Hair loss, whether in woman or in man, is a stressful condition that in most cases, is ironically the result of taking too much stress and tension in life. Fortunately, in many cases hair loss can be treated effectively by use of completely natural herbal therapies. The first instinct during hair loss is to run to a doctor or to buy over-the-counter creams and gels that are marketed for thinning hair. However, chemical based products do more harm than good in the long run and should therefore be avoided as much as possible.
Herbs are not only natural but also effectively reverse the process of hair loss by either improving the flow of blood to the scalp or by stimulating the hair follicles to sprout new hair. In most cases the herbs treat chronic dandruff that is one of the main reasons for the blockage of follicles. Apart from helping with hair growth herbs also make the hair stronger and thicker. To treat hair loss in men and women of all ages we recommend the following herbs.
Effective Herbs For Hair Loss
Amla is also known as Indian gooseberry and is known as a rich source of vitamin C. The fruit of amla has a sweet and tangy taste and can even be consumed in its raw form though many people prefer drinking fresh juice of amla to treat various ailments. Amla is also a popular remedy against hair loss and women in rural India abundantly make use of the fruit to shampoo and condition their hair. It is also safe for use in pregnancy when some women may suffer from loss of hair due to hormonal changes in the body.
Buy fresh amla fruits and cut each into four equal halves; put the chopped fruits in a glass jar and add sugar syrup to the jar. You can even add any other spices like cumin seeds, pepper and salt if you wish to. Leave the jar in the sun for two weeks and eat two tablespoons of the amla infusion every day before breakfast. In a month’s time you will see huge improvement in the condition of your hair.
Sun dry the amla fruits for a week until they whither up and the outer skin becomes hard. Powder the amla pieces in an electric grinder and use this powder to wash your hair. The quality of hair your hair will improve drastically; they will not only become thicker but also longer and shinier.
The oil of brahami is popularly used in northern India to help with hair loss as well as hair growth. Brahami has antioxidants that remove the dandruff causing bacteria from the scalp and also stimulate the hair follicles making it easier for them to sprout new hair.
Brahami is available in many herbal and beauty stores in the form of powder however; to deal with severe hair loss intake of the herb in the form of capsules is also recommended. Consult an herbalist to know the correct dosage and the duration of the treatment using brahami capsules.
To wash hair with brahami make a paste by mixing the herbal powder with adequate water. Apply this herbal paste on the scalp as well as the hair and leave for 45 minutes. Wet your hands and gently massage the scalp to remove brahami paste; the massage will help stimulate the hair follicles. Do not use shampoo though you can apply conditioner if the paste makes your hair dry. You can even apply brahami oil to your hair at night and wash off in the morning using shampoo and lukewarm water.
Fenugreek or methi is also considered very effective in the treatment of hair loss. Even pregnant women can use methi on their hair to prevent hair loss due to hormonal imbalance though they should avoid ingesting the herb on a daily basis.
Soak 5 tablespoons of methi seeds overnight and grind them to a fine paste form in the morning. Apply the methi paste on your scalp and leave for 30-45 minutes. Gently massage the scalp to remove the paste and then wash off with cold water. This treatment should be done every day for 6 weeks to see the improvement in your condition. If you are not pregnant then eat a teaspoon of meethi seeds with a glass full of water the first thing in the morning. Doing this will balance out the hormones and also improve blood circulation to the scalp that will in turn stimulate the follicles.
Tulsi or basil leaves are considered an excellent remedy against hair loss because the antibacterial properties of the herb remove any kind of infection from the scalp that could be the cause of hair loss. Grind tulsi leaves by adding very little water in them and apply the paste on the scalp as well as the hair. Leave the paste on the hair overnight or at least for a couple of hours.
Wash hair using lukewarm water and after washing gently massage the scalp using the tips of your fingers. Air dry your hair and then apply a light layer of coconut oil on the hair. This treatment should be followed daily for three weeks. While tulsi will help with new hair growth coconut oil will prevent the scalp and hair from over drying thereby reducing the chances of dandruff.
Hibiscus powder is often used with henna powder to add shine and bounce to the hair however; the herbal flower is also excellent for treating hair loss especially in pregnant women. The herb is also considered a natural shampoo and conditioner and is therefore, often the main ingredient in many commercially available hair care products. Hibiscus powder is available in many organic stores as well as beauty stores. You may mix a little henna powder to the hibiscus powder to remove any oils from your hair.
Massage your scalp with olive oil for 5 minutes and apply a light layer of the oil on your hair as well. Mix three tablespoons of hibiscus powder with 1 ½ teaspoons of henna powder and make a paste by adding water. Apply this paste on your scalp as well as the hair and leave for 45-60 minutes. Remove the paste using only lukewarm water and no shampoo; you can use conditioner of the henna powder leaves your hair very dry. The treatment should be done every alternate day for six weeks. You will be amazed to see the results at the end of the treatment.