So I’m back to give you part 2 of our 6 part herb series. Remember last time around we talked about Fenugreek, Holy Basil, and Curry Leaves. However this time around, we’re going to talk about the benefits of Alma, Nettle, Sage, and one of my favorites Ginseng. Many of these herbs are not common household items because most of us aren’t drinking tea with any of these products, let alone eating them. Funny thing is that they are commonly referred to when it comes to natural remedies for hair damage, strength, and growth. Listen, guys, summer is coming and we all know that’s the season for natural hair realness to come out. Like winter in the city is just a drag when it comes to natural hair realness because of your hat, the wind, the influx temperature changes from cold to freezing and so on and so forth. However, I’m sure you guys are prepping your hair similar to the way that I am, in order to have that “naturale realness” this summer. If you’re not sure about what “naturale realness” means, it’s the art of living in one’s natural beauty. So let’s get into the benefits of these herbs and why partially living an herbal lifestyle can help to achieve your natural hair goals.
Amla [ this is made as a result of Indian gooseberry and is not actually an herb, but I thought it was beneficial to have apart of this series, since it’s highly recommended as a natural hair remedy]
- It helps to improve scalp conditions. Meaning it helps to remove dead skin cells from the scalp that impede hair growth and also helps to regenerate skin cells that are needed to maintain a healthy scalp. In addition to that, it also helps to promote new hair growth.
- It helps to remove free radicals that can cause damage to your scalp and eventually to your hair
- It also further helps to thicken the hair by promoting the production of protein such as collagen.
- Alma also contains alkaloids, flavonoids, and amino acids that help to increase blood circulation to the root, which then allows it to help prevent thinning and shedding.
- It has scalp cleansing properties and helps to seal split ends.
- It contains vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
- It helps to treat dandruff
- It adds shine and luster back into the hair
- It also fights against hair loss and promotes hair re-growth
- Nettle has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which allows it to cleanse the scalp from any bacteria or fungus that may be harmful to its overall health.
- It contains minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc. [ For those of you who want to know more about what these minerals can do then check out our post on the benefits of Chia seeds.]
- It also contains vitamins like A, B, C, E, K, and F. In addition to that it contains nutrients like potassium, silica, omega-3, and calcium. [For those of you who want to know more about what these nutrients do then check out our post on the benefits of chia seeds and quinoa.]
- It helps to prevent hair loss and helps to strengthens the hair by penetrating the scalp and providing it with nutrients.
- It also helps to give life to your dull hair by adding shine to its surface.
- It’s known to work as a natural hair dye that will darken the hair.
- It contains Vitamin A, B, C, potassium, and calcium. [For those of you who want to know more about these nutrients then check out our 7 fruits in your kitchen that will benefit your natural hair post.]
- Sage also has cleansing properties, as it helps to rid the scalp of excess oil and dirt. In addition to that, it also helps to keep the hair’s ph-level balanced, which is also important when maintaining this healthy hair journey. A balanced ph can prevent unwanted hair breakage, assist in locking and sealing in moisture within the hair and protect the hair against unwanted bacteria, in addition to fungus.
- It helps to tame frizz and when boiled with water, it helps to detangle hair. Furthermore, it helps to prevent dryness to the hair and scalp.
- Helps to reduce hair loss as a result of it containing saponins. Saponins help to unclog the hair follicles and cleanse the scalp.
- It also works as a natural remedy for dandruff and flakes because of the saponins that it contains.
- It has penetrating properties, meaning it works to penetrate the scalp and helps to nourish the hair from the inside and out.
- Ginseng contains amino acids, fatty acids, and flavonoids. The amino acids aid in maintaining strong, thick, and healthy hair. Having an amino acid deficiency can lead to all of the things that we don’t want like balding, breakage, and thinning. Fatty acids are what helps to maintain the hair’s shine and beauty.
- It also helps to seal split ends and release free radicals from the scalp.
- Lastly, it helps to thicken and strengthen the hair’s overall structure
[Please note that all of these items can be found in oil form or you can boil the leaves with water to create a natural rinse that can be applied after you’ve added your hair mask or pre-shampoo products. These herbs can also be boiled with any carrier oil of your choice to create an herbal oil mix. The choice is yours. ]
Well, that’s it. Leave a comment if you found this post to be helpful. Also stay tuned for Part 3, which will talk about the benefits of Hibiscus, Chamomile, and one of my favorites Bhringraji a.k.a false daisy. Plus don’t forget to stay tuned for the first phase of our product line, which will be oils serum next month. A lot of our oils serums contain these herbal ingredients, so be sure to check them out, when we launch. In addition, stay tuned for my next hair mask video, where I will try fruits from Part B of our post called 7 ingredients that you can find in your kitchen that will work on your natural hair. Also, don’t forget to check out our social media pages and follow us to get updates on post ideas and product launches. The links to our social media pages can be found at the top of the page. Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog if you find our post to be helpful, insightful, and entertaining.