Lavender is a Top Herb for Hair and Scalp Health - TELETIES

Lavender is a Top Herb for Hair and Scalp Health

Lavender is one of the herbs that are good for your hair and it helps prevent hair loss thanks to its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-anxiety properties. All of lavender’s benefits for your hair come from the oil in the flower, which you can get from brewing a tea or rubbing the oil directly onto your hair and scalp. 

Fun fact: The name lavender comes from the latin verb meaning “to wash.” 

Rubbing lavender oil on your scalp and through your hair can help fend off both inflammation and microbial infections, which are two major causes of hair loss. The antimicrobial effect of lavender oil also helps prevent the bacteria and fungus from causing dandruff. Plus, in another study, lavender oil helped improve a special kind of hair loss where your immune system attacks the hair follicles and causes baldness in spots around your head.

Lavender is also good for your hair thanks to its soothing scent that helps calm and relax you. Stress is bad for hair because it can both cause you to literally pull your hair out and it can cause gray hair. But lavender can help combat stress by soothing your nervous system to relieve general anxiety or even specific things like final exam stress. Just light a lavender candle and then rub some oil in your hair on test day to keep your tresses healthy long after you get the A.

If you don’t like the smell, it can be overpowering, try incorporating lavender into your diet.  You can use lavender oils for desserts like the frosting on cakes and cupcakes, or as a flavoring for your lemonade in the summer.  Lavender flowers and petals are edible, so you could use them as decor on puff pastries or cook a lemon and lavender flavored chicken for dinner.

Pro-tip: Before adding lavender to your recipes, keep in mind that culinary lavender is different from aromatherapy lavender.  If you cook with the wrong lavender oil, your meal will taste like you washed it with dish soap. 

One of the most hair-healthy herbs, lavender is good for your hair by fending off hair loss and inflammation, fighting off dandruff inducing microbes, and keeping you relaxed to combat early grays. So next time you’re browsing the shampoo aisle, candle aisle, and even the spice aisle at the grocery store, keep your eyes peeled for products infused and made with this hair healthy flower.

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