Have you seen these viral recipes using
seeds and oils you’ve never heard of, to make protein treatments, and you
always wonder what it is: ayurvedic treatments. This is the right place to get
to know the process in depth!
Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda medicine states that all areas of life impact one’s health, meaning your mental, physical and spiritual and emotional well-being are linked and should be balanced. If those elements aren’t balanced, you get sick. In modern day medicine, this type of theories is considered alternative. For instance, if you’re physically well and emotionally unwell, your energy is disrupted and it needs to be re balanced using ayurvedic treatments and herbs. Read more on Ayurveda medicine and evolution here.
treatments and hair?
Ayurvedic medicine believes your hair
health is attached to your physical well-being, and hair type and body type are
one and the same, hence two people can have hair loss due to different reasons.
For someone to resolve a hair issue, they have to treat it at the core, resolve
the body issue. The issue could be blood circulation or poor dieting. Ayurvedic
herbs will each have different properties.
Ayurvedic herbs and treatments have been found to be anti-inflammatory and rich in anti-oxidants, it is therefore highly encouraged to incorporate them in food recipes, skin care and hair treatments. Anti-oxidants are compounds that combats and help prevent harmful agents in your body known as free radicals. Every time, you hear that a food can help prevent cancer, it’s for its anti-oxidants. Substances rich in vitamin C and E are anti-oxidants.
herbs for ayurvedic treatments?
We’ve compiled just a few of these herbs that are beneficial for hair growth and thickness, and can be easily be found in Nairobi and Africa. If you’ve read our traction alopecia blog, and is wondering where to start to boost hair growth, read on.
Turmeric is a root the roots that looks
like ginger, but has an orange coloration inside.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that’s it
is believed to match certain drugs. Its main active ingredient, curcumin
(curcuma) has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong
antioxidant. It has been studied by scientists for long and is believed to halt
the hormone responsible for hair loss. Turmeric also has anti-microbial
properties. It will combat dandruff and improve your scalp conditions, removing
the dryness, itchiness and flakiness.
How to use: Add a spoonful of turmeric powder
to a cup of olive oil or coconut oil and heat slowly. Use it on hair as a treatment
before shampoo. Careful on the colouration, it’s bright orange so it needs to
be handled carefully.
The powerful antiseptic and anti-infective
agent, it purifies you blood and wards off infection and associated hair loss. Regular
use of neem on the scalp improves blood circulation and strengthens the roots. Neem
has soothing abilities and is often used to treat eczema, psoriasis and
dandruff. By using neem oil or neem powder, your scalp will be soother thus allowing
How to use: usually neem oil is easily
accessible in Nairobi and can be used on the scalp regularly or as part of a
hot oil treatment. If you find Neem leaves, you can boil them for 15-20 minutes,
let the infusion cool down and it to rinse out your hair after shampoo.
Growing up in Africa, we’ve all seen those
bottles of amla oil with an Indian woman, with long thick hair. Now we know the
science behind this ayurvedic herb. Amla, also known as the Indian gooseberry,
is loaded with vitamin C (one of our anti-oxidant agent, see above). Amla is
also used to treat indigestion and purify blood from toxins. Its anti-oxidants
help avert the free radicals causing hair loss.
How to use: Amla, is also easily accessible
in Nairobi. Use some amla oil as part of a hot oil treatment every other month.
You can also use it weekly to seal in your moisture as part of LOC/LCO method.
Fenugreek improves cholesterol and blood
pressure. It’s a seed that is also used to increase milk supply in
breastfeeding mothers. For those of you who are experiencing postpartum hair
loss, this might be a good herb to start with. Fenugreek reduces blood sugar
levels and is known to help fight dandruff.
How to use: Finding it in Nairobi might be
harder if you don’t know where to look. You can try Chandarana or any Indian
supermarkets since it’s used in their cuisine. Grind the seeds into a fine
powder, add two table spoons of fenugreek powder to a cup of lukewarm water.
Apply to your scalp for 15-20 minutes as a pre poo and then rinse it off.
Hair growth doesn’t work overnight, you
need to use your chosen treatments for a considerable amount of time to see
results. Whether you’re doing rice water rinses or ayurvedic treatments,
consistency is essential to see improvements. Be patient and it will pay off.
Your lifestyle is a big component of hair
growth/loss. As we explained above, ayurvedic treatments want to treat the
problem from the core, however of stress is the reason behind your hair loss, you
have to start treating that issue before going forward with these hair growth
treatments. You have to be willing to tackle the root of the issue, before
starting to use necessary products for your hair growth.
Last but not least, your genes influence
how your hair grow. Do not compare yourself to someone else, what works for
them might not work for you. Understand your body type and your hair type
first, then use the product that fits best with your hair type. There’s no
competition in hair growth.