8 Herbs & Oils that Promote Hair Growth

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By Cipriana of Urbanbushbabes.com

For years I used products containing mineral oil to coat my strands. Many manufacturers use mineral oil in a majority of products that contain synthetic ingredients because of its behavior as a preservative. Mineral oil is the result of the distillation of petroleum which acts as a saran wrap against your scalp, slowing down one of the skin’s main job which is to eliminate toxins. On the other hand natural oils are easily absorbed by the skin.

When I used products that consisted mostly of synthetic materials such as Blue Magic I’m not going to lie my hair did grow, but it was not until I switched to all natural products that I began to see the true potential of my growth capability. Before the change in my regimen I experienced a GREAT deal of shedding and dandruff. Now those days are far behind. I’m still fascinated by how are body responds to topical products. Not only is it important to watch what we put into our bodies but what we put on it as well.

My boyfriend’s grandfather is full Cherokee Indian and when we met three years ago he always talked about the importance of what you put on your body, coming from a background of ancestors rich in a holistic lifestyle. But I could not and would not give up my trusty Coconut Blue Magic until just about a year ago. When I finally gave in to the natural “stuff” I was determined that this was just a trial period and I would be back on my good old Blue Magic in no time. Well it’s been a year later and I am still using the natural “stuff”. For years I had been so accustomed to my hair feeling greasy from the mineral oil based products that it took me a while to really understand what my hair felt like with natural oils.

Again I am not here to force you into switching into an all-natural regimen, do what works best for you, but I did come across two interesting articles from ehow.com about the usage of certain natural oils by Native Americans and the distinct benefits the hair reaps from each of these natural oils.

1. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is an extract of the Jojoba plant found in California, Arizona and parts of Mexico. Jojoba oil has been used for hundreds of years by American Indians to moisturize and grow hair. The molecular makeup of jojoba has similar characteristics to the natural oil the glands of the scalp produce. Jojoba oil can be purchased at herb shops and can be applied directly to your hair or you can add a few drops to your favorite conditioner to promote hair growth. Jojoba is hypoallergenic and will not harm your hair or scalp. Aloe vera is another product used by Native American Indians to promote hair growth and is also an excellent moisturizer for your hair.

2. Wheat Germ/Aloe Vera/Coconut Milk

Mix 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/4 cup of aloe vera and 1/4 cup of coconut milk and use this product as a natural shampoo. Aloe vera can be purchased at drugstores and herb shops and can also be applied directly to the scalp as it will open pores on the scalp that may have previously been blocked and will allow the hair follicles to grow. The American Indians also used and continue to use several kinds of oils to promote hair growth such as emu oil, rosemary oil, and mustard oil.

3. Peppermint Oil

A few drops of any of these products can be massaged directly into the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles and promote hair growth. Peppermint oil is also a good scalp stimulator but must be diluted before application. Mix 3 drops of peppermint oil with 3 teaspoons of water and massage into the scalp. These oils can be purchased at herb shops and all are hypoallergenic and not harmful to the hair or scalp.

4. Lavender Oil/Lavender Water

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis), native to the Mediterranean, is now grown in temperate climates worldwide. For centuries, lavender has been used by herbal practitioners to prevent baldness and to encourage new hair growth. Lavender contains potent anti-bacterial agents that soothe and heal scalp infections. It is useful in treating dandruff and adds volume to the hair shaft. Place a few sprigs of lavender in a glass container and cover with extra-virgin olive oil and cover tightly. Place in a cool, dark spot and allow to age for 3 to 4 weeks. Use the lavender infused oil as a daily scalp massage. Apply and leave on overnight. In the morning, wash hair with a gentle organic shampoo and style as usual.

A daily rinse of lavender water (bring water to a boil, add a few sprigs of lavender, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, then cool) will impart a delightful fragrance and shine to hair. Apply lavender as a daily rinse after shampooing.

5. Burdock Root Oil

Burdock (Arctium Lappa) root oil, also known as Bur oil is one of the most important herbs used to restore hair. Burdock promotes healthy hair by relieving scalp irritations and improving blood circulation to the hair follicle. Burdock root oil supplies natural phytosterols and important essential fatty acids to hair roots, and has been traditionally used to reduce and reverse hair thinning. It is a key ingredient in many hair restoration treatments.

6. Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) has been used for centuries as both a food staple and as a healing medicinal herb. The herb produces a dark red berry which is dried and then pulverized into a fine powder. Saw palmetto is available in several forms including ointments, capsules, tinctures and teas. Recent scientific studies have shown that Saw Palmetto may have beneficial effects for those suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); male pattern baldness and other conditions associated with excess DHT (male hormone) production.

7. Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle (Urtica Diocia), found growing naturalized across America, blocks the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Excessive DHT contributes to hair loss in both men and women. Stinging nettle can be purchased in either pill or capsule form and is said to be more effective when used in combination with saw palmetto. Nettle can be harvested in the wild (use gloves as the leaves are covered with tiny hairs that cause a stinging sensation upon contact with human skin). The fresh leaves can be submersed in olive oil in a glass jar. Seal and place in a cool, dark spot for 2 to 3 weeks. Apply the oil in an invigorating scalp massage. Stinging nettle essential oil is frequently an ingredient in organic shampoos and conditioners.

8. Rosemary

Used for centuries in cultures worldwide to promote hair growth and delay the onset of gray hair, Rosemary oil stimulates blood circulation of the scalp. A refreshing daily rinse of rosemary leaves simmered in water retains hair color. The rinse is most effective on dark hair. A few drops of rosemary oil can be added to olive oil and used as a scalp massage oil.

So interesting! Ladies, have you tried any of these? How do they work on your hair?

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420 thoughts on “8 Herbs & Oils that Promote Hair Growth

  1. I can honestly recommend Rosemary and Castor Oil. I’m not sure if it’s in the list. With hair growth, castor oil is surely the best for me since I lost a lot of hair plaiting it and it was always dry.

    It’s true about the “A refreshing daily rinse of rosemary leaves simmered in water retains hair color. The rinse is most effective on dark hair”. All I did was buy some olive oil and dried up some rosemary in for a month then I use that on my hair. Then since my garden has a rosemary bush I do a weekly was with rosemary water. 15 stalks of rosemary and 5 litres of water then boil that. Add more water so you don’t burn yourself. And wash your hair.

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      • I highly doubt Adam was trying to sound racist, he was trying to help. There was no need to make that comment “who are “your people?”" which would have caused a problem if he was to reply back “black people”. He was just stating that emu oil works great with black people hair. Even if he used the phrase “black people”, you all will go ballistic. He is just a random white guy just like I’m a random black girl who try to help people with oils that could grow our hair.

        P.s. This page DOES NOT only target black people. My two cousins are white and mixed and they have found this page VERY helpful.

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  3. I wore my hair to my shoulders for years, permed it, it freaked out cut it down to bald. Wore it that way for 13 years missing my hair and miserable the whole time.
    A friend noticed my hair attempting to grow back and stated why dont you grow it out.
    At this time caregiving for sickly parent and taking care of other parent. Hair was constantly breaking off, a bald spot, now coupled with anxiety is hard on the scalp, hair, and health in general.
    Thank everyone who contributed to ingredient research and who posted their triumphant stories to help me on my journey back to a full head of healthy hair
    Walter Andrews

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  4. Two great products which do not make it on the list of hair products often are Baobab oil and Mafura butter. Both these products are indegeous to southern Africa and have been used by the women for hundreds of years. Baobab oil is a great hair care product it is nutrient packed and contains essential fatty acids which are key to hair moisturizing and replenishment. Baobab oil has been proven to be more effective than a good number of lipids on the market, including oilve oil and almond oil.

    Mafura butter is much less known here but it is an extremely emollient butter which is excellent for dry and brittle hair. It is great as a pre- wash conditioner or as a daily scalp treatment.

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      • They should be easy to find in South Africa, Southern Africa is one of the main producers of Baobab and Marula oil, as well as Mafura as the trees grow in abundance in that area.

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  5. I’m a hairstylist with a passion to learn more about natural hair restoration after my own hair loss struggles (I’ve since gotten my hair to return). Just over a month ago I started working with my husband who suffers from low thyroid. He began losing his hair over 10 years ago and it increased dramatically over the last 5. Using natural oils and treatments his hair is returning.

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    • I had thyroid cancer and treatment. My sister, who is a biologist and organic chemist created all natural and chemical free hair products for me using only organic coconut oil and various essential oils and my hair is thicker and healthier than ever.

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      • Hi Mateland, I was hoping you could help me? I to had a similar issue as you, I have been praying for a solution. I use an organic condioner for a year but has done nothing to get my hair back.Can you please send me the recipe you sister made for you. I pray my hair gets better. Thank you

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  6. WIth the warm weather approaching I am wondering how to modify the use of my products for the spring & summer. I am ten weeks post BC. I use jojoba, grape seed, avocado, sweet almond and castor oils. Which of would you suggest I use as a lighter option for the LOC method?

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    • Lola~sky, the best ‘light oil’ to use is grapeseed. Not only is it light, it combats frizz like crazy! I love coconut oil as well. It’s very penetrating and it also moisturizes. It can get a little heavy if used a lot. I would suggest using it on the scalp.

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  7. Thanks so much for this information. I had hair loss since few years as its in family. But yes i used peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and lavender oil and i do see after a month hair growth on the balding area on my forehead. Its now been more than 2 months.
    Wanted suggestion as i did see scanty hair growth in the small area, its growing which is good, wanted to know how can i make it dense like the other part of my head.
    I was thinking of castor oil with the above mixture. please suggest would that be a good idea?

    What i use is a mixture of above oild with coconut oil as base and have not added water. Should i use water also?

    and again thanks a ton to Cipriana and all others for the suggestions and inputs.

    I cant explain the joy to see new hair grow on balding area because since childhood my hair were my my pride as i had soft smooth straight hair which even the girls did eny of. It was so sad when i started loosing hair, now i have my hope back again that my fav my hair gonna be back :)

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  8. I’ve already made and used this scalp treatment but I’d like to know specifically if the Aloe is juice or oil, if the wheat germ is the germ or the oil, and, well, the coconut milk I get. I used wheat herm oil, aloe Vera juice, and of course, coconut milk. Woo, it stank! Perhaps because the wheat herm oil in my fridge was about 3 years old (or more). I know, bad form but it seemed to work. I had a few bald spots which are filling in. I’m making a new, FRESH batch with all new ingredients but I am just double checking. Thanks so much for great tips.

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