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Herbs & their uses for healthy Hair

Discussion in 'Hair Care & Hair Styles' started by sweetoo, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. sweetoo

    sweetoo Silver IL'ite

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    Thanks dear,

    Bhringaraj in tamil is called : kaikeshi, karisalankanni, kaiyanthagarai, கரிசிலாங்கண்ணி karisilanganni, kavanthakara
     
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    Manduki & Brahmi : Centella asiatica (Brahma Manduki )/ Gotu Kala (Singhalese)/Sanskrit:Mandukaparni/Vallarai (Tamil)/Brahma Manduki (Hindi)/Indian Pennywort (English)
    It is often confused with Bacopa monnieri which is the more famous "Brahmi"; both have some common therapeutic properties in Vedic texts and both are used for improving memory. It is a brain tonic and stimulates hair growth.

    The whole plant possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifebrile, and diuretic properties. It has a positive effect on the circulatory system. It improves the flow of blood while strengthening the veins and capillaries. Relieves stress and depression, energizes flagging mental powers, fights sterility, wards off a nervous breakdown, and improves reflexes. Induces good sleep.

    HAIR OIL PREPARATION:
    Brahmi taila (Ointment): The leaves of 'Brahmi' or 'Mandukaparni' can be used to make the oil. Leaves of 'Mandukaparni' or Indian penny wort (centella Asiactica) is taken in 2 parts, sesame oil 2 parts, powder of clove 1\8th part and cardamom 1\8th part are mixed together and boiled till all the water evaporates. It is sieved and applied to the scalp. This gives colour to your hair.


    RIINSE:
    To use Brahma Manduki (Centella asiatica) powder for hair, make a hot water infusion with the powder and strain it. The tea can be used to rinse the hair after shampooing.


    Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi)/Neer Brahmi (Tamil)/Water hyssop(English)/?
    Bacopa monnieri: (Brahmi) Leaves improve memory and is used for brain tonics.

    Bacopa has been revered for centuries in the Ayurvedic herbal tradition of India to enhance clear thinking and support memory function. Brahmi is one of the best nervine tonic and is widely used in treating epilepsy, hysteria etc.

    The medicated oil of brahmi with triphala (three myrobalans), karcura (Curcuma zedoaria and usira (Vetiveria zizanioides) augments the hair growth.
     

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    Curry leaf (Other names: karivepilai (Tamil)/ karibaavu (kannada)/ karipatha (Hindi)/ also called Sweet Neem Leaf/ Botanical name: Murraya koenigii

    Uses: It is a tropical tree. The leaves are used in cooking just like bay leaves and are not part of the “curry powder”. It is used in digestive disorders, for diabetes and can relieve pain associated with the kidneys.

    Liberal intake of curry leaves is considered beneficial in preventing premature greying of hair. These leaves have the property to nourish the hair roots. New hair roots that grow are healthier with normal pigment. The leaves can be used in the form of chutney or the juice may be squeezed and taken in buttermilk or lassi.

    1) Easy Hair Oil to prepare at home:

    The best hair oil can be prepared at home.
    Take ¼ liter of coconut oil and heat it. When slightly warm add a bunch of curry leaves and a handful of mehendi (henna) leaves to it. Leave until the oil gets the green color and bottle it when cool. This oil helps to darken the hair and acts as a cooling agent.

    2) Hair oil (Homemade - to stop hair shedding):

    Take a good quantity of coconut oil,
    add some castor oil (optional) into it, put it in a iron pot and boil it till it smokes slightly.
    Now, make a paste of the following herbs:

    5 petals hibiscus,
    henna,
    curry leaves,
    - Jeera (cumin seeds) ¼ tsp,
    - Dry Fenugreek seeds (methi) ¼ tsp,
    - Vettiver (this is a root),
    - Vallarai(Brahmi) powder (a little - this is also a herb),
    - Karisalanganni (bringhraj)powder (this is a herb which has darkening effects on the hair and it makes the hair voluminous and healthier),
    - Adhimadhuram (liquorice root)(this is a herb which cures itch and prevents dandruff).

    Add little water and grind it to a paste. Now, switch off the boiling oil, and add this paste slowly.

    Here's one more recipe to prevent hair fall :

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    In a pan, collect the following: shoeflower (Common names: China Rose, Hibiscus, Gurhal गुढ़ल (Hindi)(you can use both the leaves and the flower - if you don't find the flower, just use leaves), fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, pepper powder and cumin powder. Heat the ingredients until the leaves become a little dry.

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    Add coconut oil and heat over a low flame. When you see oil bubbling (usually a white froth forms), then switch off the flame.
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    Let the oil cool, preferably overnight. Strain and store in a cool place. Apply on your scalp 30 minutes before a shower.

    The original recipe I saw in the magazine also had henna leaves in it. But I don't want my hair to change colour, so I don't use henna. Also, henna has cooling properties, and it's easy to catch a cold when oil is infused with henna,esp. where I'm living.
    Another aspect is the pan itself. Traditionally, a heavy iron pan is used for heating hair oil. The oil is left in the pan to cool overnight, it is believed that the iron reacts with the oil, adding some of its properties to the oil. In the same way u can experiment with different herbs as well...
    So now you have it ! If you do try it, let me know the results!

    3)To use instead of shampoo:
    1 Mix equal quantities of
    shade-dried curry leaves, lime peel, shikakai, fenugreek seeds and green gram
    Grind them finely
    Store and use as substitute of shampoo or soap.

    4)To be drunk in the morning (stops shedding)
    Needed:
    Curry leaves
    Homemade yogurt
    Fenugreek seeds

    Prepare yogurt by adding a teaspoon of yogurt to warm milk every night (the regular curd making process) and add fenugreek (methi) seeds(half spoon) and curry leaves(4to5) to it. In the morning a cup of curd will be ready with fenugreek (methi) and curry leaves. You can eat it on empty stomach. If you do this continuously you can definitely have less shedding and good hair growth.

    5) Curry leaf -Coconut Milk-Hair Pack for Hair Growth:
    Needed a handful of curry leaves and 2 tbsp. Coconut milk
    Method:
    Grind curry leaves and coconut milk together and make a hair pack
    Wash in cold water. Do this every other day.

    6) Coconut oil with herbs:

    Ingredients to add:

    a)one small cup of freshly ground curry leaves leaves paste.
    b)one small cup of Fenugreek (methi) seeds paste(soak methi seeds in pure coconut oil the previous night)
    c)one small cup of Gooseberry (amla) extract paste(either frozen-thaw it or fresh)-optional because you may or may not get it in Indian stores. You can also use dry amla (dried Indian gooseberry pieces)
    It is good if the ingredients are fresh.

    Heat the oil, add Amla (Indian gooseberry) extract slowly, be careful the oil may splatter..so add slowly, stir for 10 minutes till the essence goes deeply in oil. Add curry leaves extract slowly, stir for 10 minutes..
    then Fenugreek (methi)paste and stir the oil till all the moisture evaporates and u will get consistency of ingredients separated from oil(this will definitely takes time so, please be patient). Filter the oil . This oil can be used for up to 3 months or more depending on usage. This hair tonic is very good for hair growth.
    The oil is ready. (Note: Be careful when adding the fresh ingredients. Don't overheat the oil before adding ingredients as splattering may occur. So add in medium heat and add slowly.)

    7) Coconut oil preparation with many herbs – home preparation:

    I) Fresh ponnanganni (Bot.:Alternanthera sessilis/English: sessile joyweed)
    (Hindi: Garundi, Guroo • Manipuri: Phakchet • Marathi: Kanchari • Tamil: Ponnanganni • Malayalam: Ponnankannikkira • Telugu: Ponnagantikura • Kannada: Honagonne • Oriya: Madaranga • Konkani: Koypa •Sanskrit: Matsyaksi)leaves - one bunch
    a) Fresh bringra.j leaves (karisalanganni in Tamil) - one bunch
    b) Fresh curry leaves - one bunch
    c ) henna leaves(optional)- a handful (optional)
    grind the above leaves into a thick paste and prepare like patties shape in hand(3-4 patties per liter of oil is sufficient),dry it in sun thoroughly. There shouldn’t be any moisture. it should be totally dry. Now these dried pieces are ready to fry in oil…

    II. a) Big fresh gooseberries (amla) & cut gooseberries (amla) into pieces removing seeds. Dry the gooseberries (amla) in sun totally for one week in sun. There shouldn’t be any moisture. It should be brown in color.
    b) Vetiver( Khus Khus grass- in Hindi)- a handful like a bunch
    c) rose petals (baby pink in color) - about a handful, dried thoroughly in sun.
    d) Fenugreek(methi) seeds - one tablespoon(The seeds can be used directly - no soaking required)
    e)One liter of coconut oil.

    METHOD:
    Heat the oil not too hot but it should be in medium heat like frying consistency.
    First add the prepared and dried leaf patties and deep fry them, so that the oil will turn green.
    Do not remove the patties; now add dried gooseberry pieces into the hot oil; the size of the pieces will become three times as big or bigger when it is fried.
    Then add Vetiver and deep fry it
    Next add dried rose petals in oil
    Finally add fenugreek seeds and let it all together mix in hot oil and do not remove them from oil. Lower the heat . Stir slowly for 15-20 minutes, till all the ingredients' essence goes deeply. Don't leave the oil to overheat as the smell of oil will be bad
    turn off heat and let it sit for one day
    after it has been totally cooled, filter the oil.
     

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    Dear Sweeeeeetoooooooooo,:hiya
    Can I award this thread by name "DICTIONARY OF HERBAL HAIR OILS"?
    Yes dear, you have brought an excellent set of highly efficient tips.:thankyou2:
    Thank You da.
    All the best dear!
    with wishes,:my2cents
    Abinayaaa:coffee
     
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    Thanks abinayaa for the lovely words & appreciating my work....:cheers
     
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    Fenugreek (English)/Trigonella foenum-graecum/Methi (Hindi)/ Vendhaiyam (Tamil)/ Bockshornklee(German)/alholva (Spanish)



    (1)HAIR WASH POWDER:Bengal gram (cicer arietinum) 1 part, green gram (phaseolus mungo/ mung bean) 1 part and Fenugreek seeds 1\2 part is powdered coarsely. This mixture can be used to wash your hair, which does not remove the natural oil from the hair thus preventing dryness

    (2)Hair Pack for Dandruff: Take fenugreek seeds, lime seeds, little pepper and aloevera, grind it to a paste and use it on the scalp. Using this twice in a week may be beneficial. Do not keep it for longer hours on the scalp, since it may be so very cooling.

    (3)HAIR WASH POWDER WITH SPROUTED DRIED FENUGREEK (COMPLICATED!!):
    Take 100 gm of methi seeds,and soak this in 500 ml of aloevera juice.( remove the skin of the aloevera leaves, take out the pulp and with the blender or juicer take out the juice). Keep the mixture covered with a net, and keep in a shaded place. After four or five days it will start sprouting. Take out the methi only and keep in sun. In the evening put the methi again in the old aloevera juice. Repeat this until all the juice is soaked by the methi. When the methi sprouts are dry, powder it and keep in a airtight container.

    (4)QUICK SCALP MASSAGE OIL WITH FENUGREEK SEEDS:
    Take a tablespoon coconut oil and 1 teaspoon methi powder, and double boil the mixture. Strain the fenugreek powder and discard. Apply the oil to entire scalp and massage scalp lightly. After 30 minutes, wash with herbal shampoo(or shikakai).
    Washing the hair with Hibiscus leaves & buds ground together or shikkakai powder gives a better result.

    An alternative method: The seeds of 'Methika' or fenugreek (Trigonella foenum) is soaked in coconut oil and kept under direct sunrays for 7 days and applied to the scalp, which prevents hair loss.


    Another hair oil recipe to prevent hairfall:
    Coconut oil-1 cup
    Sesame oil-1/4 cup
    Fenugreek seeds / Methi seeds - 4 tsp
    Henna powder- 3 to 4tsp
    Amla - 3 to 4

    Method :
    Soak the fenugreek seeds overnight / 5 to 6 hrs. Remove the seeds from fresh amla. In a blender, add presoaked fenugreek seeds,henna powder,chopped amla. Grind into a fine paste.( u can add little water if needed)
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    Then leave this paste overnight / 6 to 7 hrs. so that all the ingredients blend together.Then in a deep wok add coconut and sesame oil.
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    heat the oil at low flame, when the oil starts heating add the paste.
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    after some time u'll see froth coming from the oil so be careful,don't stir the oil,other wise more froth will form,after few mins the froth will decrease and then the paste will settle down, then stir carefully.
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    repeat the process till all the bubbles have gone, which means the oil has absorbed all the moisture from the paste.
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    This process takes 30 to 40 mins, when the oil gives nice aroma turn off the flame, let it cool & then with the help of muslin cloth or clean hankerchief drain the oil into a clean bottle.
    the paste will settle on the cloth, tie the cloth and squeeze out the oil as much as you can & then trash the paste.
    Whenever applying the oil on hair, just warm the oil & massage it to the scalp and hair.This is the best exercise for hair and helps to improve blood circulation.

    (5)METHI-LEAF DRINK FOR HAIR GROWTH:
    Wash and clean a bunch of Methi leaves in water. Without adding water, add black pepper, a few drops of lemon and salt to taste and boil. Churn this in a mixer or juicer and drink this concoction. Drinking this regularly will increase hair growth.

    (6) METHI-HENNA HAIR PACK:
    Ingredients used

    Henna: 1 teacup
    Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon
    Methi seeds- 1 teaspoon
    Water- as per requirement

    Method of preparation:
    Cumin and methi seeds are fried till golden brown on a pan and soaked in water overnight. Next morning a fine paste of it is made and mixed with henna and applied to the scalp for 2 hours.
    (Here, the henna acts as a dye and a conditioner that helps in building the melanin and retention of hair color from the root base. Cumin seeds are responsible for improving the blood circulation and hence promote hair growth. The methi seeds help in cleaning the scalp from the dirt accumulated on the scalp).

    (7) SIMPLE HAIR PACK:
    Make a paste by grinding fenugreek seeds with water. Massage on the scalp after oiling the hair and leave it for one hour before washing. Repeat it every morning for a month.

    ( 8 )ANTI-DANDRUFF HAIR PACK:
    To control hair loss, try this home-made hair growth and anti-dandruff pack: 6 tsp Feenugreek seed paste (soak the methi seeds overnight and grind them into a fine paste) 4 tsp green gram flour (sabut moongdal powder) 3 tsp curry patta paste 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 2 tsp amla powder 2 tsp shikakai powder
    Mix all the ingredients and grind them finely. Store the mixture. Use it as a hair pack. Leave it on for 15 min. and wash it off. This paste prevents hair fall and dandruff

    (9) Fenugreek-Sesame Oil

    Take a bunch of fresh green methi (fenugreek) leaves and grind smoothly. Make them into small balls and keep in the sun for two days or more (till the moisture evaporates). Heat Sesame oil (gentle heat) and put in the dried fenugreek-leaves balls. Keep on slow fire. Cool the oil. Keep aside. After ten days, strain out the fenugreek-balls and use the oil. This is good for luxuriant hair growth.

    (10)FENUGREEK-CURRY LEAF-YOGURT DRINK:

    Take one cup of warm milk and add a teaspoon of yoghurt to it and keep it outside (not in fridge) and add fenugreek seeds and curry leaves to the yoghurt. Next morning, drink this yoghurt on empty stomach. This is good against shedding. Buttermilk also may be used instead of yogurt.

     
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    Great thread!! :2thumbsup: Thank you so much for sharing.
     
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    Thanks for your response......:)
     
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    My great hai to Dear Sweetoooooo,
    I have a good news for you. Yesterday I made an oil by using bringaraj.
    By following your tips the process is going on. Really I am very grateful to you. God bless you dear.

    And also I applied the raw bringaraj leaves paste on scalp and hair.
    It had driven my hair's dryness and gave a silky look. Really I am amazing to see my silky hair. After a very long time I regained the look.

    Can you give me your ideas on methi leaves on hair growth please?

    Thank you very much dear,
    Abinayaaa:coffee
     
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    Thanks abhi dear, i really got flattered after reading your feedback..:banana& glad to know that you got your lost shine..
    God bless u too..

    fenugreek leaves has a unique mix of constituents such as proteins, vitamins & minerals like vit C & K, iron, calcium etc. which contributes to maintaining healthy looking hair & well nourished scalp. One can not have long hair if suffering from various hair problems like dandruff, white flakes, split ends & premature hairfall, fenugreek helps in solving these problems & thus indirectly promotes hair growth. it is thought to work by dialation of blood vessels to the scalp, thereby improving blood circulation & nutrient supply to the scalp.
     
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