Alternative hair loss treatments have long been available, with all sorts of herbs, plants, fruit and vegetables claiming to reduce hair thinning for men or women. However, while it is so easy to search through your kitchen cabinets or to spend huge amounts on suggested remedies, seeking expert help at the first opportunity is the best way to deal with baldness.
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Meanwhile, here’s a brief, fun glimpse at ten organic remedies that were used to tackle hair loss centuries ago. However, it is important to remember it is always best to steer clear of any hair loss treatments that don’t have any scientific basis. Instead, it is important to seek advice from those that are highly trained in hair loss solutions.
Onions – This humble vegetable was one of the ingredients used in the Roman era to spread on the scalp to ‘treat’ thinning hair. Onions were eaten regularly by the Romans who believed they could help cure all sorts of problems including failing eyesight, toothaches, and insomnia. They also brought onions with them on their journeys to England.
Beetroot – This was one of the ingredients used by Greek physician Hippocrates to cure his male pattern baldness. This vitamin and mineral packed vegetable was also mixed with a potent concoction of opium, pigeon droppings, horseradish and spices! Needless to say it was unsuccessful as a treatment for receding hair.
Lemon – Along with cold India tea, rubbing lemon on bald patches or a thinning scalp was a popular option in 19th century Britain. It may have been refreshing, but unfortunately it didn’t give the users the results they wanted.
Roots – In ancient Siberia plant roots were boiled until soft, before they were mixed with cognac and a bit of onion juice and used as a daily hair rinse. Again, despite the time it took to make this concoction, there’s nothing to show that this mixture actually worked to curb hair loss.
Aloe Vera – This succulent plant was an ingredient of a solution for hair loss in ancient Egypt. It was applied at night, combined with castor oil and/or olive oil, and rinsed off in the morning. But there’s little evidence that this combination did the trick. However, Aloe Vera does has lots of uses including to help moisturise the skin. It’s also used to help alleviate the effects of sunburn and burns, and is used to condition hair.
Watercress – This peppery flavoured leafy green vegetable was a bit hit in the Anglo-Saxon period to help restore youthfulness and a healthy head of hair. This vitamin rich vegetable has long been used as a food source and for medicinal purposes worldwide. And, according to a study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) journal it is the top of the list of the ‘powerhouse fruits and vegetables’.
For effective hair loss treatment, the best port of call is to visit our experienced team of trichologists at the London Centre of Trichology. As leaders in research and development in our field, we are experienced in diagnosis and treatment for men and women. We have an excellent track record and have helped thousands of men and women regain their locks since our central London clinic was founded in 1956. And, with so many satisfied clients, you know that you can count on us to provide you with the best possible solution for hair or scalp problems.