Herbs for Hair Regrowth

Kathleen Roberts
Woman checking her hair

Men and women who suffer from hair loss may be interested in herbs for hair regrowth. While there is no magic potion to make your hair grow, there are many herbs that enhance the health of your scalp and increase circulation. These can help your hair grow and may prevent hair loss beyond what is natural.

Hair Loss

It is normal for a healthy person to lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. Some people, however, find that they are losing much more than this. Excessive hair loss can be caused by poor diet, thyroid problems, illness and even many medications.

If you are experiencing unusual hair loss, it is wise to discus this with your health care provider to rule out serious health issues. You can also try some herbs for hair regrowth and see if they help your hair return to its previous state of health.

Topical Herbs for Hair Regrowth

There are several recommended topical herbs for hair regrowth. For the most part, these herbs useful for improving blood circulation to the scalp as well as for disinfecting.

Ginkgo

Ginkgo can be applied to the scalp as a tincture that improves blood circulation. This can stimulate the regrowth of hair.

Sage

Sage tea mixed with apple cider vinegar is purported to stimulate blood flow while disinfecting the scalp. Use this mixture to rinse your hair after washing.

Horsetail

Horsetail is rich in silica, which can help hair become stronger and less likely to break or fall out. It also makes hair look healthier. To use, create a tea with horsetail and a half cup of hot water. Add to a mild shampoo and wash your hair as usual. Rinse well.

Rosemary

Massaging your scalp with a rosemary-infused shampoo will help combat dandruff and improve circulation. Simmer a cup of rosemary in a cup or so of water for 15 minutes. Strain and cool in a container. Add a few drops of olive oil and shake well to blend.

After washing your hair with a mild, natural shampoo, use the rosemary mixture as a rise or conditioner. Massage into scalp and then rinse well.

Diet

While not necessarily herbs, many vitamins and minerals benefit the scalp and hair.

Biotin

Consuming foods rich in biotin can help reduce hair loss. Foods to include are brown rice, lentils, oatmeal, soybeans, egg yolks and walnuts. You can also use biotin supplements.

Essential Fatty Acids

You should also include foods rich in essential fatty acids, or EFAs, in your diet. EFAs are known as being anti-inflammatory but they are also important for healthy hair. Fish, flaxseed and walnuts are among the foods rich in EFAs.

Iron

Foods rich in iron may be beneficial in reducing and reversing hair loss in women who may be anemic. Iron is found in foods like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and brewer's yeast.

Other Tips

In addition to taking herbs and adjusting your diet, you should also learn techniques that are gentle on your hair. Never use a brush on wet hair; use a comb or pick instead. Hair breaks easily when it is wet and a brush will do much damage. Avoid using tools that can cause damage such as blow dryers or curling irons. Be careful about using chemicals in your hair as well. Instead, use natural hair dye and hair products.

You may be surprised at the difference a natural shampoo can make in the health of your hair. Look for an all-natural shampoo that may contain some of the herbs listed above. This type of shampoo is more gentle on your hair and you may find that you see less hair falling out when you comb it.

If you find that you are still losing excessive amounts of hair and it doesn't seem to be growing back, discuss this with your healthcare provider. There may be an underlying problem that can be treated.

Herbs for Hair Regrowth