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Eat This… For Healthy Hair

It’s one of the maddening ironies of aging: Hair gets thinner where we want it — on our heads — and starts sprouting up in places we don’t.

Good trimmers and tweezers are all you need for the latter. But for the former? Try these healthy hair foods from Drs. Roizen and Oz (see below) — they can help make your locks look more like they did in your 20s.

Healthy-Hair Diet

Eat more salmon. Omega-3 rich foods like salmon and sardines help seal in shine. Distilled fish oils or DHA supplements will work, too. Need something new to do with salmon? Try this quick and easy Blackened Salmon Sandwich from EatingWell.

Be a bran lover. Bran is rich in vitamin B, which may slow hair loss and promote hair growth. Other B-rich victuals include beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybeans, nuts, and eggs. Make bran-infused pancakes a snap with this Healthy Pancake Mix.

Say yes to avocados. Avocados and avocado oil may prevent some funky stuff that kills hair follicles — dihydrotestosterone (DHT) — from getting where it needs to go. Watch this video for shortcuts on cutting, peeling, and seeding an avocado.

Say no to animal fat — and red meat — if you’re losing hair. They can lead to more DHT production and hair-follicle damage. Make meat-free gravy for your mashers with this delicious Portobello Gravy recipe.

Stock up on green tea. Brew a strong pot, cool it, then give your head a rinse to help kill off dandruff-causing fungus. Incidentally, if you drink green tea, the caffeine in it may help slow balding, too. Try this simple Green Tea-Fruit Smoothie for breakfast — another fabulous EatingWell recipe.

Article courtesy of Real Age

Disclaimer: The information included on this blog is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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Herbal Hair Care- Natural Receipes

Herbal Hair Care
Try These Natural Recipes At Home For Healthier Locks
© Aimee Hughes

While we typically turn to our herb gardens to embellish a salad or a savory sauce, these little delights can do wonders for the hair.

Herbs contain chemical compounds that can help restore the hair’s natural balance and shine. Specific herbs target particular problems. Chamomile, for instance, promotes hair growth while burdock root reduces hair loss. The following recipes are excellent ways to take care of your hair without turning to over-the-counter synthetic products which are loaded with toxic ingredients. Pampering ourselves naturally will promote healthy hair as well as whole body health.

Ginger Hair Oil

For this oil, you will need one teaspoon of grated fresh gingerroot and ¼ cup organic sesame oil. The ginger hair oil treatment stimulates hair growth while alleviating dandruff and boosting the scalp’s circulation. It will leave your hair smelling faintly of ginger, a very pleasing scent. Place the grated ginger inside a piece of cheesecloth and gently squeeze ¼ teaspoon of the juice into the sesame oil. Mix the oil and juice together with a fork until blended thoroughly. Massage the oil into your scalp and leave on for ten minutes before shampooing.

Herbal Spritz

Rub sage leaves and rosemary leaves between your fingers to release their oils. Then place the herbs in a pot and add a pint of cold water. Cover. Bring mixture to a boil and then simmer for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and allow herbs to steep, still covered for three hours. Once cool, strain the herbs and pour mixture into a spray bottle. Spritz dry hair until it is saturated, then massage into scalp and comb through. Don’t rinse. Use two or three days in a row for optimal results. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Herbal Rinse for Dry Hair and Dandruff

You will need 8 ounces of floral water or herbal infusion and two 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. In this treatment, lavender floral water can be used or you can create your own herbal infusion. Simply take fresh or dried herbs and pour hot water over them, about two to three tablespoons per cup, to make a strong infusion. Obtain a good organic apple cider vinegar and pour into a wide mouthed glass jar. To one quart of vinegar, add one to two handfuls of herbs. Set in the sun for a few weeks, shaking daily. For dandruff, use lavender, rosemary, and basil.

Herbal Rinse for Oily Hair

Ingredients needed include one pint of boiling water, one tablespoon vinegar, and one teaspoon each of burdock root, calendula flowers, chamomile flowers, lavender flowers, lemongrass and sage leaves. Pour boiling water over herbs and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain and add vinegar. Pour over scalp and hair as final rinse after shampooing. Leave on without rinsing out.

General Herbal Hair Care Tips

Sage is excellent for weak hair, while rosemary enhances dark hair. Chamomile promotes healthy hair growth, as does catnip. Burdock root promotes hair growth and helps keep hair from falling out. For extra body, create a setting lotion by mixing 2 ounces lemon juice with 5 drops rosemary essential oil. Comb into hair and relax!

Article Courtesy of Aimee Hughes