How To Regrow Hair in Children: Basically, the condition of the hair is an indicator for the health of the whole body. In promoting hair regrowth, we have to work on improving the whole body vitality.
1) Regrow Hair Through Diet
If your child has thin hair, or hair which has fallen because of an illness, you really should check with your doctor or naturopath or other health professional as to the cause and possible remedies.
Meanwhile, you can begin a programme of diet which will include many of the foods which help hair growth.
Oatmeal Porridge: Make porridge every morning. Porridge is very high in silica and other minerals which are utilized for hair and bone growth, not to mention teeth. Eating oatmeal porridge regularly really helps your skin too. You will notice the skin becomes smooth and silky when oatmeal porridge is eaten every day.
I like to use pure oat bran, which contains most of the natural goodies in the outer part of the grain.
Add Extra Nourishment: Make your oatmeal porridge up using enough water to make it smooth and not stodgy. Cook it gently for five minutes or so, depending on what type of oats you are using.
Serve the porridge out – we will assume that we are serving one adult-sized plate here, which you can use part of, or all of, depending on the size and age of your child: Grate one whole apple over the adult sized plate of oatmeal porridge. Of course, you will use a smaller quantity of everything for a yound child.
Eating raw apple with the porridge helps the digestion of the grain, and provides more roughage to the bowel as well as extra potassium. Potassium in apples, and other nutrients, will help with hair growth. Walter Last, a famous healer, was adamant that you eat some raw food with EVERY meal, as this provides enzymes and vitamin C, etc, to help digest the cooked food. The raw apple will aid digestion so that you gain the optimum nutrient value from the food – this will benefit hair growth.
Add one good tablespoon of sesame seeds onto the porridge.
Add one tablespoon of ground sunflower seeds. Grind these up in your blender. You can make a couple of cupfuls up to last a week or so.
Almonds: If you have some almonds, you can grind three or four of these up in your blender with the sunflower seeds.
Linseed, or flaxseed is also excellent for the hair.
Sesame seeds alone contain high amounts of calcium and magnesium: one handful is supposed to contain about 1200mg of calcium and magnesium, which is about as much as you would get in a glass of unadulterated milk. They contain protein, which is needed for hair growth. They also contain omega 3 fatty acids which help hair growth, brain function, eyesight, the nervous system, and help create a sense of well being.
Sunflower seeds are also high in fatty acids, protein, vitamin E and other goodies.
Almonds, of course, are a rich source of protein, vitamin E, magnesium and other minerals.
These foods – sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, linseed/flaxseed, and almonds are high octane foods. They are ideal supplements for the vegeraian diet, or in helping people recover health.
Don’t make the porridge too rich by using too much of these wonderful foods at once. The amount you use will vary according to the body weight of the child and the state of his or her appetite.
Milk, or just a knob of butter, or some ghee, with a dollop of honey or dark brown sugar, makes this porridge just delectable. You can use dairy or soy milk if you want, but the sesame, almonds and sunflowers can substitute milk protein if milk is not tolerated.
Green Vegetables. The high calcium greens are the best for hair growth: boccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, are all excellent. Carrots help hair growth as well, and some should be eaten every day for good general health.
If you have access to comfrey, then using a little of this mixed in with your silverbeet or spinach or cabbage will give extra nourishment to the nerves and hair follicles. Comfrey is very high in silica, which is why it has been called ‘knitbone’ for centuries – it was used to help heal broken bones, which gives you something of an idea as to its healing qualities.
Organic free range meats and poultry and eggs should all be sought, for the sake of the animal as well as for the health of your child. The same applies to dairy milk, if that is what you use. Organic and freerange – it is worth paying the little bit extra to get the quality and a kinder product.
Oily Fish such as sardines, mackerel, salmon and tuna are all rich in omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrients, including iodine, which aid the growth of healthy hair.
Egg yolk is high in nutrients which help general good health, including hair growth. Egg yolk contains lecithin which helps your liver and gall bladder to process fats so that your body can use them. Egg yolks on their own are used in some cancer therapies, when meat is avoided. Dr Gerson used raw egg yolk in his clinics. Walter Last used raw egg yolk as a substitute for flesh protein in his treatments for cancer and other disease.
Banana Smoothies for Hair Health: You might try using an egg yolk in your blender to make those banana smoothies. These can be enriched with a little sesame seeds or sunflower seeds. You can make these smoothies up using your favourite milk, or, instead, add a few almonds instead of milk. Fresh orange juice goes will with a dairy-free banana smoothie, although some people would dislike combining an acid fruit with a sweet one.
Pure orange juice is another food which is good for the health including hair regrowth. It is high in riboflavin, iron, vitamin C and other nutrients.
2) Massage with Olive Oil or Castor Oil. Massaging the scalp regularly with either olive oil or castor oil really helps hair regrowth. Leaving it on overnight is just the best thing. But even leaving on for several hours before washing it out with soap and warm water will benefit the hair.
3) Iodine dabbed onto the scalp once or twice a week helps hair growth. Note: Use only a very small amount for young children. One drop every two weeks should be enough for those under five years old. Check with your naturopath or ayurvedic practitioner or other health professional.
4) Apple Cider Vinegar is just the best thing for helping the hair to grow. It contains many nutrients which feed the hair follicles, and your nervous system, and the cider vinegar works to keep your scalp at a nice acidic level. Soaps and shampoos are alkaline, and an alkaline scalp tends to make the hair fall out.
Put apple cider vinegar onto the scalp straight after you have towel dried your child’s hair. Massage it well into the damp hair and scalp. Do not use your iodine treatment on the same day as you apply the cider vinegar. Put the iodine onto the scalp 8 hours later, or on the following day after washing the hair.