If you suffer from hair or scalp conditions, nettles may be the answer. This flowering plant has a wide range of health benefits if consumed. The leaves and roots can be used in many products, and ingested or applied to the skin and hair with very positive results. There are many pros to using nettles for hair conditions, and very few cons.
How Can Nettles Help Your Hair?
Nettles can prevent hair loss1, remedy dandruff problems, and soothe the scalp.2 People have used these nutritious plants for hundreds of years in food and drink, as well as in oils, lotions, and infusions for the skin and hair.
If your hair is thinning or you are going bald, you may want to consider drinking nettle tea. Research by R. Hartmann shows that nettles can block DHT, which is a hormone that is responsible for hair loss and male pattern baldness.
The nettles are particularly effective at blocking DHT if they are combined with the herbal extract pygeum. Because hair grows in cycles, you may need to wait a few months to see significant results.1
If you have dry, dull hair, or an itchy scalp, nettle oil can also do wonders for your hair and skin. You can massage the nettle oil into your hair and scalp one hour before shampooing or leave it on overnight.
This should be done once a week to reduce inflammation and make hair shiny and glossy.1
How to Make Nettle Tea and Nettle Oil
It is very easy to make nettle tea. Take the leaves of the nettle plant and wash thoroughly under cold water. Be sure to use gloves to avoid getting stung by the spines. Steep 1-3 teaspoons of nettles in boiling water for ten minutes, and drink three times a day. You can sweeten the tea with sugar or honey to taste.4
Nettle oil is made with nettle root extracts infused in extra-virgin olive oil. You should apply the oil directly on the hair or body, but not ingest it. This is one of the most potent nettle concoctions for skin and hair.1
Pros of Using Nettles For Hair Conditions
Nettles are a natural alternative to prescription or over the counter products. There are very few side effects to ingesting nettles or applying nettle products to the skin and hair. In addition, nettles and nettle products are generally very cheap, so they can save you money in the long run. Furthermore, nettles grow everywhere, so they are easy to find.
Cons of Using Nettles For Hair Conditions
Although very few people exhibit side effects after ingesting nettles or applying them to the skin and hair, some people have reported minor issues. A few people have reported stomach problems after ingesting the plant.
In addition, there is a small chance that nettles may cause uterine contractions if they are ingested, so it may be prudent to avoid ingesting nettles if you are pregnant.5
Overall, nettles are an excellent remedy for a wide range of hair conditions. Many people with hair and skin problems see very positive results after using nettle tea, nettle oil, and nettle infusions.
Furthermore, they are natural and cheap, so they have few side effects and are very cost efficient. On a final note, nettles can also be good for your pet’s coat6, so they are a multi-purpose household herb for hair, skin and fur.
What to read next
2 Arrowsmith, Nancy. Essential Herbal Wisdom: A Complete Exploration of 50 Remarkable Herbs. Llewellyn Worldwide, 2009
4 Young, Jacqueline. Complementary Medicine For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons, 2007
5 Castleman, M. The Healing Herbs. Schartz Books, Melbourne, 1991
6 Puotinen, C. J. The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2000