baldness. This is because it contains ginsenosides which help with your hair growth.
- Contain compounds that strengthen hair strands preventing hair loss.
- Ginseng prevents the death of cells which would result in fungal infections on the scalp upon compilation.
- The natural spice (Saponin), an anti-bacterial compound found in Ginseng also cleanses your scalp by removing dandruff and other fungal caused conditions and prevent their recurrence.
- It has properties that also work to relieve stress, which might be the cause of hair fall.
- Ginseng has a volatile oil and which is very useful in inhibiting erosion of naturally beautiful hair color.
- Ginseng oil serves as an antidote of free radicals that you might be dealing with especially in urban areas, which cause premature graying of hair.
- The herb also cleanses the scalp of the build-up of dirt and oils enabling the growth of the hair follicles.
- Ginseng is said to help in blood circulation in the scalp, increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles, therefore, increasing their growth.
- Ginseng helps in thickening of thin hair strands leading to a total increase in your total hair volume.
You can prepare the recipe at home by getting ginseng capsules from a pharmacy if you cannot get its natural form. Empty one of the ginseng capsules into a mixing bowl and mix it with three tablespoons of your preferred oil. Once this has been mixed thoroughly and a suitable consistency has been achieved, apply the mixture directly onto the scalp. Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp for at least 5 minutes. You can do this daily for maximum results. The benefits of Ginseng can also be obtained by orally taking the capsules.
Another alternative is to buy Ginseng powder from an online store that stocks it.
Gotu kola mixed with olive oil is superb for scalp massages. It increases blood circulation on the scalp hence increasing hair growth. Gotu kola can be used in various forms for hair treatment such as in tea, as a powder, and even as oil. The components of this herb are used as a remedy for hair loss. Hair loss might be as a result of malnourished hair follicles, and Gotu Kola plays a key role in nourishing the hair follicles enabling the growth of strong hair strands. Gotu Kola strengthens the blood vessels enabling them to nourish and provide oxygen to the hair roots so that they produce more cells promoting the growth of hair follicles.
The extract can be used both internally and externally to help in fighting hair loss. You can use the oil to massage your scalp. It can be taken as tea. For better results drink the tea and use the oil as a scalp massage. The powder can be used as a hair mask by combining aloe vera gel with the powder and mix into a paste. This is a great hair mask for hair loss and is also a soothing and scalp irritant preventive.
Green Tea is a natural herb known for its many health benefits. It contains antioxidants that prevent hair loss and panthenol which strengthens the hair. Green tea is very effective in the treatment of baldness and damaged hair. Vitamin B is one of the nutrients that it contains and will give you good hair health as it helps in controlling split ends, softens the hair and strengthens hair roots. Green tea also has theanine, which is a distinctive amino acid which works along with panthenol to strengthen the hair.
Apart from Vitamin B, a specific catechin EGCG helps in supporting hair growth when green tea is applied to the roots. Green tea can play a major role in hair elongation. Not only this, the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea help stop hair loss and promote the regeneration of new hair strands. Caffeine present in green tea also prevents baldness by blocking DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) a hormone responsible for causing baldness. The polyphenols and Vitamin C present in green tea boost shine and softness of your hair.
How to use Green Tea on Natural Hair
The best way to use green tea for hair is to make a hair rinse. You can do this by preparing it like you normally prepare for drinking. Let it infuse and give it some time to cool down. The rinse should be applied to clean, damp hair. Allow the tea to penetrate the hair for at least 10 minutes. To add on the shine, the rinse can be bottled up and sprayed on the hair later. You can do this twice or thrice a week for a couple of months to see results.
Among the most universally known benefits of henna for hair is that it is a natural hair coloring agent and conditioner. Henna is commonly used for hair coloring, but it also works wonders for the overall health of your hair. It contains antibacterial, antimicrobial, and astringent properties which do away with fungal and bacterial conditions of the scalp. It gets rid of excess oils from the scalp, preventing clogging. Henna restores your scalps pH level and repairs hair damage.
Henna leaves are powdered, so you mix with water, let it rest for a few hours, then apply the paste to the hair and leave it in for a couple of hours. Rinse it off with water once you are done.
Hibiscus contains a lot of antioxidants and vitamins that improve the overall health of the scalp and hair. These brightly hued flowers are rich in nutrients like amino acids that are necessary for producing keratin, the building blocks of our hair. These flowers stimulate hair regrowth even from dormant follicles and bald patches. It effectively treats dandruff which can interfere with healthy hair growth. There are many types of hibiscus flowers and any type of hibiscus flower is good for the hair.
Using the leaves of the Hibiscus plant is also very beneficial. I use hibiscus in very many different ways. One of the easiest ways I use it on my natural hair is by making a hair rinse or adding it to my homemade deep conditioners. I will do a detailed post on how I use Hibiscus in y natural hair care routine, so lookout for a new post soon.
I haven’t used hops in my hair care routine, but as I was doing my research on this herb, I found some interesting facts about it. From the research I did, I learnt that the herb is primarily used in hair care because of its properties that stimulate hair growth. In oil form, it is used to thicken hair and promote growth. It is a natural antiseptic. As per the research (read multiple books), you can use the extract of hops directly on your hair by applying the extract directly on your scalp after shampooing the hair. Apparently, this is great if your scalp is itchy and has dandruff. The vitamins and oils in the extract open the pores on your scalp and remove dead skin enabling the growth of new hair follicles.
This is on my ‘To try Herb List’ but I thought I should share the information I have any way to save the research time. If you have tried this herb before, kindly shade some more light in the comments, otherwise, I will be writing a detailed post on this sometimes in the future.
This is also one of those I haven’t tried but is on my ‘To try Herb List’ based on the research I have done, Horsetail is a rich source of the organic form of silica. This mineral adds to the tensile strength of hair strands thus preventing their rapid breakage. Silica together with other ingredients works well in helping promote rapid hair growth improving texture and natural sheen. It’s also a perfect remedy for thin hair according to the research I have done.
Lavender is well known for its distinctive but pleasant aroma. Just like aloe vera, it is used in hair care because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It protects the hair from lice as it is a natural insect repellent. You can use lavender essential oil by adding a few drops to any carrier oil of your choice.
Lavender is one of the renowned herbs that helps in boosting hair growth and reduces baldness. Lavender oil helps stimulate circulation in the scalp, strengthening new hair growth, and balances the natural oil production on the scalp. It also has antibacterial properties that will help in soothing as well as healing irritations and infections on the scalp and is very effective when you need to treat dandruff and dry and flaky scalp. This helps reduce hair loss caused by such conditions and also improve hair growth.
This Ayurvedic herb is also known as Muskroot or Indian Spikenard. It helps purify blood and improve circulation presenting a good avenue for the herb to rejuvenate the hair roots. It promotes hair re-growth to those experiencing hair losses when used consistently. Other benefits to the hair include protecting the scalp from antifungal infections.
Licorice is a herb that has been used for many years to treat common hair problems such as hair loss, dandruff, and chemical damage. Licorice root has triterpene saponins, flavonoids, and glycosides, that add nourishment to the scalp and heal any damage that might have been caused by fungal infection. It works as a very effective cleanser. To use its root as a hair cleanser, add a tablespoon of the powder to about three cups of boiling water. Simmer it for an hour and then strain it. After it cools, spread on the solution to your scalp and hair.
The Licorice root, is said to be very soothing for dry, irritated skin that has dandruff and scabs. Its mollifying properties open the skin pores.
Maidenhair is a favorite hair care herb used for effective treatment for hair loss as it improves the circulation of blood to the scalp. To make a mixture of maidenhair that you can use to rinse your hair, add three handfuls of the dried herb to two cups of water and let it boil. Strain the liquid, let it cool and carefully pour it over freshly washed hair.
The roots of marshmallow contain lauric acid and fatty acids, making it an excellent ingredient that nourishes the hair and promotes hair growth. To use marshmallow root, you’ll need to boil marshmallow in water for fifteen minutes. Strain the liquid which you add to your conditioner for use. It has moisturizing and soothing qualities that makes hair really soft and silky. The slippery substance or mucilage is responsible for slip like a conditioner and makes detangling very easy. So you will have less hair breakage.
Marshmallow nourishes and thickens hair strands as it is high in plant protein. Consistent use of this herb, will make your hair smoother and silkier, increase manageability, and bring back luster and bounce. It is useful to people with scalp conditions that are irritated, red and flaky too.
Moringa contains thiocyanate which makes hair follicles strong and prevents hair fall. You can use it as a natural conditioner and promotes new hair growth. Moringa in its oil form can be used by applying it directly to your hair or you can make a tea out of Moringa powder and use this to rinse your hair.
Moringa is packed with Vitamins and minerals like calcium. You need Vitamin B specifically B6, biotin and folic acid if you are dealing with hair loss. Vitamin E rouses your scalp by increasing blood circulation, meaning your body would have more nutrients to the hair follicles so that your hair can grow stronger and healthier. Moringa can be used as hair mask once a week. It can also be used as hair oil to prevent dandruff. Make sure you massage your scalp with the oil with your fingertips when your hair is wet. The oil hydrates your hair, moisturizes and treats the hair follicles from the inside.
Another way to use Moringa is to supplement your food with Moringa powder. Sprinkle it onto salads or in soups or even on your smoothies and juices, to nourish your hair follicles from the inside out.
To learn more about Moringa, read this article.
Neem is one of the most commonly used herbs in natural hair care. It has the following benefits
- Neem oil boosts the rate of hair growth and increases the ductile strength of the hair shafts, making your hair silky and adding shine. The regenerative properties of neem could be put to its best use with a neem oil head massage. You can also mix neem oil with any of your favorite carrier oils like olive or jojoba for effective results.
- It decreases hair loss and irritation of the scalp.
- Neem leaf pastes can be used for conditioning your hair.
- Neem also nourishes the scalp and prevents dryness, flaking and dandruff.
- Its antibacterial properties keep infections away.
To use neem on you natural hair, take dry neem powder and slowly add water in it until you get a grainy paste. Apply it carefully on your scalp using your hands. Let it stay on for 30 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water. After a few weeks you will see improvement.
To learn more about Neem, read this article.
Nettle is known curing hair loss as it stimulates the scalp, improves blood circulation and protects against damage and breakage. Nettle can be taken in the form of pills or you can grind it to a paste and mix with olive oil to make a rinse. Nettle is an effective solution to reduce hair loss because it stimulates the scalp improving blood circulation. It also strengthens the hair.
To make the stinging-nettles rinse for your hair, first prepare the tea by boiling the water, steep dry nettles with clarifying herbs like rosemary or sage for 3 to 5 minutes. You can then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as peppermint, to preserve it. The solution can be refrigerated for up to six months. To apply, you pour the solution over your damp hair before you shampoo. Massage it into your scalp or comb it through your hair for about a minute. You can repeat the rinse once a week for a healthy scalp and soft, shiny hair.
To learn more about Stinging Nettle, read this article.
Parsley helps in the production of keratin and collagen in the scalp, which are essential for hair growth. It improves the circulation of blood and contains vitamins and antioxidants that battle damage causing free-radicals. It also synthesizes melanin, which is the pigment that protects hair from being damaged by the sun. You can boil parsley in water and use it as herbal rinse. Furthermore, you can also make a parsley hair mask by grinding it into a paste with water.
Peppermint is a herbal remedy to treat hair loss and to improve hair growth. The herb improves the growth of hair follicles and thereby promotes hair growth. It helps improve the blood circulation of the scalp and also bind the hair roots onto the scalp. Peppermint is an antifungal and anti-inflammatory herb that combats itchiness and inflammation. It is usually used in the form of oil, which is diluted and applied to the scalp and hair. To add peppermint to your hair care routine, mix it with a few drops to a carrier oil and apply it to your scalp and hair.
Reetha or Soap Nuts
Reetha nourishes the hair follicles and scalp, promoting hair growth and cleansing the scalp. Its anti-inflammatory properties fight away infections.Washing your hair with Reetha results in shiny and silky hair. It is used as important components in soaps and a lot of shampoos for hair wash. Washing hair with Reetha is a simple procedure. Dip Reetha after removing its shell into half liter of water. Leave the mixture overnight. Drain it in the morning and apply on your scalp. Wash your head with clean water afterwards.
Rosemary has been used for many years to prevent hair loss. It is great to use if your hair is thinning or balding. It works best when it is used with olive oil. Combine rosemary oil with a bit of olive oil and apply directly to the scalp. Not only does it encourage hair growth, but also helps to prevent hair from going prematurely grey. It is excellent for giving hair follicles the nourishment they really need.
It also has analgesic properties making it a good remedy for soothing inflamed scalps. The oil from the herb helps clean the hair follicles by unblocking them. Clogged follicles always lead to problems like dandruff, and, in extreme cases, hair fall. You can use rosemary for hot oil treatments or as a leave-in conditioner, which will leave your hair feeling glossy and soft at the same time improving the blood circulation in your scalp, promoting hair growth. This is also a good treatment if you have itchy or dandruff-ridden scalps
Rose petals contain ingredients that promote healthy, fuller-growing hair. The petals have antioxidant and antimicrobial agents which cleanse and nourish your scalp, making your follicles to grow thick, sturdy hair strands. Rose petals also serve as an effective naturalconditioner by moisturizing your tresses and preventing potential outbreaks of dandruff. These are the properties make roses a perfect homemade treatment for frizzy, dry, or sun-damaged hair.
By adding Rose Petals to boiling water and making a rinse, they can be used to revitalize hair and promote new growth. They can also be used to condition the hair, giving it a healthy shine. Rose Petals have antiseptic properties and therefore can be used to treat scalp irritations. Rose oil can be easily made at home, but it needs several weeks to mature. To make it, you’ll need a quality carrier oil such as Castor or Sweet Almond.
Nevertheless, feel free to use another favorite carrier oil if it does not overpower the rose scent. Using dried petals limits mold and other bacteria while you infuse the rose in any carrier oil. You can use fresh ecological plants, but be sure to dry the petals before you begin making your rose oil.
Saw palmetto is a natural remedy well known for its ability to control and reverse hair fall. It has fatty oils and phytosterols and has been used in traditional medicine since ancient time. The fruit of this plant is considered very helpful for stimulating hair growth. The herb prevents testosterone from being converted into dihydrotestosterone which is responsible for hair loss. You can take Saw Palmetto in the form of supplements or rinse your hair with this herb.
You can mix the Saw Palmetto oil with the olive oil in a bowl to get a saw palmetto oil blend. To effectively use the oil, start by heating the oil for a few seconds until it is slightly warm. Rub the oil into your scalp with your fingertips. Massage it with your fingers for about 15 minutes and leave the oil on for an additional 30 minutes. Thereafter wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and let your hair air dry. You can do this thrice a week. This improves blood circulation and nourishes your hair follicles.
Shikakai is derived from the leaves, bark, and pods of the Shikakai tree. Its powder strengthens your hair, controls dandruff and gently cleanses the scalp. Similar to Amla, Shikakai can be used in its powdered form with a carrier oil like coconut, or it can be used as a hair mask by mixing the powdered Shikakai in water to form a paste. Dried Shikakai fruit is also steeped in water to prepare healing cleansers. This is one of the most effective herbs that will help your hair grow. Generally, Shikakai cleanses, improves the health of your scalp, controls dandruff, promotes hair growth and strengthens your hair roots.
To use Shikakai pods dry them in the sun. You may also dry the bark or the leaves of Shikakai plant if you have them. Once it is fully sun-dried, grind the pods as well as leaves and the bark (if that’s what you are using) together in a grinder to create a fine powder.
Some blogger have reported that Shikakai can be very dangerous when it get’s into your eyes, as always, do a patch test on your skin, consult widely and use these herbs cautiously.
Thyme herb is rich in potassium, magnesium, and selenium. It stimulates the follicles which result in hair re-growth. It has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties which maintains scalp health. You can mix thyme with a carrier oil and apply it. You can also rinse your hair with thyme by soaking it in water, straining it, and then letting it cool. You can apply Thyme oil mixed with Lavender on your hair, this method works better in improving hair growth. Thyme tea can also be used as a hair rinse to cure dandruff.
Watercress contains large amounts of biotin and potassium which makes it an effective hair loss treatment. Using watercress encourages active hair growth. It has high amounts of Vitamin A which nourish the hair shaft and promotes the growth of new hair. To make a watercress rinse, blend some watercress herbs in one cup of water. Boil the mixture for a few minutes, strain it, and let it sit as it cools. Use the liquid as a rinse after your hair is freshly washed hair. This will tremendously reduce hair loss.
Yucca is a herb that traditionally has been used as a natural scalp cleanser and can also be used to make soaps and shampoo as it effectively battles itching, dryness, and dandruff. Yucca can be mixed with water to make a hair rinse. It treats dandruff and dry scalp as it is packed with anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it’s anti-fungal properties, yucca helps cleanse hair as well as remove dirt, oil and product buildup from the scalp.
There you go, a list of 37 herbs you can consider to use in your natural hair care routine. Like I said earlier, pick and try those that are available in your area and test to find the ones that will work best for your hair type.