Sageis attributed with many healing qualities, thus its Latin name salvia which means “to save.” This esteemed herb contains vitamins B and C, as well as magnesium, zinc, and potassium, all of which improve the growth and strength of hair. Sage is also antibiotic and anti-allergic, and anti-septic making it ideal for healing skin ailments that may stunt hair growth. Add sage oil to a moisturizer or create an herbal rinse by steeping dried sage in hot water.
Acacia concinna, a shrub native to the warm plains of Asia has been used for thousands of years as an herbal hair cleanser. Dried shikakai fruit may be ground into powder or steeped in warm water to make a healing cleanser. Rinse hair or massage shikakai paste into hair and scalp to promote growth, strengthen roots, and improve scalp health. (Shikakai is often combined with amla for the added benefit of the Indian gooseberry’s anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties, as well as for amla’s rich dark color.)
The fruit of Sapindus mukorossi, a tree in the Lychee family has been used by people of many different cultures since ancient times to make soap – thus the moniker “soapnut.” The natural cleanser made from Sapindus fruit has both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties making it an excellent choice for nourishing scalp and hair follicles, as well as for growing thicker, healthier hair. For more information on making your own soapnut cleansers, check out this great article.
Thymus vulgaris is known to have anti-septic and anti-fungal properties. Thyme also contains minerals magnesium, potassium, and selenium which are known to promote stronger hair growth. Thyme oil can be mixed with a carrier oil or steep a handful of dried thyme in warm water to create an herbal rinse.
The aquatic herb, Nasturtium officianale known commonly as watercress is richly packed with vitamins and minerals including biotin which has proven benefits for skin health and stronger hair growth. Check out this recipe for for making a watercress rinse.
Yarrow is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent making it an ideal herbal remedy for treating scalp conditions which may stunt hair growth. Because it is high in natural saponins and fatty-acids, yarrow extract is perfect for making natural scalp and hair cleansers. Alternately, yarrow oil may be mixed with a carrier oil and applied to scalp to help stimulate new hair growth.
Not to be confused with yuca root, Yucca schidigera is a succulent native to the deserts of western North America. Yucca has many traditional uses for health and hygiene including as a nourishing natural cleanser for scalp and hair. A guide for making Yucca soap and shampoo can be found in this article.
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Further Reading: 7 Wonderful Oils For The Best Hair Of Your Life