WHAT IS AYURVEDIC
Ayurvedic Medicine (also known as Ayurveda) is one the World’s Oldest Holistic (whole-body) Healing Systems developed more than 2,000 years ago in India. Ayurveda combines the words ayur (life) and veda (science of knowledge). This system is based on the belief that Health & Wellness depends on a balance between Mind, Body and Spirit in having the ability to HEAL itself. The key concepts interconnects (people, their health and the universe), the body’s constitution (prakriti) and life’s forces (dosha). This System of Balance was written in Sanskrit in three ancient books (Caraka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and Astanga, Hridaya) and many of these Ayurvedic practices were handed down by generations. Using these concepts also includes herbs, proprietary ingredients, diet, exercise and lifestyle to maintain a Balance of complete Health.
Even though there are numerous herbs available, I have infused 12 of these amazing herbs as the Primary Foundation in my All-Natural Hair Collection (Ayur’s Batch of Nature). Before this product line was founded, I had been incorporating several herbs for over 5 years in my own Ayurvedic Hair Care Regimen and my hair has continued to thrive in Strength, Health and Length when consistently used. In my recent post, Henna Basics for Beginners, I stressed the importance of making sure that when you purchase your Henna, that it is 100% Pure-Quality Henna. The same goes for when ordering your herbs online, please make sure that they only sell All-Natural, Pure (and my personal preference) Organic products or you can purchase locally if you have an authentic Indian store. There are two reputable companies that I prefer to order from and they are http://www.mehandi.com and http://www.hennasooq.com/color/. Every order I have received from them has always been fresh and high-quality. Pure, natural herbs and powder will have a grassy/earthy aroma and will come in various shades of brown, green in color, or red (hibiscus). Ayurvedic Herbs are safe and yields the same benefits for all Ethnicities, Cultures, Hair types & Textures.
HERBS AND THEIR PROPERTIES
So we have touched briefly on the Concept of Ayurvedic, the importance of the Quality of Herbs, now let’s chat about their Properties and how they work….
AMLA (emblic myrobalan): A fruit known as Indian Gooseberry. Its properties are cooling, astringent, antibacterial, antioxidant, and antiviral. It contains vitamin C and encourages hair growth. Amla can be used as a remedy for hair loss; it also nourishes and provides luster to dull and dry hair, making hair thicker and stronger. It also controls premature graying, lightly conditions, controls dandruffs and other scalp related issues.
BRAHMI (bacopa monnieri): Known as Indian Pennywort that has leaves that are round, coin shaped and grows in groups of twos or threes. Native throughout India including the North Eastern region. This herb combats chronic hair problems, thickens hair, prevents pre-mature balding and hair loss and nourishes the scalp with light conditioning properties, it reduces dandruff, helps prevent split ends and also prevents itchy scalp.
BHRINGRAJ (eclipta alba): A plant known as the “Ruler or King of the Hair for Rejuvenation”. It is Native to India and the Southwestern US and known for stopping hair loss, premature graying of hair and makes hair stronger. It is best known and considered to be the best Ayurvedic remedy for stopping hair loss, it’s known to darken hair, fight pre-mature balding and cures alopecia, adds denseness, thickness and luster to hair.
BURDOCK ROOT (arctium lappa): A hard Perennial Plant, also known as Cockle buttons, Burr seed, Beggar’s buttons and Thorny burr. It is Native to Europe and North America. It’s rich in natural vitamins, minerals, amino acids, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E and protein. It helps to promote healthy hair, relieve scalp irritations, improves scalp conditions, aids in hair growth, stops hair loss and adds sheen and strength to hair.
HIBISCUS PETAL (rosa sinensis): Known a China rose and Native to North Africa, Thailand, the Caribbean, and Latin America. These flower petals will vary in colors from white to pink, red, orange, purple or yellow. It contains a high percentage of vitamin C and is rich in silica. Prevents hair loss, discourages split ends, thickens hair, promotes hair growth, reduces hair loss, gives hair a gorgeous shine, delays premature graying, and enhances the red tones in henna recipe. It is also Excellent for moisturizing, conditioning and softening hair.
HORSE TAIL (equisetum): Known also as Snake grass or Puzzle grass and is Native to North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. These branch-like leaves which resemble a horse tail are stems that are saturated with an ample amount of silica and silicic acids. Silica content helps strengthen and repair weak, brittle, damaged hair, giving it vitality and shine with regular use. This plant is used as a remedy for dandruff, eczema and psoriasis; it nourishes and strengthens hair follicles and facilitates natural hair growth.
MARSHMALLOW ROOT (althaea): A Perennial herb known as a White Mallow Herb and is Native to Europe and Western Asia. It’s great for soothing and relieving your scalp and hair and is also super slippery when wet due to the mucilage, which is a gel-like substance and SLIP is what is Needed to help remove tangles, knots and your hair from coiling around itself. This herb treats hair ailments like eczema, psoriasis and dry scalp. It has excellent conditioning properties, nourishes hair follicles, softens hair and imparts shine.
FENUGREEK SEED (trigonella foenum-graecum): Known as Greek hay or Methi leaves which is an herb that contains seed pods that are yellow- to amber-colored. It is Native to India, Southern Europe, the Mediterranean region, and Western Asia. Fenugreek is high in protein, rich in iron, vitamins and minerals that nourishes and strengthens hair follicles. It also treats sensitive scalp conditions, promotes hair growth and helps to prevent pre-mature graying and baldness. It also reduces itchy scalp, repairs hair damage and reduces hair fall out.
NEEM (azadirachta indica): Neem is an Evergreen tree and every part of this tree has medicinal value that can be used, from the sap, twigs, flowers, and bark to the seeds, gum, fruit, and roots. It is Native to Indian subcontinent, Pakistan, Nepal, Iran, and in the tropics. Its healing properties are naturally anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. It relieves itchiness and redness from eczema, promotes shiny, healthy hair, combats dryness of scalp, and fights scalp infections, dandruff, and psoriasis. Undiluted Neem oil will help treat head lice.
NETTLE (urtica dioica): Known as Stinging Nettle due to its stinging burn when the hairs on the leaves and stems are touched. It is Native to Brazil. Nettle is rich in iron and drinking Nettle Tea or even rinsing hair with Nettle Tea is also known for one of the oldest remedies for hair loss. It encourages hair growth by improving circulation and it greatly reduces shedding. Nettle will also help with an imbalance of sebum if you suffer from dandruff or dry scalp.
SHAKIKAI (acacia concinna): Known as the “Fruit of the Hair”. It’s a Shrub that’s Native to Asia that’s been used traditionally in Indian for beautiful and healthy hair as a mild and all natural shampoo. Shikakai has anti-dandruff properties and aids with detangling. This natural shampoo does not produce the normal amount of lather that a sulfate-containing shampoo would, it is considered a healthy good cleanser that absorbs dirt, oil, and build-up. It naturally has a low pH, purifies the hair and scalp, and doesn't strip hair of its natural oils. Usually no conditioner is needed, for shikakai also acts as a detangler.
SLIPPERY ELM BARK (ulmus rubra): Also known as Moose elm, Red elm, and Sweet elm. This large tree is Native to North American from Texas to Manitoba, and from Florida to Quebec. It is high in vitamin K and E and full of minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, iodine, copper, and zinc. When Slippery elm bark is added to hot water, it has a slippery and mucilaginous consistency so it’s great for detangling and removing knots as well because we Naturals know…We Need SLIP. Slippery elm helps remove dandruff, helps to detangle the hair, softens and smooths hair cuticles, can even improve the volume, and has bacterial properties to strengthen hair.
Have used tried Ayurvedic Herbs? What has been your Experience? What Herb has been Beneficial the Most? Is Ayurvedic Hair Care a Regular part of your Regimen?
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