Ayurvedic Herbal Hair Oil Recipe
Ayurveda is a blessed science of the ancient world which has given us the divine knowledge of herbs and plants around us to improve on our life and make it better. So we will use this science today to make our Herbal Hair Oil Recipe
In the olden days of our grandmothers and great grandmother’s had this knowledge on their fingertips and they very well incorporated that abundance of knowledge in daily lifestyle.
One of such treasure today I will be sharing with you and I can’t tell you how proud I am about this. Today I will be sharing with you Herbal Hair Oil Recipe which was passed down to me by my grandmother to my mother and then she passed it down to me.
When I was young and naive my mother every week use to make me sit down in front of her and warm up some oil to give a good champi ( head massage ). I am sure kids from the ’80s will know what use to happen on those school holidays every week. It was a kind of ritual for everyone in the family
I had this flowy thick hair which was till my hips and maybe beyond. Dark black like the new moon night. So thick that sometimes my mother’s hand use to pain when she braided my so long and thick hair.
Then I graduated from high school and went on to Kolkata to study Bachelors in Hotel Management. I was staying in a hostel back then. Everything around me was new and exciting. It was so much fun to meet so many new people. Learn new culture and eat totally different food than what I was use to.
Life happened to me too I was changing in many ways that I don’t even know off. Those were the times when it was so important to look nice all the time. I stopped oiling my hair because suddenly it was not “COOL” anymore. I used everything that my friends suggested me because I want them to like me.
Ohhhh God ! I was so wrong.
Three years passed and I started noticing change in my hair. There was tremendous hair fall every time I combed my hair. My hair suddenly started changing its texture and became more and more dry.
One fine day when I was taking head bath I suddenly started crying because OMG !!! there was such a big bundle of hair in the shower.
So the next time I meet my mother I was literally crying for help. She as sweet she always is took that bottle of hair oil hidden in the dark cupboard and started warming it up. She had put on some old Hindi movie songs and started giving me Champi. I was back to school again. I cant tell you how much tears rolled my eyes that day. Sitting infront of mummy and her loving hands caressing my hair giving all the love that I had missed during my years away.
I learnt a life lesson that day. Just to be cool it is you do not need to forget your roots. You still can be the same person what you really are embrace everything that comes your way.
Now even after so many years that I am writing this article tears trickle down my eyes.
So without wasting any further time lets get into our herbal hair oil recipe
Ingredients that you will need for our Herbal Hair Oil recipe are a lot one by one I will be telling you the benefits of them first and then the recipe
Ingredients of our Herbal Hair Oil Recipe
- Behada – Teminalia Bellirica – Also known as Vibhita, Bahera, Bibhitaki in other Indian languages is a fruit of a tree found in whole of India. This whole tree has medicinal properties and used in many medicine in Ayurveda. We are using the dried form of fruit only as it has may medicinal properties with respect to hair.
The fruit is astringent i.e. bitter and acrid in taste i.e sour. It helps in hair growth from the roots and controls dermatitis i.e dandruff. It also help to control excess oil secretion in the scalp which is the root cause of dandruff.
The keshya property of Behada is known as hair growth enhancer. It boosts hair growth and help it to have thick, flowy healthy hair like what I had when I was young.
- Talis Patta – Murraya Koenigii – Commonly known as Curry leaves or Kaddi patta. We Maharastrians love to add it in all most all our curries, poha, snacks and what not.
It is full of Vitamin C and beta carotene which nourish the roots of the hair and help hair growth. It also reduces hair fall right from the very next week after start of application.
Hair fall is usally because of imbalanced Vata Dosha in the body. Using curry leave oil on the head and eating them helpd reduce Vata and promote hair growth.
Like Behada it also has Keshya properties that help in hair growth.
- Nagarmotha – Cyperus Scariosus – Nagarmotha has Pitta and Kapha Dosha balancing properties. It is said that dandruff is due to the imbalance of both these Doshas. This property of Nagarmothat makes it a must add ingredient in our herbal hair oil recipe.
Nagarmotha is also known for its calming effect on the body. It helps in managing stress and anxiety of the body when applied tropically.
It helps to reduce split ends by providing nutrition to roots and hair.
- Bhringaraj – Eclipta Alba – “King of the Hair” an apt as its name Bhringaraj or also known as Kesharaj is a truly divine herb for your hair.
It has many antioxidant properties which guard our hair from premature graying and scalp issues. It is known to promote hair growth and reduce hair fall.
Bhringaraj can penetrate the skin of scalp and prevent dryness on the scalp from within. It is also known to treat hair in bald conditions. It stimulates the roots to grow new healthy hair when used regularly.
- Vach – Gud Vacha – Acorus Calamus – Commonly known as Sweet Flag. As per Ayurveda Vaacha is Usna meaning hot in nature and balances Vata and Kapha Dosha in the body.
Vacha usually grows aroung lakes and ponds and streams and rivers. The smell of the root of this plant is so strong and beautiful. I just love to smell the dry herb itself.
Vacha is known for its insecticidal properties and is effective in killing lice. Especially for kids who go to school and are likely to get infected using this hair oil is effective to treat lice prone hair.
External application of Vacha helps in headaches due to cough and cold.
- Ratanjot – Alkanet Root – Ratanjot is also know and Baal Jhaad meaning the herb which stops hair fall.
It characteristic reddish colour to my hair oil and is super beautiful to use. I use it for hair oil, massage oil, lipbalm and even to make cold process soap.
If you wish to see me using this ingredient as natural colourant its fun to watch the change of colour.
Ratanjot is known as natural conditioner for the hair. It makes it smooth and beautiful. It also promotes hair growth. Graying of hair is controlled and reduces hair fall.
- Chira patta – Chirata – I don’t know the English name of this herb. So if you wish you can keep this as optional ingredient.
It is added in the hair oil for its hair follicle stimulating property and preventing grey hair.
It gives the necessary nutrition to the roots of the hair and thus making it long and strong.
- Kaale Til – Black sesame seeds – Sesamum Indicum – We Indians love our sesame seeds. Sesame in Indian language is known as til or tilo which directly means nourishment.
This seed is full of macro and micro nutrients therefore it is a revered oil in Ayurveda.
It has nigellone and thymoquinone compounds which stimulate hair growth and reduce hair fall.
It nourishes the hair follicle thus making hair long, shiny and strong
It has antioxidant properties which delay hair graying and also keep the scalp moisturized
- Shikakai – Acacia Concinna – Shikakai is the oldest Indian herb to be used for hair. Before the invention of shampoo and conditioner shikakai was the sole dominator in the world of hair care.
Shikakai means “ Fruit for the hair” and very rightly said so.
It helps to control excess oil of scalp hence control dandruff. It is also known to promote hair growth due its Kashaya properties i.e astringent properties.
Shikakai also helps to treat chronic dandruff from the hair and leave the hair clean.
- Amla – Indian Gooseberry – Emblica Officinalis – This is my absolute favorite fruit with some salt on the side. If you ask me I think it should be deemed as “Superfood”
Amla is known for being the richest source for Vitamin C. It is best used to improve your immunity especially during these trying times.
As per Ayurveda it is best Tonic to help purify blood and also brighten skin tone.
It is rich in vitamin, mineral making it best antioxidant. These properties of amla help our hair to prevent premature graying.
It also reduces hair fall and strengthen the hair from the roots to tip.
Vitamin C in amla reduces dryness in the hair and gives it strength and luster
It also is anti inflammatory properties and antibacterial properties can help stop dandruff.
- Khauch Beej – Mucuna Puriens – It is also known as Cowhage in English.
This is one of the most revered herb in the Ayurvedic Text. It has many faceted. I use it in my herbal hair oil recipe for its nutritional content.
It helps in nourishing the hair follicle and giving it strength. It is a Nervine tonic which means it helps to
relax our nervous system hence making it a calming herb to be used in hair oil.
- Neem Patta – Azadirachta Indica – It is the most commonly found tree in India. It is very rightly known as the “Drug Store of India”. Infact all the parts of neem are used in the Indian household. It is the oldest toothbrush man has ever invented thanks to its anti bacterial properties
Neem is used since ancient time to treat dandruff of hair due to its antifungal properties.
It is also a very effective treatment against lice.
It conditions hair and makes the hair follicle strong. It also give volume to the hair.
- Moolchadi – Mulethi – Licorice – Ayurveda calls it as Yashtimadu – It is a crucial ingredient in this herbal hair oil and cannot be replaced by any form.
It promotes hair growth and increases the circulation of blood in the scalp area and stimulate the hair follicles. It nourishes the hair by giving all the nutritiests needs for hair growth,
It increases the blood supply in the scalp region and promotes new hair.
- Jatamasi – Nardostachys Jatamansi – Tapaswani is the other name of Jatamasi in Ayurveda. It is small or dwarf, hairy herb it is now a days an endangered species. It is known as a brain tonic as it helps our brain function and prevents brain cell damage. It also helps in improving our memory.
Herbal Hair oil prepared from Jatamansi is known to control hair fall and promote hair growth.
It balances the Tridosha i.e Vata, Pitha and Kapha of the body and boost immune system.
It is Singdha i.e. oily and Ropan meaning healing in nature therefore it helps hair growth and removes dryness from scalp and hair.
- Neem Chal – Neem Bark – Azardirachta Indica – The native Indian tree where all parts of neem are used for medicinal protions. We had used neem leaves before this time it’s the neem bark.
In Sanskrit it is called as Arista i.e. something that is super perfect and complete.
The hight content of fatty acids is helps treat thinning hair and balding. The antibacterial property of neem help us tame that severe dandruff and also some unwanted lice in the hair.
It is anti-inflammatory due to antioxidant properties which help us soothe inflamed scalp due to dandruff.
- Brahmi – Bacopa Monnieri – As the name suggest it is derived from Lord Brahma and Devi Saraswati. Both this diety are devoted to knowledge and memory one is the creator of this world and the other is the storehouse of knowledge.
Brahmi is a nutritious herb therefore it provides nutrition to the root of hair follicle and make hair strong from the roots. This reduces hair fall and makes scalp strong.
- Harad – Terminalia Chebula – It is also known as Harade or Hitakari meaning helpful.
It is an amazing herb used for hail loss and promote hair growth. Like amla it also a store house of Vitamin C which makes it nourishing for the sclap. It is also has trace amount or iron, manganese, selenium and copper which is beneficial for hair and its health.
- Indrajau – Holarrhena Pubescens – Inderjoo Kadwa – This is a herb that is rich in antibacterial properties.
This antibacterial properties help us to get rid of that stubborn dandruff which is a nuiscance for us.
- Gudhal – Shoeflower – Hibiscus flower – This is my favorite among all the herbs for two reason.
Firstly it beautifies my yard. I have a tree of hibiscus in my yard and just love it.
Secondly the benefits are immense for hair. It is rich in amino acids which produce protein called keratin which is building blocks of our hair.
It is best used for hair loss and hair breakage. It makes hair thick and strong. It is my personal Keratin treatment at home.
It conditions my hair, leads to hair growth, prevents baldness, treats dandruff and is also useful to get rid of that itchy sensation on the scalp. The best part is it prevents premature graying of the hair.
- Rosehip seeds – Rosa Canina L – This is an optional ingredient in the hair oil but I love to add it to my hair oil is because it is super helpful to boost scalp hair.
It adds shine to the hair and improves its bouncy feel. It makes hair silkier and seals the hair moisture
in. It helps fight dandruff and nourishes the roots of hair and the scalp. It revitalizes the hair and makes it soft to touch.
- Methi – Fenugreek seeds – Trigonella Foenum Graecum – It is my favorite spice to be added in our Indian dishes. It makes everything so tasty and so useful for our health.
The nicotinic acid in the seeds promotes hair growth and reduce hair fall. It is a rich souce of protein that helps to make hair follicle strong and can also regenerate blad patches of the hair.
- Kalonji – Nigella Sativa – Black Cumin – Black seeds – Onion seeds – Now a days this beautiful black seeds are in vogue. For centuries it is used in India cooking and hair oil regime. It adds a distinct flavor to the dishes we add it to.
These seeds are derived from onion plant. I remember when my grandfather use to take me to his farm and when onions were planted some plants were left for seeding. For the first time in my life I had seen an onion seed and it was so much fun.
Kalonji has omega 3 fatty acids which helps to regrow your hair and add necessary nutrition to the hair follicle which promotes hair growth.
The anti inflammatory property of kalonji soothes the scalp.
- Shankhapushpi – Convolvulus Pluricaulis – Shankhapushpi is an Indian herbs that mothers use to give their kids to improve memory in the early stages of live. When I was kid my mother also did the same it is said to help in ADHD syndrome and helped us to remember our lessons pretty well.
It is Rasayana in Ayurveda meaning rejuvenating that helps promote hair growth and control hair fall.
It is also particularly important for premature graying due to its antioxidant properties.
So these were the all the herbs used for infusion for a quick glance I will mention it below.
Ingredients for Infusion for Herbal Hair Oil Recipe
- Behada – Teminalia Bellirica
- Talis Patta – Murraya Koenigii
- Nagarmotha – Cyperus Scariosus
- Bhringaraj – Eclipta Alba
- Vach – Gud Vacha – Acorus Calamus
- Ratanjot – Alkanet Root
- Chira patta
- Kaale Til – Black sesame seeds
- Shikakai – Acacia Concinna
- Amla – Indian Gooseberry
- Khauch Beej – Mucuna Puriens
- Neem Patta – Azadirachta Indica
- Moolchadi – Mulethi – Licorice
- Jatamasi – Nardostachys Jatamansi
- Neem Chal – Neem Bark
- Brahmi – Bacopa Monnieri
- Harad – Terminalia Chebula
- Indrajau – Holarrhena Pubescens
- Gudhal – Shoeflower – Hibiscus flower
- Rosehip seeds – Rosa Canina L
- Methi – Fenugreek seeds
- Kalonji – Nigella Sativa
- Shankhapushpi – Convolvulus Pluricaulis
Take 50 grams of each herb.
Oils to be used for making Herbal Hair Oil Recipe
Sesame oil or Coconut oil
Sesame oil – Sesame oil is the most revered oil in Ayurveda. Sesame is known as Til in India which means nourishment and very rightly said. It is a nutrient rich oil with antibacterial, anti inflammatory and antiviral properties. It is also called as “Symbol for Immortality”
Sesame oil is used in 90% times in Ayurvedic treatment. It has soothing and calming effect on the body.
Sesame oil is rich in Vit E and nutrients like zince, copper, magnesium, calcium and iron it also has Vit B-6 which rare in other oils.
This makes it a must add oil for the infusions.
Other ingredients to be added after the Infusion is complete to this Herbal Hair Oil Recipe
These ingredients are completely optional
Calendula – 5% of the total oil
Castor oil – 3% of the total oil
Almond oil – 10% of the total oil
Vitamin E 1% of the total oil
Onion Seed Extract oil soluble – 2% of the total oil
Jamaican Black Castor Oil – 3% of the total oil
Rosemary Essential oil – 0.5% of the total oil
Peppermint Crystals – 0.5% of the total oil
Bheemsen Kapur – 0.5% of the total oil
Lavender EO, Lemongrass EO, Peppermint EO – 1 % total of the blend
Voila!!! Your herbal hair oil is ready to use.
If you wish to watch me make this herbal oil check out my Youtube channel https://youtu.be/arVcJlTMAtQ
For further read on the herbs i found www.1mg.com site very useful
If you prepare this herbal hair oil let me known how it turned out for you. If you have any question let me know in the comments section or on firstname.lastname@example.org
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