Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Thinning Hair FIXES

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Thinning Hair FIXES

Article excerpt

While a stylish solution, hats merely cover up sparse strands. Consider getting to the root of the problem: most hair loss may be hereditary, but stress, inflammation, and autoimmune conditions can play a role. For healthier locks, turn to these natural hair helpers.

-SUSAN ENFIELD

ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL

why Essential oil extracted from the Rosmarinus officinalis herb can help stimulate scalp circulation, promoting normal follicle function and hair growth, saysTracey Beaulne, ND, who practices in Toronto. A study published in Archives of Dermatology found that regular scalp massage with rosemary and other essential oils improved symptoms in nearly half of patients with spot balding.

how Add several drops of rosemary essential oil to 2 to 3 tablespoons of a carrier oil (jojoba, grape seed, or olive), and vigorously massage into your scalp and roots for 2 to 3 minutes, delivering the essential oil's volatile compounds directly to the hair shaft, Beaulne advises. Focus the massage at the top of the head, toward the center-considered the nexus of acupressure points. "This draws energy and circulation to the scalp, which can stimulate hair growth," Beaulne explains. Postmassage, wrap your head in a warm towel, and let the oils absorb into the scalp for about 20 minutes, then shampoo out.

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why Potent antioxidants called curcuminoids in the curry spice Curcuma longa help reduce inflammation in the body-often a stealth culprit in hair loss, says San Jose, Calif-based integrative physician Julie T. …

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