Many of India’s “hair growth secrets” derive from the little known alternative medical science known as Ayurveda. Ayurveda, a set of health principles based on 5,000 years of study, advocates a health plan based on natural herbs, healing and exercise. Yoga is a well-known practice that derives from Ayurveda, and hair growth solutions and tips are very commonly sought in the Ayurveda science field, according to the Indian Hair Growth website.
Dhatu and Balance
A large and important part of Ayurveda philosophy is keeping every aspect of the body properly functioning. Dhatu is the component responsible for bone and hair growth, and constitutes the organ, muscle and skin tissues of the body. There are several levels of Dhatus, starting with the mouth and digestive system (Rasa) and proceeding downward to where bodily toxins are excreted (Malas). If one of these Dhatus is not functioning properly or doesn’t receive proper nurtition, the rest of the body suffers. Therefore, according to Ayurveda philosophy, in order to have healthy hair growth, every other part of the body, especially your digestion, must be in good working order.
Herbs and Spices for Hair Growth
Ayurveda endorses natural, homemade ingredients to promote healthy hair growth. Ashwagandha, known outside of Ayurveda as winter cherry or Indian ginseng, is a particularly well-known herb within alternative medicine, boasting all sorts of health benefits, particularly in hair growth. Application of Indian ginseng allows healthy blood flow to the scalp, which reduces inflammation, helps rejuvenate hair and promotes good follicle cell growth. Other herbs include Eclipta alba and Gotu Kola. Eclipta alba strengthens hair against breakage, and Gotu Kola nourishes hair as a natural conditioner.
Healthy Foods and Cooking for Hair Growth
The things you eat can also promote hair growth, according to the Indian Hair Oil website. Black pepper and cumin are examples of spices that improve hair health. You can add a pinch of these spices to your favorite foods, such as soups and various meats. Olive oil and coconut oil are also beneficial in this case, both of which you can either ingest or apply directly to your hair and scalp before showering. Methi leaves can also be beneficial when applied directly to your hair and scalp; after rinsing out a handful of methi leaves, add pepper, a couple of drops of lemon juice and salt. Bring these ingredients to a boil, churn in a juice and drink regularly. Finally, as a common-sense rule, eating healthy is vital to healthy hair growth, so making vegetables and fruits a habitual part of your diet is beneficial.
Avoid foods with artificial preservatives, as preservatives and chemical additives make it difficult to supply nutrients to the body. Similarly, avoid shampoos and conditioners with harsh chemicals.
Apply a warm oil massage to your scalp a couple times a week to rejuvenate your scalp and hair. Substitutes for massage oil can include raw milk, almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil.
Brushing your hair regularly and in all directions will help get blood flowing to your scalp and thus promote hair growth.
References and ResourcesIndian Hair Growth: Ayurveda
Indian Hair Oil: Ayurvedic Hair Care
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