Best Herbal Remedies For Hair Loss

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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
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal changes
  • Irregular eating habits
  • Excessive consumption of processed and fried foods
  • Too much alcohol and meat, etc.

Effective herbal remedies for hair loss

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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:

Bhringraj

Bhringraj powder

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.

Indian Gooseberry

Amla powder

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.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha powder

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.

Neem

Neem leaf powder

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.

Brahmi

Brahmi powder

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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Boost Immunity With Honey Indian Gooseberry Preserve

 

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In my previous post titled “Beauty and Health Benefits of Indian Gooseberry” I have already listed all the numerous advantages of adding Indian Gooseberry (amla) in our daily diet. I searched in my Mom’s recipe books and found this wonderful Honey and Indian Gooseberry Preserve. I have been eating a teaspoonful of the preserve with breakfast everyday ever since and am feeling great. Boost immunity with this super and simple recipe…

Ingredients

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1 kg Indian gooseberries (amla),

1″ size cinnamon stick,

2 cups water,

1/4 cup granulated sugar,

1/2 cup honey (or as per taste).

Method

Wash, deseed and chop the gooseberries into small pieces.

In a non-stick saucepan, boil berries, cinnamon, water and sugar.

Once they are cooked and soft, remove the cinnamon stick and discard it.

Add honey and boil till the mixture looks like jam. (approximate cooking time 1/2 hour)

Cool and store in an airtight jar.

Have one teaspoon every day for immunity, vitality, and an evergreen, youthful look.

Note 1: You can also have it as a topping with icecream or with pancakes.

Note 2: Diabetics can also have this gooseberry preserve because it has very little sugar. Most of the sweetness comes from the honey.

Note 2: If you like the flavour of cinnamon very much, you can add 1 tsp of the powder while cooking and leave it in the preserve.

 

Beauty And Health Benefits Of Indian Gooseberry

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In Ayurveda, the Indian Gooseberry (Amla) is used extensively in medications as well as beauty products. It is very rich in Vitamin C. It has an abundance of antioxidants, Vitamin B Complex, Calcium, Carotene, Phosphorus, and many other vital nutrients. It rejuvenates us mentally and physiologically like nothing else can.

The brain and nervous system, internal organs like heart, liver, urinary system, digestive tract, reproductive organs, from hair to feet; the Indian gooseberry has the capability of healing and keeping every part of your body healthy. It is known to even prevent cancer.

FIRST – THE BEAUTY ANGLE

Wrinkles and age spots

Amla is a powerful anti-oxidant. It controls the level of free radicals and slows down the process of ageing. It prevents wrinkles and age-related blemishes.

Hair care

Most herbal shampoos-conditioners and herbal hair oils have amla as a main ingredient because it is rich in carotene and iron. It acts as a tonic and improves the colour, thickness, texture and strength of the hair. It also prevents premature balding by keeping the hair follicles nourished.

AMLA FOR A HEALTHY LIFE

Consuming amla has manifold benefits:

Eyes

With its plentiful Vitamin A, eating amla is a wonderful idea. It improves eyesight and prevents:

  • Myopia,
  • Cataract,
  • Night blindness,
  • Macular degeneration (age related).

Heart

Amla stops accumulation of plaque in the blood vessels, thus preventing strokes and cardiac arrest. It regulates free flow of blood and keeps all the organs working optimally.

Bones

How many foodstuffs have both calcium and vitamins C and D like the Indian Gooseberry does? This calcium-rich fruit slows down degeneration of bones, teeth and nails and keeps them healthy. The vitamins help in proper absorption of calcium.

Blood sugar

The chromium content of amla improves the health of the pancreas where insulin is produced. In fact, amla should be a part of our daily diet as a preventive or curative for diabetes.

Metabolic rate

Proteins are vital for cell formation. We may consume protein-rich food, but if it is not digested and absorbed properly we feel tired, listless and we age faster. With consumption of amla you will feel a new vitality without needing tonics.

Female reproductive organs

The Indian gooseberry works like magic where the female reproductive organs are concerned:

  1. Amla prevents menstrual cramps which can be very painful,
  2. it prevents infertility and consequent depression.

Urinary tract

Amla acts as a diuretic. It increases the quantity and frequency of urination, thus

  • It gets rid of toxins,
  • Prevents water retention and bloating,
  • Moderates level of salt in the body  and prevents high blood pressure,
  • Prevents excess accumulation of uric acid.

Dietary fibre

Being a fruit, amla provides the vital bulk to keep the digestive system working in perfect condition. Many of the health problems mentioned above are an indirect result of bad digestion.

Immunity

The Indian gooseberry is like an astringent and has anti-bacterial properties. Regular intake of amla prevents frequent infections and improves immunity.

Considering the numerous beauty and health benefits of Indian gooseberry, it will be worth having every day to keep us young and healthy for a long time.