Most herbs are beneficial to our bodies in more than one way. When it comes to hair growth, I have found several herbs have the most impact not in faster growth per say but in mitigating circumstances that cause sluggish growth. This creates an optimal environment for gene-wrired growth length. Some of my favorites include:
Horsetail contains high amounts of Silica, which strengthens fingernails and hair. Silica may also be beneficial for hair loss, dandruff, and split ends.
Sea kelp is an excellent herbal source of calcium, magnesium, sodium and iodine.
Sea kelp contains vitamin B complex, including a high level of folic acid, which is necessary for hair growth. High zinc content keeps hair healthy and thick. Thinning hair might be as a result of insufficient zinc in the body. The Iodine in sea kelp regulates the thyroid hormone, thyroxin. This hormone in turn helps to regulate how long hair stays in its Catagen phase of growth. Shortening the Catagen phase lends more time to the Anagen (growth) phase, which results in longer growth phase and consequently longer hair.
Stinging nettle is a super herb with high concentrations of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, silicon, phosphorous, sulfur and manganese along with vitamins K, Vitamin C (Vitamin C is only available in fresh herbs. Drying and storage process results total loss of vitamin C and a substantial loss of beta-carotene) and Vitamin E. Stinging Nettle does not affect hair growth directly; rather it’s a super herb that contributes greatly to general body health (which affects hair growth among other things) by correcting some deficiencies.
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants and the most important one is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) which stimulates hair growth. It also contains essential vitamin E, vitamin C, and panthenol, which are important ingredients for healthy hair. Vitamin E aids hair restoration by improving the damaged or dull hair, Vitamin C protects hair from UV radiation and Panthenol is a provitamin that strengthens hair.
Garlic is among the most ancient food and medicinal herbs. The antibiotic properties of garlic not only rival those of penicillin (at least 15 times stronger gram for gram) but also garlic combats all kinds of bacterial and viral infections without any harmful side effects. The high levels of sulphur in garlic are useful in creating the di-sulphide bond within the hair, which increases keratin production resulting in faster growth. Garlic also contains potassium, calcium, manganese, zinc, copper, and iron making it a great natural herbal supplement.
Cayenne Pepper stimulates every system and cell of the body. Sluggish blood flow is sometimes the culprit for slow hair growth. Cayenne pepper stimulates the hair follicles and encourages circulation of nutrient rich blood, which results in faster and stronger hair growth. It also acts as a catalyst that speeds up delivery of other minerals to different parts of the body and increases efficiency of other herbs. Adding it to garlic, for example, would increase the speed with which sulphur is delivered to the hair follicle where it’s needed for keratin production. Aside from hair, there are many health benefits of Cayenne Pepper.
PS: Hair growth is just an added benefit of these herbs. I encapsulate them in different mixtures in conjunction with other herbs as my multivitamin.