Our hair is actually protein matter called keratin. And news is- what we see on our head, the jungle of protein that we so passionately care about, is actually `dead’. The living part of the hair s below the surface of the scalp, called follicle, which supplies these dead cells to keep our mane flowing. At the base of the follicle is a cluster of living cells called the papilla, which eventually forms hair. Next to the follicle is the sebaceous gland that actually keeps the hair shiny and looking vibrant. Excessive sebum activity can make hair unduly oily while lack of sebum activity can make it dry and lifeless.
Hair Loss Herbs
Vitamin C is said to decrease the possibility of hair loss due to temporary hair loss causes, such as stress and illness. Eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C is a wise idea if you notice you are experiencing hair loss due to temporary hair loss. Vitamin B complex and Protein are also important elements in increasing the presence of healthy hair. Therefore, increasing the meats, eggs, milk, and foods rich in protein is an important step for increasing hair growth.
Zine (30 mg) can boost thyroid function and reduce hair loss that comes from an underactive thyroid. Zinc must be taken with its companion Copper (2 mg a day) in order to maintain proper mineral balance in the body. Copper also contains melanin, the pigment that colors hair and skin and can help reverse or delay premature graying. Zinc can also affect the levels of androgens, the hormones involved in some form of genetic hair loss.
Ginkgo Biloba is a very popular herbal remedy, it is said to increase the blood flow to the brain, and therefore improve memory and sharpness. It is also said to be good for preventing hair loss because of the increased circulation to the brain and therefore to the head. It is also believed to increase hair growth.
Aloe, Chamomile, Marigold are the three most important herbs for hair loss. One tablespoon powder, each of Aloe, Chamomile, Marigold is taken and soaked in water for about an hour, and then applied on hair. It helps to regain the lost shine and luster of hair and also helps to prevent hair loss to a larger extent.
There are lots of natural herbs for hair available or in fact being used since hundreds of years by the different countries all over the world. The list of regularly used herbs includes Aloe, Arnica, Birch, Burdock, Catmint, Chamomile, Horsetail, Licorice, Marigold, Nettles, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Southernwood, Stinging nettle, Psoralea seeds, Mulberries and Oyster. However, this list does not cover the complete list of herbs for hair treatment. Hundreds of different herbs are being used singly or in various combinations, collectively such herbs have varieties of fantastic properties. Such herbs usually soothe or stimulate, dry or even moisten, and/or tighten or ease the hair growth. In some cases these herbs are also used for healing, alleviating pains, dispel gas or even cleanse and purify the blood also.
Green Tea is another very popular herbal remedy. It is an excellent antioxidant, is supposed to control appetite and some herbalists believe it can reduce the risk of male pattern baldness. You can take it in capsule form or drink several cups per day. It makes a good replacement for chilled black tea, said to be the house wine of the south.
He Shou Wu or Fo-Ti (Polygonum Multiflorum) is an ancient Chinese herb used for the treatment of hair loss. It may be taken in tea or capsule form, and is a main ingredient found in the commercial hair loss remedies. The formulation also shows promise as a hair color restorative. Saw Palmetto is a popular choice as is Panax Ginseng, the latter is well known for promoting vascular circulation and improving cellular metabolism.