Herbs are known all over the world for their medicinal properties. Some herbs have also been proven to help grow hair. Given that growth of facial hair is hormonal. I got curious whether herbs can help beard growth.
So, are herbs good for beard growth? Some herbs are good for beard growth and grooming while others are not good at all. Herbs good for beard growth either boost beard growth hormone (testosterone plus DHT) promote blood circulation, or help fight beard challenges that may cause beard loss. Herbs bad for beard growth affect androgens negatively.
The growth of a beard is solely reliant on genes and hormones, other facts that affect beard growth include age, lifestyle, and ethnicity.
Any product that promises to help you grow a beard should either boost the levels of the beard growth hormones, improve the delivery of these hormones to beard follicles, or help provide a good environment for the flourishing of the beard follicles.
Herbs for Beard Growth
If you are looking for a herb that is even backed by science to help with your beard growth, then peppermint is what you have been looking for.
Peppermint oil helps beard growth by increasing blood circulation, prevent or treat inflammation, and antimicrobial.
Insufficient blood flow in your cheeks can impact the growth of your beard negatively. This is because your beard follicles will not receive the much-needed growth nutrients and hormones to grow. Peppermint oil has been proven to help improve or increase blood circulation when applied topically.
Peppermint oil also has antimicrobial properties. When applied topically peppermint oil will help you to deal with dandruff which can be a nuisance, especially if you are just growing your beard, more so in your first month of beard growth.
Another property of peppermint oil is anti-inflammatory. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, your skin may end up suffering from beard acne or inflammation. Using peppermint oil topically will help you deal with inflammation.
However, ingesting peppermint such as in mint tea may lower your levels of testosterone hence impact your beard growth negatively especially when consumed in large amounts (source).
Another great herb that is commonly used in Indian culture is ashwagandha. Ashwagandha promotes beard growth by increasing testosterone, reducing inflammation, and reduce depression.
You can read more about how ashwagandha for beard growth works in this article we published.