So we did it. We’ve completed the final part of our herb series. Welcome to Part 6, where we will talk about the benefits of Marshmallow Root, Aloe Vera and Ginkgo Biloba [Silver Apricot]. Throughout this journey, we’ve spoken about the benefits of Fenugreek, Holy Basil, Curry Leaves, Chamomile, Hibiscus and so much more. Even though there are so many other herbs that we haven’t begun to get into. For this journey, we are closing it out with Marshmallow Root and I don’t mean the marshmallow that comes in your s’mores sandwiches. Everyone’s favorite all natural herb Aloe Vera and lastly one that you may not even know Ginkgo Biloba. Furthermore, just remember that even though we’ve spoken about a number of different herbs, they have a lot of the same characteristics and benefits for the hair. We’ve gone from learning about herbs that focus on hair growth, has anti-breakage properties, reduces/ prevents thinning, and even dealt with herbs that help to prevent dandruff, in addition to so much more. So let’s closeout this series by getting this final section started.
Marshmallow Root[I.e. Althea]
- Works well as a natural emollient. Meaning, it helps to lock in moisture, protects the hair from elements such as harsh environments and provides slip to the hair, which enables the hair to be easily detangled.
- It has anti-bacterial properties. Meaning it helps to breakdown and destroy bacteria that may have formed within the scalp region of your hair.
- It’s known to treat eczema, psoriasis and dry scalp.
- It contains vitamin A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, calcium, iron and magnesium
- It can also be used as a natural conditioner to soften the hair.
- It’s known to strengthen the hair and makes the scalp’s overall structure healthier.
- It works to promote hair growth.
- It also works as a natural detangler for hair, similar to marshmallow root.
- It has penetrating properties, as it is able to penetrate the scalp and nourish the hair from the inside and out.
- It helps to condition the hair, and cleanses the scalp of excess oil.
- It helps to repair dry and damaged hair strands.
- It also contains vitamin A, C, E, folic acid and B12.
- It works to prevent hair shed, hair thinning and breakage.
- It helps to add shine to the hair.
- It encourages collagen production, which is a protein that works to strengthen the hair’s overall structure.
- It’s known to reduce dandruff and calms scalp inflammation.
- It helps to alleviate/ soothe an itchy scalp.
- It helps to balance the hair’s ph levels, which is important because this allows the hair’s cuticles to be sealed. Meaning no split ends. It also protects the hair against bacteria and stops the hair from having excess breakage.
Gingko Biloba [Silver Apricot]
- It’s primarly known to treat hair loss and reduces hair thinning.
- It helps to thicken and strengthen the hair.
- It helps to increase blood flow to the scalp, which then encourages hair growth.
- It also helps to remove free radicals that will cause damage to the scalp.
How Can These Herbs be Used
Well for one thing all of these herbs can be made into a spritzer when mixed with water, aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar or coconut juice. They can also be found in powdered form, which means it can be mixed with oil or water to become a hair mask. If you have almond silk powder or bentonite clay, you can also mix the powder into it to create a super mask that will work to hydrate your curls and enhance your hair’s overall moisture. Furthermore, if you are someone who doesn’t like to do hair mask, you can also buy these products in oil form or infuse the herbs with your existing hair oils. Today I will be infusing calendula herb into my hair oil and creating a natural spritz with calendula, rosemary, aloe vera juice and a little bit of coconut juice. Stay tune for that video coming out tomorrow, where I will show you how the spritz bought my hair back to life.
So that’s it for our 6 Part Herb Series. Be on the look out for future videos on how to incorporate all of the herbs from our 6 part series into your hair routine. Also, stay tune for our next 6 part series, where we will go back to talking about hair experiences and taking a little break from informational posts. Our next 6 part series will take a look into hair as a political and sociological statement. In addition to that we are working to start a vlog series, where we’ll discuss the issues mentioned within our next 6 part series and so much more. Also don’t forget to subscribe to this page and follow us on all social media. The links to our social media pages can be found at the top of the page.