After 16 days, the Ayurvedic oil E. Alba had regrown hair on mice more effectively than the well-known topical hair loss application Minoxidil – A pretty amazing result considering this is an oil that has been around for centuries and costs a fraction of the price.
In this article you’re going to learn how to use Ayurvedic oil to reduce your hair loss, and even re-grow hair in the most effective way possible. make sure you read the whole article because at the end I’m going to show you a special homemade Ayuvedic shampoo recipe that you can start using tonight.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a traditional approach to medicine which has been practiced in India for thousands of years.
This system of medicine focuses not only on the physical, but the emotional and mental well being of followers as well. This means that, while the use of ayurvedic oils may provide you with a number of benefits, the best results for treating hair loss are usually achieved when all aspects of your health have been taken into account and properly addressed.
Whether you’re interested in taking a wholesome approach, or you just want to see how Ayurvedic oils can help you with hair loss and regrowth, consider the information provided below.
Which Ayurvedic Oils Can Help with Hair Growth?
Over the years, a number of different oils have been discovered and used for their healing, moisturizing, and cleansing properties. A few such oils have also been traditionally used on the scalp and hair to treat dandruff, hair thinning, hair loss, and even to stimulate hair growth.
While the list below isn’t complete, it offers an excellent beginning for individuals looking for hair loss treatment options in the Ayurvedic tradition.
Almond oil has been used for the treatment of a range of conditions, including in the prevention of cardiometabolic diseases, and is an easily accessible choice for individuals looking to get started using Ayurvedic treatment methods for hair loss.
Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica) Oil
Amalaki is a known inhibitor of 5-alpha reductase. 5-alpha reductase is the enzyme responsible for the conversion of testosterone to DHT, and for individuals with male-pattern baldness, DHT sensitivity can cause excessive hair thinning and loss.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) Oil
Aside from its use in the treatments of Parkinson’s and epilepsy, brahmi oil has been historically used as a scalp moisturizer and antioxidant. Both of these uses are beneficial for hair loss sufferers and can be helpful in regrowing hair.
Bhringraj (Eclipta alba) Oil
Perhaps one of the better known oils used in Ayurvedic medicine, bhringraj is commonly used for the treatment of hair thinning, hair loss, and dry scalp.
This herb, literally translated from the Sanskrit भ्रिंगराज as “King of hair,” has been proven to induce hair growth and increase hair density when applied topically.
Sesame oil, regularly used throughout the world, contains the DHT-inhibiting compound, phytosterols. For sufferers of male-pattern baldness (medically referred to as Androgenetic Alopecia), a reduction in DHT is vital to the hair growing process and is essential in combatting hair loss.
Thuja orientalis Oil
Thuja orientalis has been scientifically proven to increase hair follicle count after 14 days, and even worked more effectively than minoxidil.
What Does the Research Have to Say About Ayurvedic Oils for the Treatment of Hair Loss?
As mentioned above, there are a variety of oils used in the Ayurvedic tradition. One particular oil, bhringraj (also known as eclipta alba), has been proven to be an effective treatment for hair loss in mice.
This study was performed in 2014, and it was published in BioMed Research International.
In this study, five nude, male mice were randomly assigned to one of five groups. The mouse in Group A was the control.
The mouse in Group B had a topical solution of 2% Minoxidil applied daily.
The mice in Groups C, D, and E received a daily topical solution of Asiasari radix, Eclipta alba, or Panax ginseng, respectively.
The experiment was complete after all five mice went through two complete hair cycles.
Unsurprisingly, the control group had very little hair growth by the end of the first and second hair cycles.
The mouse which received Minoxidil, on the other hand, saw an increase in hair length and hair density by the end of both cycles.
And what about the mouse who received a daily application of bhringraj oil (seen as E. Alba below)? Well, the results truly do speak for themselves.
What Makes Bhringraj Oil an Effective Hair Loss Treatment?
The hair growth results shown in the photograph above are certainly astounding! But, what makes bhringraj (E. alba) oil such an effective treatment for hair loss, and how exactly does it induce hair growth and increase hair density as shown in the above research study?
First, let’s take a moment to talk about the hair cycle (similar in both humans and mice).
Hair growth occurs in three phases. Anagen (the active growth phase) is the longest of the three phases and can last anywhere from two to six years. Next is catagen.
This phase bridges the active growth phase (anagen) with the resting phase (telogen) and is the shortest in the hair growth cycle, lasting between two to three weeks. The last phase is telogen, and it lasts, on average, 100 days.
For individuals with male-pattern baldness, the active growth phase (anagen) drastically shortens after a few cycles. This happens because DHT sensitivity leads to the miniaturization of the hair follicles, and this results in the production of shorter hairs until, eventually, the hairs are so short that they no longer poke through the scalp.
So, where does bhringraj oil come in?
As is evidenced by the research presented above, bhringraj oil makes it possible for new hair follicles to form also called hair follicle neogenisis. Further, the topical application of bhringraj oil causes the anagen phase to occur earlier. These two occurrences coincide to make a healthy environment in which full, healthy hair can grow.
Are There Side Effects Associated with Ayurvedic Oil Supplementation?
As with the use of any supplement, side effects and reactions are possible and it’s important to consult with your physician prior to use.
For individuals with pre-existing conditions such as slow heart rate or ulcers, supplementation with certain ayurvedic oils, like bhrami, should be avoided.
Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing should consult with their obstetrician prior to Ayurvedic oil supplementation. Some oils commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, like thuja, have been known to induce labor or cause miscarriage and should be avoided at all costs.
How to Add Ayurvedic Oils to Your Hair Care Routine
If you’re interested in a time-tested and natural approach to hair loss treatment, then the addition of Ayurvedic oils to your regular hair care routine is a must. Fortunately, with the recipes provided below, you won’t even have to alter your regular care routine too much in order to include these wholesome, healing oils.
Add Ayurvedic Oils To Your Shampoo
If you’re looking to use Ayurvedic oils on a weekly basis, then an all-natural shampoo is the way to go.
Rosemary Herb and Bhringraj Oil Hair Growth Shampoo
- Apple Cider Vinegar (1 cup)
- Water (1 cup)
- Rosemary (1 bunch)
- Bhringraj Oil (1/4 cup)
- Peppermint Essential Oil (10 drops)
Bring one cup of water to a boil. Place the rosemary into the boiling water, remove from heat, and allow to steep until the water has cooled. Remove the rosemary and discard.
Using a container of your choosing, combine the rosemary tea water with apple cider vinegar, bhringraj oil, and peppermint essential oil. Shake or stir to mix well.
How to Apply:
Pour the mixture into your hand and work into a lather. Apply to wet scalp and massage in gentle, circular motions until your scalp is fully covered. Allow the mixture to sit for up to three minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
The antimicrobial and antioxidant properties in rosemary oil make it a wonderful addition to the apple cider vinegar’s anti-inflammatory activities and peppermint oil’s cooling effects. More about using apple cider vinegar for hair growth here.
Create a Homemade Scalp Massage Oil
Within the Ayurvedic tradition, massage is an oft-used treatment for a wide variety of conditions and discomforts.
And, aside from the benefits provided to you by the oils, massage can also stimulate blood circulation in the scalp and has even been shown to increase hair thickness in a 2016 Japanese research study.
Are you ready to reap the benefits associated with scalp massage? Getting started is simple!
For a basic massage oil, choose your Ayurvedic oil of choice. From almond to thuja, you have a wide array of options available to you.
Do you want to give your massage oil a bit of a boost? Consider adding in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Rosemary oil is a nice touch, but there’s so many essential oils, such as lavender and cedar, that have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of hair loss that you really can’t go wrong.
How to Use
For best results, perform the scalp massage immediately after showering. Warm water opens up the pores and makes absorption of oil more likely to occur.
After you’ve chosen the oil you’d like to use, pour a quarter-sized amount into your palm and warm between your hands. Apply directly to your scalp and massage, using your fingertips, to work the oil into your scalp and hair. Be sure that the entirety of the scalp is covered, which may require the use of more oil.
Following the massage, allow the oil to sit and absorb for a minimum of 15 minutes. You may also apply the massage oil prior to bed.
Rinse your scalp thoroughly with warm water.
Where to Get Ayurvedic Oils
A common barrier for individuals who are seeking chemical-free treatment for hair loss is availability. As the Ayurvedic tradition is not as common in the West as it is in the East, is it still possible to obtain the oils commonly used for treatment? If so, where?
If you’re considering the use of one of the more common Ayurvedic oils, such as almond or sesame, then it’s very likely that you could walk into the majority of grocery stores and pick it up there. But what about brahmi and bhringraj and thuja oils? A few options to consider include:
- Health and beauty stores
- Indian markets
- Online retailers
Of course, always be certain to know where the retailers have sourced their oils from, and never be afraid to ask them for more information.
While the majority of retailers aren’t out to get you, there are a few who are only out there to make a quick buck. That’s why it’s always best to purchase from a retailer who knows their stuff, and one who can ensure that their product is organic and all-natural.
By incorporating some of these Ayuvedic oils into a hair care regime you may benefit from some of the special properties and ability to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase and block DHT – especially with Thuja orientalis and Bhringraj Oil.
However, this is just a small step in the right direction. To stop hair loss permanently you will need to fix the underlying problem.
See also Wild Growth Hair Oil for more interesting reading about oils that can stimulate hair growth.