Over 5000 years ago ancient tribes and writings used and noted that ginger brought about flavor to food as well as healthy benefits as a medicinal plant...

You may already love the scent and taste of ginger in foods and drinks. Ginger has some amazing properties to it that also benefit your body--specifically hair and skin. It contains great levels of antiseptic and antioxidant properties that is used to soothe digestive problems, a sore throat, and even minor burns and scrapes. When applied to your skin, ginger extract can bring more of a natural glow by lessening inflammation and clearing up blemishes. For hair, ginger naturally stimulates growth by promoting blood circulation to the scalp. Ginger also contains natural zinc so it provides moisture to your hair and scalp as well.

Read more: How To Use Ginger For Your Thinning Edges

Hair growth stimulator

  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil

Mix these together and apply directly to the scalp. Massage in gently and allow the mixture to sit for about 1/2 hour. If you feel a warming sensation, it is completely normal. Follow by shampooing and conditioning as usual.

Length retention spritz

Battle split ends and enhance hair growth with this hair spritz that will leave a great scent and help your locks grow to their true potential. This DIY spray will also add moisture and help rejuvenate curls and waves.

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (liquid form)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber pulp
  • 1 teaspoon basil oil
  • 2/3 cup water

Simply pour the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Use this spray for when your hair looks a bit dull or you notice frizziness on top. The oils used help enhance the benefits of the ginger combo and will bring your locks back to their best.

Edge massage oil

You can also create a massage oil with ginger to help with thinning edges. Simply mix equal parts ginger oil and jojoba, olive, or avocado oil (depending on your personal preference and hair type), massage gently into your scalp and around the edges in small, circular motions. Regular usage of this oil blend will promote growth in thinning areas. Be sure to use a gentle massage and motion as you apply.

Where to find ginger

You may purchase ginger at your local grocery, health food or Whole Foods market. Depending on what consistency you like, you may use ginger oil or freshly ground ginger for these recipes.

If you're not the do-it-yourself type, there are already a number of popular products on the market that you may not have realized contain ginger, like the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Cream RinseRasa Namaste Hair & Body Oil, or The Body Shop Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo.