Herbal treatments for flawless skin and glorious hair have been around since the last 5000 years. Ayurvedic treatments correct the imbalances in the system which are causing beauty and health issues, including hair loss. This ancient science is based on holistic medicine for hair loss.
Usual causes of hair loss
There can be numerous reasons why we suffer from excessive hair loss or sometimes premature balding. These conditions are distressing because they affect our looks and cause low self esteem and even depression. The various causes of premature balding are:
- Thyroid imbalance
- Excessive dryness of the scalp (neglect)
- Chronic dandruff
- Hormonal changes
- Irregular eating habits
- Excessive consumption of processed and fried foods
- Too much alcohol and meat, etc.
Effective herbal remedies for hair loss
Ayurveda treats the core issues, thus curing/preventing hair loss and balding. There are many herbal treatments that work well, but these are some of the most effective ones:
The word Bhringaraj literally means “ruler of the hair”. It not only stalls balding, but it also promotes regrowth of hair. It is available in the form of oil or as a powder in most herbal retail shops. The oil should be applied on the scalp directly at the roots and left for one hour before washing off. If you get the powder, mix 1 tsp in some yogurt and apply on the scalp. Leave it for an hour and wash off with lukewarm water. The hair will become stronger and develop a natural sheen with regular use.
Also called amla, the Indian Gooseberry is one of the richest sources of vitamin C. It treats indigestion and keeps the metabolism in perfect order. This in turn prevents dryness of the scalp and hair loss. It is most effective if taken orally. I have given a very easy recipe for honey and gooseberry preserve. It increases your immunity and improves your overall health. You can have just a teaspoonful daily for healthy and lustrous hair. For external use you can buy amla powder, mix a teaspoon with yogurt and apply just like Bhringraj.
Known also as ginseng or winter cherry, Ashwagandha is a powerful antioxidant. It improves the circulation of blood in the scalp and keeps the hair follicles healthy. Like Bhringraj, Ashwagandha too is a common ingredient in commercial Ayurvedic hair treatments. It is also available in the form of a fine powder. Mix a teaspoon of the powder with water or yogurt and apply on the scalp. Wash it off after half an hour. Regular use of the powder will definitely stop hair loss and prevent premature balding.
Since ancient times neem has been used for treating skin and hair problems. Due to its antibacterial properties, it is commonly used in toilet soaps, face creams, face washes, shampoos, and many other beauty products. With regular usage, the scalp will be free of dandruff, skin afflictions, dryness, and other issues that cause excessive hair loss. Neem also gives relief from itchy scalp and inflammations. If you can’t get neem hair-oil, you can buy the neem leaf powder. Mix a teaspoon of the powder in yogurt or lemon juice and apply on the scalp. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash it thoroughly with warm water.
This is another herbal remedy that prevents dandruff and keeps the hair follicles healthy. An oil with brahmi will nourish the scalp and strengthen the hair. It promotes growth and keeps the hair naturally shiny and thick. This too is another popular ingredient of herbal hair products. Use the powder just like the others with yogurt.
There are many more herbal remedies for hair loss but these are some of the most effective ones. They are also the most common ingredients of Ayurvedic hair care products that are commercially available. If you are buying herbal oil and shampoo, then look for products that contain most of these ingredients. Also, try and purchase both the items of the same brand because they are usually manufactured to complement each other’s efficacy.
Note 1: If only oral capsules of these herbal remedies are available, please consult your physician before having them.
Note 2: Please do not use yogurt having synthetic flavors to mix the powder. Natural fruit yogurts are fine. Plain unflavored yogurt is the best.
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