Hair loss is usually caused by more than one thing, and often it is not straight forward as to what is causing the loss. Balding also does not just affect men. Many women also have hair loss problems, and, according to eMedicine, hair loss “increases…in women following menopause, and,…may affect 75% of women older than 65 years.” There are also several reasons for hair loss in both sexes, and just as there are several reasons why people lose their hair, there are also a number of hair loss natural remedies. Here are a few:
- Biota. Biota comes from a slow-growing tree by the same name that is native to China. When cultivated, it’s abundant seeds and leaves are used to produce healing medicinal products that supposedly treat insomnia, reduce night sweats, help nervous disorders, prevent premature balding, and more. A biota tincture, which can be obtained from any Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, also supposedly aids against hair loss and thickens what hair you have left. This herb hasn’t been studied much and claims for what it can do come primarily from TCM practitioners.
- Detox Tea. Author and renowned hair designer Mary Beth Janssen in her book Naturally Healthy Hair: Herbal Treatments and Daily Care for Fabulous Hair, notes that healthy hair is related to healthy kidneys. Janssen suggests you drink 1 cup of detox tea, three times a day for seven to ten days, and then 1 cup daily thereafter. To make Janssen’s detox tea you combine 1/2 teaspoon licorice, 1/2 tablespoon burdock root, 1/2 tablespoon dandelion root, and 1/2 cup purified water. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Strain out herbs.
- Drynaria. Drynaria rhizomes are used to produce pills, powders, tinctures, lotions, and decoctions. To strengthen hair and stimulate hair growth affected by androgenetic alopecia (AGA), the suggestion is you either use a tincture or lotion and then follow package directions.
- Gingko Biloba. Gingko (also spelled ginkgo) biloba may help scalp circulation, and oriental medicine doctor, Michael Tierra, recommends in his book Ginkgo Biloba a standard dose of 40 mg, 3 times a day.
- Hair Rinse. Some people claim acidic rinses are best for your hair and scalp because they restore the natural acidic balance that should be present. To create an acidic rinse use 1 teaspoon of lemon or cider vinegar and 1 drop of essential oil. Then add 1 cup hot water. Essential oils that are suggested to add to the rinse include cajeput, cedarwood, lavender, patchouli, peppermint, or rosemary.
- Herbal Shampoo. In the Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies, herbalist James Duke suggests a herbal shampoo when hair loss is caused by nervous tension. According to Duke, you mix “2 tablespoons of dried carthamus with 2/3 cup olive oil.” Apply and leave on the hair for up to thirty minutes before shampooing.
- Scalp Stimulant. A great scalp stimulant can made by adding 5 to 6 drops of bay, cedarwood, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary, or Roman chamomile essential oils to 4 ounces of warm almond, sesame, or soybean oil, and then massaged into the scalp.
- Stimulating Essential Oil Blend. Scotland’s Aberdeen Royal Infirmary conducted a study using 86 participants suffering from alopecia areata and an essential oil blend. Half of the participants, known as the control group, were given jojoba and grapeseed oil, which they massaged into their scalps. The other half massaged the stimulating essential oil blend described below into their scalps. After seven months it was determined there was no change in the control group, and the participants using the stimulating essential oil blend, supposedly reversed their hair loss: Nineteen participants regrew half of their hair, while the remainder regrew almost all their hair. If you’re interested in making the stimulating essential oil blend, the recipe and instructions are below.
Stimulating Essential Oil Blend
2 drops cedarwood
2 drops thyme
3 drops lavender
3 drops rosemary
1/2 teaspoon Jojoba Oil
4 teaspoons grapeseed oil
Massage the blend into the scalp for two minutes nightly. Then wrap a warm towel around your head to enhance absorption of the oils by the scalp.
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