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 the main ingredient. Alternatively, you can also buy Spearmint supplements, which provide a highly concentrated extract from the spearmint leaves.
There are different spearmint supplements to choose from, some are more suitable to take in capsule form, but some spearmint supplement can be mixed with smoothies, chocolate shakes or whatever else you can think of. Lots of things go well with mint!
The spearmint supplement I’ve used for the longest time has been this one.
I also like to drink spearmint tea – it’s 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 slightly lower free testosterone and also lower DHT, which is the primary cause of hair loss.
I’ve never had any negative side effects from taking this supplement or drinking spearmint tea long term. And I think it has helped me maintain really thick hair as well.
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 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 researchers 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 a mild 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 drunk 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.
The result will be less DHT attacking the hair follicles and in theory, less hair loss.
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 positive effect of using spearmint over at acne.org forums.
So if you also have an issue with 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 signaling, 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 a 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 by using laser or electrolysis.
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 between 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 forth to the toilet.
But if you decide to go for the supplements instead, then you can enjoy over healthy teas as well. I take spearmint every day, either as tea or in supplement form.
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.”
The spearmint tea has 96 tea bags in total.
It’s clearly a very popular one.
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. You can check out how much you should expect hair to grow in 6 months here.
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 now and have never experienced any side effects drinking the tea or taking spearmint supplements. So at the very least, it’s very unlikely to do any harm and could provide some benefit.
It also just tastes really good! 🙂
If you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you, please feel free to leave me a comment below! 🙂