Is Mustard Oil Good for Hair Growth?

Mustard seed oil has been used for a variety of things such as hair, skin, and moles. The ancient Romans and Greeks used mustard seed oil, and today in northern India, it is used to help promote healthy hair growth.

Is Mustard Oil Good for Hair Growth?
Is Mustard Oil Good for Hair Growth? (Roman Rozenblyum/Demand Media)
What it contains

Mustard seed oil is thought to help to stimulate the scalp to promote hair growth (see References 1). It contains extremely high levels of zinc and selenium. It is said that if the body has a lack of zinc or selenium, hair loss is more likely. Mustard seed oil also has a lot of beta carotene and is a good source of vitamins and nutrients, which help nourish your scalp. Beta carotene is converted into vitamin A, which helps normal hair growth by protecting hair fibers and promoting a healthy scalp.

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Nutrition

Hair loss is a side effect of poor nutrition. Without the proper nutrition, your body has to find a different way of feeding itself, so nutrients are diverted from the scalp. Mustard seed oil has a healthy level of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help hair grow. Omega-3 has alpha linolic acid (ALA), ecoisapentaionc acid (EPA), and docosahexaenioc acid (DHA), which assist the hair in being fully nourished by feeding the follicles that help stimulate growth, as well as shine (see References 2). Mustard seed also has iron, calcium, niacin, manganese and traces of magnesium. These nutrients help the follicles stay healthy.

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Make Your Own

Concoct your own hair growth oil by using a small amount of mustard seed and henna leaves. Mix it together into a thickened oil. Once it's the right consistency, strain out the leaves so the oil remains. Massage the oil into your scalp and leave overnight. Shampoo as you normally would in the morning (see References 3).

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