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Herbal Remedies & Nutritional Help to Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Depression from Hair Loss

Herbs that reduce stress may help block the link between stress and thinning hair.

Herbs have been successfully used in natural medicines such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years to alleviate the symptoms of mood and stress-related disorders. 62, 174 Ayurveda prescribes different foods to treat hair loss, many of which are loaded with essential nutrients for hair as well as those that help balance metabolism and hormones. Many herbs also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can further help prevent or treat thinning hair. 66

The following herbs have been used to treat stress, insomnia, anxiety, and/or mild to moderate depression: 66, 208

Table 41: Herbs to Help Reduce Stress
Ashwagandha 37
Passion flower 66
Catnip 37
Siberian ginseng37
Chamomile 209
Skullcap 37
Holy Basil 37
St. John’s wort 66
Hops 37
Turmeric 70
Lemon balm 66
Valerian 66, 174, 210
Magnolia bark 66
Wild oat 37
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Withania somnifera.
Passiflora incarnata; recommended dosage 0.5-1 ml three times a day.
Nepeta cataria.
Eleutherococcus senticosus.
Experts advise to not use if you are allergic to ragweed.
Scutellaria laterfolia.
Ocimum sanctum; also known as tulsi in Ayurveda.
Hypericum perforatum; also very high in antioxidants.
Do not use Humulus lupulus if taking antidepressants.
Curcuma longa; high in antioxidants; animal studies suggest turmeric can help with depression, hypothyroidism, and diabetes.
Melissa officinalis; dried leaves are also very high in antioxidants.
Valeriana or Nardostachys jatamansi.
Magnolia obovata; recommended dosage is 250-750 mg/day.
Avena sativa; also known as oat straw.