Hair loss is a common concern for many men and women. There are many reasons your hair may fall out, from genetics and vitamin deficiencies, to hormone changes. Some medical conditions, such as thyroid disease, may also cause hair to thin or fall out. Here are some herbal products that can aid hair growth.
Herbal hair oils
Hair oils, also called hair tonics, are herbal extracts mixed in a carrier oil base. Some hair oils include multiple herbs and carrier oils.
Some herbs used in herbal hair oils are:
- Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa sinensis): Chinese hibiscus is an evergreen shrub. Its edible, vibrant flowers are often used to make herbal tea. Hibiscus is thought to help stimulate hair follicles, increase follicle size, and increase hair growth.
- Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): Brahmi, also called bacopa, is a creeping herb used in Ayurveda medicine. It contains alkaloids thought to activate proteins responsible for hair growth.
- Coat buttons (Tridax procumbent):Coat buttons is a creeping Ayurvedic herb and member of the daisy family. It contains antioxidants and promotes hair growth on its own and in synergy with other herbs.
- Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi):Jatamansi is a small shrub whose rhizomes may speed hair growth. It’s been shown to increase hair growth in alopecia caused by chemotherapy.
- Ginseng (Panax ginseng): Ginseng is an age-old natural remedy for many conditions, including hair loss. It contains saponins, which are believed to encourage hair growth by inhibiting 5a reductase. This is an enzyme related to hair loss in men.
Herbal ointments, sometimes called herbal salves, are usually made by combining herbs with an oil like lanolin or petroleum jelly and water. Other ingredients may include beeswax or cocoa butter. Polyherbal ointments typically contain multiple herbal extracts.
Some herbs used in polyherbal ointments are:
- Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis): Gooseberry is an Ayurvedic herb. It’s used to strengthen hair and promote hair growth. It’s also known to contain several antioxidants.
- Gotu kola (Centella asiatica): Gotu kola is one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs. It’s thought to increase hair length and stimulate hair growth, possibly by increasing blood circulation to the scalp.
- Aloe vera (A. Barbadensis Mill.): Aloe vera is a tropical plant and a popular folk remedy for burns and digestive problems. It may be also used to keep the scalp conditioned and healthy which can support healthy hair growth.
- Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum): Holy basil is a fragrant, adaptogenic herb known for its healing properties. It may help prevent hair loss caused by dandruff and itching or changes in hormonal levels.
Herbal creams are also made from herb-infused oils and water. They contain less oil and more water than herbal ointments and are easily absorbed by your skin.
Some herbs used to make herbal creams are:
- Giant dodder (Cuscuta reflexa Roxb): According to a 2008 studyTrusted Source, giant dodder — a sprawling, Ayurvedic plant — helps treat alopecia caused by steroid hormones by inhibiting the 5a reductase enzyme.
- Bitter apple (Citrullus colocynthis): Bitter apple is a desert, fruit-bearing plant used in Ayurveda. Its dried fruit pulp is used to treat hair loss. Bitter apple contains glycosides, which are compounds thought to initiate hair growth.
- False daisy (Eclipta alba): False daisy is an herb used in Ayurveda to increase hair growth. According to a study from 2014, false daisy helps stimulate hair follicles and provokes a faster hair growth stage in nude mice.
- Night-flowering jasmine (Nyctanthes arbortristis): This small, flowering shrub is native to South Asia. According to 2016 research, night-flowering jasmine initiated hair growth in rats and may be effective against alopecia.
These are the best herbal hair products you can try for hair growth.