Indian herbs for hair growth

Indian Herbs For Hair Growth

Powerful Indian Herbs For Hair Growth

Whether you are trying to stop hair loss or help your hair grow faster, Indian herbs have long been recognised as having properties which can help treat conditions that contribute to hair loss, as well as supporting the body to help grow thicker and stronger hair.

Herbal remedies are used by many people who wish to go the natural route, rather than put medications into their body which may cause serious health problems when used long term.

Many Indian herbs are used in a practice called Ayurvedic Medicine, which started around 3000 years ago in India. It covers all aspects of health, from the mind to the body, to create wellness.

5 Indian herbs and remedies for hair growth 

Below are a few different herbs that have been traditionally known to help with hair loss and for growing healthy, thick hair.

1. Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

A wonder berry from India. It’s believed to be one of the most important medicinal plants in Indian medicine. Amla is often used to to treat a variety of diseases and has powerful anti inflammatory effects from its rich composition of phytochemicals.

Indian Herbs for hair loss

Amla can be used for hair growth in three different ways:

  • Amla can be eaten because it’s a fruit, or you can use the amla juice and drink it. You can simply add with some water or you can put it into a juice or smoothie perhaps. It’s also readily available in many stores.
  • Amla oil can be used directly on the scalp, which will help stimulate hair growth and possibly help premature greying of the hair. Just leave it on scalp and hair for 30 minutes or so, and then rinse it all out.
  • Amla can be taken as a supplement to help support overall health. Many people buy it in powder form, and can be mixed with some honey.

The use of Amla for hair growth is certainly something to try if you find that your hair growth has slowed down or you’re experiencing abnormal levels of hair fall and it isn’t just seasonal hair loss. Take a look at this powder form  which can be used as a mask and also mixed with other things like henna.

2. Brahmi 

Brahami is a well known remedy to help improve hair and create thicker hair growth. It’s often used after grinding into a powder, which can be used in combination with other ingredients to create a paste, oil,  or can be mixed with coconut water or oil.

brahmi for hair growth

Brahmi can also be mixed with Amla to become an even more effective hair treatment.  Like Amla, Brahmi also has many properties which makes it beneficial for general health of the body and the mind.

After applying Brahmi to the hair, wash the hair thoroughly after about 30 – 45 minutes.

Brahmi will help condition the scalp and enhance blood circulation around the scalp, which helps strengthen hair from its root to the ends.

You should be able to purchase in your local store, but if not, there are ready-made Brahmi Oils.

3. Hibiscus 

One of the teas I sometime enjoy has been Hibiscus, but it was only recently that I discovered  that this flower actually helps hair growth!

hibiscus flower for hair growth

It has long been known in Ayurvedic medicine to promote hair health by stimulating hair follicles to go into active growth phase, as well as help condition the hair when applied to the hair directly.

Although the flower itself has beneficial effects on hair growth, one study found that a leaf extract from hibiscus is actually more potent than the flower.

Luckily, we can use both for hair growth. It can also be used in many different ways:

  • Infused in an oil
  • Hair mask
  • Added to Shampoo & Conditioner

Hibiscus may also be added together with Amla and Brahmi to create a powerful combination for hair growth.

Hibiscus Tea is also found in many stores. So next time you’re there, pick some up!

4. Bhringraj 

Bhringraj is another popular herb that is often used to treat hair loss. Bhringraj oil, when massaged into the hair, is thought to rejuvenate the hair and increase blood circulation, thus stimulating hair growth.

This herb can be used for various conditions such as: hair loss, dandruff, and can help if you have frizzy hair.

You may use this Bhringrah oil once or twice a week for 30 minutes before washing it off. To prepare for use, you can put some dried Bhringraj leaves in coconut oil and let it sit out in the sun for two days until the colour turns light green.

5 HorseTail

Nope, nothing to do with horses in case you were wondering. This is a plant, otherwise known as Equisetum arvense. For a long time this plant has been used for many health related conditions, even as far back as the Romans.

horsetail for hair growth

Horstail is primarily used as a supplement to help stop hair loss. In fact, a study which was published in 2015 showed that Horstail (main ingredient) in combination with other extracts was shown to improve hair growth and significantly decreased hair shedding in women.

The study was also double-blind, placebo-controlled which is the gold standard for evaluating the effectiveness of supplements and medicines.

The power of ayurvedic medicine

Although there is much anecdotal evidence behind the effectiveness of these treatments, they have been shared for thousands of years. Now, scientists are discovering that these herbs and plants do possess some ability to improve human health and our hair.

While I don’t think that natural medicine should be always relied upon, I think that it can compliment modern medicine and a healthy lifestyle to create the best possible health.

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Spearmint Tea For Hair Loss

Spearmint Tea For Hair Loss

Does Spearmint Tea Stop Hair Loss?

Spearmint is added to many different things like confectionery, chewing gums and different types of teas, but usually not as a main ingredient.

Spearmint tea is very refreshing to drink. There are actually many different types of mint plants, but the most popular is peppermint and spearmint. Spearmint tea has become a daily beverage of mine, and often it’ll be the first thing that I drink in the morning. 🙂

One thing many people don’t know is that the mint plant might be a great addition to prevent male pattern baldness and hair loss in women. Mint is a natural anti-androgen, which has been proven in studies to lower free testosterone.

Will Spearmint Tea Help Hair Loss?

The studies that have been published in recent years focused on a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,  which can cause hirsutism in women as a result of elevated levels of testosterone.

spearmint tea for hair loss

Spearmint was shown to be an effective anti-androgen in women when they drank spearmint tea up to twice a day for 30 days. Their levels of free testosterone dropped significantly, and the women reported better quality of life.

The researches noted that due to the short length of the trial, there wasn’t enough time to see significant clinical improvement, but hair cycle / growth takes time, and the trial needed to be longer. However, the fact remains that spearmint did act as an anti-androgen, and therefore if taken long enough, there will be real benefits.

What does this have to do with hair loss?

Given these results, and what we know about the causes of male pattern baldness, taking spearmint as a supplement or drinking spearmint tea would be a great addition to  one’s hair growth regimen.

Spearmint is a natural plant, and has been used for literally thousands of years and is pretty safe to drink. In men, because testosterone is higher, the amount of spearmint that might need to be taken could be higher.

I have personally drank up to six cups per day for years, but if you don’t feel like drinking that, or maybe it’s too expensive, you can also find spearmint leaf extract supplements as well.

By lowering the amount of free testosterone, you are also lowering the conversion of testosterone to DHT.

One of the side benefits of taking spearmint is that my skin is a lot less oily. I have also heard other anecdotal reports on that over at acne.org forums. So if you have greasy hair, then this supplement could also help that as well.

If spearmint reduces hair on the body and face, does spearmint tea reduce hair growth on the head?

A question that I hear all the time when I recommend spearmint and mention how it helps block hair growth, so I can understand the confusion.

But the answer is no, spearmint does not reduce the growth of hair on your head. The hair growth on the face is very sensitive to testosterone signalling, which triggers hair growth, and this is why it’s thought that it could be effective for hirsutism.

The problem is that with the scalp, and depending on genetic factors, the hair follicles can be very sensitive to DHT, which is created by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. And so by reducing free testosterone, you are also reducing DHT (the main hormone which causes hair loss in men).

And if you’re also worried about reduction in beard growth if you’re a man, then no need to worry. Spearmint will have a very minor (if any) effect on beard growth. The  only way to stop that is through laser.

Which is better? Supplement or Tea?

Why not both? I personally drink spearmint tea and I take spearmint capsules every day. There is no difference to the effects that you’ll see if you chose one over the other. if you’re drinking five or more cups of spearmint tea every day, then you might be back and fourth to the toilet.

But if you decide to go for the supplements instead, then you can enjoy over healthy teas as well. I take Swanson brand of spearmint leaf extract, but you can find many different spearmint supplements.

There are also different types of spearmint teas that you can also get. It’s very difficult to find pure spearmint tea at the regular store, as they usually combine it with other mints or teas. You must choose 100% spearmint tea, otherwise you’re going to have to drink many more cups of tea, which could also be quite costly.

One of the brands that I’ve just started using since I can’t get hold of palanquin spearmint tea more recently is called “Traditional Medicinals Organic Spearmint Tea.”

IN conclusion

Try out spearmint tea in combination with other things you’re doing and see if it makes a difference. You’ll want to give it at least 3-6 months, and by that time you should know if it’s working for you or not.

I think spearmint tea by itself might not completely stop hair loss in men, it would be a good addition to a hair growth regimen if you have one.

Spearmint should be even more effective for women because women naturally have lower testosterone levels anyway.

I’ve been drinking spearmint tea for years and never experienced any side effects from it. So at the very least, it’s very unlikely to do any harm.

Good luck in growing your hair!  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below! 🙂

Foods That Can Cause Hair Loss

Which foods cause hair loss?

I get a lot of people asking me: “What do you eat to make your hair grow so long?” – and I tell them of course. But what is asked a lot less is the another important question: “what are the foods that can speed up and cause hair loss?” It’s an important question, as you’ll learn in a minute.

See, everything we put in our body has some kind of effect, either negative, neutral, or positive.

When we eat foods, the sugar, fats, and the protein, all get digested by the body, and various chemical reactions are happening, hormones are spiking, and this has a cascade effect on the cells in our body.

Below are some of the foods that you should either completely avoid (if you have the will power) or you should limit to no more than say once or twice a week.

Foods that are bad for hair growth

Below I will share the categories of foods which you should try to stay clear from. Foods can have a real impact on how our hair looks, the rate at which it grows, and how much it sheds.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t have them every now and then, it’s just that you should limit your intake if you want to maintain your hair and prevent hair loss.

Eating a poor diet will show on the outside with your skin and your hair. If you eat the right foods, and avoid the bad ones, you’re giving yourself the best possible chance to reach your genetic potential.

Refined carbohydrates are bad for your hair

Refined foods can cause hair loss

Whether they are from processed cereals, biscuits, cakes, candy bars, they are all bad news for your hair and skin.

High sugar intake is known to contribute to increased levels of stress hormones, inflammation and other negative effects that switch off the immune system, and dial down our ‘protective genes’ in our cells. High levels of glucose also causes glycation, which will age your skin.

If you can, stick to foods which have complex carbohydrates. With the fiber being intact, the body will release sugar slowly into the blood stream and this will help keep your cells healthy and stop your hair from shedding and falling out.

Too much Alcohol can cause hair thinning

Too much alcohol can cause hair thinning

I personally never drink alcohol. I’ve never liked it. But if you’re the person who likes a drink, then make sure it’s not too much, or this can have bad consequences on your hair. Alcohol can actually decrease the absorption of some nutrients like thiamine, folic acid, zinc, and B12.

If you do like a drink,  may I recommend Red Wine?

Red wine has significant amounts of a compound known as Resveratrol, which is a powerful antioxidant and can partially mimic the effect that calorie restriction has on the body, which is known to increase lifespan in animals.

Fried foods are bad for your hair

Fried foods may cause hair loss

Fried foods contain heated hydrogenated oils that are super bad for your body and for you hair.

If there is one food that will wreck your hair and health, it is fried foods.

Fried foods have been linked with oily skin and hair loss by increasing the rate at which testosterone is converted to DHT, which is the main hormone that causes hair loss in men.

Don’t go (brazil) nuts! you might lose your hair

foods that can can cause hair loss

Brazil nuts are an excellent source of Selenium, which is super important for our immune system, nails, our hair, and many other things. But don’t go and eat the whole packet of Brazil nuts or you might see your hair falling out

Brazil nuts are packed full of selenium, you only need one or two to meet your daily requirement of of the mineral. And while you don’t often hear about people overdosing on selenium from Brazil nuts, it’s entirely possible that there is some person out there who will, so I thought I’d add it to the list of foods to watch out for! 🙂

In conclusion

You have some power over how your hair grows, so try to feed your body well, and rest should take care of itself.

Aim to include a high percentage of natural and healthy foods in your diet, and your hair will grow much better with less shedding than if you if ate rubbish.

Also be sure to check out:

Which foods can improve hair growth 

Supplements to improve hair growth

 

Vegan Foods For Hair Growth

Vegan Foods For Hair Growth

Top Vegan Foods For Growing Long hair

I’ve been a vegan since 2012 and vegetarian for 10 years. Around the time I became a vegan, I was trying to also grow long hair. I came across people who said that by being vegan, my hair would start to thin. But I have experience the exact opposite! My hair grew and it was very thick.

One of the things I had made sure of is that I never became deficient in any vital nutrients that my body needed. I think that’s one of the mistakes some vegans make. They don’t pay proper attention to their diet or don’t take supplements for things they are lacking in their vegan diet.

When starting the vegan diet, I did a bit of research on the best vegan foods for growing long hair.

These are foods that will help support hair growth for long , thick, and healthy hair.

What Vegan foods are best for hair growth?

Hair is made up of protein, so one of the main things that you want to get in your diet is adequate intake of protein.

Protein not only provides the building blocks for hair growth, but also increase growth in general. IGF-1 for example is an important hormone related to hair growth. We don’t want too much of it, but we also don’t want it to go too low either.

Aside from protein, your hair needs a plenty of nutrients to sustain its growth. Vitamins and minerals are very important if you want to grow long hair on a vegan diet.

List of vegan foods for fast hair growth

  1. Kale – A super food that you should absolutely include in your diet if you want to have beautiful hair. Kale is a powerhouse when it comes to nutrients. It’s rich in minerals like magnesium, iron, copper, potassium. Contains lots of beta carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Kale can be eaten raw or lightly steamed. Spinach is also a great substitute if you don’t like kale.
  2. Avocado – Who doesn’t love Avocado? Avocado provides beneficial monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for shiny hair. Eat between 1/2 to 1 avocado a day depending on your calorie needs.
  3. Pumpkin Seeds – These are one of the best sources of zinc for a vegan, which is great for hair growth and also inhibits DHT. Pumpkin seeds also rich in Vitamin E.
  4. Strawberries – You should consume berries in your diet as they contain powerful antioxidants and help support our skin and collagen. Strawberries also contain ellagic acid which may reduce hair fall.
  5. Soy Milk – The milk contains isoflavones which are metabolized by the gut bacteria to create equol, which is known to bind to DHT and stop it from destroying hair follicles (great for men who are at risk of MBP). Soy milk is also a great source of protein and often fortified with vitamin D and calcium.
  6. Beans – Legumes are a good plant-based protein that you can eat to support healthy hair growth. Beans contain biotin, which is important for skin and hair. There are many different types of beans to choose from, so take your pick!
  7. Walnuts – A great source of omega 3 that will give shine to your long hair. Walnuts will help give your skin and hair a glow. Did you know walnuts also contain melatonin? If you eat at the right time, walnuts could also help you get your beauty sleep! Which is great for hair growth!
  8. Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene, which is then converted by the body to vitamin A. This vitamin is important in cell growth, and therefore, growth of your hair. Try to always choose sweet potatoes over white potatoes, because they also have a much lower affect on blood sugar.
  9. Green Tea – This drink is beverage that provides powerful antioxidants which can decrease free radical damage to the hair follicles, inhibit DHT, and also increase levels of endogenous antioxidants.
  10. Red Onions – They contain a antioxidant called “Quercetin” which has been shown to promote hair growth in mice. Quercetin is able to reduce inflammation, support the immune system, and acts as a natural antihistamine.

And lastly: Get some sun! Vitamin D3 is a well known factor in hair loss. Most people are low or deficient in vitamin D, because most people these days work in doors. Fifteen to twenty minutes of sun each day should be enough. If you can’t manage that, or if you’re in the northern hemisphere, then you can always take a vitamin D3 supplement.

Vitamin B12 should be supplemented by vegans

One of the most difficult to obtain vitamins on the vegan diet is vitamin B12. It is only in high amounts in animal-based products. Therefore, it is crucial that all vegans take a daily vitamin B12 supplement to support hair growth.

There was a study done a few years ago showing that 52% of vegans were deficient in vitamin B12. In a more recent study, researches found that when they used a more sensitive testing method, over 92% of vegans were very low in B12.

I talk more about supplements that are suitable for vegans in my previous article.

References

  1. Serum concentrations of vitamin B12 and folate in British male omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans: results from a cross-sectional analysis of the EPIC-Oxford cohort study

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2933506

2. Vitamin B-12 status, particularly holotranscobalamin II and methylmalonic acid concentrations, and hyperhomocysteinemia in vegetarians

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/1/131.long