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Everyone sheds some hair every day; It’s a natural part of the body’s growth and repair cycle. But the problem begins when we lose an excessive amount of hair or when our hair doesn’t grow back at a normal rate. The most common reason for this can be an unbalanced diet. A meal that isn't rich in iron and protein can discourage hair growth as they are the key nutrients needed by our body to maintain a healthy scalp. Another reason could be imbalanced doshas, mainly Pitta. An aggravated Pitta can overheat our hair follicles and lead to weak and brittle hair and slower regeneration.
There are many ways to solve these issues naturally. Adding the following Ayurvedic herbs for hair loss and regrowth to your routine can ensure healthy and strong hair.
Fenugreek seeds or methi seeds is one of the best Ayurvedic treatments for hair loss and regrowth. They are rich in potassium, calcium, folic acid, nicotinic acid, and vitamin C, A and K. They also have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help the scalp cool down and nourish the hair more effectively.
You can include fenugreek in your diet by adding it to your dals, sabzis and curries or you can make a natural hair mask with it at home. For this, soak some fenugreek seeds overnight. Grind to make a paste and mix it with some curd. Apply this mixture to your hair at least 30 minutes before you wash it to encourage healthy hair growth.
Rich in vitamin C, amla (Indian Gooseberry) is another Ayurvedic herb for hair growth that helps reduce stress, purifies the blood and restores the natural color of the hair, preventing premature grey strands. Having amla in your diet helps strengthen hair from within. Drinking fresh amla juice first thing in the morning will also yield good results. Another thing you can do is prepare a hair tonic by adding hand-pressed lemon juice to the amla juice and applying it directly to the scalp. A combination of amla oil with coconut oil or almond oil also works well on the scalp and promotes hair growth.
From Vedic times, brahmi has been considered a highly effective Ayurvedic herb for hair growth. The alkaloids in brahmi bind to hair proteins, producing stronger and thicker hair follicles. This reduces dryness, itchiness, and flakiness and makes your hair beautiful.
At home, you can use brahmi in the form of oil. Massage it into your scalp and leave it overnight. Its leaves can be eaten directly or used fresh in various salads. You can also combine it, dried and ground, with other ayurvedic herbs for hair growth in powder form like amla, reetha and shikakai, and make it into a paste with water or coconut oil for a hair mask. Apply the mask and wait 1 hour before washing thoroughly. Using Brahmi on your hair reduces the possibility of split ends and makes your hair lustrous.
One of the staples of ancient Indian medicine, ashwagandha is commonly known as “Indian Winter cherry” or “Indian Ginseng”. It stimulates the production of DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), a natural hormone in your body that keeps free radicals from harming the scalp and hair follicles, resulting in healthy hair growth. The Ayurvedic herb for hair growth possesses powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which keep the scalp healthy.
There are various ways of using ashwagandha to benefit your hair. The herb can be taken orally via supplements or you can use the leaves to make a refreshing tea. Another way to use it is to create a paste with ashwagandha powder and warm distilled water and apply the mixture directly to your scalp and hair for 30-45 minutes before rinsing well and styling as usual.
Pudina leaves have antimicrobial and antifungal properties and can treat many scalp issues, especially dandruff. It prevents unwanted bacteria or infection from growing on the scalp. The extract of pudina leaves is a great source of carotene and antioxidants that promote hair growth and prevent hair fall. It can ward off dandruff and head lice and treat other scalp issues as well. Pudina can be added to your diet, too. Make a chutney or add it to nimbu paani or khus sherbet and have it with your meals. For a quick hair mask, crush some mint leaves and make it into a paste by adding lemon juice to it. Apply it on your scalp for about 20 minutes and rinse off.
All these herbs for hair growth and thickness can work well on their own, but for optimal results, try using them with other options like scalp massages and other natural hair care products. If you are shedding more than 50-100 strands a day, contact our expert Ayurvedic doctors through phone or video call or pay a visit to your nearest Jiva clinic. They will prescribe personalised natural treatment that will target the root cause of the problem and promote long-term wellness.
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