There are various reasons to use herbs for hair growth. Hair may grow slowly, or hair loss may be the issue. Hair may be too thin, or damaged, but certain herbs may promote hair growth. The majority of people are genetically programmed to grow a maximum of six inches of hair per year.
Herbs as a Shampoo
Certain herbal remedies used as a shampoo help increase circulation, disinfect the scalp, and stimulate hair growth. To help hair grow, rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar and sage tea, which can be purchased in most markets. Depending on the length of the air, the amount to use varies. Be sure to mix enough of both to cover all of the hair. Using catmint or chamomile infusions as a final rinse can help with itchiness. Itchiness is another source of hair loss. Horsetail, obtainable at most supply stores, contains silica, which helps to keep hair strong and promote growth. As a shampoo, mix 2 tbsp. horsetail in 4 oz. hot water and add to a baby shampoo. Apply and mix in hair, then rinse.
Honey is good for the body, both internally and externally. Adding honey to a daily diet is one step, but here's the best method to promote hair growth. Mix one tbsp. warm olive oil with three to four drops of honey, and a teaspoonful of cinnamon powder. Rub onto the scalp only, not throughout the hair. Let the mixture stay on the scalp for about 15 minutes, then wash hair as normal.
What to Eat and Drink
Psoralea seeds is a Chinese herbal remedy for hair loss. Psoralea is a climbing variety of beans. The seeds of psoralea are very large, hard and black. Eating 3 to 9 grams of the seeds daily helps restore hair and improve growth. Check with local nutrition stores for purchase. Add proteins such as wheat germ, soya beans, whole grains and nuts to promote growth.
A glass of water with one teaspoon of cider vinegar every day for two weeks, is another remedy that can be used. Stress plays a major role in hair loss and growth, and one herbal drink mixture to help calm stress, and help both, is a tea made of jatamamsi and brahmi. Steep 1 teaspoon of the mixture of both in one cup of hot water, and drink two to three times daily. Again, check with health food stores or nutrition centers for any of the ingredients not found in local retail stores.