Tom Greenthumb Gardening

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

5 Natural Herbs for Hair Loss Prevention

My herb of the week, chamomile, along with rosemary, sage, catnip, and burdock root are five natural herbs used as a treatment for hair loss prevention. I lost my hair years ago. My search for a cure for hair loss ended then. If you're lucky enough to still have your hair, and want to keep it, using these herbs in the following fashion may just help. First though, we need to understand a few things about hair growth and loss.

Alopecia, a medical term for hair loss, occurs on various areas of the scalp. Hair is a living protein which receives its nourishment from our blood. Stimulating the scalp promotes circulation and prevents hair loss. Hair loss causes can occur from stress, shock to the body, or illness. I was involved in an auto accident years ago. My hair fell out in clumps after the accident. I was losing my hair before this anyway, but it sure didn't help. So what can you do to prevent hair loss? Here's a simple remedy.

It's not really a hair loss shampoo, but more of a hair loss rinse. Take the five natural herbs for hair loss and try the following remedy.

Boil 1 tbsp. of each herb, dried, in approximately two cups of water for 15 minutes. Let the rinse cool until lukewarm. Next, strain the hair rinse and apply to your scalp with a massaging technique for five minutes. The natural ingredients of each herb should add strength to your hair follicles and you should gain circulatory benefits from the massaging. Repeat this every time you wash your hair. These natural herbs for hair loss prevention are just one more way herbs provide healthy benefits to the body.

Herb Gardening Pot - Liven Up Your Patio

Why not try an herb gardening pot if you're limited on space for that next gardening project? Herbs are easily planted in small places. My daughter decided on stackable pots in her apartment. A real space saver. An excellent way to liven up your patio, balcony, or windowsill, is by planting herbs in a pot.

You can probably find a great looking gardening herb pot at your local Home and Garden store or nursery. If you're looking for some ideas on how to use these pots, I found the book, Colorful Container Gardens: Vibrant Schemes for Pots and Plantershad a number of ideas. It's not specifically for herb gardening. For that, I highly recommend, Your Backyard Herb Garden. A reference for growing herbs, I refer to it quite frequently. These books used in combination will earn you that green thumb in no time if you don't already have one.

I recently picked up a bright orange herb gardening pot for my patio. I'm into bright colors. I should probably live in southern Florida where not only flower pots, but houses have an array of colorful schemes.

You can grow your herb garden just about anywhere. Try planting in an herb gardening pot. Add not only the natural colors of your plants, but a contrasting or complementary decor to your patio or front porch.

Health Benefit of Chamomile Tea

Is there a health benefit of chamomile tea intake? Well, yes. Informative studies on the positive benefits of using natural herbs from the garden are being initiated.

For instance, the substance chamazulene has been studied for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on cells. Studies on two flavonoid compounds, apigenin and chrysin, explored possible mechanisms for the sedating effect the substance has on rats.

I've stated that my two uses for growing chamomile is for the healthy, calming effect produced by drinking it as a tea, and just for the beauty of the flower. Professional views on the calming effects validate my own experience with this plant.

Among the findings were significant increases in two substances, glycine and hippurate, after study participants drank chamomile tea. Elaine Holmes, a chemist at Imperial College London and one of the study’s authors, explained in an email communication that glycine and other inhibitory amino acid neurotransmitters have been shown to have an antispastic effect.

Tom keeps telling you to use those natural herbs like chamomile, because herbal remedies not only taste great, but they are part of a healthy lifestyle.

“This is one of a growing number of studies that provide evidence that commonly used natural products really do contain chemicals that may be of medicinal value,” Holmes stated for an ACS news release on the study. She added, “The healthcare industry is placing increasing emphasis on functional foods including natural remedies, yet little work has been conducted on the long-term effects of such products on human biology.” The new chamomile tea study provides a method of analysis that allows these effects to be studied more effectively.

There definitely is a health benefit of chamomile tea consumption on the body. Drinking chamomile tea and growing it calms the body and the spirit.

Chamomile Tea Effects - Herb of the Week

Have you ever wondered how chamomile tea effects the body? Along with a whole host of other herbal tea drinkers, I've used this medicinal herb for its calming effects on the body fairly successfully. Chamomile is an herb originally found in the warmer climates of southern Europe and northern Africa. It has been used for years as a way to reduce muscle spasms in the body, and as an ingredient in perfumes.

A regular routine of drinking this popular herbal tea aids in flushing amino acids from the system. This has an effect of relaxing the muscles and relieving the feelings of stress. Plus it tastes great! The word chamomile, is derived from the Greek word for ground apple. Its aftertaste does remind me of this fruit. We grow a few apples here in Washington state.

Are there any side effects of chamomile tea intake? Some people do have allergic reactions or to this herb. Obviously, before drinking it for prolonged periods you should know if you have an allergy. Allergic reactions to chamomile usually occur in people allergic to different forms of pollen. If you're pregnant, you should also be cautious about adding anything with possible medicinal effects to your body.

I've personally used chamomile tea to reduce stomach cramps. It's also helped my digestive system. I've learned to enjoy natural form grown in my basic herb garden and tend to avoid dietary supplements

If you've never grown chamomile, you should give this beautiful flower a try. The chamomile flower is a white and yellow gift from mother nature. I've grown it alongside my Echinacea plants for a colorful contrast. The dried flowers of the chamomile plant contain the active ingredients for herbal teas, oils, and perfumes.

Unless you're allergic to this widely used herb, chamomile tea effects your body in a positive way. The relief of stress and muscle cramps from chamomile is a definite benefit. For the gardener, the beauty the chamomile flower provides is an enjoyable addition to your herb garden.