Home Remedies for Alopecia Areata
Some of the home remedies for Alopecia areata include lavender and other essential oils, milk thistle, ginkgo, kelp, potatoes, cucumbers, peppers, green tea, onions, rosemary, henna, Aloe Vera, fenugreek, licorice root, and Chinese hibiscus.
There is one thing that we can’t avoid in life and no matter how hard we try, we get older. There are plenty of things that happen as we get older, but one of the most unsightly and uncomfortable aspects is unfortunately the loss of our hair. Hair loss affects people all over the world, and while most people see it as a natural part of aging, there are actually medical reasons behind excessive hair loss. There are some people who are genetically predisposed to have a “full head of hair”, but not everyone can be so lucky.
Although there are many different medical conditions that can result in hair loss, one of the most common afflictions is called Alopecia areata. This condition afflicts millions of people around the world, but it is often not diagnosed because it initially appears as simple bald spots on the scalp. For this reason, it is often referred to as spot baldness, and it resembles the natural loss of hair as people age. However, alopecia areata can develop into two different forms of the disease as well if left untreated, called Alopecia totalis (where the entire scalp becomes bald) or Alopecia universalis (where all the hair on your entire body is lost).
This condition is often associated with thyroid disorders, because the hormonal balance in the body is key to stimulating or shutting off hair follicles, and thyroid disorders throw your hormonal balance out the window! Since the condition can get worse very quickly, it is very important to treat it before it gets out of hand. Sometimes, psychological or situational factors can cause small flare-ups of alopecia and hair loss, but they can sometimes automatically regress and the hair grows back.
For longer or more serious bouts of alopecia and hair loss, the most common treatment is steroids, which stimulate the follicles that are either obstructed or non-functional. Unfortunately, those steroid treatments can have serious side effects on your hormonal system, occasionally resulting in more serious health problems, so they cannot be administered for long periods of time. For this reason, home remedies are often turned to by people who suffer from Alopecia areata. Different parts of the world use different home remedies, depending on the availability of materials and the traditional remedies already established there. Before using either home remedies or prescribed medicines, you should know for sure that you are suffering from the condition.
Symptoms of Alopecia Areata
Some of the most common symptoms of Alopecia areata are as follows, and if you notice these, you should begin treatment as soon as possible with some of the home remedies.
Tingling area where the hair has been lost.
Uneven loss of hair, usually on one side of the scalp, happening over a short period of time.
Healthy hair near the bald patches can be pulled out easily.
Your fingernails may develop pitting.
Hair narrows as it gets closer to the scalp, resulting in an “exclamation point” appearance.
Home Remedies for Alopecia Areata
Lavender: Studies have shown that lavender, when rubbed into the scalp at the point of the initial baldness can slow or even reverse the effects of Alopecia areata. This essential oil, since it is so powerful, should be diluted into a base oil before being applied, such as almod or coconut oil. Other essential oils, including peppermint, sage, and rosemary oils can also be used on the scalp to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, thereby causing hair follicles to hear or even begin growing hair again.
Kelp and a Vitamin C-Rich Diet: One of the healthiest ways to reduce the effects of Alopecia areata is to eat as much vitamin C as possible, which is found in citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables. The other minerals and vitamins found in kelp also help stimulate the growth and protection of hair, which can slow or reverse the condition.
Herbal Remedies: These sorts of remedies are famous all around the world, and while the availability of certain herbs might be difficult, depending on where you live, the use of ginkgo and milk thistle are always good for hair loss and Alopecia areata. Ginkgo helps to stimulate circulation and the growth of new hair, while milk thistle helps to detoxify your body and has been linked to protecting the health of your scalp and body hair.
Onions: There are a variety of home remedies involving onions, including onion juice, which can be applied directly on the scalp. The high sulfur content helps to stimulate circulation and new growth, while the antiseptic quality of onions kills scalp-born infections or microbes that might contribute to the hair loss conditions. Furthermore, onion skins are often rubber on the scalp area that is losing hair.
High-Silicon Vegetables: Vegetables such as potatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are commonly turned to to reduce hair loss, primarily due to the high silicon content found in their skins. Silicon is known to strengthen both hair and nails, making your body less susceptible to Alopecia areata and related conditions that cause hair loss. Massage the bald patches with the outer skin of these vegetables multiple times a day for best results.
Coconut Milk: By applying coconut milk mixed with a gram of flour to the scalp, you can guarantee a quick recovery of your lost hair. This paste quickly stimulates the hair follicles and boosts the overall health of your scalp.
Aloe Vera: This plant is highly stimulating in nature and dramatically increases circulation of the blood to any area of the body, but is particularly effective in terms of promoting scalp development and recovery. You can apply Aloe Vera gel liberally to your scalp, as it has very few side effects, but many health benefits if absorbed by the skin.
Green Tea: Dipping a cloth into green tea and wiping or dabbing the bare patches of your scalp can be very effective as a remedy for Alopecia areata. The catechins, saponins, and general antioxidants present in green tea can stimulate the regeneration of healthy cells on the scalp and eliminate any free radicals beneath the surface of the skin that may be causing the hair loss. Although the science on this type of treatment is still in the early research phases, traditional medicine swears by this remedy.
Chinese Hibiscus: Mix the petals of the hibiscus flower with some dandelion oil and apply it to the scalp. This flower has been associated with maintaining the health of the hair when it has not fallen out, such as eliminating split ends and improving volume and luster, but it also stimulates the rejuvenation of hair follicles in the case of Alopecia.
Licorice Root: Licorice root has long been considered a mollifying agent and a relaxing substance. It relaxes and opens the pores, thereby allowing nutrients into the scalp, and it also soothes the scalp and eliminates irritations that may cause flaking or dry, dead hair. It is ideal for eliminating dandruff, hair loss, and split ends, as well as reversing the effects of this condition.
Fenugreek: Studies have shown that fenugreek has certain hormone stimulating components that actually help to rebuild hair follicles that have been destroyed or damaged through the condition of Alopecia. The various proteins and organic compounds found in fenugreek seeds also help to regrow hair and improve the defensive capacity of your scalp against conditions like Alopecia areata. Research is ongoing to scientifically verify these claims, but it has been an accepted home remedy for many years.
Whatever your preferred method of treatment, it is important to recognize whether you have the actual condition or if you are merely suffering from the natural progression of age. Seeing a doctor is a good way to know for sure, but from there, the choice of treatment is up to you. Fortunately, if the doctor says that you do not have Alopecia areata, these home remedies can also help with normal hair loss! Happy Hair Hunting!
What is alopecia areata?
Alopecia areata is a hair-loss related condition in which hair typically falls out in round patches. The word ‘alopecia’ refers to hair loss; alopecia areata is sometimes called autoimmune alopecia. It is one of several different types of autoimmune diseases. Normally, one’s immune system attacks ‘intruding’ matter in your body, such as the cold virus; autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system attacks healthy cells.
What causes alopecia?
Alopecia areata is considered an autoimmune disease. Such diseases occurs when the body’s immune system acts on itself. In otherwise healthy individuals’ bodies, the immune system acts by attacking ‘intruders’ or foreign materials that enter the body, to protect the body against infection. The immune systems of individuals with autoimmune diseases mistake healthy parts of your own body for foreign, damaging materials, and so attacks them; in alopecia areata, the result is hair loss.
How to treat alopecia?
The word ‘alopecia’ means hair loss. There are several different types of alopecia, for example, male and female pattern baldness, and alopecia areata. These examples have different underlying causes; male and female pattern baldness is typically hormone-related, whilst alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. The different underlying causes have implications for treatment. While there are certain drugs that can be used to stimulate hair growth, the efficacy of such drugs will depend on many things, including the underlying cause of hair loss.
Is alopecia genetic?
There are different types of alopecia (hair loss), which have different underlying causes. Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease, can be inherited, however evidence suggests that factors other than genetics affect whether or not alopecia areata (and other types of hair loss), occur in individuals. For example, sometimes specific environmental factors are needed for a gene to be expressed.