Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense): Horsetail stems are instilled with ample silica and silicic acids; in fact, it contains the most silica known in the plant kingdom. Silica forms collagen, a protein found in the skin, bones, cartilage, ligaments and connective tissues. Silica also helps bind protein molecules to many tissues in the body. The silica content helps strengthen weak, brittle, damaged hair, giving it vitality and shine with regular use. There is a high mineral level of potassium, selenium and manganese.
Horsetail contains saponins and flavonoids that help the skin regenerate, improving elasticity of skin and hair, promoting hair growth. Since bone, hair and fingernails require high mineral levels, horsetail is taken as a tea, tincture or applied topically as shampoo, conditioner, soak or healing balm. As a healing and conditioner horsetail is a useful remedy for dandruff, eczema, psoriasis and other troubling skin ailments. Because it promotes circulation, horsetail assists in nourishing and strengthening hair follicles.
Nettle: Hair loss can strike anyone and the causes vary from genetics to stress, or hormonal imbalance. Everyone loses approximately 100 hairs per day, but if you are losing much more than that, or losing hair in patches, you should see your doctor. If you are told that your hair loss is natural, there are many ways to fight it. One of the oldest hair loss remedies is stinging nettles (urtica diocia).
Nettle contains a wide range of constituents. Certain essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium (which in itself has amazing properties against hair loss), vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin K, potassium, silica, and calcium are heavily present in the nettle leaves, roots, and stems. It also possesses a rich source of iron and omega-3 acid. The benefits also extend into its ability to counter alopecia or hair loss. Not only does stinging nettle help in combating hair loss, but it also helps in hair re-growth. Nettle leaves are rich in silica and sulfur. This helps in making hair shinier and healthier. Rinsing hair with nettle extracts and water results in re-growth of lost hair and also helps in restoring the original hair color. Many researchers have given weight to nettle’s potential to stimulate hair growth and promote healthier, thicker hair strands.
Nettle is also abundant in antioxidants. The most notable ones are flavonoid and polyphenols, both of which have proven anti-inflammatory properties as well. Studies have shown that chronic inflammation leads the cells in your scalp to activate a self-destructive mechanism that causes damage to the hair strands and its respective follicles.
Nettle has also shown to have antibacterial potentials, including those directly affecting the hair. Specifically, folliculitis is a common skin condition that is characterized by focal inflammation of hair follicles. It is usually accompanied with itching or soreness.
Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis): Althaea has a long and documented tradition of use as both food and medicine dating back to ancient Egypt. Marshmallow root is an emollient with moisturizing and hydrating properties, which is basically what every hair type wants and needs.
The root is high in mucilages, which are used to coat and prevent irritation. The extract comes from the flowers of the plant, and while it has some mild
anti-inflammatory effect, it doesn’t have the skin protectant properties that the root does. Marshmallow root also has low concentrations of ceramide precursors, a natural hydrator. For hair, mucilage binds to the proteins to make strands look thicker; this slippery substance can also be used as hair detangler and conditioner.
Because of marshmallow root’s cooling and moisturizing properties, it is excellent for people who have dry, brittle or damaged hair. People with skin conditions that are irritated, red and/or inflamed might find it useful as well.
Ginger Root: With a medicinal value dating back thousands of years, ginger has been well researched with many of its traditional uses confirmed and still used today. Ginger, also known as Zingiber officinale, is from the Zingiberaceae family, which is closely related to the turmeric and cardamom.
Ginger is historically considered one of the nature’s true wonders. Other than being a very delectable spice, it is known to have a long list of health and beauty benefits. It is a natural herb with properties that help in the treatment of different medical problems right from nausea and indigestion to respiratory issues and heart problems. Besides, the strong and stimulating property of ginger also makes it an excellent remedy for various hair problems.
There are several components in ginger that aid in hair growth like magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium. These minerals help stimulate blood flow to the scalp, which encourages restored hair growth. It also makes the hair silky and increases shine. Ginger also helps to stimulate healthy and lustrous hair, and it also contributes to restoring moisture loss.
Ginger has an abundance of fatty acids that help with thinning hair, and strengthening your hair strands to combat hair loss; so while it is encouraging blood flow to the scalp it is also preventing thinning hair from turning into hair loss.
Ginger is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties like
beta-carotene, capsaicin, caffeic acid, and gingerols. It is full of vitamins, minerals, anti-viral, circulation-stimulating, detoxifying, digestive, and antiseptic compounds. This explains why it is so widely used for ailments like the common cold, vomiting, motion sickness, nausea, mild stomach upset, pregnancy, and even cancer chemotherapy.
If you suffer from dry scalp and dandruff, ginger has antiseptic properties that provide alleviation for dandruff.
Yucca Root: The yucca plant is found in the warmer climates of Central and North America. It is a well-known holistic remedy and is known for its saponin content, a substance with a soap-like foaming ability. Yucca root is believed to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-fungal properties.
Yucca root's saponins create a soapy, frothy consistency that is ideal for creating homemade soap/shampoo. Native Americans have traditionally used yucca root soap/shampoo to treat hair loss and dandruff and to relieve skin sores.
Yucca root contains high number of carbohydrate and some amounts of bioactive substances, such as vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, calcium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese. The main active chemical component of yucca root is saponin. Saponin is a natural steroid that found in yucca root usually used to create foam and making shampoo.
Parsley (Petroselinium crispum): Parsley has been traditionally used as a hair tonic to disinfect scalp and control hair loss. It contains apigenin, an antioxidant flavonoid which controls hair fall through the regulation of TGF-beta1 gene. Parsley is full of vitamins and anti-oxidants which increase keratin and collagen production in the scalp, increase circulation, promote healthy hair growth, and protect skin and hair from damage by
Parsley also contains zinc and copper which work together to regulate metabolism and synthesize melanin, the pigment that protects skin and hair from sun damage. The high copper content in parsley can also help retain hair’s natural color.
Its vitamin K content is what will really impress you. It contains 574% of the daily recommended value of the nutrient. And the vitamin C it contains is more than twice the amount found in oranges. It is also rich in other essential nutrients like vitamin A, iron, and folate. And by the way, parsley contains twice the amount of iron in spinach.
Thyme: A member of the mint family, thyme is widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. Its name is attributed to the presence of thymol which belongs to the naturally occurring class of compounds known as biocides. These biocides have the potential to destroy harmful organisms.
Thyme is filled with essential minerals and vitamins that are required for our health. It is the richest source of potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese and selenium. This herb is also a rich source of vital vitamins like B-complex vitamins, beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin E and folic acid.
Thyme has been known for its hair benefits since centuries. Thyme essential oil encourages hair growth as well as combats various hair problems. Rubbing an oil mixture with thyme in it or thyme essential oil benefits in facilitating the delivery of nutrients to the scalp and encourages hair growth besides making it healthier and shinier.
Delivery of nutrients to the hair follicles is vital for hair growth. Thyme improves blood circulation to the scalp. If you are experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, thyme essential oil is a great remedy. Usage of thyme oil for hair either by itself or with other ingredients can make your hair thick and lustrous as well as combat hair loss.
Due to its antibacterial properties, thyme essential oil can clear dirt from the entire scalp and is effective in the treatment of dandruff. This herb is often used as an ingredient in shampoos, conditioners and scalp treatments.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae, with leaves consisting of three small obovate to oblong leaflets. It is cultivated worldwide as a semiarid crop. Its seeds and leaves are common ingredients in dishes from South and Central Asia. India is a major producer, with fenugreek production in India derived from numerous states. Rajasthan accounts for over 80% of India's output. Fenugreek is used as a herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds), and vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and microgreens).
Fenugreek is cultivated worldwide as a semiarid crop. Fenugreek seeds (Methi) has many hair benefits, for example, it reduces dryness on the scalp, treats dandruff, and it conditions and softens the hair. Fenugreek provides nicotinic acid and protein to the hair. This helps in rebuilding and strengthening the roots thus stimulating hair growth.
- Fenugreek is great for your hair, skin, body, digestion, heart.
- It relieves constipation, helps with things like mouth ulcers, bronchitis, chronic coughs and even cancers.
- It is packed with Protein, which helps fight baldness
- It also has great amounts of Vitamin C, which helps boost your immunity
- Methi is also rich in Iron, which is good for your blood circulation
- Fenugreek is also rich in Potassium, which prevents against greys
- It is also a source of Nicotinic Acid, which encourages hair growth and Lecithin, which energizes hair follicles.