There are many effective ways to use reishi and nettle for hair loss prevention (and even reversal). If the benefits of nettle and reishi teas for hair health have convinced you of their effectiveness at treating hair loss, then you're likely considering adding them to your usual hair-care routine.
Below are just a few simple ways (with spectacular results) to incorporate nettle and reishi teas into your regular routine.
If you'd like to prevent further hair loss, and even reverse the effects of male-pattern baldness, then you may be excited to learn that the daily intake of nettle tea and reishi tea can do wonders.
For best results, it's recommended that you work with fresh ingredients and prepare the tea yourself.
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Method: Bring 4 cups of water to boil. While waiting for the water to boil, finely chop the 4 heaping teaspoons of fresh nettle. Once the water has reached a boil, add the chopped nettle to the pot and remove from heat. Steep for 20 minutes.
Enjoy immediately, or place in the fridge and enjoy at a later time, hot or cold.
If you're a casual tea drinker, the thought of preparing your own herbal concoction may stir feelings of doubt. Fear not! The New York Times provides a two-ingredient recipe for reishi tea that's easy enough for even first-time tea drinkers to prepare.
Method: Chop the whole mushrooms into small chunks and, using a mortar and pestle (or a food processor), grind into a fine powder. Pour the powder into a muslin cloth, wrap it tightly, and set aside.
Bring the water to a boil, and gently set the muslin wrap filled with the ground reishi powder into the pot of boiling water. Boil for 1 hour, or until the water has been reduced to 4 cups.
Enjoy a cup now, or pour the tea into a container and keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Whether you're not a fan of tea drinking or you'd just like to consider a more direct method of supplementation, you can still benefit from reishi and nettle for hair loss prevention by applying nettle tea and reishi tea directly to your scalp to target hair growth.
Two of the simplest ways to apply them topically to your scalp is by adding the oils of each to your shampoo or by creating a hair mask.
Caution: Prior to use, add a drop of nettle oil or reishi oil (whichever you'll be using) to the skin on the inside of your wrist to ensure that no allergic reactions or skin irritations occur.
A few drops can go a long way when working with the extract oils of nettle and reishi.
To use, pour a nickel-sized to quarter-sized dollop of shampoo (according to your hair length) into your palm, and then add 2 to 3 drops of nettle oil or reishi oil extract. Mix the shampoo-oil combination between your palms, and then massage into your scalp and leave for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Even better than using a commercial shampoo, make your own out of apple cider vinegar and baking soda, and then add the oils to that.
The obvious alternative to using oil is to make your own concentrated extract by simmering the reishi or nettle in a small amount of water until all the useful compounds have been extracted into the water. Then, simply add this potent tea to your shampoo or hair mask. This works particularly well to soothe the scalp and unclog the hair follicles and block DHT topically.
For an all-over coverage option, any basic hair mask recipe can be modified to include nettle tea oil or reishi tea oil. The simple 3-ingredient recipe below is just one example.
Method: In a small dish, combine Greek yogurt (enough to cover your hair from root to tip and entirety of your scalp), 2 tablespoons of honey, and 2 - 3 drops of nettle oil or reishi extract.
Mix the ingredients well, and then apply to hair (dampen hair first for best results). Begin at the scalp, and slowly work your fingers through your hair until you reach the tip. If you're applying directly to scalp, massage the hair mask in a circular motion. Leave the hair mask in for at least 30 - 45 minutes, though leaving it in overnight is best. Cover your scalp with a towel or shower cap for less mess.
Rinse thoroughly, and then wash your hair and/or scalp with your regular shampoo. Repeat this process 1 or 2 times per month.
Now that you better understand the benefits offered by both reishi and nettle for hair loss prevention, there's absolutely no reason not to use them on your own, for hair loss prevention or otherwise.
Of course, it's always a good idea to consult with your qualified healthcare professional prior to herbal supplementation. And, drop by Hair Loss Revolution to learn more about effective ways to stop hair loss naturally.
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