Herbs to Regrow Hair

Hair loss is caused by several things, from genetics, diet or stress, or environmental conditions such as pollution and weather, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although there are several medical treatments to restore hair, such as prescriptions and plugs, there are also many natural herbs you can try to use first in order to regrow your hair, such as stinging nettle, henna and the Chinese herb psoralea.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle blocks the transformation of free testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, a hormone linked to hair loss in both men and women. Stinging nettle has chemicals that block two enzymes in the body that are leading causes of hair loss, according to www.hairlosssupplements.com. The herb is said to stimulate short-term re-growth of hair and long-term prevention of hair loss. Drinking a cup of stinging nettle tea per day may prevent hair loss while keeping hormone levels naturally aligned. Or you can use stinging nettle supplements for short term hair growth that could make a difference within a couple of weeks.


Most people are familiar with henna used in hair dyes and tattoos, but few may know that it is also an herb that can promote healthy growth of hair and even prevent hair loss. This treatment can be purchased online or in hair-care supply stores. To use henna for hair growth, the herb must be crushed into a powder then mixed into a paste or liquid; what you use depends on the type of henna treatment you choose, but usually it is mixed with water. It is then applied and massaged directly into the hair and scalp as a topical herbal stimulant for hair growth and hair-loss prevention, according to www.all4naturalhealth.com.


This Chinese herb is commonly called by other names, such as babchi seeds and psorlaea fruit. Psoralea is best taken in capsule form. Keep in mind that this herb can increase sun sensitivity, so it is important to talk to your doctor before taking it. People who want to regrow their hair should consume 3 to 9 grams of these seeds per day (or the equivalent in capsule form). Results should be apparent within four to six months, according to www.herbs2000.com.

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