There are many herbal remedies for your hair, but one of our favorites at BotanicalHairLab.com is turmeric. This spice used medicinally for thousands of years throughout India is building a reputation in the scientific community for being a powerhouse of healing – and those benefits are extended to your hair and scalp.
We use turmeric is a main ingredient in some of our best-selling products for many of its ancient healing properties, but science is proving that it aids circulation, reduces inflammation, and scavenges free-radicals among dozens of other benefits. Let’s look at why this single spice is so shockingly helpful.
Curcumin – Turmeric’s Treasure
If you’ve ever eaten Indian curry, you’ve likely had turmeric. It is the bright, golden root from the ginger family used as a spice in so many Eastern dishes. Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is a polyphenol responsible for the yellow color of turmeric derived from the rhizome itself. Curcumin is also the primary compound in turmeric that offers so many healing benefits.
It also has a 6,000-year track-record based on Ayurvedic Medicine, the ancient, natural method of healing developed in the 6th and 7th centuries AD.
It is unparalleled in its value to us a healing plant for health conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative disease to depression, every disease associated with chronic inflammation (and there are many), cancer (even destroying cancerous tumors that are resistant to pharmaceutical drugs), heart disease, and more.
Getting to the Root of the Hair Loss Issue: Inflammation
One of the most important reasons that turmeric is so profoundly healing is because it reverses chronic inflammation – even better than NSAIDS, corticosteroids, and other drugs meant to do the same thing, but with a host of side effects.
Harvard Medical School has even said:
Chronic inflammation is thought to be the root cause of hundreds of diseases. If you have allergies, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, and yes – even hair loss, it is likely due to or exacerbated by inflammation in your body.
“The four horsemen of the medical apocalypse — coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s — may be riding the same steed: inflammation.” And though hair loss isn’t as devastating as a heart attack, its root cause is the same!
The inflammatory response in the body has been understood as beneficial for thousands of years, as it helps us address illness and injury, but chronic inflammation is another beast altogether.
Damaged tissues cannot heal without inflammation, either, and this includes damaged scalp tissue. The body sends oxygen-rich blood to sites of disease or injury to heal damaged cells.
However, chronic inflammation is what happens when your immune system is turned “on” permanently. It doesn’t stop sending resources to different areas of your body to heal a perceived wound or pathogen, thus eventually causing the body to attack itself.
Guess what one of the signs of chronic, acute inflammation is? Hair loss and scalp conditions like eczema. There is a powerful link between skin conditions like psoriasis and resulting hair loss and inflammation.
Chronic inflammation also makes you feel tired or worn out all the time, and more prone to disease and illness. This is because tired cells are sick cells, and your body must use all its resources to heal what is broken. If your hair looks tired, and your scalp is full of dandruff, itches or is easily irritated, this is a sign of inflammation. To heal it, you need to address the root cause.
How to Heal Chronic Inflammation for Better Hair Growth and Overall Health
There are several things you can do to heal inflammation that may be causing your hair loss:
Eat anti-inflammatory foods.
A fiber-rich, plant-heavy diet can reduce inflammation by supplying naturally occurring anti-inflammatory phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods.
Use a pinch of turmeric in scrambled eggs or toss it with roasted vegetables. Turmeric’s slightly warm and peppery flavor works especially well with cauliflower, potatoes, and root vegetables. A dash of turmeric brings color and mild flavor to a pot of plain rice or braised greens like kale, collards, and cabbage.
Take anti-inflammatory supplements.
Turmeric can be taken as an oral supplement as well as applied directly to the scalp in the form of our hair oil, shampoo and conditioner. We offer these products as a set so that you can infuse your scalp with the anti-oxidant rich, free-radical-scavenging, inflammation-fighting properties of turmeric (curcumins) as much as possible.
One often-overlooked way of reducing chronic inflammation is through exercise. Just 20 minutes of daily exercise can help to reduce your chances of developing chronic inflammation. It also happens to boost your mood, dump excess levels of cortisol (a stress hormone also known to contribute to hair loss) and improve circulation throughout every part of your body. This includes the scalp, a living part of your body that needs to be well-oxygenated to grow healthy hair.
Reduce your stress.
Stress is the culprit in numerous diseases, and no wonder, it increases inflammation! Turmeric’s gentle aroma has the enviable ability to reduce both stress and chronic inflammation so that they cannot act as a negative feedback loop, wreaking havoc on your health and a beautiful head of hair.
As one study explains it, turmeric “appears to elevate neurotransmitters such as serotonin, while lowering stress hormones, such as cortisol, and is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Curcumin also provides protection to the brain.”
Stress also results in the constriction of blood vessels in the scalp, causing your hair follicles to be deprived of the oxygen, minerals, and vitamins that they need for healthy hair growth, but turmeric helps to reverse that tendency.
At BotanicalHairlab.com we’re constantly aiming to help heal your hair from the inside out. We encourage you to take these proactive steps to improve your immune system and reduce chronic inflammation. Also, try our turmeric-infused suite of products to help your scalp and hair follicles recover from inflammation’s damaging effects. You, and your hair will never look or feel better.
Once you’ve tried our Ginger-Saw Palmetto anti-inflammatory healing scalp treatment oil with Turmeric Essential Oil, please share your results with us. We’d love to hear how well it worked for you.
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