It is a fact that people of all ages from all over the world are experiencing the problem of hair thinning that is also known as alopecia. Even gender wise, this is the common problem in both women and men. Such hair loss is quite embarrassing or uncomfortable for most people, says Medical News Today.
There are several cosmetic, physical, and psychological reasons such as hypothyroidism, genetics, aging, and hormonal imbalances; which lead to hair thinning. Identifying the cause of this problem aids in determining a remedy that helps in restoring thick, plush hair. According to familydoctor.org, medication treats thinning due to hypothyroidism very well. However, for other causes, herbal remedies can prove to be more effective. So, let’s check out some really effective herbal remedies for treating the problem of thinning hair.
Herbal Remedies for Treating Thinning Hair
Olive Oil Massage
This is one of the powerful essential oils, which directly deals with the root cause of hair thinning. The oil not only removes the debris and ensnared dirt on your hair but also discards surplus sebum. It is this sebum that clogs your hair follicles and compels them to thin out. It is recommended to rub the oil on your head for at least three minutes and leave it overnight followed by a mild shampoo rinse in the morning.
Saw Palmetto Extract
This herb is used since long as a remedy for hair loss in both women and men. However, as per the latest studies, it has been found that the herb can also boost hair growth, especially in men. As per the 2002 study published in “The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,” the oral intake of the herb has the same effect as that of the medicine called finasteride.
The herb works by impeding a few properties of testosterone, which in turn, alleviate hair loss and thinning. Although no standard dosage has been specified, herbalists recommend 320 to 400mg dose of 85% extract of the herb daily.
Note: More studies are required to confirm the effectiveness of the herb.
As per the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), horsetail is one of the oldest plants whose ancestors used to grow during the Paleozoic era. This strong plant is one of the common ingredients in cosmetic formulas such as shampoos. Because of the high silicon content in its tissue, the herb is capable of facilitating the growth of strong and healthy hair by rectifying hormonal imbalance.
Although the strongest formula of this herb is a freeze-dried capsule, the herb is recommended in a tea form for dealing with hair thinning. To prepare this tea, just add a tablespoon of crushed horsehair in one cup of water mixed with small amount of sugar.
Also called angelica, Dong Quai is one of the oldest herbs in the traditional Chinese medicine category. The herb is also known as the ‘female ginseng’ because it effectively treats typical reproductive issues like menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome, cramps, and irregular cycles.
In case of hair thinning and hair loss, this herb is useful because of its active ingredient called phytotestosterone that takes care of the testosterone hormone. Any irregularity of this hormone is also one of the causes of hair thinning.
Lavender Oil Massage
According to the UMMC, lavender is a useful remedy for thinning hair. As per Natural News, the herb works by boosting blood flow in the scalp. The University suggests a daily oil massage on the affected area for thicker hair growth.
Rosemary Massage or Tincture
Rosemary is another old herb that is known to promote strong and thick hair. Since ages, herbalists have recommended the use of rosemary for improving poor blood circulation in the scalp. According to these experts, the herb is powerful enough to boost the strength, growth, and quality of hair. The herb is believed to be highly rich in antioxidants that aid in restoring the growth on the scalp.
According to a 1998 study recorded by the National Center of Biotechnology Information, 44% participants whose scalps were dealt with essential oils including rosemary showed boosted hair re-growth. The other essential oils included were lavender, thyme, and cedar wood. However, for treating hair thinning, it is suggested to mix rosemary with almond oil and massage the mix on the scalp to stop hair thinning.
Alternatively, you can use it after shampooing. For this, pour 2 tablespoons. of fresh herb in a pitcher followed by a cup of hot water to allow steeping for 10 to 20 minutes. Then, strain the herb and add vinegar (1 tablespoon), and then apply the mix over the hair after shampooing. However, avoid rinsing.
Warning: Kindly use these herbs only after consulting your doctor.