25 Best Herbs for Hair Growth and Thickness

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Ayurveda has wonderful and effective means to ensure a long-term sustainable hair health. Whether you’re blessed with long and healthy hair and your goal is to keep it as so for the years to come, or whether you’re dealing with hair issues like hair fall and damaged hair and similar scalp issues, a natural practice which can work well for you and can stay with you for years in the best one. Ayurvedic remedies have proven themselves for thousands of years for Indian hair, and they will work out wonderfully well for your hair too. Here is a list of Ayurvedic herbs for hair growth, nourishment, and for dealing with hair fall.

Indian Herbs for Faster Hair Growth

1. Shikakai

ShikakaiThis Ayurvedic herb is often used as a replacement for chemical shampoo products due to its excellent cleaning properties. Commonly found in India, and scientifically known as ‘acacia concinna’, it is packed with important vitamins such as Vitamin A, K and E which are all beneficial in maintaining hair health.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Controls and lessens dandruff. Dandruff is often one of the factors for hair loss.
  • Cleanses your scalp thoroughly and improves scalp health.
  • Strengthens the roots of your hair. Strengthens hair overall.
  • Promotes strong hair and hair growth.

2. Brahmi

Named ‘Brahmi’, after the God Brahman, this Ayurvedic herb has several redeeming qualities for hair health. Scientifically known as ‘bacopa monnieri’, Brahmi is used as an oil or as a paste applied onto the scalp and hair to prevent hair loss and to make hair thicker and healthier.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Not only does Brahmi reduce hair fall, it even reduces stress.
  • It is beneficial in nourishing the hair scalp.
  • It promotes and causes hair to grow healthily, strongly.

3. Bhringraj

Alternatively known as a false daisy, bhringraj is a medicinal herb growing primarily in moist areas. Scientifically known as ‘Eclipta Alba’, when this herb is used in the form of an oil, it has miraculous effects on our hair, skin and bodily health. Mainly, it prevents hair loss and rejuvenates our scalp. It can even aid those who are experiencing greying of some hair strands at a young age. Bhringraj can be used as a natural dye as well.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Makes your hair appear lustrous, adds shine to your hair.
  • Promotes healthy hair growth.

4. Henna

HennaScientifically known as ‘lawsonia inermis’, henna or mehendi as we popularly know it, is widely known for its usage of hair colouring and making beautiful patterns on women’s palms, hands and feet. However, it has several beneficial qualities such as antibacterial and astringent properties which make it extremely beneficial for promoting hair health. It prevents clogging of the pores in your scalp by removing any excess oil and is often applied in the form of a paste onto your hair and scalp.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • It acts as a natural hair dye, with repeated usage.
  • It helps manage or treat oily hair and scalp.
  • It aids in restoring the pH level of our scalp.
  • It helps in repairing any damage caused to our scalp and hair. Controls hair damage.

5. Amla or Indian Gooseberry

Scientifically known as ‘Phyllanthus Emblica’, Amla is a well-known fruit in the Indian subcontinent whose oil is used widely in India for nourishing and moisturising hair. It is a fruit loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants which all aid in the production of collagen. Collagen, of course, boosts production of hair and promotes a healthy and strong hair. Amla can be used either as an oil with Coconut oil or a paste with water by combining dry amla powder with water or any carrier oil.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Amla helps reduce greying of hair.
  • Promotes strong and healthy hair.
  • Help treat dandruff and any other underlying scalp condition.
  • Conditions or moisturizes hair well.

6. Neem

Neem oil or even neem paste can prove beneficial for hair with its various medicinal properties. The oil is derived from the seeds of the neem tree, alternatively known as the Indian lilac, and the paste can be prepared by crushing the neem leaves and blending it with a little water. While neem oil increases the growth rate of hair and adds strength and lustre to hair, neem paste is beneficial for taking care of our scalp by preventing dryness and flaking when used as a nourishing and hydrating hair pack or mask.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Neem possesses antibacterial properties. This is beneficial for fighting against any potential infections.
  • Neem is beneficial for cleansing and nourishing the scalp.
  • It controls dandruff, reducing dandruff.
  • Neem even aids in increasing collagen production.

7. Lavender

LavenderAlso known as ‘lavendula officinalis’, lavender is known mostly for its aromatic, cooling and calming properties, however, it possesses anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a natural insect repeller which helps guard against lice. Lavender is popularly used as an essential oil along with a carrier oil. Lavender is beneficial in deep conditioning your hair and controlling hair damage and dandruff.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Acts as a natural insect repeller
  • Promotes scalp health
  • Controls oil production in your scalp
  • Provides nourishment and sheen to hair
  • Provides a lovely fragrance to one’s hair

8. Fenugreek

Popularly known in Indian households as ‘methi’ and scientifically known as ‘trigonella foenumgraecum’, is a wonderful natural conditioner. Fenugreek seeds have been traditionally used as a condiment promoting hair health and conditioning. It aids in strengthening hair roots and stimulating hair follicles for hair growth. Thus it prevents hair loss. Due to its moisturising property it also aids in adding sheen to one’s hair. It can even aid in fighting against dandruff, a common problem during the months of winter.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Promotes growth of hair
  • Conditions, hydrates the scalp and hair
  • Improves blood circulation in the scalp
  • Keeps hair light, oil free and fragrant

9. Basil

Basil is popularly known in Indian households as ‘tulsi’. Tulsi is traditionally known in ayurveda to have several beneficial properties for one’s hair and skin. Specifically speaking for hair, it promotes hair growth by stimulating blood circulation in our scalp. Basil oil can help provide for stronger hair follicles. Fresh, light and aromatic, basil oil can be used as a wonderful massage oil as well.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Reduces hair fall
  • Provides for or stimulates hair growth
  • Controls and lessens itchiness, dry scalp, dandruff

10. Aloe Vera

Aloe VeraAloe vera enjoys widespread usage of beauty products due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. The aloe plant’s leaves hold inside a translucent gel which has incredible healing properties. This gel is rich in vitamins and important amino acids. Aloe vera possesses something called proteolytic enzymes which are beneficial in repairing dead cells on the scalp. Aloe vera aids in conditioning, nourishing; reduces itchiness, dandruff, etcetera. Thus aloe vera is great for controlling hair fall.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Aloe vera is known as a miraculous plant for its many medicinal properties
  • Possesses antiviral and antibacterial properties
  • Can be used throughout the year, perennially
  • Conditions and nourishes hair
  • Prevents and controls hair fall

11. Aritha

Soap nuts, or ‘ritha’, ‘aritha’, or the myriad other names it is known by, is a popularly utilized herb in ayurveda. Natural, eco-friendly, relatively inexpensive and reusable, soap nuts are a great alternative for hair products from store bought products. Soap nuts are rich in something called saponin, which is great for adding lustre to your hair when used regularly. It increases hair health as well. This is a popular alternative especially for people with a sensitive scalp, or skin.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Nourishes hair follicles and scalp
  • Promotes healthy growth of hair
  • Cleanses and cools scalp
  • Antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties help fight infections

12. Hibiscus

Hibiscus oil is known to boost collagen production, strengthening hair and facilitating regrowth of hair. This happens due to the high presence of Vitamin C in Hibiscus. It is additionally, rich in amino acids which keep hair roots healthy, promote a lustrous and shiny hair. Hibiscus oil is famously known for helping those with bald patches as well, it stimulates hair regrowth from dormant hair follicles. It aids in adding volume to your thinning hair, which is a distressing thing for anyone.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Is an excellent anti-dandruff all-natural product
  • Helps guard against greying hair, is a natural hair dye
  • Can act as an excellent natural deep conditioning material, guarding against frizz, breakage, and dryness

13. Black Walnut

Black WalnutBlack walnuts are most commonly in use as natural hair-colouring dyes, however they have benefits for hair regrowth and for boosting hair health as well. Commonly known in the Indian subcontinent as ‘akhrot’, this item not only boosts brain health it also benefits us in preventing hair loss.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Walnuts are a natural source of tannin, juglone and plumbagin which leave stains on whatever they come in contact with. Thus they are excellent for their usage as a natural hair dye, and cloth dye as well.
  • High content of ALA or alpha-linoleic acid provides ample nourishment for hair, making it shiny and silky smooth in return.
  • It helps in relieving an itchy scalp by fighting dandruff.

14. Chamomile

Scientifically known as ‘matricaria recutita’, chamomile is popularly consumed as a tea due to its fragrance and soothing aroma. However it has many usages for hair care as well. It nourishes and soothes one’s scalp, promoting healthy hair growth. One possible usage is rinsing your hair with chamomile tea after having washed and conditioned it, for adding fragrance and strength to your hair.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • It is beneficial for soothing one’s scalp
  • Providing fragrance to your hair
  • Nourishes roots

15. Rosemary

Not only does rosemary have gastronomical usages, it is a herb used for healing purposes as well. You can use it in oil form, directly as a hair massage, or mix it in your shampoo. It is a popular herb in the Mediterranean region, used to promote hair health. There isn’t enough research on the subject, however it is a safe, economical, home produce which has been popular in domestic usage and as such can yield results for problems such as bald patches, hair frizz, hair smoothening, adding shine to hair, etcetera.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Antioxidant benefits
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Improves blood circulation and stimulates nerve growth and reaction.

16. Cloves

ClovesCloves are popularly known in India as ‘laung’ and are used in tempering while cooking in Indian households. It has several other benefits for hair health besides. Cloves have preservative and antiseptic properties, and as such can be great for shampooing or applying to hair to boost hair health and restoring its sheen and lustre.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • It aids in preventing hair loss
  • Is a great colour refresher, makes hair appear fresh and rejuvenated.
  • Is good for conditioning hair, providing fragrance to hair.

17. Thyme

Scientifically known as ‘thymus vulgaris’, thyme is a herb rich in several beneficial nutrients such as potassium, magnesium and selenium. These aid in stimulating the hair follicles, promoting hair growth. It maintains scalp health via its antifungal and antiseptic properties. It can be applied as an essential oil along with a carrier oil.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Promotes hair growth and regrowth
  • Possesses antiseptic properties
  • Possesses antifungal properties

18. Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola is a herb most popularly used for its treatment of hair loss. It is a small herb native to India, used in herbal medication. It has several health, skin and hair benefits. It acts as a booster for hair regrowth by strengthening hair follicles and nourishing the scalp. It aids in the expansion of hair follicles.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Benefitial for hair loss prevention
  • Improves blood circulation in the scalp
  • Refreshing quality

19. Black Tea

Black TeaBlack tea contains more caffeine than a cup of coffee, and caffeine is beneficial in blocking the DHT, the hormone which is responsible for hair loss. Applying black tea to hair has several benefits. Black tea contains tannic acid which is beneficial in darkening hair as well, thus it can be used as a natural hair dye. Black tea stimulates hair growth and fosters healthier and stronger hair.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • High content of antioxidants and caffeine aids in boosting hair health.
  • Drinking black tea significantly prevents hair loss.
  • Helps in hair regrowth.
  • Adds shine and lustre to hair.
  • Is a natural dye.

20. Flaxseed

Flaxseeds are extremely beneficial for your hair. Being a rich source of omega-3, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, etcetera, they help moisturize the hair, reduce flakiness of scalp, treat dandruff, improve hair strength and add shine to hair. Due to their affordability and availability, flaxseeds can be easily incorporated into your dailt diet as a means of naturally improving hair health.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Contain essential vitamins for hair.
  • Contain lignans which helps protect or fight against hair thinning.

21. Green Tea

Green tea is an excellent tea to consume as it is high on antioxidants, catechins(aid in fighting against DTH thus prevents hair loss), vitamins, enzymes, etcetera. It can be used as a mask, it can be consumed, or it can be used as a rinse to obtain a shining, fragrant, healthier hair.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Fights hair loss as it is rich in a compound which fights DTH.
  • Fights dryness of scalp.
  • Helps prevent dandruff.
  • Promotes hair regrowth by stimulating hair roots and follicles, due to the presence of polyphenol.

22. Dandelion

DandelionDandelion is a lesser explored herb especially in the Indian subcontinent, however, it is a herb rich in vitamins and minerals which aid in the nourishment of hair and thus is beneficial for your hair. Consuming dandelion and applying the herb onto your hair both have benefits. It stimulates hair growth, helps treat dandruff, and can help control oil production on your scalp thus preventing oily or greasy hair. Therefore it is a great herb for hair health.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Stimulates hair growth due to high content of vitamins A, C, E and B complex vitamins.
  • Due to presence of minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, etcetera it aids in boosting hair health.
  • It is rich in iron which aids in lessening and even preventing dandruff.
  • It treats greasy hair by getting rid of excess oil or accumulated sebum on the scalp.

23. Indigo

Apart from being used as a great, natural hair dye, indigo has other beneficial properties for hair. Indigo is used primarily as a hair oil for stimulating hair growth and as a hair pack for dyeing hair. It even aids in preventing dandruff and moisturizing dry hair.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Is a great hair dye. It is healthy, natural and gives a great colour when used in conjunction with henna or ‘mehendi’.
  • Indigo powder promotes hair growth, lessening hair loss by preventing irritation of the scalp.
  • It adds shine to hair, it dispels heat and revitalises hair.

24. Marshmallow

Marshmallow root extract is not used widely in India as a domestic ingredient however it is a popular ingredient in many hair conditioners for its amazing slippery texture. It disentangles and softens hair. It is a plant high in protein, thus promoting healthy hair growth, moisturizing dry hair, and a soothed, cool scalp. It can be used at home as a natural hair dye as well.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Prevents skin inflammation.
  • Thickens hair strands.
  • Promotes healthy hair regrowth.

25. Nettle

NettleNettle is alternatively known as ‘urtica dioica’ and has several beneficial properties for hair. It is popularly used to treat hair fall problems and promotes hair regrowth. It even aids in treating dandruff. It is rich in vitamins and proteins and is great for boosting hair health.

Benefits of Using This Herb

  • Good source of tannin, thus can act as a natural dye
  • Good source of iron, potassium, calcium, etcetera. Thus helps prevent dandruff and aids in boosting hair health.
  • Rich in Vitamins A, C and D. These aid in stimulating hair growth.

Also read: How to Increase Hair Volume in Natural Ways

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