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Natural Solutions for Hair Loss: Effective Remedies for Regrowth

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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Posted by Tspencer (Tn, US) on 12/10/2014

Jamaican Black Castor oil WORKS!!!!! Your hair grows so fast you won't know what to do and it doesn't take long at all. I use it and have told others about it. If you are looking to grow your hair, you can't go wrong with this product!!!

Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Posted by Lady English (Brooklyn, New York, Usa) on 08/14/2011

Speak to anybody from the Caribbean, and almost all of them will tell you about Jamaican Black Castor Oil for growing, thickening and moisturizing the hair. The castor oil beans are boiled, and used as a hair pomade. It has an awful smell, is thick, but it does grow your hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, etc. For caucasian hair it is best to use Jamaican Black Castor Oil, with Peppermint Oil as the peppermint combats the greasiness, and the presence of the menthol gives a cooling effect to the scalp, binds the hair roots & increases blood circulation. The resulting stimulation of your hair follicles culminates in a renewed and reinvigorated hair growth cycle!

Jamaican Black Castor Oil, infused with Peppermint WILL grow and thicken the most thinning hair, it's worked for thousands.

Joyce's Remedies

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Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 02/03/2010 495 posts

Hello Deirdre,

I have been visiting my favorites since answering Cindy's email and thought I would give you some information found to pass on to all EC'ers with hair loss problems. I will e-mail you the articles I gleaned the information from in case you want to read them afterwards, but I will give a short shot of helpful hints that I think will be all that most of our EC family will want. Going to the plant database I found several chemicals listed as anti-alopecics (anti-baldness).

They are linoleic acid, palmitic acid, inositol, oleic acid, linoleic acid and zinc.

Zinc is found in meats, seafoods, dairy products, nuts, legumes, whole grains and you'll even find 23 parts per million of zinc in turmeric or curcumin, and 13-17 parts per million in the coconut. If you take zinc supplements it is recommended that you not take more than 50 mgm. per day and stay with zinc gluconate as it consistently holds the lowest amount of cadmium which naturally occurs with it. (Cadmium is that toxic metal in the news now because it is being found in children's and adult jewelry made in India and China). Zinc has many other functions besides preventing hair loss, but this what we are concerned with today. You can easily search them on line to learn the others.

Inositol is "vital for hair growth", also combines with choline to form lecithin and reduces cholesterol. It's calming effect on the nervous system is thought to have an effect on depression, panic attacks obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar affective disorder (used to be called manic-depressive disorder), plays a role in preventing and treating cancer, improves nerve conduction velocity in diabetics, and used in constipation therapy by improving peristalti action. Inositol is found in dried beans, calves liver, cantaloupes, citrus fruits (except for lemons), garbanzo beans (chick peas), lecithin granules, nuts, oats, pork, rice, veal and whole grains. The resin, exudate and sap of the coconut palm has 690 parts per million of inositol.

The coconut (seed) also has 584-18,694 parts per million of another anti-alopecic chemical called linoleic acid. Our lovely, tasty coconut also has 770 parts per million of magnesium in its seed which adds another long list of anti-chemicals to this coconut. The coconut hull husk also has lignin 294,000 parts per million which is antibacterial, anticancer, anticoronary, anti-diarrheic, anti-HIV, antioxidant,antitumor, antiviral, chelator, hypocholesterolemic, laxative, and pesticide. Over consumption of caffeine products (carbonated beverage drinkers may be getting more than the coffee drinkers) or prolonged taking of antibiotics can decrease the body's supply of inositol.

Fatty acids in foods are incoporated into complex lipids such as triglycerides, cholesterol esters, and phospholipids. Our bodies can synthesize some fatty acids in adipose tissue and the liver. It cannot synthesize some essential fatty acids: linoleic acid (Omega 6) or alpha-linoleic acid (Omega 3). Both Omega 3 and Omega 6 are found in vegetable oils like corn and canola. Walnuts are also a good source of alpha-linoleic acid.

Pork has 40% saturated fatty acids (SFA)
45% monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA)
15% polyunsaturated faty acids (PUFA)
Olive Oil has 14% SFA
74% MUFA
12% PUFA

Good old avocados are also rich in antialopecics. So to all of you who want more hair, improve your diets and if necessary, supplement with the above nutrients.

Jujube, Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Trisha (Singapore) on 01/26/2007

I started taking red dates (jujube) and honey as I read it is good for blood circulation.

I added 3 -5 drops of apple cider vinegar to it ( balance of the yin and yang in the body and for calming too.. according to traditional Chinese medicine) lo and behold, after 3 months of it.. I noticed that a balding part of my scalp rejuvenated and hair started to grow !! after 6 months I started to let my hair grow without cutting it, I now sport hair beyond shoulder length, something which I couldn't do since my hair was very fine and scanty !! ( I also take apple cider vinegar half a teaspoon daily with honey)

My sister and brother also tried it, we noticed that facial skin became more youthful !! due to the blood circulation?

Kelp, Selenium, Dietary Changes

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Posted by Bea (Seattle,wa) on 12/13/2013

Stopping drinking any caffeine (even decaf) and taking kelp pills as well as eating things with selenium (brazil nuts) has made my hair loss neglible. I also quit Stevia as I found it hurt my thyroid. I also eat a good quality greek yogurt and take probiotics. Hope this helps someone.

Replied by Joel


What brand of kelp do you take and how many pills per day?

Thank you

L-Glutathione, MSM

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Posted by Rhonda (Boston, Ma) on 09/09/2011

I know this sounds strange, but L-Glutathione & MSM help the texture/look/feel of my hair almost overnight. I have very thin hair, and when I take these supplements my hair doesn't have that "thin" appearance anymore. For the first time in my life I am getting complimented on my hair - I can't believe it!

L-Lysine, Biotin, Blackstrap Molasses

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Posted by Terri (Nanaimo, BC Canada) on 01/14/2009

I am writing to let everyone know what has finally worked for me after dealing with thinning hair for 20 years now. My hair has always been very fine, but starting thinning in my mid 20's.

My thinning hair has been a source of embarrassment and concern to me for many, many years. Although I eat very healthy, use all natural hair products for the most part and take supplements, nothing has helped.

I tried Nioxin which made my hair nice and shiny and healthy but did not stop the hair loss or thinning. My hair loss was so bad that it plugged the bathroom drain and I had to put a snake down the drain to clear it. When I pulled up the snake there were handfuls of hair that had been lost over time. I was really upset at that point and decided to go to the doctor and have complete blood work done thinking that I must be very low in iron. My tests all came back normal although my iron was in the low normal range.

I did some reading on this site (stumbled across it) and read a testimonial from one member who said that she had started taking Lysine, biotin and iron pills for her hair loss and she had great results. I bought the biotin 5000mcg, lysine 500mg, but decided to take 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses instead of the iron pills (they upset my bowels).

After only 1 month I can see any incredible difference already!!!! My hair is thicker, healthier, and is filling in nicely. More importantly, it does not seem to be falling out at the same rate it used to. I had almost gotten to the point that I had given up on trying to find a "natural" cure to my hair loss and was ready to consider a hairpiece or transplant when it thinned a little more.

I had been struggling with thinning hair and the lack of self confidence that goes with it (you can spend a lot of time trying to cover all the thin spots) for years. Please give this an honest try even if you are fed up with all the things that never worked. It is worth one last try and the supplements are reasonably priced and won't do your body any harm.

Good Luck to all!

Low Thyroid Hair Loss Remedies

Posted by Christina (Australia) on 05/30/2016

What specific treatments work? I had a hair analysis done and it showed low thyroid- everything I've tried with Naturopath (herbal ) and even alkalising minerals / homeopathy - ALL just make me more estrogen dominant.

Seems to me - leaky gut must be addressed first.

Lugol's Iodine

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Posted by Miranda (Campbellsville, Ky) on 11/06/2012

I have been suffering with hypothyroidism for 20 years. One year ago I started using Lugol's iodine. 3 drops in about a cup of water or juice everyday. After about 3 months, I thought I was cured and therefore quit using my thyroid medication (Naturethroid). I was so wrong and so discouraged that I almost quit using the Lugol's. However, I decided to just keep using it anyway, it was helping my symptoms: hairloss, being extremely tired, can't think, feeling bad all over, etc. As a bonus, it cured my fibrocytic breast (they hurt really bad for a while while using it, but then they got better, then well).

Anyhow, one month ago, to my suprise, my pharmacy informed me that my nurse practicioner reduced my medication from taking 5 pills a day to 3. I had given up hope that it was going to work because I'd had this problem for so long (my thyroid felt like a rock). I'm not cured yet, but I have renewed hope that I possibly could be someday. I do know this: anytime you begin a thyroid Rx medication, change a medication, or stop a medication, one of the side effects is hair loss for up to 3 months! The Lugol's has given me my hair back - Thank God. Chances are, if you tell your doc that you're going to try this, they will probably not approve. So, I didn't tell mine, but whenever I felt like my thyroid was off, I would get them to check it. If someone begins the iodine therapy, just have your doctor monitor your thyroid profile as closely as possible because it can cause you to become hyperthyroid because of too much Rx medication. However, needing to reduce or eleminate the Rx medication eventually is a good thing. I'm really hoping FDA doesn't interfere any further with this wonderful healing elixer. I will try to keep everyone updated with any progress. Good luck. God bless.

Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Louwrence (Rustenburg, North West South Africa) on 10/16/2011

Hi, Try Lugols iodine it helped me with hair loss, also have thyriod problem. Good luck.


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Posted by Assaf (Tel-aviv) on 06/24/2012

Hello, I am taking magnesium for hair loss, that is magnesium citrate tablets, two a day, about 100% the RDI, for now a month, and have a lot of growth on my scalp, and in the beard actually too, which appear to come in fuller.

Magnesium seems to calm the scalp, or something similar, I think. I am taking iodine and phosphorous as well, as these minerals are lacking in my nutrition.

Maple Syrup and Herb Tea

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Posted by Joseph (toronto, canada) on 06/20/2007

Dear Ted, i just wanted to say you are a genius, keep up the good work, people over profit. i worked with a master healer in vancouver BC and many of your remedies are the same as hers. She taught me how much dogma and false truths exist even in the alternative community. i have had some hair thinning over the years but have been able to maintain it to a slow loss and stabilization with adequate protein and minerals. My favorite mineral supplement is pure maple syrup suspended in a liquid such as herb tea. Here is a blend:

1 bag green tea with mint and
1 bag stinging nettles sweetened with maple syrup.
all water should be filtered with a brita filter.



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Posted by Cheryl (Highland Park, NJ) on 07/06/2023 10 posts

What is the first thing men and women do when they notice their hair is starting to thin? They start treating it like fragile glass. This is the worst thing to do, as it escalates the problem. See, thinning or receding hair means that the roots are not getting enough circulation for blood nutrients to keep them fed, healthy and producing nice, strong follicles.

Try this: Press your fingertips into your scalp and see how much you can move your scalp. You should be able to move it about a half inch back and forth, IF your scalp is sufficiently hydrated and relaxed. If not, you have just isolated the cause of your thinning and receding hair problem...tight scalp.

The solution? Two parts:

1. Start drinking enough good clean water every day and less dehydrating drinks, like coffee and alcohol. (The pounding hangover headache comes from scalp dehydration, since the scalp is thin and dehydrates quickly.)

2. Start giving yourself a daily deep scalp massage for a minute or two. Start with where there is healthy hair, at the back of the neck or above the ears so that you are pushing good circulation up into the thin spots.

Press your fingertips into the scalp and move the scalp in small circles or back and forth a few times. Move your fingers up a bit and repeat until you've massaged the entire scalp. You really have to stimulate the circulation and a light touch just won't do it. Also make sure you're moving the scalp itself and not just your hair, which can break, especially if wet.

It's even better if you do this while inverted to get more circulation to the scalp -- that is, standing with your head at or below your waist.

It also helps hair growth if your thyroid is working well, so seafood or kelp two or three times a week may help. Also, grasp your lower neck with your whole hand and wiggle it vigorously a few times to “wake up” the thyroid with circulation. Do this every morning as part of your washing up routine.

Results will always vary by individual. With some individuals, there are no viable hair roots remaining to restore, whether this is genetic or -- more commonly found today -- because of excessive product use (gels and sprays) and daily shampooing. These chemicals leach into the scalp and kill the hair roots.

You should notice results within a few months or so. If that sounds like it takes too long, that's what they say to expect with those expensive hair treatments, so try this for free. Your new hair at first may be fuzzy-looking, like baby hair, but it will strengthen as you continue to supply it with the blood nutrients it needs to be healthy.

I dated a man who was balding - no hair on top - but he loved getting scalp massages every once in a while. After several months, we noticed some new hairs growing out of the top of his head. I hope he kept up the massages after we broke up. ;-)

Medications Causing Hair Loss

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Posted by Maryann (Newfane, Ny, Usa) on 09/23/2010

Female Hair Loss - after fertility drugs

Hello & thanks for reading this!!! In November 2009 I lost almost all of my hair, after 37 years of LONG THICK hair. I took Clomid for one month and lost a 1" by 1" square of hair. The doc told me no hair loss related... And switched me to Femara... The rest fell out fairly quickly... Over the next couple months. I only took them for a total of 4 months. Later a dermatologist told me the Clomid has a 1% chance of hair loss... And the Femara has a 5% chance of hair loss. It has been almost one year since I have taken ANY of those drugs... My hair is just about gone. I have done 4 months of steriod shots in my head... I did get some growth last month... But then the new stuff recently started falling out. I had 12 viles of blood drawn... Slightly low in B, lower in D (prominant in my area)... All else was fine... Even thyroid. I think the drugs triggered some type of auto-immune in my body... And if someone could just figure out what the trigger was... Maybe it could be fixed????

I have been reading some of the remedies here... Apple cider vinger and so on. I am going to try some of them. But, I'd love to know what has had the most success......... I'm so frustrated... Some of them are such odd mixes of this and that.... I just don't know where to start. PLEASE help if you can... Thanks so much!!!

Replied by Lisa
(Lafayette, La)

Maryann, let me first say that I am SO sorry for your troubles. I just sent up a very strong prayer of faith that you will have your hair back! That being said, I just read that MSM helps overcome autoimmune diseases. I just started my husband and myself on it today. Also, check into Hyaluronic Acid, supposed to bring youth and hair back. (look under Alfred's posts here on earthclinic! ) My suggestions to myself in this situation would be approx. 4 grams MSM to start with, and 150-200 mg. of Hyaluronic acid. Split doses morning and nite. (MSM, split morning and mid-day, no good for night time, keeps you awake! ) My sister, 36 yrs old, took Clomid for a good while, not anymore, but now is in a hair crisis herself. She too has beautiful long hair, and it is falling! She just started on HA today, and I will give her some MSM to get started on that as well. Get a GOOD brand, no dollar store or box store stuff. God bless. Lisa

Replied by Lattebreak
(Quad Cities, Il)

Maryann, I would definitely try iodine therapy. The fact that you have fertility troubles already points to possible, even probable iodine deficiency. I have been able to get decolorized iodine at a local pharmacy (not sure if I'm allowed to say it's CVS?). I have struggled with thinning hair as a result of thyroid and other hormone problems. I have taken iodine orally for over a year which has helped with fertility and greatly improved my thyroid function, but my hair was still falling out by the handful in the shower. I started putting the iodine on my scalp with a q-tip every other night or so and within about three applications I only lost about 1/3 the amount I previously lost in the shower. It takes weeks, even months to see new growth so of course I'm still waiting for that. However, it's so nice to keep what I've already got at least! Blessings!

Replied by Sue
(Jamestown, Ny, Usa)

Hi, I was wondering with the iodine therapy if you apply it to your scalp and leave it, or do you leave on for a while then wash off. If someone could post a answer I would appreciate it. Also, does anyone know if HRT causes hairloss or help with hairloss? I have seen conflicting information and do not know what to do. I am a 50 year old women with general thinning. If someone knows I would appreciate their input. Thanks Sue

Medications for Hair Loss

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Posted by Amanda G (Oklahoma) on 07/06/2010


About 2 years ago I got a nickel sized bald spot that grew in 6 months to about 3 inches from one side to the other. My Dr put me on alprazolam 2 mg 3 times a day and it grew back within a few months. He said it was stress. Now I suddenly found another bald spot a little further back than the first one and it is already quarter size. I don't want to be put back on that drug because it made me feel different like drugged. This bald spot makes me break down and cry every time I see or think about it. I am so stressed about it and don't know what to do.

Replied by Ebony
(North Hollywood, California)

Hello all, It saddens me to read about the problems some of you are having with hair loss. I too have suffered with hair loss (not really sure of the reasons). 12 years ago my hair was barely ear length due to massive breakage, neglect etc. Due to a job layoff and depression, I ceased to comb my hair and kept it under a scarf. 5 months later, to my suprise my hair was healthy and at least 3 inches longer.

Since then, I've kept my hair "UP" in protective styles with very low malipulation.

My diet was balance.

Through research, I've leaned how to take care of my hair. There are sooooo many things one can do to ensure long, healthy, strong, thick hair. My hair is now 28 inches (mid back length) and ultra thick. (I'm 56 years old). The methods below worked for me:

1. Massage scalp with pure aloe vera gel.

2. Co-wash often (clean scalp and hair with conditioner only.)

3. Massage scalp with one or all of the following:

-extra virgin coconut oil

-extra virgin olive oil

-Emu oil

-Argan oil

-Tea tree oil

-Castor oil

-Onion juice topical

-Garlic juice topical

-Jamician Black Castor oil

-Seal ends with shea butter

-Vegetable Glyercine

-Black tea hair rinses

-Weekly hot oil treatments

-Jojoba oil...... And so on. These methonds worked for me to achieve and maintain healthy, strong hair.

They worked for me but may not be for everyone. Do your research and as always.... Consult your M. D. Before beginning any new regimen. Good luck.