Known as a type of Marigold, Calendula is a flowering plant used in herbal medicine for its therapeutic properties. It is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
Reduces Bacterial Growth
Calendula’s antimicrobial properties combined with iodine, carotene, and manganese can help cellular regeneration. Cellular regeneration can speed up healing times when your hair follicles are damaged, leading to thicker hair growth.
When topically applied, formulas that contain calendula:
- Increased skin hydration
- Prevented skin alterations and early aging
This bush is native to Europe, Asia, and North America. When grown, the shrub produces clusters of purple, blue and white flowers. Traditional medicine from all over the world uses Comfrey leaves as a medicinal herb. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it's commonly used for wound healing or joint pain. The leaves have active ingredients such as allantoin, rosmarinic acid, tanning, vitamin B-12, and zinc.
Comfrey leaves contain allantoin, also known as aluminum dihydroxy allantoinate. It has healing and soothing properties that have been used in traditional medicine to heal skin injuries. Allantoin has strong moisturizing properties.
- Stimulate skin cell proliferation and accelerates the exfoliation of dead skin cells, making skin softer.
- Accelerate skin cell recovery, allowing the skin to rebuild its protective hydro-lipid coat and retain more water.
- Increase hydration and anti-irritant potential of the scalp.
Promotes Hair Growth
Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) is an essential ingredient in Comfrey leaves. Homeopathic medicine has used GLA for centuries. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid. This acid fights oxidative stress, reduces inflammation, and encourages cell growth. GLA is a co-contributor in stimulating cell growth. Research shows that applying GLA:
- Increases penetration of hair through the scalp
- Increases hair growth in male subjects suffering from androgenic alopecia
Dandelion is used in traditional medicine. The entire plant is edible, with a slightly bitter taste. It can treat stomach and liver conditions. Dandelion is rich in vitamin A, C, and E, along with B vitamins. Its root contains iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium.
Encourages Hair Growth
Dandelions contain polysaccharides, a strong anti-inflammatory. It helps reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which helps reduce inflammation of the scalp, a common culprit for hair loss.
Soothes the Scalp
This flower can stimulate blood circulation in the scalp to help your body regenerate skin cells, strengthen hair, and smooths a sensitive scalp.
Native to Europe and the mountainous regions of Uzbekistan, the Everlasting flower has potent medicinal properties. It's traditionally known for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antiallergic properties. It's traditionally used to treat a range of disorders including eczema and psoriasis. The everlasting flower has cytophylactic properties and can promote the regrowth of skin cells.
Helps Build Healthy Hair Strands
The Everlasting flower can stimulate blood circulation and helps encourage hair growth. Sometimes damage to the fair follicles can hinder proper hair growth. By healing the scalp, everlasting flower cleans the scalp, strengthens the hair strands, and stimulates hair follicle growth.
Reduces Dryness and Itchiness
This flower is also an emollient that can help skin maintain smoothness and retain moisture. Combined with its anti-inflammatory properties from sespquiterpene hydrocarbons, the everlasting flower can help moisturize and heal the scalp while protecting it from free radicals.
Eucalyptus trees are large flowering shrubs with aromatic leaves. They are native to Australia but are grown in tropical climates all over the world. The dried eucalyptus leaves are used for medicinal purposes. Eucalyptus has antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
Thymol, a natural compound found in eucalyptus, has antifungal properties and has been shown to inhibit the production of dandruff.
Protects Your Scalps Moisture Barrier
Applying Eucalyptus improves dry skin by increasing its ceramide content. Ceramides are a type of fatty acid in your skin that helps it maintain its moisture barrier. Low ceramide levels are sometimes responsible for dry skin, dandruff, and other skin disorders. Applying eucalyptus leaves has been found to increase ceramide production and skin barrier protection. Participants who applied eucalyptus to their scalp saw:
- Improvement in skin dryness and scaling
- Increase in the moisture-retention ability of the scalp
- Decreased itchiness
A seed with a sweet nutty flavor, Fenugreek adds a burnt butter note to spice mixes. It's often used in herbal medicine to treat disorders such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and inflammation. Fenugreek consists of the compounds: hydroxyisoleucine, trigonelline, galactomannan, and trigoneosides. These compounds work together to stimulate insulin and lower blood sugar. Ancient Ayurvedic medicine uses fenugreek to aid with skin irritation and promote overall skin health.
Encourages Hair Growth
Fenugreek contains iron and protein, two essential nutrients that promote hair growth. They contain flavonoids and saponins, properties that help the scalp heal and encourages hair growth. When topically applied fenugreek:
- Increases hair growth and thickness
- Is more effective than some over-the-counter hair growth medication
Reduces Dandruff and Itchiness
This herb contains anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties that have been shown to improve skin and wound healing abilities. This helps supports conditions such as dandruff, fungal growth, and dry skin. Studies on the efficacy of skin cream containing fenugreek found that participants saw:
- An improvement in skin moisture
- A reduction in skin redness
- A reduction in skin irritation
Hops are the female flowers of the perennial climbing vine. It’s a rich source of antioxidants and can help protect your skin from free radicals. Hops have anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. It can help to reduce hair fall, promote shine and reduce the itchiness of the scalp.
Promotes Hair Growth
The hops flower contains a natural inhibiting activity known as 5a-reductase. This activity naturally repairs the hair follicles and stimulates hair growth, particularly in individuals experiencing alopecia or male pattern baldness.
Adds Volume and Shine to Hair
Hops contains B vitamins and proteins that nourish the hair strand and coat the cuticles. The created added volume to your hair. This flower also contains sucrose, a sugar that tightens the cuticles and creates shine.
This tree is native to India, the Middle East, and the southeast Asian regions. Ayurvedic medicine has used Indian gooseberry for thousands of years. It’s rich in vitamin C, making it a strong antioxidant.
Encourages Hair Growth
Due to its antioxidant content, Indian gooseberry can help prevent cellular damage in the natural aging process. The tree contains 5α-reductase enzyme inhibitors. These enzymes are effective in promoting hair growth.
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of vitamin C help stop the formation of dandruff on the scalp. Vitamin C can also help clear build-up on the scalp restore your scalp to its optimum PH level.
This evergreen shrub has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties. These deep blue berries have a woody and spicy fragrence. These berries have been used in traditional medicine to treat ailments such as diabetes, cholesterol, and fungal infections. Juniper berries are packed with flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants and help fight against free radicals.
The antiseptic and antifungal properties found in juniper berries can help rid the scalp of bacteria or fungus that causes dandruff. Their astringent properties can also aid in cleansing the scalp to balance oil production. This helps unclog your hair follicles and promotes stronger hair.
Reduces Thinning Hair
Studies have shown that when hair is exposed to large amounts of free radicals, hair begins to age faster. Free radicals accelerate the aging of your strands and can lead to hair thinning and hair loss. Juniper berries are a powerful antioxidant that can help fight oxidative stress to help reduce the effects of aging.
Lemongrass is a herb that's native to Sri Lanka and South India. The plant stalks are used in Asian cooking. Lemongrass consists of chlorogenic acid and isoorientin. These are two powerful antioxidants that may help prevent the dysfunction of cells. It also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in lemongrass can help fight off harmful bacteria. Two compounds in lemongrass, citral, and geranial, can stop the release of inflammation markers in your body and can soothe your scalp.
Lemongrass can help you achieve a flake-free scalp. The herb is active against lipophilic yeasts, the yeast responsible for causing dandruff. Studies found that the topical application of lemongrass:
- Reduces dandruff by 15% on the 7th day of application
- Reduces dandruff by 74% on the 14th day of application
This root comes from the marshmallow plant and looks like a brown, fibrous husk. It's used in natural medicine for treating ailments from skin irritation to digestive problems. It has a sap-like substance that comes from the mucilage that the plant produces. The mucilage is an antioxidant and an antiinflammatory.
Soothes the Scalp
Marshmallow root has been shown to help with skin inflammation and wound healing. The active compounds in their mucilage: arabinogalactans, galacturonorhamnans, glucans, and arabinans, helps protect against free radicals and anti-inflammatory activity. It can help treat eczema, dermatitis, and dry scalp. Ointments containing marshmallow root extract:
- Reduced skin irritation induced by UV radiation by 20%
The mucilage in marshmallow root is rich in protein and vitamins. The mucilage is sap-like and contains a slippery texture that works as a natural conditioner to help remove knots and tangles while nourishing your hair.
A plant native to India, Moringa is known for its medicinal properties and health benefits. This plant has antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains vitamin A, B vitamins, folate, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
Hair Growth Activator
Moringa is plentiful in amino acids and minerals such as zinc and iron. Iron brings oxygen into your hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth, while zinc can help damaged hair follicles repair themselves. Animal studies have found that applying Moringa resulted in a high rate of hair growth.
Helps Build Healthier hair Strands
Moringa contains amino acids such as arginine, cysteine, lysine, and methionine that work to nourish your hair. Cysteine is the most crucial amino acid for hair. It's an antioxidant that protects hair from sun damage. It can improve the texture and strength of your hair by providing sulfur to your hair cells.
Oat Straw comes from the unripened plant of Avena Sativa. The mature seed of Avena Sativa is the oats that are bought in stores. Oat Straw is the extract that comes from its stem and leaves. This extract is harvested earlier while the grass is still green. Oat straw is high in manganese, iron, and zinc. This antioxidant can help reduce inflammation and increase blood circulation. Oat straw can also soothe dry, itchy skin.
Reduces Itching on Your Scalp
Oat straw contains a soluble phenolic compound called avenanthramides. It's known as a remedy natural remedy for sunburn, eczema, and psoriasis. Avenanthramides have anti-histamine and anti-irritation activity. Participants that topically applied avenanthramides noted:
- a reduction in scratching
- a reduction of skin inflammation
Protects Your Scalps Moisture Barrier
Polysaccharides and hydrocolloids are two water-binding agents that are responsible for the skin's ability to hydrate and retain water. Applying polysaccharides has been shown to improve the skin's barrier function. This works to keep skin moisturized and helps maintain your skin's natural PH balance.
A herb often used in American, European, and Middle Eastern cooking. It contains nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and zinc. Parsley is a powerful antioxidant that can improve skin conditions. It has anti-bacterial properties that can inhibit the growth of microorganisms.
Reduces Hair Loss
Parsley contains Apigenin, a bioflavonoid that has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Apigenin offers a range of health benefits including supporting brain health and maintaining healthier hair. This bioflavonoid can help to control hair loss by inhibiting the TGF-B1 compound. TGF-B1 is triggered to signal your hair follicles to end the growth stage.
Restores Normal Hair Growth
Zinc, an active ingredient in parsley, plays an essential role in hair tissue growth and repair. It’s a micronutrient that helps regulate gene expression. Zinc deficiency can lead to alopecia and premature balding. Studies find that in the case of a zinc deficiency, participants who took zinc saw:
- Hair loss was cured or improved
- Normal hair growth resume
This herb stems from the mint family. It has a woody, sweet and spicy scent that’s often used in the fragrance and cosmetic industry. Traditional Chinese Medicine commonly uses patchouli for the treatment of skin disorders. Patchouli has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. It has typically been used to treat skin conditions such as acne, dandruff, and eczema.
Increases Scalp Elasticity and Moisture
Patchouli increases collagen content of the skin, which helps promote scalp elasticity and moisture and healthy hair growth. Topically applying patchouli has been shown to reduce skin photoaging in mice. Studies show that applying patchouli:
- Alleviates the reduction in skin elasticity by 21.3%
- Increases collagen content by 26.3%
- Helps maintain skins natural integrity caused by UV aging
Patchouli is rich in sesquiterpene alcohols and has shown strong antifungal activity. It’s particularly effective in fighting antifungal activity against C. neoformans. Patchouli’s antifungal properties can help with mild to severe scalp conditions like dandruff, psoriasis, and eczema.
Enamored since ancient times for its healing benefits, Rosehips is loading with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids. Rosehip contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E. It's rich in polyphenols, anthocyanin, and fatty acids and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Reduces Itching and Dandruff
Participants who applied Rosehip oil over eight weeks saw:
- An increase in skin moisture
- An increase in skin elasticity
Strengthens Hair Follicles
Collagen is the building block of your scalp. It's essential for the rejuvenation of your hair follicles, which helps hair strengthen and reduces its chances of falling. Rosehips is rich in vitamins A and C, used for the production of collagen. It also inhibits the creation of MMP-1, an enzyme that breaks down collagen in the body.
Stinging nettle is a plant that’s used in traditional medicine. It's native to the United States, Canada, and Europe. Stinging nettles leaves and roots are packed with nutrients including vitamins A, C, and K. It has all of the essential amino acids and a range of polyphenols. Stinging nettle has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.
Reduces Male Pattern Baldness
Dihydrotestosteroneor or DHT is an androgen hormone that's created as a testosterone byproduct. DHT plays a vital role in male characteristics such as facial hair, chest hair, and deepening voice. It's also responsible for male pattern baldness. Studies have shown that stinging nettle blocks the production of DHT, by reducing the production of the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme.
Helps Prevent Hair Breakage
Stinging nettle roots hold nutrients such as sulfur and silica. Silica increases hair strand strength in individuals with thinning hair.
This bark comes from the White Oak Tree native to North America. It's rich in iron, B12, and potassium. Oak bark can contain up to 20% of tannings, depending on the time of harvesting. These tannins act as an agent to bind proteins in the skin to tighten pores and dry out irritated areas. It can also inhibit anti-inflammatory compounds and is antimicrobial.
The tannings in white oat bark are a class of astringents that work as a drying and constricting agent. The bark works by tightening your pores to help dry out irritated areas of the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties regulate the amount of oil in your scalp to help reduce dandruff, prevent hair loss and strengthen hair follicles.
Increases Hair Growth
Flavonoids, a plant-based compound found in white oak bark, works to protect the scalp from harmful free radicals. Flavanoids increase blood circulation to the scalp to strengthen the blood vessels. Vitamin B12 works to nourish the scalp and aid in hair growth.