How to Reverse Hair Thinning with Burdock Root Oil

Hair loss can be a distressing problem with the potential to create self-esteem issues over time if not addressed. With the advent of natural remedies over the last few years, you don't have to accept hair loss and patiently wait for all your hair to fall out. There are lots of natural remedies you can look into to stop hair loss in its tracks. This article will explore one of those ways - burdock root oil also known as bur oil.

However, before you start looking into alternative ways to address hair loss issues, see a dermatologist first to establish the hair loss isn't based on a medical problem. Once confirmed it's not, you can try the recommendation in this article.

The burdock plant belongs to a family of thistles in the genus arctium that grows biennially. It is rich in essential fatty acids, iron and potassium as well an important amino acid necessary for building the protein found in hair. The root promotes hair growth by improving blood circulation on the scalp and drawing the necessary nutrients required to foster hair growth to the follicles. In addition to reversing hair loss, burdock root oil can also relieve scalp irritation and improve other scalp conditions.

How to Make Your Own Burdock Root Oil

All you require is a few sticks of dried or fresh burdock root, olive oil and a sterile glass jar.

  1. Chop the roots into tiny pieces, then pound lightly with a mallet.
  2. Place it into the glass jar and fill up with the olive oil at your own discretion.
  3. Place the jar in a dark cabinet or in the refrigerator if you used fresh root.
  4. Leave for up to 6 weeks while the oil draws all the goodness out of the roots.
  5. Open up the jar once a week to release any air bubbles inside.
  6. After 6 weeks, strain out the oil and it's ready for use!

If you are using dried root, scrub off all the dirt and chop into tiny pieces. If using fresh root; after chopping into tiny pieces, dry out for a few days before preparing the oil. This helps some of the moisture in the fresh root to evaporate. You can also enhance the properties of the oil by adding nettle oil, horsetail, birch oil and/or gingko. These are all well-known natural ingredients for enhancing hair growth.

How to Use Burdock Root Oil

As the problem is your roots, the best way to use burdock root oil is as scalp massage oil. Part your hair into sections and apply to your scalp lightly, then massage vigorously, focusing on the problem areas, for 10 minutes every 2 - 3 days. You should feel your scalp heated up after a good massage. Leave the oil in and style your hair as usual in the morning. You can shampoo and condition on the weekends.

With consistent use, you should begin to see an improvement within 8 - 12 weeks. Burdock root oil and burdock root can be purchased at your local herbal store or online. You can also grow your own burdock plants if you prefer.

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