6 Best Herbs for Hair Growth, Plus Hair Care Tips

6 Best Herbs for Hair Growth, Plus Hair Care Tips
6 Best Herbs for Hair Growth, Plus Hair Care Tips

Healthy hair comes from the inside and can be reflective of overall health and well-being. If you want to turn to natural solutions and herbs for hair growth and health, you’re in the right place.*

In this article, we’ll share a few of our favorite herbs for hair growth, which we have combined in one herbal supplement: Hair, Skin & Nail Support.

We’ll also offer some basic tips for natural hair care, so you can keep your locks healthy from the inside out as well as the outside in.

6 Best Herbs to Promote Hair Growth*

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola herbs for hair growth

Gotu Kola, scientifically known as Centella asiatica, is a member of the parsley family and is an important herb in Ayurvedic medicine.

It is native to India, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the South Pacific and boasts thousands of years of use in some of these countries.1 It has been traditionally used to support mental clarity, skin conditions, and more.*1

Today, in addition to being regarded as a rejuvenative nervine for supporting a balanced nervous system, Gotu Kola is also used for skin, hair, and nail health.*

This tiny but mighty herb helps support connective tissue, which in turn supports healthy keratinization of the skin, the integrity of skin tissue, blood vessel strength and integrity, and healthy blood circulation.*

Nettle

Nettle herbs for hair growth

While Nettle originated from Europe and Asia, you may come across this prickly plant in the woods since it now grows all over the world.2 You can recognize Nettle by its heart-shaped leaves that taper at the ends and yellow or pink flowers.2

Nettle, or Urtica dioica, has little hairs on its leaves and stems, which can leave you with a stinging sensation or rash if you rub against them. However, this plant loses its sting when it’s cooked and has a high nutritional content.

A perennial found in Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America, over the years Nettle has been used in traditional remedies as well as a culinary plant.

It has traditionally been used to support joint health, urinary tract health, and skin health.*2 Plus, it has a history of use in supporting upper respiratory health and healthy prostate function.*

This is why we don’t just use Nettle in our Beauty and Radiance Support supplements but also in some of our products designed for Energy Support, Immune Support, Foundational Support, and Men’s Health.*

Horsetail

horsetail herbs for hair growth

Horsetail, scientifically known as Equisetum arvense, goes by many other names, including Bottle-brush, Horse willow, Paddock-pipes, Pewterwort, Scouring rush, Shave grass, and Toadpipe.3

It gets some of these names from its scratchy stems and bottle-like shape.

Horsetail is a non-flowering perennial that is closely related to the fern. You can find it growing in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America.3 Traditionally, this unique plant has been used for urinary tract support, among other uses.*4

When it comes to herbs for hair growth and health, the most notable aspect of this plant is that it is high in silica, which is an essential mineral for healthy hair, skin, and nails.* Horsetail is also a good source of the flavonoids quercetin 3 glucoside and luteolin.*

Burdock

Burdock, or Arctium lappa plant

Burdock, or Arctium lappa, is a common plant that grows in China, Europe, Britain, North America, and other locations. The delicious root is used for both culinary purposes and in herbal tonics.

As a culinary herb, Burdock is eaten as a vegetable and has prebiotic properties as well as antioxidant activity.*5 As a botanical herb, Burdock has been traditionally used to support skin health, liver health, and healthy digestion.*

In fact, it's believed to promote vital skin by helping maintain healthy liver function and supporting the body's natural cleansing process.*

Triphala

Triphala

Triphala means “three fruit” and is a staple within Ayurvedic practice.

It is not one single herb but instead a combination of the dried powder of three different fruits: Amla (Phyllanthus emblica), Harada (Terminalia chebula), and Bihara (Terminalia bellirica).

The use of Triphala dates back to at least 1500 BC when we see it referenced in the Sushrut Samhita, an ancient Sanskrit text containing descriptions of 1,120 conditions, 700 medicinal plants, and a detailed study on anatomy.

What do these three herbs offer? Amla has a high content of vitamin C (20 times that of an orange!), which is beneficial for hair health and growth.* Bihara is astringent, tonic, digestive, and anti-spasmodic.* And, finally, Harada is a bitter and encourages peristalsis and good digestion.*

Some research on Triphala has found it to be useful for its ability to maintain vibrant skin, as well as to support digestion and much more.*6

Alfalfa

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

You might be more familiar with Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) for its uses with livestock, but it also has a high nutritional value for humans.* Adding sprouted Alfalfa seeds to salads or other dishes is becoming more popular.

Alfalfa is a green flowering plant with roots that reach very deep into the ground. One of the reasons this plant is so healthy is that it has one of the highest mineral profiles of any land plant.

Plus, like other legumes, it has the ability to produce a high-protein feed regardless of the available nitrogen in the soil.

This plant is often used to support hormone balance in women.*

But what’s important when it comes to using this herb for hair growth is its abundant mineral content. Alfalfa provides a source of antioxidants while also helping promote the healthy growth of hair, skin, and nail tissue.*

An Herbal Supplement for Hair Growth*

All of the above herbs contribute in one way or another to healthy hair.* That’s why we’ve combined them into one supplement, Gaia Herbs Hair, Skin & Nail Support.*

 Gaia herbs Hair, Skin & Nail Support

This supplement contains a harmonious blend of Horsetail, Alfalfa, Burdock root, Gotu Kola, and Nettle leaf—which, as mentioned above, are all abundant in minerals that promote the healthy growth of hair, skin, and nail tissue.*

The herbs in this formula are also good sources of antioxidants.* To reap the benefits of Hair, Skin & Nail Support, adults should take two capsules twice daily between meals.

The Nettle leaf we use in this formula is grown right on our very own Certified Organic Gaia Farm nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We chose this 350-acre farm for its rich alluvial soil and amazing biodiversity.

As part of our commitment to transparency, we make it easy for you to discover the origin of all of the herbs in your formula: to find out how they were grown, harvested, and extracted and see validation of your product’s level of purity and potency.

Simply visit meetyourherbs.com, the world’s first herb traceability platform, and enter the ID number located on the back of your Hair, Skin & Nail Support product, or any other Gaia Herbs product, to access this information and more.

Natural Hair Care Tips

Using herbs for hair growth is a great way to care for your hair from the inside out. But we also want to share a few other ways you can take care of your hair on a daily basis.

Massage Your Scalp

A scalp massage is not only great stress relief, but it is also an effective way to maintain blood flow to your scalp and the roots of your hair. This, in turn, can support hair growth.

Use Natural Shampoo and Conditioner

What you put on your hair and scalp matters. Try to stay away from chemical ingredients that can be irritating at best and harmful at worst.

Ingredients to avoid include: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicone, synthetic fragrances, and formaldehyde.

Don’t Shampoo Every Day

Man shampooing his hair

While it’s important to get your scalp clean, shampoo and hot water can strip your hair of its natural and necessary oils. That said, try to shampoo every other day (or less frequently) if you can.

And remember: Shampoo is for the scalp to keep it clean, while conditioner is for the hair shaft (particularly the ends) to lock moisture in. Use them both properly for the best results.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Just as taking the right herbal supplements can support healthy hair, what you eat has a direct impact on the health of your hair, skin, and nails, too.*

To grow healthy and strong, your hair relies on the nutrients that you get from your food. Focus on a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Reduce Stress

woman doing yoga at sunset

Remember that your hair is part of your body, and what affects your body also affects your hair. To keep your hair its healthiest, do what you can to reduce stress in your life.

Exercising, meditating, spending time outside, and deep breathing are all great ways to reduce stress. We also recommend taking stress-support supplements to naturally help your body and mind stay healthy and feeling balanced.*

Stay Away From Heat

Heat can do a number on your hair—and that applies to both steaming-hot showers as well as hot curling irons and hair dryers.

Stay away from heat completely when you can, and when that’s not possible, consider turning the temperature of your shower and styling tools down.

Herbs for Hair Growth and Health*

Woman wearing a braid

What you put in your body can directly affect hair growth and health. That’s why you can turn to herbs that promote hair growth to give your hair the support it craves.*

Turn to herbs such as Gotu Kola, Nettle, Horsetail, Burdock, Triphala, and Alfalfa. Gaia Herbs Hair, Skin & Nail Support is an expertly formulated blend of all of these herbs. And, of course, don’t forget to implement the natural hair care tips we mentioned above.

Healthy hair, here you come!

REFERENCES:

1. “Gotu Kola,” Mount Sinai, accessed April 18, 2021,
https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/gotu-kola.

2. “Stinging Nettle,” Mount Sinai, accessed April 18, 2021,
https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/stinging-nettle.

3. “Horsetail,” Mount Sinai, accessed April 18, 2021,
https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/horsetail.

4. “European Union Herbal Monograph on Equisetum arvense L., herba,” European Medicines Agency, February 2, 2016,
https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/herbal-monograph/final-european-union-herbal-monograph-equisetum-arvense-l-herba_en.pdf.

5. “Burdock,” Mount Sinai, accessed April 18, 2021,
https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/burdock.

6. Christine Tara Peterson, PhD, Kate Denniston, BS, and Deepak Chopra, MD, “Therapeutic Uses of Triphala in Ayurvedic Medicine,” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 23, no. 8 (2017): 607-614,
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5567597.