Make a Home Remedy for Regrowing Hair with Citronella Grass

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Losing hair is a problem that many people live with today. Because it has become such a widespread concern, various hair growth products have made their appearance on the market. Millions of dollars are spent annually by people who want to recover some of the hair they have lost. Some apply expensive lotions to stimulate follicles, some have follicles transplanted on their bald spots, and some undergo expensive hair extension procedures. If you share the same concern and are alarmed that your hair is thinning, you have probably been tempted to resort to these costly interventions. However, if you want to try something more natural and budget friendly, read on and learn how to make a home remedy for regrowing hair with citronella grass.

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Interesting Facts about Citronella Grass

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Citronella is a fascinating plant with a long history of practical use. It is easy to grow in containers, and its clean lines actually make it a good ornament for Zen type gardens. It is a tall perennial grass that grows in clumps to a height of about 4 feet in warm areas. Its leaves are somewhat sharp-edged and these often have a tinge of magenta at the base.

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If your nursery is unable to tell you without any doubt which clump of grass is citronella and which is lemongrass, find out for yourself. Tear off a small piece, crush it, and smell it. If all you can smell is lemon, then that is probably not it. The citronella grass you need will carry with it a subtle but unmistakable, soapy scent.

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  • The scientific name for citronella grass is Cymbopogon nardus.
  • Citronella grass is not a geranium; it is quite simply a member of the grass family.
  • A lot of people tend to think that there is only one type of citronella. Actually citronella belongs to a genus of grass plants that has at least 45 species.
  • Citronella grass is a perennial grass that belongs to the same family as lemon grass, so you have to carefully distinguish between the two.
  • The more popular lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) is used mainly for seasoning food. Lemongrass is a staple flavor for Thai food and other oriental dishes, while citronella is not.
  • Citronella is used mainly for that clean lemony scent that soaps and shampoos have.
  • This grass is also known as lemongrass, fever grass, hierba Luisa, barbed wire grass, silky heads, tanglad, citronella grass, cha de Dartigalongue, or gavati chaha.

The Use of Citronella through the Ages

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For the last five decades or so, citronella has figured as a popular ingredient in many cosmetic products and non-toxic insect repellents. While its practical use is definitely on the rise, citronella has in fact been part of the traditional healing cupboards of many countries. Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, China, Indonesia, Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines all grow and use citronella for a variety of purposes. Chinese medical records have accounts of the use of citronella as a remedy for a host of conditions, including inflammation and fungal infections.

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Setting the Stage for Preparing your Remedy

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Preparing your citronella hair grower is not at all difficult. However, it can be quite painstaking because if you want to stick to the traditional method of using it, you can only prepare a four day supply. So far no studies have been done on procedures to lengthen the shelf life of citronella as a remedy for thinning hair.

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There are a few things you need to bear in mind when you make your remedy.

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    First of all, because you are not going to subject it to any heat that might disinfect it, you have to make sure that all the things you use are extremely clean and dry.
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    Second, you need to wash each leaf carefully to make sure it has no dirt or soil stuck to it, and then air dry it.
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    You need a live plant to prepare your hair grower.
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How to Make Citronella Hair Grower

You can choose to make your hair grower the old fashioned way, or you can get a little modern help from your blender.

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 leaves
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Fine gauze
  • Small funnel
  • Clean, dry bottle with cap

Old Fashioned Procedure:

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    Do not uproot the plant just to gather the leaves.
    Simply pick about 10 long leaves, cutting the leaf from the base.
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    Wash the leaves, and dry them carefully.
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    Make a loose knot with the leaves, and then another, and then another.
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    Using a mortar and pestle, begin to pound the leaves until they are soft and broken into small pieces.
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    Add the water slowly and grind the leaves until the sap has been extracted from them.
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    Pour the extracted liquid into a funnel lined with gauze.
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    Put all the mashed leaves in the gauze and squeeze to extract all sap possible.
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    Store in a cool, dry place.
    (The warmest part of your refrigerator will do.)
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Procedure with a Small Blender

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    Simply pick about 12 long leaves, cutting the leaf from the base.
    You do not need to uproot the plant.
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    Wash the leaves, and dry them carefully.
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    Cut the leaves into half-inch lengths.
    Make a loose knot with the leaves, and then another, and then another.
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    Feed leaves and water into blender.
    Process for three minutes or until juice can be extracted easily.
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    Pour the extracted liquid into a funnel lined with gauze.
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    Put all the mashed leaves in the gauze and squeeze to extract all sap possible.
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    Store in a cool, dry place.
    (The warmest part of your refrigerator will do.)
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How to Apply the Hair Grower

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You won't have a lot of this hair grower after the procedure you used, so you must use what you have sparingly.

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    Take a small wad of cotton and wet it with the extract.
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    Apply well on the area where hair has thinned.
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    Do not wash off for at least six hours.
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    Leaving it on overnight will work well.
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How to Cultivate Citronella

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It is not always easy to find citronella grass in nurseries. When you find a plant, make the most of that opportunity to grow your own supply. The good thing about making this extract is you don't need to kill the plant to do it. You just have to cut as far down the base as possible and leave the rest of the clump – roots and all – in peace.

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    Pick large containers with good drainage.
    Place the container in a shady area.
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    Fill it up with sandy loam.
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    Cut the leaves to about six inches from the base and trim off dead roots and separate clumps into groups of three or so.
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    Plant each clump separately.
    Bury the root area right up to two inches above the roots. Water the plant and press the soil firmly around the clump.
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    Make sure the soil is well watered but not too wet.
    The remaining leaves may dry up but that is to be expected.
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    Your plants are established when you see signs of new growth.
    You can then transfer the plant to a sunnier place.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • You can begin to harvest from your plant when there is a healthy growth of new leaves.
  • The best time to harvest is in the morning, when the leaves have the most moisture.
  • Do not let the extract get into your eyes.
  • Citronella will stain, so use dark pillowcases or wear a nightcap.
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Questions and Answers

What does citronella leaf do for hair?

Citronella also known as "lemon grass" is commonly used for hair care because of its various benefits to hair. Some of the benefits of citronella leaf to hair are as follows:

  • Citronella oil extracted from its leaves have antibacterial, insecticidal and antifungal properties which are very effective in managing dandruff, scalp infections and hair parasites.
  • Has a rubefacient properties which means it has the ability to improve blood circulation in the scalp by dilating the blood vessels which nourishes the hair follicles promoting hair growth.
  • Contains geraniol, citronellal and citronellol compounds which (used mostly in perfumes) deodorizes and gives the hair a lemon scent.

Citronella leaf, in general, have various beneficial effects on hair making it one of the most valuable herbal ingredients in home remedies for hair treatment and care.

Does grass grower work on hair?

No, it does not. Grass growers have totally different components and it can even be harmful to your hair if you apply it.

On the other hand, there are actually some types of grass (herbs) that can work for the hair, such as citronella grass. You just need to take the extract from them and apply to your scalp.

Citronella grass for hair? Does it really work?

Citronella grass can work but you have to use it constantly for your hair. Also, keep in mind that your diet also plays an important role in the health of your hair. Even when you apply citronella regularly, if you don't modify your diet and make healthier choices, you are more likely not going to see much of a significant improvement as well.

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Also, you have to make sure that you drink enough glasses of water each day. Water alone can make a huge difference in the quality of your hair.

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