For centuries, garlic has been used for its medicinal properties. Adam Lonitzer, a German physician, recommended using garlic juice externally for killing lice and nits. It was used in World War II to disinfect wounds because of its antibiotic properties. It has been used more recently in shampoos, providing numerous benefits to the hair and scalp. For those concerned about their hair smelling like a French restaurant, the aged garlic extract used in shampoos is deodorized so only the health and medicinal properties retained.
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Healthy Hair and Scalp
Garlic shampoo adds significant shine and body to hair that may have been damaged from coloring or bleaching. Garlic shampoo will also help those suffering from dry hair and an itchy scalp by reducing or even eliminating these symptoms with repeated use. When massaged into the scalp, garlic shampoo helps in maintaining strong, healthy hair.
Treats Thinning Hair
Those with thinning hair will enjoy stimulation of new hair growth with the use of garlic shampoo. Native Americans used garlic for stimulating hair growth by massaging it into the scalp. Antibiotic properties of garlic were noted by Louis Pasteur in the 1800s. If hair loss is caused by bacteria, the antibiotic effects of garlic shampoo may eliminate the problem and restore thickness to the hair.
Eases Damaged Hair
Garlic shampoo will help in restoring healthy hair when hair has been damaged after the application of a chemical perm. Inherent properties of garlic will return hair to its healthy state eliminating breakage often resulting from these chemical perms or repeated use of hair dryers. Using garlic shampoo stimulates blood flow and helps remove toxins from the hair follicle eliminating the problem of split ends.
According to the product manufacturers, garlic shampoo is most effective when used warm. Massaging garlic shampoo into the scalp until foamy and leaving it in the hair for a few minutes ensures absorption of the many nutrients contained in garlic. These nutrients are far reaching well beyond restoring healthy hair.
Trials showed various garlic preparations led to small statistically significant reductions in total cholesterol levels in as little as one month and showed promising effects on platelet aggregation. Some studies even hint that high dietary garlic consumption decreases the risk of certain types of cancer. Studies also demonstrated that those suffering from atherosclerotic lower extremity disease increase their pain-free walking distance with the ingestion of certain garlic preparations.