8 Herbs & Oils that Promote Hair Growth
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 ¼ cup of wheat germ, ¼ cup of aloe vera and ¼ 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 oilwith 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.

Article found on Black Girl Long Hair

Science-backed Herbal Medicine

For any medical remedy, scientific evidence to support medical benefit is invaluable and makes for a very reliable resource when treating an ailment. The herbs listed have significant scientific research backing their efficacy. However, please note that this list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive, which is to say there are probably plenty of other herbs that have significant scientific support.

  • Horse Chestnut (aesculus hippocastanum): anti-inflammatory, astringent, reduces fluid retention
  • Garlic (allium sativum): antibiotic, antifungal, blood-thinning, respiratory health, lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol
  • Aloe Vera (aloe vera): anti-inflammatory, skin toning, wound and tissue healing
  • Borage (borage officinalis): anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, emollient
  • Boswellia (boswellia serrata): anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, antiseptic, reduces fever
  • Senna (Cassia spp.): stimulant laxative
  • Tea (camellia sinensis): antioxidant, astringent, diuretic, stimulant
  • German Chamomile (chamomilla recutita syn. matricaria recutita): anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, heals wounds
  • Hawthorn (crataegus spp.): antioxidant, heart tonic, lowers blood pressure, relaxes blood vessels
  • Tumeric (curcuma longa): anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, liver health
  • Clove (eugenia caryophylatta syn. syzygium aromaticum): analgesic, anti-emetic, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, stimulant
  • Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus): antiseptic, expectorant
  • Gentian (gentiana lutea): bitters, digestive tonic
  • Ginkgo (ginkgo biloba): antioxidant, circulatory stimulant, improves mental performance, protects nerve tissue
  • Licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra): anti-inflammatory, antiviral, demuculent, expectorant, tonic
  • Witch Hazel (hamamelis virginiana): anti-inflammatory, astringent, styptic
  • Devil’s Claw (harpagophytum procumbens): analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, bitter
  • St. John’s Wort (hypericum performatum): antidepressant, antiviral, nerve tonic, heals wounds
  • Flax Linseed (linum usitatissimum): antioxidant, demuculent, estrogenic, laxative, nutritive
  • Tea Tree (melaleuca alternifolia): antifungal, antiseptic
  • Peppermint (mentha x piperita): antiseptic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, mild analgesic, mild sedative, mild bitter
  • Holy Basil (ocimum sanctum): anti-inflammatory, expectorant, lowers blood sugar, tonic
  • Evening Primrose (oenothera biennis): anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, emollient
  • Ginseng (panax ginseng): adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immune tonic, tonic
  • Butterbur (petasites hybridus): anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic
  • Rhubarb (rheum officinalis): antibacterial, astringent, bitter, blood cleansing, laxative
  • Golden Root (rhodiola rosea): adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, protects heart
  • Butcher’s Broom (ruscus aculeatus): anti-inflammatory, laxative, venous (circulatory) tonic
  • Saw Palmetto (serenoa repens): anti-inflammatory, prostate health
  • Milk Thistle (silybum marianum syn. carduus marianus): antioxidant, liver health, stimulates breast milk
  • Stevia (stevia rebaudiana): antimicrobial, hypoglycemic, lowers blood pressure
  • Cacao (theobroma cacao): antioxidant, diuretic, mild bitter, nutritive, stimulant
  • Cranberry (vaccinium macrocarpon): antioxidant, antiseptic
  • Valerian (valeriana officinalis): antispasmodic, mild analgesic, mild bitter, tranquilizer
  • Chaste Berry (vitex agneus-castus): hormonal balancer, stimulates breast milk
  • Ashwagandha Withania (withania somniferum): adaptogen, sedative, anti-inflammatory, tonic

serenoa-repens  asked:

Please dont delete this blog, i understand if you no longer want to update it but this is perhaps the greatest inventory of rare pepes the internet has/will ever know.. my life will be incomplete without all these rare pepes

if i were to end the blog, it’d still be here. a relic of the ancient times.