Herbs are often used as hair loss treatments. In some cases, herbs may be just as effective in restoring hair growth as medications. Some herbs can help thicken the hair and others can prevent breakage.
Saw palmetto is a common treatment for alopecia. The medicinal properties of this plant are contained in the berries. It works by inhibiting the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that women produce in their ovaries and men produce in their prostate. DHT causes baldness by destroying the follicles of the hair. Saw palmetto extract is available as a pill and topical treatment.
Green tea may also stimulate new hair growth. This herb contains compounds known as catechins, which are believed to block the production of DHT. This would make it ideal for treating male and female pattern baldness. You can drink the tea or take a supplement.
Pygeum is made from the bark of evergreen trees. It is often used as a natural treatment for prostate problems, as well as male and female pattern baldness. It stimulates hair growth in a manner similar to green tea.
Bhringraja oil is commonly used as a treatment for baldness and other hair problems. This oil increases the circulation and supply of blood to the scalp, which can help add shine and density to the hair. Bhringraja is a topical treatment that is available as an oil or shampoo.
Rosemary and sage are popular hair loss treatments that may offer hope for people who have alopecia. They help soothe the scalp and prevent dandruff. Rosemary and sage work as natural antiseptics and keep the skin toned. They also have a cleansing effect on the pores, act as a natural conditioner for the scalp and rejuvenate the follicles.
Yucca root can serve as a shampoo to soothe the scalp and give the hair a thorough cleansing. It offers an anti-inflammatory effect which reduces itchiness and dandruff. This is important since dandruff can lead to hair loss.
The herb ginkgo biloba may promote hair growth because it stimulates the flow of blood do the skin and brain. Herbalists theorize that the additional blood flow to the brain helps increase the delivery of nutrients to the hair follicles causing new hair growth.
An oil massage may help prevent hair loss in mild cases. Massage your scalp with a mixture of coconut oil. Other oils that you can use include mustard oil and olive oil. Gently oil your scalp and massage your roots.