The colder months have many of us grasping for sources of warmth and the new year, following a holiday season of overindulgence and crisp with its fresh beginnings, has our bodies seeking purification and detoxification. For centuries, cultures have used the healing, medicinal power of herbal tea to clear the skin, aide in digestion, and strengthen hair. We have created a list of our favorite herbal teas to stimulate blood flow and which may help to promote follicle growth.
Rosemary Tea. Mediterranean cultures have utilized the powerful antioxidant properties in rosemary to heal ailments, from brain fog to digestion and memory. Rosemary also has antimicrobial properties known to stimulate circulation, cleanse hair of impurities, relieve symptoms of an irritated scalp, and increase shine.
Green Tea. Asian cultures have traditionally enjoyed the benefits of healthy, shiny hair and regular green tea consumption might be the reason. Green tea has powerful antioxidants that help to stimulate hair growth, containing EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and known DHT blockers to fight off androgenetic hair loss.
Ginger Tea. In addition to calming nausea, relieving symptoms from cold and flu, ginger root contains powerful follicle stimulating properties. Ginger helps to increase blood circulation and stimulate the scalp, triggering hair growth. Antiseptic properties in ginger may cure dandruff and has fatty acids, essential to hair thinning prevention and drinking just one cup a day may strengthen hair.
Lavender Tea. Like ginger tea, Lavender has antimicrobial properties. The fragrant aroma of lavender tea may help to improve sleep quality and detoxify the body of toxins known to cause hair loss. Lavender reduces inflammation and boosts immunity. In 2016, lavender oil applied directly to the hair of mice produced an increase in hair growth.
Peppermint Tea. The menthol properties in peppermint tea contain known ingredients to help stimulate hair growth, increasing cellular activity and easing digestion. Peppermint tea also contains properties known to fight bacterial infection and dandruff that may develop.
Kombucha Tea. In recent years, Kombucha has earned recognition as a miracle detoxifier. Kombucha is rich with Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and yeast (SCOBY), probiotics that help to promote better gut health. Kombucha tea detoxifies the body and helps to improve texture of the skin and hair.
Chamomile Tea. Ancient Egyptians knew of the health and aesthetic benefits of tea. Soaking in a nice chamomile bath has been known to ease discomforts, cold related symptoms, and soothe the skin. Drinking chamomile tea has been linked to healthier hair. That’s because it acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps to alleviate itchy, dry skin that contributes to dandruff. Chamomile even has lightening benefits when applied directly to the hair!
Jasmine Tea. Originated in Asia and helping to keep your tresses infection free and moisturized, Jasmine Tea offers a healthy level of caffeine to also stimulate your hair’s growth. In addition to it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Jasmine tea may provide you with energy and offers stress reducing benefits.
To chase the winter blues and support healthy hair growth, the answer may be right at your fingertips in your cup of hot tea! While the majority of herbal teas have no harsh side effects, it’s best to consult with a doctor before trying any new healthy hair regimen.
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