Last Modified on May 25, 2016
What Causes Grey Hair?
A potential cure for grey hair has been much in the news lately, after researchers determined that it was hydrogen peroxide building up in our hair that causes it to turn grey. Oxidative stress causes hydrogen peroxide to build up in our hair follicles, slowly to build up within the hair itself and bleaching the melanin in each hair to grey from the inside. The research team reports that a new form of psuedocatalase, a drug used to treat vitiligo, shows promise as a reliable treatment to reverse greying hair.
Aging sees many of us accumulate gray hairs, but premature grey hair is a possibility as well. In this case, genetics may be at fault; however, stress and nutritional deficits may likewise be the cause of a growing grey hair problem. This matches up with the theory of oxidative stress and hydrogen peroxide, since stress and poor nutrition will increase our body's levels of oxidative stress.
Reverse Grey Hair Naturally
Antioxidant supplements as well as foods and herbs such as green tea or oregano leaf can reduce your body's oxidative stress, to potentially slow or cure grey hair. Mineral and other nutritional deficits can also be addressed, and for our readers blackstrap molasses has been the most reliable dietary aid to prevent grey hair.
Remedies for Grey Hair
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Hi I'm writing about the posting pasted above. I've been researching into Amla powder. Amla is also known as the 'Indian Gooseberry' (Emblica offinalis) and has been used in India for hair for hundreds of years. It has a very high content of Vitamin C. I would say that it's more of a preventative measure than a cure for grey and falling hair.
Anjuli suggested Lemon and Coconut oil. If you wish to use these, you could definitely mix the Amla powder (available at Tesco supermarket in the UK as well as many asian/Indian grocery stores), into the oil mixture. Some of it will dissolve and there will be a grainy residue.
A lot of vegetable oils are very good for both the Skin and Hair. They are saturated with vitamins and nutrients. You can mix them together too and also use the purest essential oils. I find the following oils very good for the hair: Olive, Shea Butter, Mustard Seed, Coconut, Jojoba, Sweet Almond Oil and Thistle Oil.
Essential oils that you can mix into the blend of oils include Ginger, Rosemary, Lavender, Cedarwood, Benzoin, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang. Only ever use the most purest essential oils.
If you add 5% Vitamin E Oil to the blend it will help keep it from going rancid for longer. Store the oil away in a cool place away from sunlight.
You can mix amla power into the oil when you dispense a little to use it.
Use the oil as an overnight conditioner by massaging well into the scalp and and hair. Wash it out in the morning. If you can't do this then massage it into the scalp and hair and leave it in for as long as you can even if it's only 15 minutes before a shower.
When it comes to washing out the oil. Massage shampoo into your hair first and add a tiny bit of water. If you wet hair first, it will be difficult to get the oil out.
A recipe for intensive oil treatment: 24.5ml Thistle Oil, 24.5ml Olive Oil, 3ml Vitamin E Oil, 0.5ml Vitamin A Palmitate, 50 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil, 30 Drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil and 20 drops of Ylang Ylang.
Or you can replace the above Essential Oils in the recipe by using the following instead: 15 drops of Ginger Essential Oil, 60 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 15 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil. Although the oils will improve the condition of your hair and stimulate the hair follicles and your scalp there is no guarantee that they will make new hair grow or get rid of gray hair. It may however help prevent an early onset of hair loss.
Hope this helps. Good luck and God Bless.
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Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Vic, Australia) on 02/25/2012
500mg Ashwagandha with breaky and dinner 5-6 days a week, and I might add not for grey hair, was taken for about a year. Hubby was about 10% grey but not now - no grey. We did not notice it till about 6 months. Has not had any for 6 months and still no grey. He was also taking neem and tulsi for 3-4 weeks on and off and zinc. The zinc was taken only once or twice a week. This is the second time he has got rid of his grey hair without trying, The first time he was young to be going grey.
Posted by Jeannie (Franklin, Wi) on 08/18/2009
Avoid Corn Syrup - Grey hair
Someone mentioned that copper is needed for your hair to keep its color, and if you do a search, you'll find that's true. Americans especially are severely depleted of copper. I read somewhere that corn syrup sucks the copper out of your body, and corn syrup is in MANY of our processed foods, so thats no surprise. Blackstrap molasses, as someone else said, is one of the best possible natural sources of copper, and is a good supplement for many other problems as well. I'm nearing 60 and have only a few grey hairs, that started appearing after I hadn't taken any blackstrap molasses for quite a few months. When I take the molasses, my hair color slowly comes back. I just add it as a sweetener to tea, or make a tea of ACV and BSM. Takes a little getting used to, but I definitely look and feel better when I take it regularly.
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Posted by Mary (Nevada City, CA) on 03/06/2006
My husband and I started taking bee pollen over twenty years ago, we are both now in our fifties. We have our full hair color, but it seems like most of our friends are grey - or dye their hair. Many female friends 5-12 years younger tell me that they are more than half grey - so they dye to cover it. I've read that bee pollen sometimes restores color to grey hair. So I be live it is possible. we just feel happier and healthier on it - so we've kept it up. We let it slip this winter and then I got that wicked cold that is going around - the long one.
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Posted by Tlw (Birmingham) on 12/14/2015
Blackstrap Molasses for Grey Hair:
BSM always works for me, but I have discovered that, like most remedies, success is based on a lot of other factors. For example, I had anemia, which depleted a lot of nutrients and contributed to my grey hair. A big tablespoon of BSM and Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass or water met this nutritional deficiency, so my hair returned to its normal color. However, if you don't have a nutritional deficiency that would be improved by taking BSM, it might not make a difference. Three years ago, I lost 15-20 pounds taking BSM. My friends started taking it, and they gained weight! But again, it depends on other factors that vary from person to person. For example, I love sugary treats. At that time, I was eating out a lot, and I would always have dessert. But, when I started taking BSM, it satisfied my craving for sugar. As a result, I stopped ordering a slice of cake or pie with my meals, so BSM did help me lose weight because that tablespoon was replacing high-calorie, high-fat slice of chocolate or carrot cake, or apple pie, or whatever. However, none of those friends had a sweet tooth, and they never ordered dessert anyway, so when they took BSM, they were just adding extra calories to their diet. That's why some cures work for some people and not for others.
I've known people who took iron supplements and their anemia did not improve. However, they were taking iron in ferrous form (which is what most drug stores sell) and this causes constipation and is not absorbed by the body. Iron should be taken in chelated form. Also, it should be taken by itself, on an empty stomach, and caffeine hinders its effectiveness. But, if you don't know that, you will just say, "Iron supplements don't work for anemia." Unfortunately, your Dr. probably won't be much help. Once, I asked my OB-GYN for her opinion about Acidopholus for yeast infestions. She told me that's what she takes - but said she could lose her medical license for prescribing it to patients because it's not approved by the FDA. So she prescribes products that she woudldn't use herself.
I understand that that everyone is busy, but I encourage each of you to spend more time researching the causes of your conditions, and also research cures. If 100 people say, "Yes" you may have a different set of circumstances that would put you in the "Nay" category. Also, remember that nature usually doesn't work overnight. When you start a treatment, you need to be patient and consistent. And with most supplements, you need to drink a sufficient amount of water (not just a few gulps). I hope this helps.
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Posted by Robert (Swansea) on 11/03/2015
I was concerned that my hair was going grey at a rapid rate but within days of taking BSM my hair is thicker and darker, even to the point of after 3 weeks the ends of my hair were grey and the root is dark brown, my natural colour, I have even been asked if I have dyed my hair, I still have some grey hair but BSM seems to have turned the clock back.
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Posted by Jeanne (San Diego, Ca) on 04/22/2015
Blackstrap molasses really fixes gray hair! This is what I've been doing:
I use Plantation Blackstrap Unsulphured Molasses. You want a molasses with the nutrients in it. Some molasses is just for baked items and the iron and other nutrients are stripped from it. Just look at the label.
I take 2-3 tbs 3 times a day. Just wash it down with milk or coconut milk or something.
I saw results in 24-48 hours. I'm a brunette, and those short gray kinky hairs around my face softened and straightened out and turned light brown. After three days, those hairs darkened a little more and really blended nicely with the rest of my hair.
I stopped taking molasses for three days and on the third day, the gray gradually began to come back.
I think you have to take this every day to keep the gray away.
I hate taking the molasses no matter what it's mixed with lol...
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Posted by Troy (Australia) on 09/24/2014
I have replaced the sugar in my coffee with BSM, and have been having it in shakes. I have been doing this for 4 days and I SWEAR my greys are already disappearing. I am shocked! Its also a LOW GI sugar, much better for you than normal processed white sugar. You can 100% replace sugar with it.
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Posted by Kathleen (Houston) on 08/18/2014
I have been taking BSM for close to a year. I use it as my sugar, a spoon in my coffee, in oatmeal. As a sweetener in most things I would use sugar in. My hair is very fair and to be honest, I'm not sure because I break down and use color every once in a while. But I do think it has toned down the grey. Stays a dark blond with sunny highlights.I hope for a bit more dark as time goes by. I still think it is very good for me to have stopped the sugar.
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Posted by Shireen (California) on 06/28/2014
I bought plantation brand organic blackstrap molasses unsulphered and it has 0 copper. The store said that pretty much plantation is the only company that does the blackstrap molasses. What should I do? Will it help with grey hair?
Posted by Sandy (Middletown, Ohio) on 06/05/2014
I just purchased Plantation Organic Blackstrap Molasses. My main purpose is to get rid of grey hair. I have been reading that the copper in it, is what gets rid of the greys. My bottle has 0% copper. Online, every bottle I look at, doesn't even mention copper. Where can I find the brand that contains copper?
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