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How to use ginger to stimulate hair growth

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Ginger – Zingiber officinale  is an herb that has been used in Ayurveda for more than 5000 years. Though a perennial herb, ginger is often referred to as a root and belongs to the family of rhizome. It is used in Indian cuisine as a spice but also as a medicinal plant whose benefits were discovered about 2000 years ago. You may be wondering, what makes this plant so special? Let’s find out!

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Health benefits of ginger

Ginger is a good source of fiber, calcium, potassium. It also contains amino acids,  gingerol, shogaols.

Ginger has many health benefits such as:

1. Aiding in the treatment of respiratory problems

2. Aiding in digestion problems such as heartburn

3. Helping in the treatment of nausea, morning sickness especially in pregnant women

4. Strengthening  the immune system. In combination with turmeric, ginger works well to boost the immune system and helps in preventing flu and cold symptoms.

5. Possessing anti-inflammatory properties

Read more about the benefits of ginger here

Did you know that ginger has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat scalp issues and aids in hair growth?

Let’s discover its benefits for our natural hair.

Benefits of ginger for natural hair

According to research the main compound in ginger, gingerol is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.  Ginger stimulates the flow of blood to the scalp, increases blood circulation, which triggers the hair follicles and encourages new growth.  This rhizome has many amazing benefits when use in hair care to:

  1. Stimulate hair growth
  2. Make hair soft and shinier
  3. Treat dry, itchy and flaky scalp
  4. Control dandruff
  5. Reduce inflammation and provides blood circulation to the scalp
  6. Strengthen the hair roots, heals the hair follicles and accelerate hair growth

How to use ginger for hair growth

There are various ways to use ginger for a healthy scalp and increase natural hair growth .

Ginger prepoo

You can mix ginger juice with coconut oil or your favorite oil as a prepoo or a hot oil treatment. Ginger promotes blood flow to the scalp and contributes to hair growth.

Ginger hair mask

You can use ginger juice mixed with your favorite conditioner, apple cider vinegar or yoghurt. Massage this mixture into your scalp and cover the hair with a deep conditioning cap for 30 minutes. And hen rinse it off thoroughly.

Ginger infusion

You can also add dried ginger roots to your dried herbs to create a tea rinse. After shampooing your hair, spray you hair with a mixture of this tea. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse or apply your deep conditioner for added moisture.

Ginger essential oil

You can add ginger essential oil to a carrier oil for a scalp massage. Scalp massages stimulate blood flow to the scalp to wake up the hair follicles. 

It is said that ground powdered ginger has the highest nutritional value than raw ginger and offers high benefits.

Here are two recipes with ginger for treating dry, itchy scalp and for stimulating hair growth and improving overall scalp health.

DIY Ginger and Cinnamon prepoo

For dry and itchy scalp

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps Ginger root powder (purchase here)
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 teaspoons Ashwagandha powder
  • 2 tbsps Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp Avocado oil

How to make

In a glass jar, add your oils and the powders, stir well to get a smooth paste. If making a cold infusion , let the mixture infuse for 4 weeks, strain the oil and use as your pre poo.

If making a hot infusion, warm the glass jar over a water bath (bain marie). Let sit for 24 hours, strain and you have your ginger oil. 

The combination of ginger and cinnamon in this prepoo is sure to wake up your senses and leaves your scalp refreshed

Cinnamon is known to stimulate hair growth, provide nourishment to the scalp and hair follicles and to have anti-dandruff effect.

DIY ginger and cinnamon hair mask

Ginger & Cinnamon hair mask

For stimulating hair growth

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps Ginger root powder
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 teaspoons Ashwagandha powder
  • 0,2 cup Warm water 
  • 1 tbsp Aloe vera juice
  • 3 tbsps Coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsps Olive oil
  • 3 drops Tea tree oil (optional)

How to make

In a glass bowl, mix your powders with warm water into a smooth paste. Add the Aloe vera juice, coconut milk, olive oil and honey. Mix well to your satisfaction. Add the tea tree essential oil. Let the mixture sit for a few hours.

Apply the mask on your hair, making sure to work it out through the roots. Massage well in hair and let sit for one 30-45 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

You can add your favorite conditioner to this mixture if you prefer.

Source: 2021. Online Herbal Encyclopedia :: Guide to Alternative Medicine and Health (cloverleaffarmherbs.com)

Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice but for informational purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.

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