Botanicals for Hair Growth: Ashwagandha
There are many herbs that are known to support healthy hair, nails and skin. Many approach hair growth from a nutritional standpoint. This includes botancials such as horsetail, oat straw and stinging nettle. Some herbs approach hair growth by increasing circulation,. This includes rosemary and ginkgo biloba which increase the ability of nutrients to reach your hair follicles, which increases hair growth. Lavender can increase hair growth by reducing inflammation and calming the follicles to promote the healthy development of hair follicles. A new area of research is looking at the impacts of stress on hair growth. Ashwagandha as a stress-reducing herb may have some strong benefits for hair growth as well as supporting hormone health.
You’ve heard people talk about their hair growing gray, or their hair falling out when their stressed and that might be truer than expected.
Stress and hair loss
Stress is an underestimated cause of hair loss. Since hair is considered a non-essential tissue it is one of the first things to go when we are stressed. One specific form of stress-related hair loss is called Telogen effluvium. It triggers hairs that are in the growth phase of the hair growth cycle to suddenly enter into their telogen phase (shedding phase). This results in large amounts of daily hair fall out.
Ashwagandha and stress hormones
When we are stressed our adrenal glands produce the hormone cortisol. Cortisol puts you in flight or fight mode. This is great when you’re actually in danger, but very taxing if you experience chronic stress. Supplementing with ashwagandha can reduce the impacts of chronic stress on the body and mind. It can lower cortisol levels when they are too high, which can then improve stress-related hair loss.
Hair loss is a warning sign
Ashwagandha can only do so much. If you experience a chronicly high state of stress you’ll need to evaluate what is causing so much stress and what you can do to improve it. Even if you don’t feel worried or stressed out, keep in mind that putting your body through continued biological stressors like heavy workouts, lack of proper resting, lack of sleep, fasting, even loud noises and bright lights can cause biological stress on the body even though you may not register as stress mentally.
Hair loss is a symptom that something is wrong and if ignored could result in more severe consequences to your health. If you’ve recently undergone a period of severe stress or prolonged low-level stress and seen increased hair fall out, don’t worry, taking ashwagandha accompanied with adjustments in lifestyle can help your hair to bounce back to its previous, perhaps even improved lustre.
Our Ashwagandha is a high quality, professional-grade tincture. Master Formulae Botanicals tinctures are very fast-acting and very bioavailable. Each dose gives you 3g of Ashwagandha, for a total of 6g/day in this product, much higher than any other products currently available.