Do you have bald spots on your head or general thinning areas? Thinning hair can be a distressing problem which can be brought on by any number of factors with the most common being:
What Causes Thinning Hair?
- You’re overly stressed. If your lifestyle is too hectic, it can invariably affect your hair and start causing thin hair.
- Vitamin deficiencies such as low vitamin D, vitamin D, vitamin A or vitamin C.
- Iron deficiency anaemia, which is more common in women with heavy periods.
- Taking too many supplements. It can lead to too much of something or other in your body and trigger hair loss.
- A bad diet that’s missing vital nutrients needed for hair growth. Diets that also eliminate entire food groups without replacing it with something suitable cause hair loss.
- Excessive and overly zealous dieting aimed at exorbitant weight loss within short amounts of time can also lead to hair loss.
- Hormonal imbalance.
- Hereditary hair loss within the family.
- Health issues like an overactive thyroid, lupus, medical treatments, etc.
- Excessive manipulation and hair styling can stress the hair follicles.
Besides the reasons listed above, there are so many other reasons that might lead to thinning hair. These reasons are covered in-depth in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide.
There are several natural methods that can help with reversing thin hair but this article will focus on one of them – burdock root oil aka bur oil. Not many people are familiar with burdock root oil but it’s one of the best oils to help with hair loss issues.
The burdock plant usually has oviform leaves and belongs to a group of thistles in the genus Arctium, which is found in Europe and Asia. The oil is rich in phytosterols, calcium, chlorogenic acid, flavonoids, iron, inulin, lactone, mucilage, polyacetylenes, potassium, resin, tannin, taraxosterol and essential fatty acids. The plant also contains all of the necessary amino acids for building the kind of protein that creates hair.
Burdock root has been around for centuries as a medicinal herb used to promote healthy hair, relieve scalp irritation and improve scalp condition. It has also been used in traditional medicine for detoxifying the system and purifying the blood.
Burdock Root Oil for Hair Growth
- Apply the oil to your scalp focusing on the thin areas and massage in using the 8 step method, then leave in overnight.
- Wash and condition the next day. You can also leave in until you wash and condition on the weekend.
- You can enhance the properties of burdock root oil by combining with nettle, plantain extract, olive oil, horsetail, birch and gingko. This can be used daily as a scalp oil. Additional benefits of continued usage include improved hair strength and body.
- You should begin to see results in 6 – 8 weeks with dedicated usage.
You can purchase burdock root oil at your local herbal store or make your own in the comfort of your home. Learn how to DIY burdock root oil HERE.
Caution: It is advised that diabetics and women who are pregnant or breast-feeding consult a physician before using burdock oil.
For more hair growth solutions, recipes, tips, tricks and free hair growth coaching, check out The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide.