7 Herbs and Spices for Silky Smooth Hair

The secret to luxurious locks could be lurking in your cupboard!

There’s a laundry list of “miracle” products out there claiming to restore damaged hair to its primary condition or turn dry, straw-like hair into silky locks of wonder. Unfortunately, the products you find at stores only help so much before damaging your hair with chemicals.

Herbs and spices are a natural alternative for healthy, striking hair. They don’t break the bank like costly salon products. These seasonings work their magic when sprinkled in your food or applied directly to your hair.

If you desire dreamy locks, put your wallet away and rummage through your cupboard instead! These herbs and spices stimulate hair growth, fight frizz, and add healthy shine. Your beautiful new head of hair should come with a caution sign – tt’s bound to give any passerby whiplash! 😉

1. Rosemary
Few herbs are quite as powerful when it comes to creating a head of healthy hair as rosemary. This common herb stimulates and improves circulation in the scalp, promoting hair growth, and it relieves symptoms of a dry scalp and prevents dandruff. Not only that, but rosemary can even help to prevent premature graying! It doesn’t get much better than that.

2. Burdock
If you long for length, look no further. Burdock contains tannins, insulin, vitamin A, and fatty acids that stimulate hair growth and promote lengthy, flowing locks. Like rosemary, it keeps scalp conditions and itchiness at bay. Mix burdock root tincture with water and apply to your hair, or opt for the plant in its oil form and massage through your scalp.

3. Cumin
Don’t underestimate the power of these small seeds! Cumin contains over a hundred nutrients and vitamins, many of which are proven to replenish thirsty strands and give you a healthy mane. Black cumin in particular combats thinning hair and leaves you with shiny locks. For a deep cumin-conditioning treatment, make a creamy solution by mixing cumin seeds with water, straining the seeds, and adding egg yolk or olive oil to the mixture. Massage the concoction into your hair and let it sit for half an hour. You won’t stop running your fingers through what feels like silk!

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4. Chamomile
This Egyptian daisy-like plant gained popularity centuries ago. It’s praised for its sweet, soothing taste in tea form. Unlike other herbs, chamomile has a unique effect on your hair’s color. Rinsing your hair with chamomile tea will brighten and enrich tones. It turns brown tints golden and enhances blond locks. Steeping a cup of chamomile flowers in hot water and rinsing your hair will lighten your highlights and bring out golden hues. If you’re dealing with dullness and long for glistening strands, chamomile has you covered!

5. Black Pepper
Black pepper has a reputation of fighting colds and improving digestion, but the spicy plant does much more. Black pepper improves your hair from the inside out. Its nutrients and vitamins detoxify your mane back to its natural state. It also increases blood circulation in your scalp, promoting hair growth. Black pepper is a perfect go-to on disappointing dandruff days. It relieves dandruff and leaves you with silky smooth locks.

After black pepper does its magic on your hair, try one of these mouthwatering dinner recipes featuring the super spice:

One-Pot Black Pepper Chicken
Black Pepper Salmon with Avocado Salad

6. Sesame
To hydrate dry, thirsty hair or accelerate growth speed, use sesame seeds. Sesame seed oil is fantastic at solving hair woes. Extracted from the flower sesamum, sesame seed oil boasts numerous healing and lubricating properties to give you lovely locks. Oiling your hair with this spice adds glorious shine and smoothness. It also works as a natural sunscreen, protecting your hair from harmful UV rays. It also strengthens your roots and mends split ends. Even the most superior salon-quality products can’t accomplish that!

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7. Horsetail
This unique herb contains amazing benefits for your hair and skin and powerful anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Sipping horsetail tea, taking it in supplement form, or mixing the extract with olive oil will revitalize dry, frizzy hair. It’s a popular growth supplement and is known to cure baldness, but the source behind the magic lies is silica. Silica treats damaged hair and split ends naturally, leaving you with a gorgeous, glossy mane.

People often overlook the beauty benefits of certain foods. For more ideas that use household items to promote lustrous locks, check out this DIY Frizzy Hair Mask for a frizz-fighting conditioning treatment or this DIY Avocado Hair Mask for total nourishment. If you want to achieve beautiful skin with items in your kitchen, Eat Your Way to Clear Skin is a must-read!

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Ellie Krasner

Ellie is a full-time violinist living in Las Vegas, and a writer with an insatiable appetite for clean eating and fitness! She is a graduate of Binghamton University with degrees in English literature and violin, and loves investigating the world of healthy living.

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  1. i want to try all of these. Thank you for putting this up ! 🙂
    I have curly hair. it is getting frizzy in the summer warmth. I am going crazy! I want to try one herb at a time and see what will work best for ‘my’ hair.
    the chamomile sounds also good for me, ’cause I have grey hair, but want some color sheen. I ‘like’ my hair color, but alone side the summer frizz, i can’t hardly stand to pass by a mirror. At the same time, I am mildly (that means I don’t have to) looking for another job. I think I look pretty, but don’t want my curly, grey hair to cause me to look not put together and not have a chance out there. 🙂
    I am excited to try these! It is affordable, too.
    Thank you again. 🙂

  2. Keep up the great information about plants n herbs for hair I remember has a very young teen my grandmother told n show me how to make my own products n to this day I still do that n have passed on these recommendations to my children n grandchildren n I still have my full long little gray hair thank you for educating the curiously reading that would like to learn more.

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