Hair loss natural remedies are gaining in popularity, since the medication treatment may have numerous side effects and will also exhaust the liver. Rosemary and sage may be used in combination to help prevent hair loss and improve the quality of the hair.
Rosemary is also known as Rosmarinus officinalis, and it belongs to the family of Lamiaceae, along with mint. The plant is woody and has green leaves and flowers that may be pink, blue, white or purple.
Sage, also known as Salvia officinalis, is a plant with a woody stem, purple flowers and leaves. The name, Salvia, is derived form the Latin salvere which means to save. The plant may be used in the kitchen as a culinary herb, but has also many uses in alternative medicine.
Rosemary and Sage for Hair Loss
The rosemary contains carnosic acid, which eliminates free radicals from the body. The presence of many free radicals and other toxins may be causing hair loss. The plant also contains other ingredients that may benefit the scalp: camphor, which will improve blood flow, caffeinic acid (also present in sage), ursonic acid (found in sage also) or rosmanol.
The sage has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it may be used if the hair loss is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. Sage essential oil may also be a powerful tonic, which can stimulate the hair growth. The sage plant has estrogenic substances also, which can support hair growth in women.
The rosemary essential oil should be mixed with the sage extracts, and the solution should be applied on the scalp on a regular basis, as recommended. The solution should thicken the hair, but not all patients get the same results.
Side Effects of Rosemary and Sage
Rosemary is typically safe when used externally, but people that are prone to epileptic seizures should avoid using the product, as it may trigger seizures. The rosemary essential oil may also cause seizures in healthy individuals.
If ingested, the rosemary oil is toxic, so it should be kept away from the reach of children. If ingested in large amounts, the rosemary oil may also cause vomiting, muscle spasms, fluid in the lungs or even coma. In rare cases, the rosemary oil may cause skin allergic reactions.
Sage is safe for external and internal use, but shouldn’t be used in conjunction with antidepressants or other nervous system stimulants.
Other Uses of Rosemary and Sage
Rosemary may also be employed in cooking, as a spice. Rosemary tea can be used to improve conditions such as anemia or lack of calcium, being rich in iron and calcium.
Rosemary has been used in the past to treat the gout. Presently, the extracts of rosemary may be beneficial to improve conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Lou Gehrig’s.
Sage may be used in various medical conditions, being a natural: