Ayurveda is an intricate holistic approach to healthcare with specific tips for hair. Here are five treatments available in your own kitchen.
Developed 3000 years ago in India, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest healing systems. Vastly complicated it is far more about preventative treatments than actual cures. Meditation and highly personalized diets form a central theme, with the diet based on a range of attributes from height to hair color.
While it is true to say the system is predominantly preventative it does feature a wealth of curative potions, unctions and ointments. Along with some wonderfully exotic ingredients are a sprinkling of things we can all pick up at the local grocer, or at least at a decent supermarket. So here is our list of 5 top tips from the wonderful world of Ayurveda, all aimed at helping you in your fight against hair loss. Central to that fight is an imbalance in what they call your “pitta dosha.” It’s more of a problem for some than others but everything here is designed to ensure yours is kept in balance.
Your pitta dosha is balanced by eating more “cool and mild” foods. Buttermilk, coconut oil and cinnamon are all recommended, along with grapes and melons to keep your hair strong.
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This is a highly regarded Ayurvedic remedial herb, packed with antioxidants. It simply needs to be heated for 30 seconds till warm and applied directly to the scalp through massage, for about 15 minutes. Leave it in the hair for a further 30 before rinsing out.
A 2012 study suggested Amla had properties that made it a potential ally in the fight against hair loss, crediting it with the same properties as the FDA approved drug Finasteride.
Whether eaten as a berry or in powder form, or turned into a paste and applied directly, Ayurvedic medicine strongly recommends the use of Amla.
This might not be for everyone, but this by-product of milk left too long is packed with complicated proteins. Ayurvedic medicine recommends its use, apply it directly to the hair and scalp and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing out.
A seed packed with vitamins, folic acid and antioxidants, Fenugreek seeds need to be soaked in water overnight. the water can then be drunk. 2 tablespoons in the water will provide enough to grind down to a paste and use as a treatment. Apply to the roots for 20 minutes and rinse with a mild shampoo.
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Any or all of these would make a sensible addition to your routine, all the more so if you are concerned about hair loss.
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