Alopecia Areata refers to an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system erroneously starts attacking the hair follicles, resulting in hair shedding, primarily from the scalp, but it can affect any part of the body. Since this type of hair loss is caused by malfunctioning of a person’s immune system, avoiding it from happening is still not possible. However, there are numerous treatments available to minimize its severity and reverse the damage caused to hair follicles. There is also a long list of herbal remedies used in ayurvedic medicine for treating alopecia areata.
Most people opt for Herbal Treatment for Alopecia Areata because it is inexpensive and does not have any serious side effects. Some of the time tested home Remedies for treating this type of hair loss include use of onions, peppers, cucumbers, green tea, kelp, milk thistle and numerous essential oils, such as lavender oil and rosemary oil.
Here are 5 Home Remedies for Alopecia Areata:
Studies have shown that lavender oil is highly effective in reversing effects of Alopecia Areata. Essential oils work by stimulating blood flow to the scalp, thereby strengthening damaged hair follicles. Lavender oil is a powerful essential oil and therefore should be diluted before applying to the scalp. Use almond oil or coconut oil as base oil and add a few drops of lavender oil into it (one drop of lavender oil for every 10 drops of base oil. Rub the oil mixture into the scalp at the point of initial baldness daily for a few weeks and you will be amazed by the results. Other essential oils that can be used for treating alopecia areata include peppermint, sage, and rosemary oils.
Green tea is rich in catechins, saponins, and general antioxidants. All these ingredients are capable of eliminating free radicals, responsible for hair loss, and stimulating the regeneration of healthy cells on the scalp, including hair cells. Boil two cups of water and add two teaspoons full of green tea into it. Let the tea steep on low flame for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and allow it to come to room temperature. Dip a clean piece of cloth into green tea and dab the hairless patches of the scalp with it. You will soon notice hair growth in the bare patches.
Hibiscus flowers are known for maintaining hair health while the hair has not fallen out, such as treating dry and damaged hair, eliminating split ends, and improving hair volume. But latest studies have shown that it can also stimulate alopecia-affected hair follicles. Take petals of a few dried hibiscus flowers and simmer them for 2-3 minutes in coconut oil on low flame. Strain the oil and allow it to cool a bit. Massage the affected areas of the scalp with this oil and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before you rinse it off with lukewarm water and mild shampoo.
Fenugreek is known for numerous health benefits, alopecia areata treatment, being one of them. Various proteins and organic compounds available in fenugreek seeds are known to improve defensive capacity of the scalp and hair follicles against alopecia areata. These compounds also help stimulate hair regrowth. Soak one tablespoon of fenugreek in water overnight. In the morning grind the seeds to form a smooth paste. Apply this paste to the scalp, focusing on the bare patches. Wait for half an hour and then wash off with cold water.
Licorice root is known to relax scalp skin and open pores, thus allowing efficient penetration of essential nutrients into the scalp. Besides that, it also soothes the scalp skin and minimizes itchiness and irritation caused by dry skin. When used for treating alopecia areata, licorice roots helps reverse damage caused to the hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth.
Try these natural remedies with confidence, but remember patience is the key. These herbs take time to deliver any positive results, so remain patient and determined.