Onion is a very popular folk remedy for a hair loss. It is a proven method which has been used for centuries not only for its powerful enhancing effect on the hair, but also for many other therapeutic purposes. In fact, doctors in the Middle Age used onions to neutralize snake bites. How can an onion stop or reduce a hair loss? Read more about it in this article.
Onions are beneficial due to its high sulfur content. Sulfur supports healing of body tissues because of its ability to stimulate blood circulation and reduce an inflammation of the skin. Sulfur is also necessary for the development of collagen. Collagen is one of the major proteins in our skin that gives it elasticity and smoothness. Collagen is the main protein, which builds up our hair and nails. Thanks to these properties, the right amount of sulfur can help against hair loss and enhance re-growth of a new hair.
The main symptom of sulfur deficiency in the body is dry skin, weak nails and brittle hair. Other symptoms may be allergies, headaches, diabetes and muscle or joint ache. You have to change your diet to increase an intake of sulfur in case of deficiency, because it is usually quite difficult to supply the body with required amounts, since scientists assume that pesticides and fertilizers deplete sulfur content of the soil, and this reduces the sulfur content in all plants. It has been proved that processed food contain only very small amount of sulfur because this mineral is being destroyed during the process of production. Our body does not produce sulfur on its own. Therefore, it must be consumed in foods, like meat, onions, or supplements.
The easiest and the cheapest way to immediately improve the quality of your hair with sulfur is to use an onion extract directly on the scalp. A study published in June 2002 in the Journal of Dermatology talks about the positive effect of an onion extract on the disease alopecia areata, better known as a local complete hair loss.
See below a few treatment options that were used in this research.
Onions and Honey
Mix one quarter of a cup of an onion juice with one tablespoon of honey. You will get a honey paste, which can be massaged in the scalp daily. Always make a fresh mixture before usage.
Onions and rum
Cut a medium-sized onion into small pieces and add it to one cup of a white rum. Let it rest for one day. Next day you can massage this mixture two or three times a week into your scalp. Mixture can last for a several days in the refrigerator.
One of the oldest tricks known already by our grandmothers was to cut onion on pieces, spread honey all over the cuts. Then rub with this honey side spots on the scalp, which are balding or thinning of a hair. This should be done twice a day – morning and evening.
Another old wives advice for a hair loss remedy is onion bath. Peel off onion’s skin in a cup, pour over boiling water and let it cool down for 50 minutes. Wash your hair with a shampoo and then rinse off thoroughly with this onion extract. Leave on for a few minutes, then rinse off with water.