Weak and brittle hair, dandruff and itchy scalp, how many times have we found ourselves complaining of any of these conditions. And now we know that we can count on a valid ally that nature has made available to us, the nasturtium. The nasturtium is characterized by brightly colored flowers, yellow, orange and red, and by leaves of a beautiful bright green and with a particularity, they are water repellent. In fact, when the water falls on the plant it does not wet it but forms large drops which then slide away. As mentioned, however, nasturtium is not only a pleasant and fascinating plant to observe, but also beneficial. So let's see what nasturtium can do for the health and beauty of our hair, based, as always, on the most interesting scientific research. Then, we will also see the recipe for nasturtium-based lotions to apply to the hair and scalp.
Nasturtium for hair, what science says
Nasturtium, scientific name Tropaeolum majus, is a plant rich in substances useful for strengthening hair (Kim et al, Food Nutr Res, 2017). In fact, nasturtium contains sulfur substances that make hair more resistant and counteract its fall (Jakubczyk et al, Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig, 2018). Not only that, nasturtium is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, soothes skin irritation and itching, regulates sebum production and helps fight dandruff (Kim et al, Food Nutr Res, 2017 - Bazylko et al, Ind Crops Prod, 2013). Finally, nasturtium stimulates microcirculation and oxygenation of the scalp (Rinaldi et al, Dermatol Ther, 2020).
Nasturtium hair packs
To take advantage of the benefits of nasturtium for the beauty and health of hair and scalp, you can prepare an infusion. Bring one liter of water to a boil, remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons of dried nasturtium leaves. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then filter. Pour onto your hair, massage and leave on for about ten minutes, then rinse with your usual shampoo. If you're using nasturtium for the first time, test a small patch of skin to check for unwanted reactions. Do not use nasturtium for long periods of time as it may cause irritation in predisposed people.