6 Home Remedies for Hair Loss | Dr. Josh Axe


Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of draxe.com. In this video I’m going to be going through
the steps you have to take to stop hair loss now, including the best essential oils, the
best vitamin supplements and diet, and things you absolutely must avoid. Some of these are going to surprise you. I’ll also be going through how to get thicker,
longer, and healthier hair, all part of this video. Let’s dive right in, right now, and also talk
about what the root cause of hair loss is. One of the number one natural remedies and
treatments you can use for hair loss are essential oils. Essential oils are plant-based compounds that
have been distilled to where you have the oil-based compounds that work as a natural
form of medicine. These are called volatile oils and they’re
very high in certain compounds that have an aromatic effect and can also in certain cases
be used internally. Rosemary oil is one of the best oils out there
for naturally thickening the hair. What I’d recommend you do is take some rosemary
oil, you can massage it in your scalp with some olive oil, great natural hair thickener. Rosemary has the properties of being strongly
naturally anti-inflammatory, as well as nourishing your body’s reproductive organs, and hormones
are key when it comes to hair loss. Number two here is cedarwood and clary sage. Cedarwood acts by reducing stress. Clary sage acts by reducing stress and helping
balancing out estrogen and progesterone levels in the body. So again, those can be great essential oils
to use, as can spikenard. Again, these are great blends to use here
as well. Spikenard is a cousin of lavender oil. Spikenard also reduces stress. You’ll see stress is a major cause of hair
thinning, as is a hormone called DHT, that’s dihydrotestosterone. In fact, of all the things I’m going to talk
about, DHT, as I’ll talk about in a minute, is probably the root cause of hair thinning
and hair loss. Here’s a natural remedy for you to make an
at-home homemade hair thickener. You do 1.5 ounces of jojoba oil or ho-ho-ba
oil, as many say, correct pronunciation, grape seed oil, cedarwood oil, rosemary oil, and
sage oil, 30 drops of each of those. Place it in a glass container and then simply
take it, rub it on your scalp three times a week for 20 minutes, and then you can actually
take a shower. You can leave it in for two hours as well
and then take a shower. But that’s how we recommend using this homemade
hair thickener using jojoba oil, grape seed oil, cedarwood oil, rosemary oil, and sage
oil. Now let’s talk about the best supplements
to stop hair loss. Supplements, number one is saw palmetto. Saw palmetto is a traditional remedy that’s
also used in the treatment of prostatitis or male prostate issues. In prostate inflammation, the prostate gland,
as are many reproductive glands, are very interconnected to the release of a hormone
called DHT, that’s dihydrotestosterone. That’s been shown to be the hormone that’s
correlated with male pattern baldness. So if a man starts to lose his hair or a woman,
their body can be producing too much DHT. Here’s the good news. Saw palmetto is the number one DHT blocker
of all supplements out there today, so it can be a great remedy for hair loss. Number two here, protein powder made from
bone broth. Bone broth is very high in collagen. We know that collagen helps naturally thicken
your hair. In fact, in order for you to get rid of cellulite
or have defined muscles or just in general for you to have thicker hair, thicker nails,
healthier-looking skin, bone broth is the number one superfood in the world. I recommend using a protein powder that is
actually made from bone broth, another great supplement. Next one here, pygeum. Pygeum is very similar to saw palmetto. It’s been shown in clinical studies to help
improve prostate health, but in addition, both for women and men, help block DHT, that’s
dihydrotestosterone. Pumpkin seed oil is very rich in zinc. Doing one tablespoon of pumpkin seed oil,
because of the zinc and because of some of the antioxidants, has actually been shown
to help naturally thicken hair and stop DHT production in the body, all while supporting
the immune system. And then one of my favorite herbs, this is
famed in Ayurvedic medicine out of India, it’s ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is known as being an adaptogenic
herb, meaning it helps your body better adapt and deal with stressors you might face. Now, we’ve talked about there are many causes
of hair thinning. Too much of the hormone DHT, that’s one big
one, okay? Lack of certain nutrients in your diet such
as certain B vitamins and zinc and collagen. And one of the third things that can actually
cause issues is emotional stress or when cortisol gets too high. If cortisol gets too high in your body or
then even drops too low, that can cause you to lose your hair or hair thinning. And we’ve all heard this, hey, when you get
emotionally stressed it turns your hair grey. Well, we know emotional stress can also cause
hair thinning is a big one and hair loss. And the number one herb that acts as an adaptogen
that can help with hair thinning and loss is ashwagandha, using that herb on a daily
basis. A few other natural remedies here, another
adaptogenic herb is Rhodiola rosea, also known as just Rhodiola. This has been shown to improve endurance,
stamina, sexual function as well, libido. So Rhodiola is used as well in Ayurvedic Arabic
and Chinese medicine as a natural adaptogen that can be used in conjunction with ashwagandha. The next one here is B-complex vitamins. We know vitamin B12 really supports your nerve
system. We know that folate supports hormones in your
nerve system. But in general, B-complex vitamins help strengthen
your skin, hair, and nails. So doing a good quality, food-based, certified
organic . . . remember, if you’re buying vitamins and supplements, you want to make sure they
are all certified organic, made with whole-food ingredients . . . but taking a good quality,
whole-food B-complex. Fish oil, omega-3 fats. Most of us have way too much inflammation
in our body. Inflammation can also lead to hair thinning. And so if you want to naturally thicken your
hair, doing 1000 to 2000 milligrams of fish oil a day or cod liver oil or some sort of
omega-3 blend can help naturally thicken the hair. Aloe vera juice. Aloe vera juice, because of its really unique
types of something called polysaccharides, has been shown to increase cell communication
in the body but also act as a natural hair thickener. And then last but not least is zinc. Doing 15 to 30 milligrams a day of a zinc
supplement can naturally help thicken hair. I’m telling you, I’ve worked with thousands
of patients on helping them naturally thicken their hair, and let me go through just a breakdown
of some of these. If you know that you’re having issues with
baldness and actually losing hair, the most effective supplements for blocking DHT, that’s
dihydrotestosterone, are going to be saw palmetto, pygeum, and pumpkin seed oil, if you know
that’s your problem. If you want to naturally thicken your hair,
the most beneficial supplements will be protein powder that comes from bone broth, which is
high in collagen, aloe vera juice, fish oil, and zinc. Or if it’s emotional stress you’re dealing
with, ashwagandha, Rhodiola, and B vitamins can all help balance out cortisol levels there
as well. Now let’s talk about the food you need to
eat and what food you need to stay away from when it comes to stopping hair loss right
now. Number one, go organic. So many of the foods we’re eating, if we’re
talking about meat and dairy products, are loaded with hormones and steroids and other
medications. And I’m not telling you not to eat meat or
dairy, I’m telling you that if you’re going to eat meat and dairy, make sure those foods
are certified organic or wild, that they’ve never been exposed to herbicides, pesticides,
or steroids and other types of chemicals. But go organic in your diet. Number two here, eat pumpkin seeds. We talked about pumpkin seeds are rich in
zinc, fiber, and other nutrients that can help with thickening hair. Wild-caught fish like salmon, very, very high
in omega-3 fats. Tuna, mackerel, halibut, sardines are also
good options. Green tea. Green tea extract contains a compound called
EGCG that stands for epigallocatechin, and EGCG is an incredible antioxidant-rich compound
that can actually stop hair loss and really protect your body from the damaging side effects
of high cortisol and other hormone imbalances in the body. Chia seeds. We know chia seeds are high in omega-3s as
well, which are great for the skin, hair, and nails. Flax and hemp follow in the same suit. And then bone broth, drinking bone broth on
a daily basis is great because of all of the collagen, not to mention the hyaluronic acid,
the glucosamine and chondroitin, which can naturally help thicken your hair. Here are the foods you want to avoid. Trans fatty acids. Reason being, these cause inflammation, which
is going to throw off hormones and create more DHT production in the body. Sugar causes inflammation and Candida to build
up in the body. When your body has too much yeast overgrowth,
it actually decreases nutrient absorption, so you’re not getting as many vitamins absorbed,
such as zinc and vitamin D and other nutrients that support having thick healthy hair and
balancing out hormones that are important for your stress response. Eating processed food with all of the chemicals
and food additives and fried foods we know cause inflammation and can throw off your
hormones. And then too much alcohol and caffeine. Now listen, one cup of coffee a day or a couple
of drinks of a tea a day, that’s fine. But drinking caffeine in excess, I’m talking
about three cups or more of coffee a day . . . so one cup is fine for most people, two, that’s
borderline, sometimes that’s too much . . . three or more is way too much and can absolutely
cause those cortisol levels to skyrocket, really wear out your adrenals, exhaust those. And then also, too much alcohol we know can
affect the body as well, causing hair thinning and hair loss because of what it does to B
vitamins and depletion in the body. Here’s another key factor. We’ve talked about cortisol, we’ve talked
about dihydrotestosterone. Reducing emotional stress is a key part of
keeping your hormones balanced. We know there are clinical studies showing
if you have high stress levels you age faster, your hair turns gray or white faster, it thins
your hair, causes a number of other imbalances in the body, from cortisol to leptin and ghrelin,
which cause you to eat more and have more food cravings, which you might be having. All of those are signs of emotional stress. So my tip for that is take some time. Here’s how you reduce emotional stress. Write down all the things that are stressing
you out. Figure out individually how to deal with those
things better, get them off your plate. Do something to reduce the stress. Or some things, you’re going to have stressors,
you just can’t do anything about it. And then you need to take time and right down
the five things you love doing the most on a regular basis that you can do locally. Maybe it’s lunch with a best friend, maybe
it’s going and walking trails or the mall or indoor rock climbing or making stuff up. But whatever it is you love to do, write those
things down and schedule those into your week. Sometimes it’s not about trying to sniper
and get rid of all the stress or sometimes it’s adding in things that you love to do
that build peace in your life and that gets you to where you need to be. And then also some things that conquer dandruff,
I absolutely recommend if you follow all the diet things we recommended, that’s going to
help you get rid of dandruff, especially doing that rosemary, that hair thickening serum,
as a recipe there as well. I want to go over a few other things here
for dandruff. One is apple cider vinegar, so washing your
hair with a little bit of apple cider vinegar can actually help conquer dandruff. Properly hydrating, getting plenty of water
in your diet on a daily basis, eight glasses or more. And then consuming probiotics. I’d recommend getting an SBO probiotic supplement,
so soil-based organism probiotics are great for fighting dandruff. So here’s what you need to do in order to
stop hair loss now and naturally thicken your hair. Use essential oils, especially rosemary oil,
on a daily basis. Take specific supplements. Remember, a protein that comes from bone broth. Fish oil, aloe vera juice, ashwagandha, those
are some of the best. Eat more organic food, especially pumpkin
seeds, wild-caught salmon, flax, chia and bone broth. Also remember, reduce emotional stress. And get these things out of your diet, ditch
the trans fats and hydrogenated oils, get rid of the sugar, the processed foods, excess
alcohol, and caffeine. You do those things, you’re going to have
thicker and fuller hair. By the way, if you’ve enjoyed this live training
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