Since ancient times, people have used herbs and plant remedies to curb hair loss and promote hair growth. The Egyptians used chopped lettuce, almond oil and castor oil to apply to their balding scalps while the Romans massaged their hair with a paste made using ash and walnut shells which stimulated hair growth. In India, gooseberry or Amla is used with herbs like Bhringraj, Gotu Kola, Henna leaves and fenugreek to massage the scalp to facilitate hair growth and prevent premature graying.
In this guide, we will discuss some of the best herbs for hair growth.
Rosemary essential oil obtained from the leaves of rosemary plant can be used to massage the scalp and facilitate hair growth. The oil can also be mixed with other essential oils for this purpose. Rosemary stimulates cell division and dilates blood vessels. This improves circulation to the scalp which promotes hair growth. You can drink rosemary tea and also use the essential oil to stimulate hair growth.
Hibiscus is a plant that grows in the warm regions of Asia. It is primarily known for its hair-loss arresting properties. It is a wonderful home remedy for dandruff, premature graying of hair and high blood pressure. Dry the flowers of hibiscus in the sun (if available) and make them into a powder once they are dried. You can use the powder to make a tea by adding it to boiled water-drink it with some honey and lemon juice. You can also add a teaspoon of the powder to hot coconut oil and massage the scalp with the mixture to facilitate hair growth.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has wonderful medicinal properties that stimulate hair growth. It is also a natural hair conditioner. It can heal the scalp, reduce dandruff and balance the Ph levels of the scalp. It can reduce hair fall when applied regularly to the scalp and roots of the hair. Mix some aloe gel with coconut oil or coconut milk and massage the scalp with it. There are several other ways to use Aloe Vera for hair growth:
- Use it in place of your conditioner. Add a teaspoon of olive oil to some Aloe Vera gel. Massage the hair with this mixture after shampooing. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Rinse in cold water. This remedy will convert frizzy and dry hair into soft, shiny and manageable hair.
- Leave-in conditioner- Apply Aloe Vera gel all over the scalp. Leave it on overnight or for 5-6 hours. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
4. Coriander or Cilantro
The leaves of Coriander herb can help sprout new hair on balding scalp. You can grow coriander leaves at home in a small pot or buy cilantro from Farmer’s Market. Take a handful and crush them in a blender. Apply the juice to the scalp and leave it on for 3-4 hours. Wash off with a mild shampoo. You can also use this herb for making massage oil for the scalp using the following recipe:
- Take a kilo of coriander leaves. Chop them fine.
- Heat 2 cups of mustard oil.
- Add the chopped leaves and a cup of water to the oil. Boil the mixture until the water evaporates.
- The leftover dark oil can be used for daily massage of the scalp.
In case you do not have cilantro leaves, you can use coriander seeds which are readily available in Indian stores. Powder the seeds in a coffee grinder and use the powder with coconut oil or olive oil for daily scalp massage. Use this remedy for at least 1 month daily to see results.
5. Cedar wood
Use cedar wood oil for massaging the scalp daily and wave good bye to hair loss! Cedar wood is an excellent hair tonic. It has anti-seborrhoeic properties which reduce inflammation of the scalp. Mix cedar wood essential oil with Jojoba, Almond, coconut or olive oil and massage the scalp with it. It can also be used for making beard oil recipes to curb facial hair loss in men.
If you wish for denser, thicker hair, then thyme is one of the best herbs for hair growth. Mix thyme essential oil with other essential oils like lavender and rosemary for massaging scalp. When used daily, thyme can reduce hair fall.
Need an herbal remedy to soothe the scalp and calm the nerves? Then use Chamomile. Chamomile oil is especially recommended for dry, brittle hair that is prone to hair loss. You must also drink at least 2 cups of chamomile tea daily to reduce stress and sleep better- both factors are known to impact hair quality.You can use a mixture of Chamomile, lavender, thyme, rosemary essential oils to massage the scalp daily.
This herb for hair growth improves blood circulation to the scalp region to stimulate rapid growth. It refreshes and rejuvenates dull and dry hair. It can give rise to healthy new hair follicles when used daily for massage. You can also make peppermint tea and drink it daily. Use the following homemade peppermint shampoo for washing your hair.
- 6 oz Aloe Vera gel
- 3 tbsp Olive oil
- 10 tbsp baking soda
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix all ingredients and store them in a dark bottle. Use daily for shampooing and cleansing hair and scalp.
This Indian herb has plenty of lecithin which promotes hair growth and reduces hair fall. Purchase fenugreek seeds from an Indian grocery store. Boil the seeds in some water and soak the boiled seeds in extra virgin olive oil for at least 7-8 hours. Apply the infused oil to the scalp. Massage daily with this oil for 3-4 months to see a difference.
Home remedies with herbs and oils to stimulate hair growth
We will now discuss some hair oil mixtures with above herbs and other hair growth stimulating ingredients:
- 15 ml Apple cider vinegar
- 6 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 6 drops of Jojoba oil
- 3 drops of geranium oil
- 100 ml distilled water
Mix the ingredients. Store them in a bottle and keep it in the bathroom. Use the mixture as an after wash solution to rinse the hair with after you have shampooed your hair. Do not towel dry. Let the mixture air dry.
Take castor oil and almond oil in equal quantities. Mix them well and apply to your scalp. You can add a few drops of the herbal essential oils mentioned above. Massage nightly for fresh hair growth.
Blend aloe vera gel with coconut oil and olive oil in a blender. Apply the mixture to the scalp and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. Wash off with a mild shampoo.
Use these herbs for hair growth daily for several months and see a dramatic reduction in your hair fall!