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Basil is normally used for cooking but it has many healing properties. It is also valuable in herbal therapeutics. It has been used for thousands of years in Greek orthodox religion for healing.
Basil Helps to Rejuvenate Hair Follicles
By stimulating the hair follicles, many that were not working or working improperly become rejuvenated and start producing healthy hair again.
Increases Scalp Circulation
Poor scalp circulation is a major hair loss culprit. Massage basil oil into the scalp, both the vigorous massage and the basil oil stimulate blood circulation to the scalp and help to stimulate and regenerate the hair follicles. Basil contains eugenol, which acts as an anti-inflammatory, and it is a good source of magnesium, which improves blood flow to the scalp.
Strengthens the Hair Shaft
Basil helps to strengthen the hair shaft. Brittle or weak hair breaks off easily and results in thinning hair.
Antioxidants for Scalp and Follicles
This herb has antioxidant properties. It contains two flavenoids (orientin and vicenin) that protect the chromosomes and cell structures from oxidation, which causes cell aging and death, and also protects the cells from radiation damage.
Moisturizes and Restores Healthy Luster
Basil oil is also a good moisturizer for the hair and helps restore luster to dry and brittle hair.
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Tammy Kane is a freelance writer and photographer. She has written for "Young Mom" web-zine and Associated Content. Kane is also the alternative medicine writer for the Gainesville National Examiner. She has a Bachelor of Arts in both psychology and criminal justice from the University of Wyoming.