If you’re looking for spices and herbs for hair growth and thickness, you’re not alone. People all over the world are looking for more natural options to help tackle hair thinning and hair loss.
Many traditional treatments for hair loss can come along with adverse side effects that users want to avoid. And this has encouraged more interest in natural approaches.
Luckily, researchers are working hard to get the facts straight for those who want to boost hair growth with natural herbs and spices. These methods are ideal, as many are great for skin and nail health too!
Making Homemade Herbal Hair Growth Products
Let’s first discuss some of the best ways to apply some of the best spices and herbs for hair growth…
Herbal Hair Growth Oils
An herbal growth oil (sometimes referred to as a hair tonic) is a mixture of an herb within a carrier oil. For extra powerful mixtures, multiple herbs and carrier oils can be combined in these tonics.
To use an herbal growth oil, apply to your hair and scalp and leave it on as a hair mask. You can leave it in for as long as you like. Some women wrap their heads, and leave the mixture on all day, or overnight. Here are some of the most popular oils that can help to boost hair growth:
- Moroccan argan oil
- Coconut oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Olive oil
- Jojoba oil
- Walnut oil
- Wheat germ oil
- Mineral oil
These carrier oils are loaded with vitamins and other nutrients.
Hair growth oils boost moisture and strength in a major way.
An added bonus is that most of these are also great for skin and nail health.
Many hair oils (particularly mineral oil) help reduce “combing force,” which is the force required to comb through either wet or dry hair. Reducing combing force can help reduce breakage and help boost hair growth.1
Herbal Hair Growth Ointments
Herbal hair growth ointments are also referred to as polyherbal ointments or hair salves. These are made by combining your chosen herbs with an oil, or petroleum jelly, and water. Sometimes, cocoa butter or beeswax is mixed in, as well. These herbal hair growth salves are massaged directly into the scalp, ideally, until fully absorbed. Ointments are also good for skin and nail health, so you’ll get other benefits when applying.
Herbal Hair Growth Creams
These hair growth creams are also made by infusing water with an oil. However, they use less oil in the mix. Hair growth creams are ideal for daily use, as they can be applied without leaving a heavy film that is noticeable to the naked eye. Many commercial leave-in hair products are creams.
Herbal Hair Growth Gels
This is exactly what it sounds like. In this kind of mixture, herbal extracts are put into a gel. These are ideal for women and men with curly and/or frizzy hair. The great news here is that you can use herbs for hair growth in just about any kind of homemade DIY hair product.
Now that you know more about the basics of application covered, let’s get to the list!
Eight Spices and Herbs for Hair Growth and Hair Health
1. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
This herb is known to help stimulate blood flow. This means that it can help deliver important vitamins and nutrients from your diet to your scalp when applied topically. When compared with commercial products for hair loss, rosemary has shown to have similar effects, with less scalp itching.2
2. Hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus)
The hibiscus plant is loaded with antioxidants. Extract from the leaves is used as a hair tonic in Indian medicine.
3. False Daisy (Eclipta alba)
False Daisy originates from Bangladesh. It is used in traditional Indian medicine to promote hair health and growth. The paste from this herb is also used to darken graying hair.3
4. Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi)
This is yet another herb that is heavily used in traditional Indian medicine for the promotion of hair growth as well as hair blackening (darkening of graying hair). Extracts and isolated compounds from Jatamansi have shown to promote hair growth activity.4
5. Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
Several scientific studies show ginseng’s potential to promote hair growth/combat hair loss. Research with human hair follicle cells has shown this herb’s ability to increase the number of these cells.5
6. Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis)
Indian Gooseberry, also known as Amla, is traditionally used in Thai food, and it is believed to slow aging in traditional medicine. It can be found in many commercial shampoos and hair oils.
The fixed oil from these berries is used as a hair tonic to help promote growth, strengthen hair, and enrich pigmentation.6
7. Aloe vera (A. Barbadensis Mill.)
Aloe vera is known for its soothing abilities. It is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, making it a great herb for hair health. It can also help to protect hair from harmful UV rays, which can be damaging to the hair shaft and even your scalp, if exposed.7
8. Marking Nut (Semecarpus anacardium)
The fruit and nut extract from this plant is commonly used in traditional medicine and is believed to promote hair growth. It is also used in hair coloring.8
Note that many of these herbs and spices can be found in the form of essential oils, which are great for making homemade hair products (or skin and nail products for that matter). Remember to use just a few drops of essential oils in a carrier oil. Essential oils are strong!
*Always do a skin patch test for the topical application of any new product, including any herbs for hair growth. Simply apply a small amount to the inside of your wrist and monitor for 24 hours. Do not use the product any further if you notice an adverse reaction of any kind.
Oral Supplements With Spices and Herbs for Hair Growth
Another option is oral supplementation with various spices and herbs to prevent hair loss. You, of course, should talk with your doctor first about taking any of these herbs/spices (or any other kind of supplement, for that matter).
Many herbs and spices can have great benefits for hair health (as well as skin and nails) when taken orally.9 Look for supplements that combine the best vitamins, herbs, and other nutrient-rich ingredients.
If you want to find more natural products, including spices and herbs for hair growth and thickness, then you have many options to choose from. You also have a variety of application methods (that can benefit your skin and nails, as well). No matter your hair type, you can find a formula that is right for you and your styling needs.
Pay special attention to the growth oils. Using them as a mask can be super enriching for your scalp and hair. And don’t forget to talk with your doctor if you want to orally supplement with any of these amazing herbs and spices for hair growth.
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