Hair loss that results in thinning or even baldness can be caused by genetic conditions or hormonal changes. While the most well-known type of hair loss is probably male pattern baldness, this problem can be experienced by both men and women. This hair loss may not be treatable in any way, but there are several different herbal hair tonics that can help reduce or slow down the process.
Making Herbal Tea to Stimulate Hair Growth
Prepare tonic from herbal plants. Fresh herbs may be obtained from the garden, yard, or department store. Meanwhile, dried herbs are also available in many convenience stores. Certain herbs have been found to be beneficial for those experiencing thinning or hair loss.
Basil leaves will strengthen the hair and prevent it from breaking, as well as stimulate blood circulation in the hair follicles to promote growth. In addition, basil is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Watercress is rich in zinc, iron, and biotin, all of which are beneficial for the scalp and hair.
Pulus ( stinging nettle ) can be used to make a nutrient-rich tea that is beneficial for the hair and scalp. Pulus is rich in iron content which can improve blood circulation in general, including the scalp. This plant contains vitamins and minerals that are healthy, also rich in protein. Instead, make tea from fresh pulus that grows wild.
Rosemary has long been used in hair care, both for darkening and thickening hair. Rosemary can nourish hair follicles (small, round holes on the scalp). By removing oil (sebum) deposits on the scalp, rosemary can stimulate the growth of new cells.
Horsetail is an herbal plant that can stimulate the scalp with its antiviral and anti-allergic properties . This plant also contains silica which can thicken and strengthen hair.
You can mix some herbs to make your own hair tonic according to your hair’s specific needs. For example, a tonic for thinning hair is made from a mixture of horsetail, pulp, aloe vera gel, and essential oils.
Make tea from fresh herbs. Tea, or tisane is an infusion of herbs in water. Boiling water can extract the maximum nutritional content. Strain the herbs from the water once done. You can use a tea kettle or french press teapot if you have one.
In general, an appropriate ratio of herbs to water is about half a cup of fresh herbs or a quarter cup of dried herbs and one cup of boiling water. These comparisons do not have to be used exactly the same. You can adjust it according to the thickness of the tea you want.
Brew the tea until the water reaches room temperature, or overnight. The longer you brew the herbs in a liquid, the stronger the tea will be.
You can also add essential oils such as clary sage , rosemary , or lavender to the tea.
Bow your head over the bucket and pour the tea through your hair. Pour the tea slowly while gently massaging the scalp with the other hand. Lowering your head lower than your heart will maximize circulation to your scalp.
Use a small cup or palm to repeat this step. Take the liquid in the bucket with your hands or the cup.
Be sure to splash the herbal tea all over your hair before lifting your head from the bucket.
Massage the tea into your scalp for 5-10 minutes. Massage gently, do not pull or grab the hair.
This massage will stimulate the scalp and hair follicles.
Be careful not to get the herbal tonic into the eyes. Head back and close your eyes.
Rinse hair with clean water. Continue to gently massage your fingers into your scalp to make sure that the entire herbal solution is washed off. Rinse until the water that flows out of the hair looks clear. This indicates that there is no tonic left in the hair.
Do this treatment every day as a complement to your usual hair care. Depending on the type, the use of herbal tonics may also keep you from having to wash your hair as often.
This herbal tonic does not contain preservatives. So, make sure to create a new one before each use. To make an herbal tonic that lasts longer, try using an oil infusion.
Using Essential Oils to Treat Hair Loss
Treat hair loss with essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from the leaves, stems, flowers, roots, or other parts of plants or herbs. These oils are often added to “neutral” oils or carrier oils such as jojoba, grapeseed, almond, or olive oils. Essential oils can help improve blood circulation, and cleanse the scalp to promote hair follicle growth.
Unlike water-based treatments, oils are easily absorbed by the skin.
Herbal oil treatment products for hair loss are available at many natural drug stores and pharmacies.
Massaging essential oils into the scalp can also reduce stress. One of the causes of hair loss is stress which triggers the release of cortisol around the hair follicles and damages them. Thus, the use of this essential oil can help treat hair loss with double benefits!
Make your own herbal tonic. Simply pour 3-4 drops of an essential oil (or oil blend) into a tablespoon of a light carrier oil such as jojoba, grapeseed, almond, or olive oil.
Peppermint oil can stimulate the scalp, promote hair growth, and nourish the scalp. It can also help improve the general health of the scalp, as well as strengthen the bond between the follicles and the hair.
Mustard oil mixed with henna tincture is an ancient treatment for baldness. Boil the henna leaves with a few drops of mustard oil, then strain into a clean jar. For best results, massage this oil into your scalp every day.
Other essential oils that have been found to be effective in treating hair loss include clary sage , lavender, lemongrass, rosemary , and white thyme.
Massage the oil into your hair and scalp. Gently press your fingers against your scalp. This massage will stimulate blood circulation and reduce tension on the scalp.
Be careful not to pull the hair or grab it.
Massage the oil into your hair by rubbing it along the hair shaft.
Leave the oil for an hour or so. The longer the oil is left on the scalp or hair, the more the benefits will be felt. For best results, leave the oil on your scalp overnight.
You can wrap your head with a warm, dry towel as long as the oil soaks into your hair and scalp. This way, the oil won’t contaminate your pillows and sheets.
During the day, wear a shower cap to help prevent grease stains on furniture and clothing.
Rinse off excess oil from hair and scalp with warm water. The oil that has been used to treat the hair and scalp should be absorbed by now. Meanwhile, what remains is the excess.
Depending on your hair type and texture, the oil may rinse off easily or require repeated shampooing.
If your hair still feels greasy, wash it again with a cleansing shampoo. Cleansing shampoos are specially formulated to restore balance to hair.
Continue shampooing with the use of a gentle conditioner.