Flaxseed (also known as linseed) is full of fatty-acids and anti-oxidants which help to remove toxins and dead cells from the scalp. Boil ground flax seeds in water to form a soothing gel that can be applied to scalp and hair as a moisturizer that can help to stimulate growth and improve the strength of existing hair. A guide for making flax seed gel can be found here.
9. Ginger Root
Ginger root oil increases circulation in hair follicles, promoting stronger and faster growth. Ginger root is also an anti-septic and moisturizer, making it excellent for clearing up dandruff and other skin conditions which may interfere with healthy hair growth. Check out this recipe for making your own ginger root scalp treatment.
10. Gotu Kola
Also sometimes called brahmi, Centella asiatica or gotu kola has been traditionally used for thousands of years to treat many internal and external maladies, many of which are associated with the crown chakra. Mix gotu kola extract with olive oil and massage into the scalp to improve circulation and promote stronger hair growth.
Hibiscus flowers contains vitamins and anti-oxidants that improve scalp and hair health. Add fresh blossoms (or if you can’t find them fresh, use dried hibscus) to coconut oil and grind into a fine paste. When applied to scalp and hair regularly, this mixture increases hair growth while at the same time warding off premature greying and dandruff. For best results, allow mixture to soak into scalp and hair for at least two hours.
The flowers of the hops plant, Humulus lupus contain a nourishing oil that is widely recognized as a hair growth stimulant as well as for its ability to thicken and strengthen existing hair. Furthermore, hops flower oil is a natural anti-septic which can help to combat infections of the scalp and hair follicles that may stunt healthy growth.
Mineral-rich Equisetum arvensa is a hugely popular natural solution for promoting hair growth and a healthy scalp. Horsetail works by stimulating blood vessels that supply oxygen to hair follicles. Also, horsetail contains quercetin, a flavonoid with anti-allergy and anti-viral capabilities and silica a NUTRIENT which helps to repair damage and fortify new and existing hair against breakage. To prepare this herb, steep one part dried horsetail in two parts water for an hour or more. Strain and cool the infused water to room temperature before applying to hair and scalp.
The oil of Lavandula augustifolia is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-septic. Lavender oil stimulates circulation in the scalp, strengthens new hair growth, and helps to balance the natural oil production of the scalp, making it a popular choice for people of all skin types. As an added bonus, lavender oil is also a natural insect repellant which can ward off disease-carrying parasites like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and head lice. Lavender oil can be used in combination with a carrier oil, or try this Bulgarian Lavender Hair Butter from Alteya Organics.