Promoting hair growth is an area many people need help with. Using natural remedies and holistic approaches to treating hair loss and promoting hair growth can ensure your hair does not get damaged by harsh chemicals. Ayurveda is an alternative medicine with treatments that have been researched to prevent hair fall and increase hair growth.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago in India to promote a sophisticated mind-body health system. Ayurveda is known as a “science of life” and connects one’s mind and body to live a healthy life filled with potential and optimism.
Two main principles guide the way of life through Ayurveda. The first principle is that the mind and body are connected. The second principle is that nothing has more power to heal or transform the body than the mind. Balancing mind and body leads to a healthy, whole life.
Ayurvedic Beliefs for Hair Loss and Growth
Ayurvedic remedies are used to treat hair loss and to promote hair growth. For those who desire to help their hair grow, Ayurvedic remedies are natural ways to extend hair growth. Ayurvedic holistic researchers have actually conducted research on hair growth and have built a strong foundation to treating and remedying hair fall. Consistent hair growth is a result of such research.
Ayurvedic researchers believe hair fall is associated with body type and the stability of your mind-body structure. A holistic approach is taken to treating hair loss and promoting hair growth. Ayurvedic researchers believe hair is a byproduct for bone formation and the tissues responsible for formation of bones are also responsible for your hair growth. Because hair and body type are connected, three categories are formed: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each hair type has distinct characteristics and various reasons for hair loss.
With its holistic approach, three key concepts are identified. One concept is Nidana which is diagnostic measures. Another concept is Ahar which is food that can be used as preventive medicine. The final concept is Chikista which is support and caring for oneself.
Pitta Dosha is the cause behind hair loss and fall and governs your metabolism and digestion. Having a balanced pitta can lead to a healthy body and mind. Maintaining and sustaining a healthy diet can help to balance one’s pitta. Consuming excessive amounts of tea, coffee, alcohol, meat, and fried or spicy foods leads to an imbalance in the pitta.
Ayurvedic believes that hair is nourished by the nutrient plasma that comes from the food you eat. Excess Pitta Dosha, heat in the body, is caused by the negative effects of the foods you eat and is the main reason for hair loss. Other reasons for hair loss include hormonal imbalances, stress, improper diet, dandruff, toxic substances, and diseases. Ayurveda has solutions to promote healthy hair growth.
Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Hair Growth
By using several herbs directly on the scalp to treat hair loss, Ayurveda herbs are able to help circulate the blood flow in the scalp to increase hair growth. The herbs can be purchased in powder form or as an oil in Ayurvedic stores. The following Ayurvedic treatments will help increase hair growth.
Bhringaraj is known as the “king of hair” and has natural rejuvenating properties. Bhringaraj can increase hair growth, reverse balding, and prevent premature graying. The calming effects of Bhringarj also help you to sleep at night. This natural conditioner comes in powder form and as an oil.
How to Use Bhringaraj
Use the leaves to make a paste and apply to your scalp. Leave the paste on for 20 minutes and then rinse your hair. You can also use a pack of dried Bhringaraj by steeping 5-6 tablespoons in warm water. Apply the paste to your scalp and leave the paste in for 20 minutes before rinsing your hair.
Massaging Bhringaraj oil onto your scalp and leaving it in overnight produces the best results for hair growth. Shampoo your hair the next morning and rinse with lukewarm water. Make a paste using Bhringaraj powder, amla powder, and tulsi. Add coconut oil to the mixture to make your hair look shinier. Wash your hair after a couple of hours. The conditioning effects of Bhringaraj, amla, and tulsi promotes hair growth.
The Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
The Indian Gooseberry is also known as Amla or Amalaki. The ayurvedic solution for hair loss also treats indigestion and purifies the blood. Conditioning and preventing dandruff and itchiness are benefits of using Amla. When combined with shikakai, amla can develop the natural brown hair color. Work amla into your hair or eat amla for strong, healthy, lush hair. Amla is stocked with antioxidants, especially Vitamin C, which helps promote hair growth.
How to Use The Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
Combine amla and shikakai powder with warm water to make a paste and let it sit overnight. Use the paste on your scalp and leave the paste on for 30 minutes. Next, wash your hair with a mild natural shampoo. Amla fruit juice can be used on your scalp as well.
Create amla oil using the juices from the fruit of an amla and combining it with coconut oil. Extract the amla juice by grating the amla in half and then squeezing the juice out from the grated amla into a small bowl. Use your fingers or a spoon to help extract the juice. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to the amla juice. Stand the combination in hot water for 3 to 4 minutes or until the coconut oil melts. The mixture needs to be lukewarm. Apply the mixture evenly over your scalp and gently massage into your scalp. Leave the mixture on for an hour and then rinse your hair.
Neem has been used to treat skin conditions and hair loss for years and has several medicinal properties. Using neem regularly on your scalp improves the blood circulation in your scalp which strengthens your roots to promote hair growth. Reducing dandruff and lice is another benefit of neem. Hair roots are damaged when the scalp is affected by dryness, dandruff, scabrous, eczema, psoriasis, and excessive sebum. Neem helps prevent and treat these conditions.
How to Use Neem
Boil neem leaves in water, make a hair rinse, and use after shampooing. Add neem leaves to your bath to treat both skin and hair conditions. For hair that shines from miles away, use neem oil and combine it with olive, avocado, coconut, sesame, or jojoba oil. Create a blend by using 1 teaspoon of neem oil, 3 tablespoons of avocado oil, and 4 to 5 drops of lavender oil. Mix these ingredients together and apply to your scalp and hair. Leave the blend in your hair for an hour and then wash your hair as usual. You can also leave the mixture in your hair overnight for more effectiveness.
Another method to using neem is by creating a paste using neem leaves. Grind fresh neem leaves into a paste. The paste needs to have the same consistency as toothpaste. Add splashes of hot water to help create a fine paste. Apply the paste to your hair from roots to the tip of your hair, including your scalp. Wrap your hair in a towel. Shampoo your hair after 1 to 2 hours. Be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly. The paste may be difficult to rinse out. Consider using coconut oil to help rinse your hair.
A pack of neem powder can be used to make a paste as well. One pack of neem powder is enough to create your own paste. Make the powder into a paste using splashes of warm water and apply to your hair and scalp. Rinse your hair once the paste has dried. Leaving the paste on your hair for 30 minutes and then rinsing is also recommended.
Ritha, otherwise known as soap nuts, have been used as a natural shampoo for centuries. Regular use of ritha increases hair growth and makes hair thick and beautiful. Because of the mildness of ritha, it can be used as a daily shampoo without causing damage to your hair, though you shouldn’t wash your hair daily anyway. Ritha conditions and cleanses your hair to purify naturally.
How to Use Ritha
You can make your own ritha shampoo by removing the seeds, compressing the seeds, and then soaking the seeds in water for eight hours or overnight. When the seeds are soaked for so long, the saponins are extracted. Saponin makes your hair healthy and strong. After the saponin is extracted, you can begin to prepare your own shampoo.
The liquid can also be boiled. Once the liquid starts to boil, let it simmer for a little bit. The concentrated liquid can be used as a shampoo. The liquid will not lather much so you may need to use the liquid a few times to help you identify how much you need to use in the future.
These are not the only Ayurvedic ways for promoting hair growth. More ways and tips on how to use Ayurvedic remedies are included in a second article that will follow soon. Be sure to check the second article for even more Ayurvedic benefits and uses.
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