When you begin to notice that your hair isn’t as full as it once was, the search for solutions can feel a bit overwhelming. If you’re looking for herbal remedies to avoid the side affects of the pharmaceutical options, you won’t be disappointed. While these natural hair regrowth remedies aren’t one-size-fits-all, and it may take some time to find the best options for your needs, it’s worth the wait to find something that works that’s also safe for your whole system. To get you started, we’ve rounded up ten herbal treatments to try on your holistic hair growth journey.
Give aloe a shot
Aloe has a great reputation for assisting in the hair regrowth process, thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that support a healthy scalp. It also has proteolytic enzymes that repair dead skin cells on the scalp, and strengthens strands with essential vitamins and minerals that can deter hair breakage. One of its best hair growth benefits is its ability to increase circulation at the area of application, bringing nutrient-rich blood to the follicles. You can buy it from a pharmacy, or go all natural and extract the gel directly from an aloe leaf by simply squeezing it out. Massage it directly onto your scalp, and work it all the way through the ends of your hair. Wait up to an hour before gently shampooing to remove the aloe.
Try a healthy dose of lavender oil
There are many reasons to love lavender, especially when it comes to holistic hair growth. This fragrant essential oil stimulates the scalp, balances oil production, and helps strengthen hair. A study also shows that lavender oil can increase the number of hair follicles and deepen follicle depth to promote hair growth. Simply mix lavender oil with equal parts jojoba oil and massage the mixture onto your scalp. For an extra boost of herbal benefits, wrap your hair in a towel and leave the oil on your scalp overnight before rinsing or shampooing.
Reap the rewards of rosemary
Rosemary oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and it also helps increase blood circulation to stimulate hair growth. Studies have confirmed it to be as effective as Minoxidil, but with less scalp itch. Mix a few drops of the oil into your shampoo before washing your hair, or apply it directly onto your scalp, allowing it to absorb for about five minutes before rinsing. With this remedy, a little bit goes a long way; be careful not to apply too much oil directly onto your scalp as it can cause irritation.
Treat your scalp with peppermint
Natural peppermint oil helps awaken hair follicles to promote hair growth, while offering important anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. Combine a few drops with 4 oz. of jojoba oil or another carrier oil, then apply the mixture to your scalp. Rinse after several minutes and enjoy the refreshing tingle.
Grab a green tea
Green tea is a delicious way to promote hair regrowth. It contains a powerful antioxidant called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) that triggers the growth of healthy hair. Drink a cup as part of your daily routine, or use it as a hair and scalp rinse. After washing your hair, pour a cup of cool green tea onto your scalp and massage it into your roots for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
Enjoy the benefits of basil
Basil contains tons of vitamins and minerals that assist in stimulating hair growth and bolstering hair follicles. Combine several basil leaves with jojoba oil, and grind the mixture with a mortar and pestle until it is the consistency of a paste. Massage the paste onto your scalp and wait an hour before rinsing.
Take advantage of burdock root
Burdock root oil offers a combination of fatty acids and minerals, plus amino acids that are essential to producing the proteins found in hair. The herbal remedy supports hair regrowth by increasing blood circulation and helping to purify the scalp. Massage the oil onto your scalp and you’re done; burdock oil can stay put until your next shampoo.
Get yourself some saw palmetto
Saw palmetto has the power to inhibit the production of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone linked to hair loss. It can also be taken as a hair growth supplement and is often included in DHT-blocking shampoos. Take advantage of this herbal hero by mixing a bit of warm water with saw palmetto extract. Massage the mixture onto your scalp and let it work its magic; no need to rinse.
Create a pumpkin oil mask
Pumpkin seed oil is another great defense against the dreaded DHT. It also contains essential vitamins and minerals that assist with healthy hair growth, along with zinc, which speeds up the hair growth process. Massage the oil onto your damp hair and scalp, and wait at least twenty minutes before rinsing.
Rinse with sage tea
Sage boasts a variety of healing properties, vitamins, and minerals that support hair growth. Boil dried sage in water for about ten minutes, let the liquid cool, and strain out the leaves. After shampooing and conditioning, pour the herbal treatment over your scalp and hair as a final rinse.
You may find that some of these herbal treatments work better for you than others, but each has made a name for itself in the world of holistic hair growth. Whether you choose to try just one, or you use a few remedies in combination, remember that it takes time to see results. Stick with your routine and practice patience to achieve the most success. If frustration starts to creep in, take a minute to read our tips for maintaining the right mindset for hair regrowth.