Ayurvedic Herbs and Powders 101

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Let me start by saying, I love Ayuvedic herbs and powders for my kinky hair these herbs/powders repair, thicken, strengthen and condition my hair.

Ayurveda means “the knowledge for long life” while Ayurvedic is the term used to describe a Hindu system of traditional medicine native to India and a form of alternative Medicine.

Ayurveda addresses the well-being of the entire person (physical, psychological and spiritual) in an approach to health & healing that is as relevant to the modern world as it was to the ancient world from which it emerged. Herbs and minerals, nutrition and purification, affirmative ways of living are a few of the ways in which Ayurveda treats not just the ailment but the whole person, emphasizing prevention of disease to avoid the need for cure.

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Ayurvedic Herbs/Powers you should become familiar with that are good for wavy, curly, coily and kinky hair:

~ Neem – Is an antibacterial powerhouse, it helps correct scalp issues, as well as promote healthy hair growth

~ Methi [Fenugreek] – Prevents hair loss, promotes hair growth, helps strengthen hair shaft, light protein

~ Hibiscus Petal Powder – Conditions hair, promotes healthy hair growth, prevents hair loss, thickens hair

~ Marshmallow Root Powder – Nourishes hair follicles and scalp, conditioning properties, imparts shine

~ Amla Powder ~ Stimulates hair growth, has wonderful conditioning properties, strengthens hair at the root

~ Kalpi Tone –Promotes hair growth, prevents pre mature balding, light conditioning properties, imparts shine

~ Fenugreek Seed Powder – Prevents hair loss, promotes hair growth, helps strengthen hair shaft, light protein

~ Brahmi Powder – Strengthens hair at the roots, helps relieve dandruff, also purported to thicken hair

~ Bhringraj Powder – Promotes hair growth, prevents pre mature balding, light conditioning properties

~ Orange Peel – Imparts incredible shine, light conditioning properties

~ Nettle – Nourishes hair and scalp, imparts shine, light conditioning properties

~ Shikakai – Acts as a natural cleanser, and mild conditioner, whilst promoting hair growth

~ Aritha [Reetha] – Natural cleansing agent

~ Ashwagandha – prevents hair loss. The main reason why it helps to put an end to hair loss is that hair loss and slow hair growth is normally caused by a hormone known as cortisol. Ashwagandha reduces Cortisol (and it also stops anxiety).

Since Indian women have such beautiful hair, it is certainly worth giving these powders a try. You could also blend different powders together; however, before doing so, take time to familiarize yourself with Ayurvedic powders because certain powders do not work well when mixed together.

Before applying these powders to their hair, Indian women pre-treat their hair with a cold pressed oil such as extra virgin coconut oil, mustard oil, sesame seed oil or an oil infused with Ayurvedic herbs. They allow the oil to sit on the hair for an hour or overnight with a plastic cap.

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Steps for Applying Ayuvedic Powder:

1. After you rinse the pre-treatment oil out, section your hair into four quadrants.

2. Place the required amount of Ayuvedic powder in a bowl then add warm distilled water and mix well to create a thick paste.

3. Apply the paste to one quadrant of your hair then massage the paste into the hair and scalp of that quadrant rotating with your finger tips. Repeat this process for each quadrant.

4. Wrap your hair in Saran Wrap and leave it on for 30-45 minutes.

5. Rinse well then Co-wash Rinse again with cool water.

6. Moisturize and Seal your hair with your choice of oil or butter.

BTW: You can add green tea, oils, and or a natural moisturizing conditioner to mix into your paste mix. Just make sure to keep the consistency thick like yogurt. Also,
prepared paste mix can be stored in the fridge for a week in a sealed container

Have you ever used Ayurvedic herbs, or powders? How do you mix them?

My Favorite Essential Oil…Lavender!

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Lavender Essential Oil

Multi-purpose lavender has sedative, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. It’s helpful for anxiety, insomnia, headaches, wounds and burns. Most people can tolerate lavender essential oil applied directly to the skin. Try mixing 5-10 drops in a carrier oil like Olive, Sweet Almond, Sunflower or Avocado oil for a great scalp massage. Continue reading

FENUGREEK

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Fenugreek is one of the most valued herbs in Ayurvedic practice, where it is used in both beauty and medicinal applications. Fenugreek benefits for hair include the purported ability to boost hair follicle growth, fill in empty shafts, and even makes straight hair look fuller, have more body and even add a little curl to it. This is because the herb supposedly helps reduce breakage and drying, which permits moisture to easily infiltrate the hair and alter its form. A large number of natural shampoos and conditioners contain fenugreek for two significant benefits — locking in moisture to make it more flexible and blocking out humidity to make it fuller and curlier.

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