Mane Magic Hair Tonic by Organic Olivia
Mane Magic Hair Tonic by Organic Olivia
WHY IT WORKS:
According to TCM, the growth and development of healthy hair depends on proper functioning of the Kidney and Liver meridians. Their idea of the “Kidney” meridian is much different from the Western view of anatomy and refers to a whole system including the adrenals and reproductive system.
The Kidney “meridian” also includes the Kidney “Jing,” known as the inherited Qi we get from our parents that is akin to a bank account of money. When you’re born, all the figurative money or “Jing” you’ll ever have is in your account, which is why you must spend it wisely. Drugs, alcohol, stress, and late nights are examples of things that “cost” us extra Jing. Protecting your Kidney Jing protects your vitality, hair, teeth, bones, and longevity.
Their view of the “Liver” differs too, as it encompasses everything from the smooth flow and detoxification of hormones to “storing” blood for menstruation. It all comes full circle as the Liver meridian governs hair health and is supported energetically by Kidney Jing, which influences the growth of all body cells, including the hair.
Most importantly, blood from the Liver meridian nourishes the hair follicle and the hair itself is seen as an extension of blood. The most common causes of declining hair health, premature greying and hair loss in TCM are related to deficient and/or stagnant “Liver Blood” (that Blood Deficiency I mentioned) and Kidney Deficiency. This blend contains both “blood building” herbs and Liver/Kidney meridian strengthening herbs to create a balanced formula that tackles this pattern from all angles.
The primary herb we chose, Fo-Ti Root (also known as “He Shou Wu”) is a classic herb for blood building, invigorating hair growth, and supporting one’s natural hair color. In TCM, this herb is used to tonify the Liver and Kidney meridians, nourish the “Liver Blood” and protect Kidney Jing to support hair follicle strength and development. Other herbs used include White Peony, Dong Quai, Ligusticum and Rehmannia which promote the quality and circulation of blood. Dong Quai specifically invigorates blood flow, harmonizes the relationship between the Liver and Kidneys, and modulates hormones which may help with shedding related to hormone imbalance. There is also evidence that it may improve the absorption and storage of iron, which is important in cases of poor hair health due to iron deficiency or thyroid issues.
Overall, this formula targets the underlying pathological processes and patterns that cause hair follicles to be undernourished. Because everyone is different, results may vary from a reduction in hair fall to overall shinier, healthier hair. TCM believes that if it took you 6 months to get where you are, it will take at least that to get where you want to be as the body retraces and rebuilds. For this reason, Mane Magic is most effective if taken for two or more months.
All TCM herbs sourced for this formula are wild-crafted (harvested in their natural habitat free of pesticides), and are not sprayed or sulfur gassed. We test all raw material to ensure they are free of heavy metals, pesticides, and microbes.
- Fo-Ti Root – Also known as “Mr. He’s Black Hair,” this is one of the primary herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hair loss and early graying. This warming tonic herb nourishes the “blood” and “Jing” (concepts of TCM that differ from conventional Western anatomy). Fo-Ti also tonifies the Liver and Kidney meridian, both of which are important for hair and nail health.
- Rehmannia Root – A renowned longevity herb that has an affinity for the “kidney” meridian, more specifically by protecting “Jing” and the adrenals. This herb helps to target brittle or shedding hair brought on by stress. In contemporary herbalism, Rehmannia is known as a “trophorestorative” for the adrenals and is especially indicated in recovery from nervous system burnout.
- Astragalus Root – A longevity herb with strengthening effects that increases “Qi” (energy, vitality) and helps protect the body from the consequences of stress and aging. In TCM, Astragalus root is also said to be a supreme blood tonic, meaning it has beneficial effects on the hematological systems of the body. Blood “feeds” (brings nutrients to) the hair, and hair is seen as an “extension of the blood.”
- Dong Quai Root – This hormone balancing herb contains phytoestrogens that prevent hair fall by helping to prevent the accumulation of DHT on the scalp. DHT is the active form of testosterone and your body produces too much of it when you are under physical or emotional stress.
- White Peony Root – One of my favorites, this Liver, Blood and Yin tonic helps to balance hormones and “build the blood.” Indicated for “deficient blood” patterns where one experiences fatigue, dizziness, pale skin or nails, brittle nails, brittle hair and anemia.
- Safflower Flower – According to the American Botanical Council (ABC), safflower is among the best blood-promoting herbs in Chinese medicine that aids circulation and nourishes the blood.
- Notopterygium Root – Indicated for dry/cracking skin, hair and nails. Helps “direct” the formula to the greater yang channels.
- Chinese Salvia Root – A blood-moving/blood circulation herb that helps deliver nutrients and blood to the hair follicles. For hair growth, it is necessary that the hair follicles receive highly nourished and oxygenated blood.
- Ligusticum – Yet another blood-moving herb that improves the absorption of nutrients by our hair follicles.
This formula is suitable for both men and women. Women should discontinue use during their menstrual periods as this formula truly “moves the blood.” When you finish bleeding, you can start right back up again. Not to be used while pregnant or nursing.
HOW TO USE: Take 60 drops (approx. 2 full droppers) 2 times per day in water or juice. Take on an empty stomach (away from food by at least 20 minutes) for highest absorption.
One 4oz bottle will last for 5-6 weeks.