Updated: Jun 27, 2019
We use herbs, plants and berries for just about every part of our body - internally and externally, but did you know that they can be just as beneficial for your hair? In ancient civilizations, African cultures depended on natural substances, such as clay, salts, herbs, plants and fruit, of the Earth for their daily beauty regimen. With use of these products our ancient ancestor understood nature’s potential in the advancement toward optimal hair and skin care.
Diet and Hair Health
When it comes to hair care, keep in mind that the hair is nourished, at the root, by what you consume and this nourishment can easily be altered depending on your state of health. Dis-eases such as diabetes, thyroid disease, excess estrogen, iron deficiency, and poor circulation could lead to the destruction of the hair follicles and scalp tissue, resulting in hair loss, dryness and infestations. Diets with excessive hormones (commonly found in non-organic animal foods, dairy and non organic fruit and vegetables), may also result in poor hair health. Excessive consumption of these food items are thought to cause the galea tissue of the scalp to thicken and reduce the blood supply to that area which results in thinning of the hair and baldness.
Benefits of Natural Hair Care
Some of the most sought goals in using Earth’s natural products include stimulation of the scalp, improvement of scalp blood circulation and the promotion of healthy hair growth. In order to ensure these benefits, ancient Africans utilized plants in the forms of whole berries, leaves, roots, stems, seeds, and extracts. When added to the hair, these plants' benefits are potentiated and help to provide great results, depending on the plants and combinations. Check out some of the most beneficial herbs used below.
Herbs for Hair Health
Chamomile- Treats dandruff, promotes hair growth and enhances shine
Nettle- Promotes hair growth and treats dandruff
Calendula- Strengthens hair by increasing collagen production and circulation in hair follicles and promotes growth
Comfrey- Prevents dryness and nourishes to scalp with vitamins and antioxidants
Basil- Promotes hair growth
Rosemary- Promotes hair growth and treats dandruff
Peppermint - Promotes hair growth
Burdock Root- Promotes hair growth and treats dry itch scalp
Lavender- Treats dandruff and reduces itchiness associated with dry scalp and infestations
Tea Tree- Treats dry scalp, dandruff, and infestations
Naturopathy for Hair
Today we can continue to utilize the power of herbs for the hair by combining them with potentiating items such as berries, astringents, apple cider vinegar, butters and oils. With these concoctions, we can receive many of the nutrients, vitamins, electrolytes and minerals needed to facilitate optimal hair health.
The best oils to use in the hair care concoctions are ones that promote moisture retention and hair strengthening such as:
Burdock Root Oil
There are also several naturopathic ethno-medicines for the maintenance of hair health in the form of vitamins, minerals, glandulars, aminos and plant food. These nutrients are recommended for the health of not only the hair, but for full body maintenance.
Supplements for Scalp Nourishment
Supplements are used to deliver the necessary vitamins (vital-minerals) and other nutrients needed in ordered to properly nourish the scalp. These supplements can be found in natural health food stores or even in select vegetation and fruit. When consuming tablet forms of these supplements, it is wise to ensure that they are of a plant based source and not synthetically created.
Vitamin B Complex
Make sure to pay attention to what you put on the inside of your body just as well as what you use on the outside of the body in order to ensure optimal health. Food is vital in the prevention of hair dysfunction and for the promotion of hair health. Increase the intake of these food items to gain extra nutrients needed for improved hair hygiene.
Amino Acids are used to to strengthen tissues and build healthy muscles within the body. It can also be beneficial in strengthening the cells of the scalp tissue.
With any regimen it is important to maintain the mind, body, and soul as all three will need to be in working order to ensure optimal health of every organ, tissue and cell. Taking advantage of what Earth has to offer and focusing on prevention is the key in achieving maximum wellness. If you work hard to prevent the onset of dis-ease, you lower your risk of chronic issues at an older age and intensely improve quality of life !