Herbs for Health, with Di Aldworth

It is the end of January already, but just enough time left to wish you a wonderful 2015. It seems like yesterday that I started writing this column (2000 to be exact). I have tried to do something ‘different’ each year, so this year I will be trying to answer your questions on herbs and their uses. My original mentor always said if you need something just ‘put it out there’. I had no sooner emailed Phillippa to tell her of this year’s theme, when I received the following email, so it must be true.

Herbal Help please
“Morning DI, and compliments for 2015. Di, can you advise me on a hair wash I seem to recall for chemo sufferers for their hair loss. Was it Rosemary, Nettle and Sage? Someone who knows someone who has problems needs to know.
Thanx in advance
Your faithful herbal servant, MN”

“Hi there,
Nice to hear from you, the best is rosemary, clary sage, and cedar wood oils, 2 drops each in a teaspoon of carrier oil. Olive oil is fine. Gently massage into scalp and leave for a few minutes before the final rinse.
If you don’t have the oils, use fresh rosemary, nettle, leaves and lavender flowers as a strong tea. Steep a small handful of each in 1 litre boiled water allowed to cool slightly, then massage into the scalp. I did some more research, apparently if you drink A C V (1 tsp in a glass of water with or between meals – add some honey) this will encourage the natural balance of the scalp, which in turn will help with hair growth. It can take up to 6 months, so keep at it. (Excellent for heartburn as well)
Hope this helps, Di ”

Sadly there are no miracle cures for hair loss and to achieve the best results you must commit to massaging your scalp regularly, improving your diet, and adjusting your lifestyle to reduce stress.
These remedies will also help with generally thin hair and to keep your hair healthy.

I do hope you will take the time to email me with your queries.
Yours in herbs, Diane Aldworth