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 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.”
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! 🙂