Craziest Way to Treat Hair Loss in Ancient Egypt | Ebers Papyrus | Oldest Remedy

Ebers Papyrus
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Appearance is important to every one of us, and our hair is a vital part of how we look. In fact, it’s a matter of pride for every man and woman to have soft and shiny hair. So, it’s natural to worry if we notice something wrong with our hair.

You will be surprised by knowing the fact that fifty centuries ago also the human race was wrestling just as today modern humans doing with the twin problems of grey hair and baldness. In this article, I have brought ancient remedies for hair loss and grey hairs. These remedies were used by ancient Egyptian and pharaohs used to get rid of hair loss problems which were written in about 1500 BC on the papyrus which is known as Ebers Papyrus.

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Ebers Papyrus


The Ebers Papyrus, also known as Papyrus Ebers, is an Egyptian medical papyrus of herbal knowledge dating to circa 1550 BC. Among the oldest and most important medical papyri of ancient Egypt.

The papyrus was written in about 1500 BC, but it is believed to have been copied from earlier texts. The Ebers Papyrus is a 110-page scroll, which is about 20 meters long and written in hieratic Egyptian writing and represents the most extensive and best-preserved record of ancient Egyptian medicine known. The scroll contains some 700 magical formulas and folk remedies and contains one full dedicated chapter for hair-related problems.

Remedy for Hair Growth

The very basic method is the use of Castor Oil, a natural drug especially recommended to women for increasing the growth of the hair.

Another hair-restorer that has a familiar ring about it consists of Linseed crushed in Oil and rubbed on the head.

Still another simple remedy was which seems to contain the idea of brushing the hairs.

Hair-of-the-hunta-animal Warm in Oil and rub the Head therewith for four days.

Remedy for Hair Baldness

A very unusual remedy for the growth of the hair on a head which is becoming bald

  • Fat-of-the-Lion
  • Fat-of-the-Hippopotamus
  • Fat-of-the-Crocodile
  • Fat-of-the-Cat
  • Fat-of-the-Serpent
  • Fat-of-the-Egyptian-Goat
  • Make into one and rub the head of the Bald One therewith

Remedy for Grey Hairs

Put in Real Balsam and rub therewith.
He stretches up his hand to the back of a living falcon, placing him on his head against a living swallow!

Remedy to get rid of Alopecia.

It could be attacked in three ways.

Quills-of-the-Porcupine could be warmed in Oil and used against it;
or Red-lead beaten up in Froth-of-Bitter-Beer.
Shaving the head and applying to it a Flax-plant-mixed-in-Oil-with-Wasp’s-dung

Another method was if anything more interesting since it invoked the Sun’s rays :
To charm away alopecia
O Shining One, Thou who hoverest above! O Xare! 0 Disc of the Sun!
O Protector of the Divine Neb-apt!
To be spoken over
Iron Red-lead Onions Alabaster Honey
Make into one and give against.


Some of these remedies are very usual like the usage of Castor oil and linseed. These remedies are still being widely accepted to prevent hair loss and prescribed by hair specialists and some of the other remedies are very unusual and difficult to prepare.

But for sure People were very desperate in ancient times to get rid of hair loss and they were willing to try any usual or unusual method.