Taking Charge of Your Health

Having long, thick, and lustrous looks is
a cherished desire of many people. This makes the problems of thinning hair or
hair loss very upsetting for some people, women and also men. Common causes of hair loss include nutritional
deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, stress, use of improper hairstyles, heating tools,
chemical-laden hair products, genetics, and various other reasons. But you need not worry. There are some home remedies that can help
nourish your hair and promote new growth. These remedies will prove to be highly effective
if you follow them regularly for at least a month. Here are the top 10 home remedies for hair
growth. Coconut Milk. Coconut milk contains vitamins B, C, and E,
as well as calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, selenium, and numerous other nutrients. It nourishes your hair, promotes hair growth,
and prevents hair loss. You can simply include fresh coconut milk
in your diet, or try one of these remedies. Massage your scalp with coconut milk, leave
it on for at least half an hour and then wash it out with lukewarm water. Do this two to four times a month. Apply a combination of one-quarter cup each
of coconut milk, wheat germ oil, and aloe vera gel. All these ingredients encourage hair growth,
and aloe vera contains an enzyme that decreases hair loss. Mix coconut milk with avocado pulp, olive
oil, and a little honey to make a nourishing hair mask. Besides these natural cures, diet plays an
important role in healthy hair growth. So, enjoy fresh and nutritious foods in your
diet, particularly green leafy vegetables and dairy products as protein and B vitamins
are nourishing for your hair. Rosemary. Rosemary is an excellent herb for your hair. It promotes growth of long hair, strengthens
the roots, and eliminates dandruff. The herb has antioxidant properties that boost
hair growth. In addition, the sulfur and silica content
in rosemary helps reverse hair loss. Rosemary will help increase circulation to
the scalp and unclog blocked hair follicles. Furthermore, it can help darken your hair. Mix two drops of rosemary essential oil in
two tablespoons of a base oil such as olive, coconut, jojoba, almond or avocado oil. Apply it on your hair and massage the scalp. Leave it on for at least half an hour and
then shampoo your hair as usual. You can also use rosemary water as a final
hair rinse. To prepare it, steep two or three rosemary
sprigs in two cups of hot water for about five minutes. If you have the dried form of the herb, boil
a handful of it in water. Allow it to cool and then strain the infusion. Rinse your hair with it after shampooing. You can use both these remedies several times
a week. Fenugreek. Fenugreek, or methi, is considered good for
hair growth as it is rich in protein. Plus, it contains lecithin that strengthens
and moisturizes your hair. Soak a cup of fenugreek seeds in water overnight,
or at least for four hours. Take them out of the water and grind them
into a paste. Apply coconut oil on your hair, followed by
the paste. Let it sit for at least an hour before rinsing
it out and shampooing your hair. Repeat the process two or three times a week. Beetroot Juice. Beetroot is a vegetable that can be juiced
in a juicer or simply run in a blender and then pressed through a strainer. It is packed with protein, carotenoids,vitamins
B and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and silica. To facilitate hair growth, drink beetroot
juice regularly. You can also combine it with juices of other
vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, coriander, lettuce, or others that you like. For example, you can prepare a healthy drink
by blending together half a beet, half a cucumber, and five carrots. Strain it, if needed, and drink the juice. Alfalfa juice extracted from alfalfa sprouts
is also beneficial for hair growth because it is rich in vitamins A, B-complex, and E,
as well as calcium, magnesium, folic acid, and zinc. Eggs. Hair is made up of keratin protein and eggs
are a great source of protein. Thus, they are highly beneficial in helping
your hair grow. Whisk two egg yolks and mix in two tablespoons
of olive oil. Apply the mixture on your scalp and leave
it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it out with cold water and then shampoo
your hair as usual. Alternatively, mix one egg and one-quarter
cup each of plain yogurt and mayonnaise in a blender. Apply this hair mask and cover your hair with
a shower cap. Leave it on for at least half an hour before
rinsing it out. Indian Gooseberry. When dealing with hair loss, you can apply
coconut oil infused with Indian gooseberry, or amla, to encourage hair growth. It will help greatly with premature graying
as well. Heat some coconut oil in a pan and cook dried
amla pieces in it until they are charred. Strain and cool the oil. Massage your hair and scalp with it. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Do this on a weekly basis. Alternatively, you can apply a mixture of
one tablespoon each of dried Indian gooseberry powder and lemon juice. Simply applying fresh amla juice is also useful. Fish Oil. Fish oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids
that not only promote smooth, shiny hair, but also encourage healthy hair growth. Oftentimes, a deficiency of these fatty acids
impedes hair growth. Take fish oil supplements daily for at least
a month. If you just cannot stand the smell of fish
oils, consider taking flaxseed oil. You can also include flax seeds in your diet. Scalp Massage and Hot Oil Treatment. Massaging your scalp helps improve circulation
and hence stimulates hair growth, and you only need to do it for about five minutes
daily to see results. Just rub your fingers on your scalp in a circular
motion, applying gentle pressure and kneading occasionally to open up the blood vessels
and increase blood flow. Massaging can also be combined with a hot
oil treatment once or twice a week. Heat some coconut or olive oil in a microwave. Heating it will help it penetrate the hair
shaft easily and also reduce dandruff. Put the hot oil on your hair and comb it through
to ensure even distribution and reduce breakage during shampooing. Wear a plastic cap or wrap a warm towel around
your head (use a hair dryer to heat the towel) and leave it on for at least half an hour
before shampooing. Another popular tip is to flip your hair upside
down for two to four minutes daily. Castor Oil. Castor oil facilitates hair growth because
it is rich in omega-9 fatty acids and vitamin E. The thick oil moisturizes your hair, adds
volume, prevents frizzing, and also fights scalp infections. It is best to mix castor oil with an equal
amount of a base oil to get a better consistency and enhance the benefits. Rub it on your scalp and massage. Leave it on for 30 to 45 minutes. Finally, rinse it out and shampoo your hair. If it is difficult to remove, use a clarifying
shampoo. To make it more effective, mix four drops
of rosemary essential oil in an ounce of castor oil and then use it on your hair and scalp. Lemon Juice. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and vitamins
B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folic acid, and other nutrients. Plus, they are loaded with antioxidants. In addition to hair growth, lemon juice promotes
smooth, shiny, dandruff-free hair. When applied on the scalp, it stimulates circulation
and hence prevents hair loss. Do not use lemon juice in excessive , as it
can lighten your hair color over time. Mix one part lemon juice and two parts of
coconut or olive oil. Apply it on your hair and scalp and leave
it on for 30 to 45 minutes. Wash it out and then shampoo your hair with
a mild shampoo. Repeat once or twice a week. If you are experiencing hair problems due
to a medical condition or medications, consult your doctor for proper treatment of the underlying

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