Ginger makes a refreshing tea and adds tantalizing spice to aloo gobi. It also soothes inflammation in the guts. But who knew ginger makes hair grow long and strong? Apparently, the East Asians – read the Chinese. And Ayurveda says the same.
The Chinese have used ginger to treat hair and scalp problems for centuries. You’ll find ginger root hair treatments at every Chinese herbal medicine shop. Ayurveda swears by ginger too. So there must be some truth in the tradition, right?
One small clinical study with 36 mice, also in China, found that maybe the effects of ginger are exaggerated. In fact, the study found that ginger may prevent hair growth. But we can’t ignore the fact that the sample size of the study is too small to put a ban on ginger. And on the other side is a long history of use and the internet full of recipes for ginger and its benefits for scalp and hair.
So, let’s take a closer look at ginger for hair. You’ll definitely find it very refreshing to apply ginger to your hair in all its forms.
1. Ginger Juice for Scalp Inflammation
There seems to be some evidence to suggest that a topical treatment of ginger juice can help soothe an inflamed scalp. When the scalp condition clears up, new hair growth may be stimulated. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory property comes from the compound -gingerol, the stuff that makes ginger pungent.
Ginger juice is made directly from the root ginger you have in your kitchen. So it’s the easiest ginger avatar to make at home. Simply blend some of the root with a little water and apply on the affected area. Or you could rub a cut end of a ginger root on the affected area.
2. Ginger Oil for Scalp and Hair
You can buy ginger oil in the form of essential oils on Amazon and other stores. But the oil is highly concentrated. So to use it as a wash-off serum and fragrance for your hair, add a few drops to carrier oil first. You could use olive oil or almond oil as the carrier oil.
Then take a few drops of the oil in your palms, rub to warm, and apply to your hair. Slowly massage the oil over your scalp. Leave on for twenty minutes as the spicy fragrance spreads through your hair. Then, wash off.
3. Ginger Supplements for Overall Hair Health
It is highly likely that ginger’s positive effects on gut health have something to do with its reported benefits for hair. Ginger changes the gut environment for good, is good for digestion, and we all know that a healthy gut with good microbes supports hair growth.
You can take ginger supplements in the form of teas or tablets. But always be sure to follow dosage instructions when you do so. In the right amounts, ginger is great for keeping your digestion healthy. Too much, like too much of anything, can throw things out of balance and have the opposite effect – gastric side effects. It could cause heartburn, diarrhea, cramps, excessive gas and other unpleasant things.
4. Ginger Hair Mask
A ginger mask can help do several things. It can help increase blood circulation to the scalp. This will stimulate hair follicles to grow new hair and grow hair faster. If you have thinning hair, follicles can be stimulated to make your hair grow thicker and stronger.
An easy mask can be made with 1 tbsp of grated ginger and 1 tbsp of jojoba oil. Simply apply on your scalp in a circular motion and let it sit for half an hour before washing off with a shampoo.
5. Side Effects to Watch Out For
If you’ve never taken ginger as a supplement before, or used it as a topical treatment, take things slow. You may be allergic to ginger without knowing it. There may be other side effects of ginger that you didn’t expect, like skin reactions in the form of itching, rashes, burns and welts. If ginger causes any of these side effects or inflames your skin, maybe it’s too strong for you.
6. Don’t Take Ginger if you’re Taking Blood Thinners
Ginger can interfere with coagulation, so be very careful if you’re taking blood thinners. Ginger contains something called salicylate, a natural acid. This helps to thin the blood. Aspirin is derived from a synthetic salicylate. So you don’t want to combine ginger with blood thinners, or you could end up with more bruises and bleeding.
There are plenty of reasons to try ginger as a herbal hair-growing medium. It’s easily available, prescribed by Ayurveda, and good for your guts. It stimulates blood circulation and nudges hair follicles to grow hair stronger and thicker. Weave it into a healthy, sattvik lifestyle and you may very likely see great changes in the quality and length of your hair. You can also read Ayurvedic Remedies to Stop Hair fall and Grow New Hair.