Monday, December 13, 2010

Edible Herbs for Healthy Hair

There are many edible herbs that can be added to your diet to both improve the flavor of meals and increase hair growth. There are great Holiday dishes like stuffing that include sage and thyme which are rich in iron. You may also want to add a sprig of thyme to soups which are great in the winter.

Typically, a lack of iron in the diet is a leading reason for hair loss, according to research. You can add iron to your diet naturally by eating herbs that are rich in iron. Edible herbs can be purchased in health food stores or as spices in your local grocery stores. There are many iron-rich herbs to choose from, especially thyme, which contains the largest amount of iron. Sprinkling a one-tablespoon serving of ground thyme into soups or main dishes supplies the body with 5 mgs of iron. Eating this amount supplies an impressive 29 percent of the daily recommended amount of the nutrient. Other edible herbs to choose from include curry powder and marjoram, which can be found in great indian dishes, spearmint, bay leaves, or dill (which is a great addition to red potatoes) and celery seeds, tarragon, sage, oregano, coriander leaves and basil, are all great edible herbs that can easily be integrated into meals to help promote healthy hair. Also, as discussed in previous post using hair care products that have these herbs as ingredients can help hair loss as well.

Also, using a hair rinse combination of sage tea and apple cider vinegar helps combat hair loss, as discussed in a previous post.

Here is  one of my favorite spicy curry dishes, I'm sure you'll love:

Original Recipe Yield 4 servings


3 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces

1 large white onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste

2 tablespoons curry powder

1/2 (2 inch) stick cinnamon stick, broken into pieces

8 pods whole green cardamom pods

4 bay leaves

6 whole cloves

1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

15 whole black peppercorns

2 teaspoons coriander seeds


1.Heat oil in a small pot over medium heat. Add chicken, onion, and ginger garlic paste. Season with curry powder, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, bay leaves, cloves, red pepper flakes, black peppercorns, and coriander seeds. Cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. At this point, gravy will be runny; if you want to thicken, remove lid, and cook until liquid is reduced.