Ayurveda considers the hair to be a byproduct of bone formation. The tissues which are responsible for forming bones are also responsible for hair growth. Hair loss is considered to be a problem of Pitta dosha in Ayurveda, and excess of Pitta dosha in the body is the chief cause of other hair problems. Explore five of the most popular and accessible herbs for achieving beautiful hair.
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1. Bhringaraj - The King of Herbs
During my childhood days, this potent herb was readily available in our surrounding areas. I remember my mother preparing oil of this herb and applying it to our hair before each hair wash. At that time I was unaware of the potent benefits of this herb. The word Bhringaraj itself means the "king of herbs." True to it's name, not only does it help promote hair growth, it also reverses balding. It can be used to prevent premature graying, and is commonly available in powdered form and as an oil.
How to use Bhringaraj for hair growth?
Though the oil is readily available in markets, if you can get a handful of leaves or 5-6 tbsp of Bhringaraj powder, make a thick paste out of it with water. Apply it to your scalp and leave for 20 minutes. Wash it off afterwards with a mild shampoo. Do this three times a week and you can see the wonder in your hair. By doing this, your hair growth will be enhanced and the hair will be thick, smooth, and will not grey for long. It also improves your sleep due to the cooling effects of this herb.
2. Amla - The Indian gooseberry
Amla is good not only for your hair, but it's one of the most powerful rejuvenating herbs mentioned in classical Ayurveda textbooks. It's considered a Rasayana (Rejuvenative) and is effective in blood purification and indigestion. It's one among the constituent of Triphala.
How to use Amla for hair growth?
There is a traditional procedure called Thalapothichil in Ayurveda where a herbal paste is applied over the scalp and then the scalp is covered with plantain leaves. It's practically difficult to perform this procedure oneself with out the assistance of an expert Ayurveda practitioner, so instead what can be done is this: Take 3-4 tbsp of dried amla powder and soak in buttermilk over night. In the morning blend this mixture well and strain through a muslin cloth. Use this mixture for hair wash, once a week. This helps in preventing dandruff and other hair problems like split ends.
Regular use of neem on the scalp improves blood circulation and strengthens the roots which, in turn, promotes hair growth. It also helps in soothing the scalp and prevents burning sensations and dryness.
How to use Neem for hair care?
Neem can be used as a hair conditioner. Take a handful of neem leaves or 5-6 tbsp of neem powder. Boil the neem leaves in water for 15 minutes and then set it aside to cool. Once the solution is cool, strain the liquid. Collect the neem infused water in a jug and set it aside. Wash and condition your hair as usual, then pour the neem-infused water through it as a final rinse. Do this once a week.
4. Methi - Fenugreek
Methi is an excellent remedy for hair loss. It is also one of the best solutions for dandruff and is known for its ability to boost scalp health. In ancient Indian culture, Methi (or fenugreek) is given postpartum to ensure improved milk production and also to prevent postpartum hair loss.
How to use Methi for dandruff ?
Roast 2 tbsp of methi in a pan and then grind it to get a fine powder. Collect the powder in a bowl and add some water to form a thick paste. Apply this paste to your scalp and hair. Leave it in for 20 minutes, then wash the hair.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a herb that helps to clean your system from within. It helps to remedy hair loss, boosts scalp health, and promotes hair growth.
How to use Aloe for hair growth?
Take 1/3 cup of Aloe Vera juice internally. Instead of this, you can also take 1 tbsp of Aloe Vera gel with a pinch of cumin three times a day for 3 months for hair loss control.
Alternatively, you can also add 2 tbsp of Aloe Vera gel with 1 tbsp coconut oil. Apply to scalp region and leave for 20 minutes, followed by a thorough rinse. Do this twice a week for wonderful outcome.
Most of the herbs mentioned here are readily available in most areas. Dealing with hair loss is tough, but with these treatments and handy tips, you can restore your hair to its former glory in no time. Consider Ayurveda for hair loss and let me know your thoughts after using these herbs.
All information and resources provided are based on the opinions and experiences of the author, unless otherwise noted. Information is intended to encourage readers to do their own research and come to their own conclusions, and should never substitute or replace the recommendations of a qualified healthcare provider. Always consult your physician before making changes to your diet, exercise, or general wellness plan, even when using holistic methods.