Horsetail for hair loss


The horsetail plant is known for its many medical properties, but it also has great benefits in aesthetics. Next we will tell you one of its most appreciated and frequent use: the hair loss treatment.

¿Why does the hair fall out?

Having some hair fall out is normal because it is part of its life cycle. When the hair gets to the end of its life it falls out and the cycle starts again. So loosing hair should not be a matter of concern if it’s within its limits (between 60 and 100 hairs a day).

If the hair loss is excessive it could be some kind of alopecia. In this case it’s recommended to talk to a specialized doctor to help us find the cause and treat it.

Frequent causes for hair loss

  • Androgenic alopecia. This is the most frequent form of alopecia in men, but it is also given in women. In men it normally starts before the 30s with the thinning of the hair above both temples, followed later by the crown. In women it usually starts after the menopause with the thinning of all the hair but specially at the crown.
  • Hormone changes. This is the most frequent cause of hair loss in women. During pregnancy the increased estrogen levels promote hair growth, but after giving birth these levels decrease drastically and the hair massively falls out. This may also happen after long periods of taking the pill and after menopause.
  • Vitamins and minerals deficiency. If the body doesn’t get all the necessary nutrients it will reflect in the quantity and quality of the hair. A common cause of hair loss in women is anemia, as they lose large amounts of iron during menstruation. Other cause could be: high levels of copper and deficiencies of minerals like calcium, chromium, magnesium and zinc.
  • Stress. If it lasts over long periods it can cause temporary hair loss.
  • Consequence of flu or high fever. This could lead to diffuse hair loss two months after the symptoms.
  • Secondary effect of a medicine.
  • How can horsetail help for hair loss?

    This plant isn’t a miraclecure to recover or completely stop hair loss. But it is a great remedy to help reducing the loss and stimulate the growth naturally.

    The benefits of horsetail for the hair are mainly due to its high content in silicon. This mineral gives elasticity and strength to the hair, as well as improving skin elasticity and enforces nails, bones and teeth.

    Horsetail also helps detoxing the body and improving circulation, thanks to its diuretic action. This in turn helps preventing hair loss and stimulating its growth.

    How to use horsetail as hair loss treatment

    Horsetail can be prepared and used in many ways:

    • Shampoo. Wash your hair with shampoo mixed with horsetail extract or infusion.
      Directions: Put 3 spoons full of dried horsetail herb in half cup of boiling water. Let stand until cold, then strain and mix with a neutral or baby shampoo.
    • Tonic. Prepare an infusion to rinse the hair and improve scalp circulation.
      Directions: Put 4 spoons of dried horsetail herb in 1 cup of boiling water and let it cool before straining. Use the tea to massage the scalp as well as for rinsing the hair after washing it.
    • Horsetail tea. Drink one cup daily to support the treatment.
      Directions: Put one full teaspoon of dried herbs in a cup of boiling water. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes before filtering. Add some honey or sugar if necessary.

    Other remedies to strengthen the hair

  • To have a strong and healthy hair it is necessary to follow a diet rich in protein, vitamins and minerals; specially in beta-carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C and E, as well as iron, zinc and silicon. Dietary supplements can also be taken if necessary, but always under medical supervision.
  • Brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae L.). This ferment helps strengthening the hair as well as stopping the loss, thanks to its high content in B vitamins (including biotin), chromium, iron and zinc.
  • Shussler salt no. 11 – Silicea. This remedy, rich in silicon, is a great complement for treating alopecia and fragile hair.
  • Head massages with castor, almond or rosemary oil. These oils help strengthen the hair as well as stimulating its growth. Massage the scalp with the chosen oil and cover with a towel for 30 minutes, then wash normally.

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