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Spring is a beautiful time of the year, with new growth and new life. But it is also a time of allergies! Many susceptible people are affected by allergens and triggers for asthma. There are many over-the-counter antihistamines and anti-allergy medications, but these offer quick relief without addressing the cause, therefore your allergies and asthma will continue occurring. There are also many natural ingredients that also work and changing your lifestyle and dietary habits can strengthen your body and reduce your allergies and asthma.

Allergies

In Ayurveda, allergies are caused by allergens that aggravate a specific dosha, causing symptoms and imbalance in various body systems. If you are vata, you may experience vata-type allergies which would be different that a kapha allergy. Once you have identified the correct dosha, you can balance your dosha with the appropriate foods and lifestyle.

In Kapha type allergies one may experience high mucus production, cough, sinus, congestion, cold and water retention. Avoiding all types of dairy containing food such as milk, cream, yogurt, kefir, cheese etc. would be important. Try the Fab and Glowing Kapha Detox Program.

It is also easy to identify Pitta type allergies which causes flare ups such as, rashes, itching, heartburn, acidity, vomiting and stomach upset. Avoiding citrus fruits, fermented foods and nightshades such as potato, tomato and eggplant is highly beneficial. Check out the Fab and Glowing Pitta Detox Program.

Vata dosha allergy symptoms are sneezing, wheezing, headache and twitching etc. Avoiding nuts and beans would be beneficial at this time. Even sprouted beans or lentils may be harmful – so be careful before consumption. The Fab and Glowing Vata Detox Program will guide you towards the right direction.

The Fab and Glowing Ayurvedic Detox Program is created if you don’t know what to eat or how to balance your dosha or if you need a simple guide with recipes and meal plans. 

The Ayurvedic recommendations include:

  1. Detoxify your body
  2. Improve digestion and elimination
  3. Balance the dosha with diet and lifestyle changes – avoid triggers and remove food allergens
  4. Strengthen the immune system

Aromatherapy is used in Ayurveda to balance your dosha and improve many health conditions. Essential oils are concentrated aromatic constituents in plants. They can come from flowers, woods, resins, barks, leaves, and roots. They enter the body in various ways, such as inhalation or through skin and make their way to various tissues. Inhalation of essential oils takes them straight to the brain (limbic system) to affect emotions, memory, appetite, and behaviours. For allergies and asthma, inhalation is a great way of directly affecting the respiratory system. Essential oils can be inhaled through a diffuser, a bath, though steam inhalation, or massage oils. If you apply them onto the skin, make sure you dilute them in a carrier oil. Essential oils that help against allergies include:

  • If you have a vata imbalance – Chamomile, lavender, clary sage
  • If you have a pitta imbalance – Lavender, lemongrass, rose
  • If you have a kapha imbalance – Eucalyptus, elecampane, patchouli, hyssop

To learn more about Ayurvedic Aromatherapy or how to safely apply Essential Oils you can see read my blog about  Ayurvedic Essential Oil.

Other therapies that can assist

  1. Apply neem oil topically for rashes or itchiness.
  2. Cilantro leaf juice – drink small amount of cilantro juice is cooling and could subdue allergic symptoms.
  3. Apply Nasya treatment to clean the nasal passageway.

For a complete treatment plan please learn about the Consultation packages I offer.

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition of the airways, with narrowing of the airways that causes asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest tightness, and mucus production. It is a hypersensitivity disorder in which the airways are susceptible and sensitive to triggers, which causes a release of histamine in the body. The narrowing airways either become inflamed, plugged with mucus, and constrict, or the muscles in the airway walls tighten and spasm. Allergies and asthma are connected because many people who have asthma, also have allergies. Also, many allergic triggers also trigger asthma.

There are natural remedies that strengthen the body and reduce these symptoms. In Ayurveda, asthma is an indication of increased kapha dosha production of mucus. Some general tips to reduce asthma include:

  • Avoid triggers
  • Follow an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Practice yoga and meditation to reduce stress and improve breathing
  • Improve digestion to reduce food sensitivities or undigested particles that can trigger immune reactions
  • Support the immune system

Essential oils can help with asthma. You can diffuse them or apply to the skin when they are diluted in a carrier oil.

-Peppermint oil – It is a decongestant (have you inhaled peppermint when your sinuses are clogged? It opens up your sinuses!). It is also antispasmodic.

-Eucalyptus – It decongests the airways and contains eucalyptol which breaks up phlegm. Eucalyptus is common in chest rubs because of its powerful decongestant effect.

-Chamomile – It is antispasmodic and relaxes the body. It can be diluted and rubbed on your chest

-Frankincense – It is a great anti-inflammatory agent and an expectorant (reduces mucus)

-Clove oil – It is antispasmodic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory. You can also inhale this or use in a chest rub.

-Lavender – It is a sedative and anti-inflammatory

 

Herbs and Spices

Here are some herbs and spices that can help with allergies and asthma:  

  • Licorice – Has mucilage that is soothing and healing to the mucus membranes, and is also an expectorant to reduce excess mucus. In fact, one study showed it reduced inflammatory cell accumulation in the lungs.
  • Nettle – Reduces histamine, is anti-inflammatory, and is a nutrient-dense herb with iron, chlorophyll, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
  • Butterbur – This plant has shown benefits in studies for both allergies and asthma. It has a compound called petasin that blocks leukotrienes that cause inflammation. It reduces symptoms and is a bronchodilator.
  • Ginkgo biloba – It is an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory herb.
  • Ginger – This is a super-spice which is anti-inflammatory, reduces airway constriction, and relaxes smooth muscles. Make am anti-inflammatory tea of fresh ginger, turmeric, and minced garlic to reduce kapha mucus and inflammation.
  • Trikatu is an Ayurvedic blend of 3 pungent spices: ginger, black pepper, and long pepper. This helps reduce kapha symptoms such as mucus, cold and congestion.

If you have allergies or asthma, you don’t have to suffer! Commit to a dietary and lifestyle change, get clean, and healthy! For Ayurvedic or Herbal Health Consultation book here.

Written by: Laura Zagar CNP and Nahid Ameen CNP

Reference:

Light Miller and Bryan Miller. Ayurveda and Aromatherapy. 1995: Lotus Press.

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There is an important Ayurvedic herb that I want to talk to about, and that is Gotu Kola! Cantella asiatica has been thought of as a promoter for longevity and used by South East Asian cultures for millennia. It grows in the Himalayas and was used by yogis for meditation, as it has been said to develop the crown chakra (at the top of the head) and is a very spiritual herb. In Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine it was used for many health issues. In fact, a study in 2018 that examined the indigenous uses of plants as medicine in Northern Bengal of India, found that among the 100 plant species used locally, gotu kola was the most widely used, and for conditions such as diabetes, pain, jaundice, typhoid, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, and dysentery.

Dosha – VPK =

Taste: bitter, sweet, astringent

Energetics: cooling

Parts used: aerial parts

Ingredients

Gotu kola has carotenoids, B vitamins, vitamin C, protein, minerals, flavonoids, volatile oils, tannins, polyphenols. It also has asiaticoside and madecassoside which are anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. It also contains Asiatic acid and saponins. These ingredients make gotu kola good for inflammation, memory, wound healing, and promote collagen. 

Skin

Gotu Kola is known for skin healing and skin issues. Ayurveda used it for wounds, burns, scratches, eczema and skin inflammation. It promotes collagen and healing of scar tissue. Research has shown it improves wounds, burns, and psoriasis by increasing collagen synthesis, hyaluronic acid content, and inhibiting inflammation and scar formation. Studies on people also showed beneficial effects on cellulite. Madecassoside is prescribed in Asia for wound healing and scars.

Nervous System and Memory

Gotu kola was used in Ayurveda as a nerve tonic. In fact it has shown in many studies to be neuroprotective and enhance memory. It promotes enhanced scores on intelligence tests. It improves memory and cognitive function. Gotu kola promotes axonal regeneration following nerve damage. Madecassoside and Asiatic acid are agents that decrease neuroinflammation. Gotu kola has shown promising results in Alzheimer’s disease studies as well.

Adrenals

Gotu Kola has shown anti-stress and reduction of anxiety properties in humans.

Cardiovascular

Gotu kola helps reduce arterial plaque and Asiaticoside is anti-inflammatory and inhibits early events of atherosclerosis.

Digestion

Gotu kola helps protect against stomach ulcers and protects the mucosal lining of the stomach, where ulcers form.  

How to take Gotu Kola

You can eat gotu kola as a leafy green mixed with other greens in salads (such as Gotu Kola Sambola from Sri Lanka) or cooked into various recipes. You can make a tea, or blend some leaves into a smoothie. You can also blend gotu kola leaves alone into a smoothie and then use a strainer to separate the juice and drink it this way.

You can also find Gotu Kola in the form of pills, powders, tinctures, teas, and the dry herb, or even grow your own! There are many ways you can benefit from taking this wonderful herb!

 

 

References

Antony Joseph Raj et al. Indigenous uses of ethnomedicinal plants among forest-dependent communities of Northern Bengal, India. J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2018; 14: 8.

Wiesława Bylka et al. Centella asiatica in cosmetologyPostepy Dermatol Alergol. 2013 Feb; 30(1): 46–49.

Liu M et al. Anti-rheumatoid arthritic effect of madecassoside on type II collagen-induced arthritis in mice. Int Immunopharmacol. 2008 Nov;8(11):1561-6.

Xu Y et al. Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) extract enhances phosphorylation of cyclic AMP response element binding protein in neuroblastoma cells expressing amyloid beta peptide. J Alzheimers Dis. 2008 Apr;13(3):341-9.

Ahmad Rather M et al. Asiatic acid nullified aluminium toxicity in in vitro model of Alzheimer’s disease. Front Biosci (Elite Ed). 2018 Jan 1;10:287-299.

Hossain S et al. Medicinal value of asiaticoside for Alzheimer’s disease as assessed using single-molecule-detection fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, laser-scanning microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and in silico docking. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Apr 14;15:118.

Soumyanath A et al. Centella asiatica accelerates nerve regeneration upon oral administration and contains multiple active fractions increasing neurite elongation in-vitro. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2005 Sep;57(9):1221-9.

Sasmita AO et al. Madecassoside activates anti‑neuroinflammatory mechanisms by inhibiting lipopolysaccharide‑induced microglial inflammation. Int J Mol Med. 2018 Feb 9.

Wattanathorn J et al. Positive modulation of cognition and mood in the healthy elderly volunteer following the administration of Centella asiatica. J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Mar 5;116(2):325-32.

Sirichoat A et al. Effects of Asiatic Acid on Spatial Working Memory and Cell Proliferation in the Adult Rat Hippocampus. Nutrients. 2015 Oct 5;7(10):8413-23.

Belcaro G et al. Pycnogenol® and Centella asiatica to prevent asymptomatic atherosclerosis progression in clinical events. Minerva Cardioangiol. 2017 Feb;65(1):24

Jing L et al. Anti inflammatory effect of asiaticoside on human umbilical vein endothelial cells induced by ox-LDL. Cytotechnology. 2018 Feb 19.

 

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Although Broccoli was never a favourite I totally changed that by cooking some of the best tasting recipes with Broccoli. Amazing for weightloss, cancer prevention, blood sugar managing and antioxidant content broccoli is ever so popular. High is Vitamin K, C, Chromium and Folate Broccoli is amazing as a fertility increasing food as well. Try out this recipe and tell me how you like it!

Equipment needed:

A chopper or a grater

Ingredients

3 small broccoli heads plus the stems

¼ cup of gluten free bread crumbs

2 eggs

¼ cup daiya or other vegan cheddar cheese

1 teaspoon of nutritional yeast

Salt and pepper to taste

A pinch of hingvastak

Directions:

Take a baking tray or sheet and add parchment paper on top of it.

Preheat the oven to 350°F and put the try inside the oven.

Use a chopper to grate the broccoli heads and the stems.

Transfer them in a bowl, add salt and mix it well. Keep this for 10 minutes until water from broccoli starts to ooze out.

Take a muslin cloth or a nut milk bag and squeeze out all the water from the broccoli.

Place the broccoli in a bowl and start adding all of the ingredients to it. If you like it spicy – add some cayenne pepper to it as well.

Using your hands mold out tot shaped broccoli for 2 tablespoon of the grated mixture.

Place the raw tot shaped broccoli in the baking tray after bring it out from the over.

Bake for 15 minutes each side.

Enjoy with a home made sauce or dressing.

Top 10 Ayurvedic SuperFoods for Fat-burning, Weight loss and Kapha Dosha Balancing

Eating to Balance Kapha Dosha

The kapha dosha benefits from a diet that contains whole foods and spices which are dry, light, and warming. They should lower mucus production and support digestion and elimination. Foods should be eaten as three small meals with minimal snacking in between. Kapha tastes include bitter, pungent, and astringent.

Tips for Fat-loss for Kapha’s

Along with following a Kapha specific diet the following will give you amazing weight-loss success

  1. Practice yoga for 15 minutes every morning. Include sun salutation in your practice.
  2. Add pranayama to your practice especially Kapal Bhati or breath of fire. Note contraindication before practicing.
  3. Kick start your weight loss with Kapha dosha detox. You can check out the Fab & Glowing detox program here.
  4. In order to improve the digestive power or Agni try the turmeric-ginger pickle recipe and consume this before every meal.
  5. Include the following Top 10 Ayurvedic Food for Fat-burning and Kapha Dosha Balancing in your diet to accelerate weight loss.

Turmeric

 Turmeric is a rhizome in the ginger family that has a long history of use as a food and a healing agent. It is a staple in Ayurveda and Asian cuisine and has become more popular in the West. It contains many constituents such as curcumin, volatile oils, and antioxidants that have many effects on health. Turmeric helps with digestion and weight loss by suppressing body fat accumulation. Try this amazing Ayurvedic Golden Milk Recipe for weight loss. One study showed that curcumin – an important antioxidant in Turmeric decreased body weight, fat mass, lipids, blood sugar, and increased insulin sensitivity. It also stimulated fat breakdown and lipase function. I am in the process of finishing of my new kindle ebook on Turmeric and will share with you once I publish.

Bitter gourd

Bitter gourd (or bitter melon) is a popular ingredient in South East Asian cooking. I have a great stir fry recipe here. Bitter gourd or bitter melon can reduce the weight of white adipose tissue and visceral fat, while reducing leptin production. It can reduce triglycerides, lipids that contribute towards weight gain. In addition to targeting fat, one of the more known benefits of bitter melon is for lowering blood sugar. In fact, there are numerous studies showing decreases insulin resistance, increasing glucose uptake into cells, upregulation of the insulin receptor, and increased beta-cells in the pancreas (which make insulin).

Kokum

Kokum is a plant in the mangosteen family who fruit is used in Southeast Asian countries, and provides a sour taste to food. It is known as Garcinia indica which contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA) and garcinol just like Garcinia cambogia. Studies on HCA show that it helps in weight loss and suppressing fat accumulation. Kokum can be found dried and used in food similarly to tamarind. You can add it to foods such as curries, vegetables, lentils, okra, fish, chutneys, and pickles. You can try my Easy Dal recipe and add kokum to it or try the mung dal recipe for weight loss with kokum.

 Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a very popular spice around the world, added to foods and especially desserts. But other than its pleasant taste, it has many health benefits. It is widely used in India to treat diabetes.

There are many benefits to consuming cinnamon especially for weight loss. Studies have shown  that cinnamon lowers triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood sugar. It has insulin-like activity and increases the uptake of glucose into cells. It increases our body’s production of antioxidants (glutathione, superoxide dismutase) and contains many constituents and polyphenols which help against the development of degenerative diseases. It was also shown to decrease body weight and visceral fat. A simple cup of cinnamon tea or Kadha or Immune Boosting Tea recipe can assist with both weight loss and immune defense.

Ginger

Ginger is the ultimate thermogenic food that the kapha body type loves for weight loss. Ginger contains many active constituents including gingerol that has many health benefits. Studies show that ginger aids in weight loss by lowering triglycerides and lipids. It also lowers blood sugar and enhances the action of insulin. Gingerol was found to increase our body’s production of antioxidants such as glutathione, superoxide dismutase, and catalase. These help counteract free radical damage. Try this amazing Turmeric-Ginger Pickle recipe for weight loss.

Honey

Sugar and carbohydrates are usually associated with weight gain, but the Ayurveda tells us that honey is heating and therefore Kapha pacifying. Honey is a much healthier alternative than other sweeteners. Raw, unpasteurized honey contains enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, phenolic acids, and carotenoids. It is anti-bacterial and wound healing. Studies have found that honey lowers body weight, triglycerides, and leptin levels – a hormone that causes weight gain. If you can getting a sweet craving try my Homemade Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Jam recipe that is made with honey.

Mung beans/Moong dal

The most popular Ayurvedic food for weight loss is a nice bowl of Mung Dal Soup! Mung beans are nutrient-dense legumes, containing folic acid, magnesium, B vitamins, fibre, iron, zinc, and protein. As with many other legumes, it’s best to soak them in water before cooking to decrease phytates and anti-nutrients, and to combine them with spices, as is commonly done in many cultures. Mung beans contain a good amount of fibre (1 cup gives you 7g fibre) and protein, which make you feel full and eat less, as well as balancing your blood sugar. You can try Green Papaya and Moong Dal recipe, Moong Dal for Weight loss or the Oats Khichari recipe from my website for weight loss.

Leafy Greens

Green leafy vegetables or any type of saag are amazing bitter foods in Ayurveda for weight loss, fat burning, reducing mucus and balancing Kapha. These foods fall under bitter and astringent, therefore ideal for Kapha dosha balance. They are a MUST for every day meals! Adding leafy greens to you regular diet will completely transform your health. Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, beet greens, mustard greens, collard greens, watercress, arugula, cilantro and parsley leaves are packed with vitamins, minerals as well as small amount of proteins. Try my Sprouts, Baby Kale and Avocado Salad recipe for lunch!

Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds are a legume whose seeds are used as a spice and leaves are also common in many Asian recipes. It is especially good for kapha and vata doshas and helps remove excess mucus associated with kapha. The seeds contain protein, B vitamins, folate, minerals, iron, flavonoids, diosgenin, volatile oils, and a lot of fibre. In fact the seeds are about 45% fibre (soluble and insoluble) and this fibre is responsible for many of its effects on weight and health. Studies show that fenugreek decreases cholesterol, blood sugar, and decreases insulin resistance. One study also found reduction in body weight, BMI, adipose tissue weight, and leptin in animals (47-50). See my fenugreek sprouts recipe which could be easily used for weight loss.

Ghee

Ayurveda recommends small amount of ghee even for Kapha dosha. Ghee is clarified butter that has the whey, casein, and lactose removed. It is extremely popular in South East Asian cooking and many foods and spices are cooked in ghee. Certain spices actually release their volatile oil and increase in absorption after cooking in ghee. Ghee contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), antioxidants, and butyric acid. Butyric acid is a short chain fatty acid that is also made by our gut bacteria. It is absorbed by colon cells to be used for energy and is also anti-inflammatory. CLA is shown to reduce fat accumulation and leptin levels. Read more about Benefits of Ghee in my previous blog.

The above are the top 10 foods – however ideally In order to help balance kapha, it is recommended to do a detox at  least twice a year. This will help remove toxins and improve your energy, digestion, and mental clarity. I have a wonderful 21-Day  Ayurvedic Detox program for Kapha (vegetarian and non-vegetarian  
options). This program explains your dosha and guides you in a detoxification with food and lifestyle changes. It also provides a detailed meal plan, many recipes, a shopping list to keep you organized, a supplement guide, and so much more. It makes detoxification easy and healthy!

References:

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Today’s hot topic is – Top 15 DIY Ayurvedic and Natural Hair Care Ingredients

I am so excited to share this blog with you and i hope you enjoy reading this. 

Diet, low thyroid, high stress, auto immune condition environmental pollution, chemicals in commercial hair products and generally imbalanced Pitta or Vata dosha may lead to thinning, damaged and greying hair. Excessive consumption of caffeinated and high sugar beverages also contribute towards hair loss. We also tend to forget “oil” is food for hair health however we use shampoos more regularly which could lead dryer hair. Stress and anxiety may lead to hormonal imbalance which induce hair fall. In Ayurveda since hair fall or damaged hair is mostly due to Pitta dosha imbalance therefore many cooling oil and herbs are used in oils to make the best Ayurvedic herbal hair oil. Ayurveda also promotes herbs that are good for memory, intellect and overall brain health for hair health. Lightly warming these herbal oils before applying is highly encouraged.

Conscious Health’s Herbal Hair Mask is a great add on that can condition, nourish and moisturize your hair and scalp. There also Henna a natural herb that colours the grey hair for those who have dark hair.

Let’s learn more about Top 15 DIY Ayurvedic and Natural Hair Care Ingredients. They include herbs, oils, flowers, nut oils and fruits.

  1. Almond Oil: In South Asia one of the most popular oil for hair is almond oil (popularly known as “Badam Ka Tel” in India). Almond oilcontains various nutrients for hair such as Omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids, vitamin E and magnesium. Almond oil nourishes, moisturizes and strengthens hair. Due to the nutrient density it is optimal for treating hair loss (or controlling hair fall) and treating damaged hair. However note that almond oil does not increase hair volume but may increase hair length and shine, reduce split ends, eliminate dandruff and reduce scalp/skin inflammation.

 

  1. Aloe Vera: There are only a few natural ingredients that are known to assist with hair growth and Aloe Vera is one of them along with castor oil, fenugreek seeds and cedarwood essential oil. Aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 andfolic acid. It’s also rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium and Aloe is a natural moisturizer that reduces dryness and dandruff (by removing the dead cells), maintains the pH balance of the scalp, detangles curly hair and conditions the hair (great for oily hair). Aloe Vera is rich in antioxidants and contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties which make it ideal of a treating Pitta condition such as hair fall. Aloe Vera can be used as a pre shampooing treatment – apply aloe vera gel on the scalp 15 minutes before shower.

 

  1. Brahmi: A superior Ayurvedic gem – Brahmi is used in Ayurveda for nourishment and to prevent hair loss. Head massaging using Brahmi oil increases blood circulation in the scalp and makes the roots of the hair stronger. Brahmi oil is used to treat dry, flaky scalp and dandruff. Brahmi used as a powder in a mask or oil can reduce pre mature greying, hair loss, promotes hair density, shine and treats scalp irritation.

 

  1. Castor Oil: Castor oil is an age old remedy to prevent hair loss or assist with hair regrowth. This is because castor oil has the ability to improve circulation and increase blood flow. It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. The anti-fungal properties in castor oil are Ricin and Ricinoleic acid which nourishes the hair. Castor oil is one of the few natural ingredients that stimulates hair growth, combats spilt ends, moisturizes hair and scalp, adds lustre and shine, prevents frequent hair fall or breakage, thickens hair, makes it grow longer fast and fights against dryness and dandruff. Castor oils contain omega 9 essential fatty acids, vitamin E, oleic acid, enzymes and minerals which makes it an amazing herbal remedy. Using cold-pressed, unrefined and extra virgin castor oil is best for hair health.

 

  1. Coconut Oil: I have growth up using coconut oil for my hair! My mother always said, “Oils are food for hair.” Coconut oil is best for Pitta dosha individuals as this is cooling oil that is also rich in vitamin E and K, lauric acid and minerals. Coconut oil contains anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and is rich in antioxidant. Coconut oil supports hair growth (length of hair), fights with dryness, dandruff, scalp infections and fungus, protects the hair from sun damage, as well as adds shine and lustre.

 

  1. False Daisy (Bhringraj): Another Ayurvedic herb for hair is Bhringraj used in many popular hair oils. It is an amazing remedy for pre-mature greying. Bhringraj is used for controlling hair loss, encouraging new hair growth, strengthening the hair follicles, fights dandruff, improve hair colour and texture. It also improves sleep and it fights against skin allergies. Bhringraj can be used as hair oil or powdered Bhringraj can be used in hair masks.

 

  1. Fenugreek (Methi): Methi or fenugreek is a well-kept secret as a natural medicine for hair growth. Fenugreek or methi prevents hair fall, promotes hair growth, eliminates dandruff and soothe dry and itchy scalp. Methi contains protein, Vitamin C, iron, potassium and lecithin – all of which are good for strong hair follicles, improves hair growth and makes the hair lustrous. Conscious Health’s Hair Mask contains fenugreek seeds. Best to purchase organic, cold pressed and extra virgin coconut oil for hair, skin or cooking.

 

  1. Hibiscus Flower: This is one amazing flower for hair health whether used fresh or dried. Hibiscus contains high vitamin C and A, iron and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. Making herbal hair masks with hibiscus flower paste or hibiscus infused oil can take care of hair loss, dandruff, improves hair shine, condition’s hair and promote hair regrowth (length and thickness). Note that both flower and leaves can be used to make a paste for a hair mask but flower may contain a little more nutrient. Add fenugreek (methi) or yogurt in the same paste for a health hair mask to combat dandruff. Hibiscus is also known to stop pre mature greying hair.

 

  1. Holy Basil (Tulsi): Tulsi contains many vitamins and minerals, notably vitamin A, K, C, folate, copper, iron, calcium and manganese. Tulsi also is an adaptogenic herb that contains high antioxidant properties such as flavonoids. It improves circulation and increase blood flow. Tulsi takes care of dry, brittle and damaged hair, combats dry, itchy scalp, pre mature greying, strengthens hair and promotes hair growth. Conscious Health’s Herbal Hair Mask also contains Tulsi. Apply fresh Tulsi leaf juice and add it to a hair pack/mask or dried powdered leaves mixed with yogurt for a hair mask.

 

  1. Indian Gooseberry (Amla): One of the most popular herbs in Ayurveda is an amazing tonic for the hair. Amla can be juiced or dried Amla can be used in a hair mask. Amla oil is extremely popular in India or South East Asian countries as hair oil. Amla contains an array of vitamins (notably vitamin), minerals and antioxidants. Amla can prevent hair loss, greying hair, combats dry scalp, dandruff, strengthens hair follicles and increase circulation which promotes hair growth. Amla contain anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties and has a cooling effect (suitable for Pitta dosha). Amla oil relieves scalp irritation and infections. The high nutrient content in Amla increases shine and lustre as well as conditions and nourishes the hair.

 

  1. Indian Spikenard (Jatamansi): Jatamansi is an Ayurvedic herb that has the ability to calm the nerves and the mind which is required for strong hair follicles and preventing hair loss. Add Jatamansi in powdered form for hair masks. Jatamansi also promotes relaxing and blissful sleep. Jatamansi is also known to prevent pre mature greying. Jatamansi oil is available in Ayurvedic stores in almond oil base which makes it a great product for hair care.

 

  1. Curry Leaves: In Ayurvedic medicine curry leaves infused oil is very popular for hair re growth (new hair growth) as well as promotes strong, shiny, thick and fast hair growth. It also reduces hair fall which makes it a wonder herb for thick and luscious hair. Curry leaves conditions the hair, reduces scalp infections, stops pre mature greying and has anti-bacterial affect. High in antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, E, folic acid and minerals such as iron, curry leaves are truly nourishing for hair.

 

  1. Ritha or Reetha: South East Asians use Ritha as a natural shampoo, cleanser and conditioner. Ritha helps prevent hair fall, adds volume and shine. Ritha also fights against dandruff and dried scalp. Using Ritha is like using a chemical free shampoo. Ritha contains anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties which help to fight against head lice. Ritha is available dry or powdered. Ritha with amla and shikakai (100 gram of each of the herb) can be boiled in two liter of water. Boil until half the water is remained. Strain and this water can be used as shampoo. For dark hair, make a paste with water and equal parts of henna and Ritha.

 

  1. Shikakai: Shikakai has several benefits which are specifically targeted for hair health; therefore Shikakai (Indian word) literally means “fruit for the hair”. Shikakai is used for cleansing the hair, promoting hair growth, preventing dandruff and strengthening hair follicles. Typically dried and powdered shikakai is mixed with water to make a paste and applied on the scalp and hair, to use as a conditioner. Shikakai has a low pH level therefore when using it to cleanse the hair it does not damage the hair or strip the hair from its natural oils. Shikakai is also used as a detangler.

 

  1. Neem: Best used as oil, neem oil is the best remedy to combat dandruff, dryness and lice (anti-microbial properties). Neem oil prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth. Add powdered neem, tulsi and amla to combat dry hair and eliminate dandruff problems.

A bonus ingredient I must mention for hair that is Apple Cider Vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has many known benefits for hair and scalp treatment. Many people use apple cider to rinse their hair for stronger and shiner hair. Apple cider vinegar is used prevent breakage, split ends, stimulate hair growth, reduce frizz, detangle and to cleanse the hair. There are many natural shampoo, hair rinse or hair mask recipes that uses apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar that contains the natural culture (also known as the mother) is the best to use. If you live in Canada or USA, you can use Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties and acetic acid that helps to balance the pH level of our scalp.

8 hair issues and top 3-5 herbs for them. I hope this chart is helpful

Cleansing Shikakai Ritha/Reetha Neem Apple Cider  
Strengthening Bhringraj Brahmi Fenugreek    
Hair Growth Aloe Vera Castor Oil Bhringraj Fenugreek Curry Leaves
Conditioner Shikakai Aloe Vera Hibiscus Yogurt  
Dandruff Fighting Neem Coconut Oil Castor Oil Brahmi  
Nourishment Almond Oil Castor Oil Aloe Vera Brahmi Fenugreek
Stops Greying Brahmi Bhringraj Tulsi Curry Leaves Jatamansi
Memory & Sleep Bhringraj Brahmi Almond Oil    

 

You should also check out this useful article that details Ayurvedic treatments for hair loss to get more information, recommendations, and recipes using some of the above-mentioned ingredients: HairLossRevolution

Check out Conscious Health’s Hair Mask in the herbal product category under shop. 

Herbal Hair Mask

The best kept Ayurvedic Herbal Combination formula is Triphala. Triphala – A Daily Detox Tonic for a Complete Body Cleanse

Triphala is a Sanskrit word that means three fruits, Triphala is a combination of 3 fruits from three trees, Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Vibhitaki (Terminalia Billerica), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), It is the most popular Ayurvedic herbal formula of India

Botanical Names:
Emblica Officinalis, Terminalia Chebula, Terminalia Belerica

Dosha Triphala is tridoshic, therefore suitable for Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Triphala is balancing and beneficial for all doshas. The herb has a rejuvenating effect and is best used to help reduce excess Kapha, Pitta and to treat Vata conditions such as constipation flatulence and indigestion.

Each three fruits of Triphala have following roles in balancing the Dosha’s:

  1. Amalaki (Amla) A rich source of vitamin C. A sour but cooling herb that balances Pitta.
  2. Haritaki (Harad) Contains anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. A strong digestive tonic that balances Vata dosha.
  3. Bibhitaki (Bahera) A source of protein and linoleic acid that balances Kapha by reducing mucus in the body.

Taste

Triphala contains five of the six tastes sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent. The strong tasting of the bitterness induces many other beneficial digestive secretions as well.

Benefits of Triphala

  1. This traditional herbal combination acts as a complete body cleanser.
  2. Triphala can detoxify and cleanse the colon and liver.
  3. It can purify the blood and nourishes your nervous system, blood & muscle.
  4. One of the best benefit of Triphala is – it aids digestion and increases nutrient absorption.
  5. This herbal formulation is used to assist in improving adrenal function.
  6. It eliminates excess mucous and also has laxative properties
  7. Triphala can enhance the immune system and reduce high blood pressure.
  8. Triphala has both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
  9. It also has anti-cancer and anti-allergy properties.
  10. Triphala assists in weight management, appetite control and reduces serum cholesterol.
  11. Triphala is also widely taken for all eye diseases including the treatment of conjunctivitis, progressive myopia, the early stages of glaucoma and cataracts.
  12. Triphala can be prescribed during symptoms of inflammation, heat and infection. Because of its combined tonic and eliminative properties, it is generally quite safe to give even for deficiency diseases including anemia, fatigue, Candida, poor digestion and assimilation.
  13. Taking triphala every day can ensure having a clear and glowing skin. Triphala has an anti-aging effect on skin.
  14. Triphala promotes vitality and longevity.

 

Nutritional Value of Triphala (each of the three fruits)

Amalaki or Amla (Emblica Officinalis)

  • Amla fruit is also known as Indian Gooseberry and it is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C builds immunity and is an effective antioxidant that removes harmful toxins from the body.
  • Amla helps to strengthen and nourish the lungs and the respiratory tract by removing mucus.
  • Vitamin C in Amla helps to maintain good reproductive health in both males and females
  • Amla helps to regulate menstrual cycles.
  • Amla induces iron that aids blood circulation and maintains proper functioning of the heart.
  • Its detox function helps in the formation of fresh tissues leading to a glowing skin.

 Bibhitaki (Terminalia Billerica)

  • Bibhitaki acts as a blood purifier and curbs hemorrhage.
  • It is an internal cleanser removing harmful toxins and excess fats out of the body.
  • It’s anti-viral and anti-bacterial abilities nurtures voice quality and improves eyesight.
  • Hair roots are strengthened and it enriches hair color.

 Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)

  • It stimulates the functioning of the digestive systemand sensory organs.
  • It is an effective in combating piles, anemia, gastro-intestinal problems and gall stones.

How to take Triphala 

Triphala Tea 

The traditional way of ingesting Triphala is as a tea. This method allows one to taste the herb fully, and taste is considered by Ayurvedic to be an important part of the healing process. Taste starts the digestive process, and sends signals to the body as to what to expect, already initiating your body’s own inner pharmacy.

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Recipe:

½ teaspoon of Triphala

1 ½ cup of water

To take Triphala as a tea, make a decoction by adding ½ teaspoon of Triphala powder to a one and a half cup of water. Stir and allow the tea to cool and drink.

Note: If you have never taken Triphala before – start with ¼ teaspoon of Triphala powder.

 

Over time, as the system becomes more balanced, it is not uncommon for the taste one perceives to evolve into a sweet experience. Triphala is usually taken on an empty stomach, most commonly in the evening before bed. Some prefer to take it first thing in the morning, especially if taking it at bedtime makes one urinate at night.

 Precaution in using Triphala

Triphala is not recommended for acute diarrhea or during pregnancy. People who are underweight should avoid using this product as it will decrease weight.

Some potential Triphala side effects of high dosage of Triphala include diarrhea or an increased amount of gastrointestinal gas. In some cases, a person may have difficulty sleeping after taking the herbal combination. The severity of these side effects depends on the dosage taken.

Triphala Capsule

Alternatively you can also take Triphala Capsules. Here is the brand I like.

 

Triphala Capsules

 

As a nutritionist, I recommend clients complete a cleanse program at least twice a year. By undertaking this program, my clients learn how to cleanse using food, along with making lifestyle changes according to their body type. 

I have designed this programis is available on my website and includes meal plans, recipes and lifestyle updates for your dosha type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This magnificent and priceless essential oil is also known as ‘Immortelle’ and ‘Everlasting’ to emphasize on the never ending health benefits of these flowers. The essential oil is extracted from the bright yellow flowers by steam distillation. This is one of the most desired essential oil in our home.

Ayurvedic Characteristics of Helichrysum Oil:

It is important to learn the characteristics before talking about the Ayurvedic Benefits of Helichrysum Essential Oil.

Common Name: Immortelle
Family Name: Compositae (Sunflower Family)
Effect of Dosha (Body Type): VPK = (mostly, neutral effect on all three body types). It reduces excessive Pitta and Kapha conditions. May increase Vata therefore use in moderation for Vata.
Taste: Sweet, Bitter and Pungent
Energetics: Heating and Moisturizing
Impact of Tissues: Lymphatic system, Endocrine System and Skin

Chemical Constituents: Cineole, camphene, terpinen-4-ol, caryophyllene, a-pinene, myrcene, linalool, nerol, limonene, eugenol, b-diketones, neryl acetate, b-pinene, geraniol, flavonol glycosides and b-bisabolene.

Medicinal Actions: Alterative, anti-spasmodic, analgesic, anti-allergenic, stimulant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anticatarrhal, anticoagulant, expectorant, emmengogue, nervine, cytophylactic, vulnerary, cholagogue, diuretic, cell-regenerative, astringent, anti-haematomal, and nutritive tonic.

Health Conditions Used for:

Skin Health: Skin allergies, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, wrinkles, bruises, scar tissues, wound healing, and inflamed skin.

Respiratory Health: Colds, cough, bronchitis, and sinus infections.

Mind: Uplifts mood and reduces stress.

Other: Stomach cramps, menstrual cramps, strengthening immune system, gall-bladder infection and liver weakness.

Health Benefits of Helichrysum Essential Oil:

Best oil for most skin conditions: This is one of the finest oils that contain wound healing, scar-fading and anti-aging properties. This is crucial oil for your first aid kit. It fights aging symptoms, wrinkles, dark circles, skin pigmentation, and oxidative skin damage. Helichrysum oil nurtures the natural glow of the skin, support multiplication of collagen count, and improves cellular regeneration.

Helichrysum oil has cicatrisant properties which help to speed up wound healing, cuts, bruises, stretch marks and scar tissue (both current and old). It is a natural emollient; it retains the moisture of the skin and prevents the development of cracks and dehydration. This oil also heals raw chapped skin and burns.
I will soon be posting my favourite sunscreen recipe!

Amazing healing speed for sports injuries: Helichrysum Oil is the most sought after natural remedy to combat sports injuries such as sprains, blood clot, inflammation, bruises, twists, micro tears, muscular pain, swelling and damage to connective tissues. Apply 2 drops in sesame seed or coconut oil or use as a hot compress.

Fast Pain Relief: Assists in re-growing of the damaged nerves, sciatica, spine ache, joint and arthritic pain. If applied on time it can prevent hemorrhaging.

Super emotional support: Helichrysum oil supports the neurological system by uplifting mood and stress reduction benefits. It can also balance Pitta emotions such as resentment, anger, bitterness, and stubborn negative attitude. To reduce Vata emotions such as fear, anxiety, stress and fatigue this oil comes handy. Diffuse Helichrysum oil for an hour to balance your emotions, release defense mechanisms and emotional trauma.

Crucial for respiratory system: Helichrysum oil is suppresses excess kapha symptoms because it has expectorant, mucolytic, and anti-tussive properties. These properties makes it ideal for cold, cough, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis. Best way to apply Helichrysum oil is inhalation therefore diffuse couple of drops of the oil. You can also make your own vapour rub cream and add Helichrysum oil in it.

Essential for the heart: Helichrysum oil assists in combating high blood pressure and heart palpitation. It also reduces the chances of stroke as it contains anti-coagulant and blood thinning properties. Apply Helichrysum oil drops in coconut oil and massage your whole body. Read how to do Abhyanga or self massage.

Other: Also provided immune system and antioxidant support to accelerated healing. Combined with Cardamom essential oil, Helichrysum assists with heavy metal detoxification.

How to Use Helichrysum Oil for Healing?

Applications: dilute with oils for massage, inhalation, lotions, compress, perfumes, cosmetics, aftershave, bath, and sunscreen.

Dilute 1-2 drops with sesame seed oil (Kapha and Vata) or coconut oil (Pitta) and …

• Rub on the chest to help open airways and relieve cough, congestion and cold. Also provides quick relief from spasms caused by bronchitis.
• Massage on the ear lobes, under the nose to relieve stress.
• Massage on the back of your neck and temples to get rid of headaches.
• Apply to cuts, burns, scrapes, wounds, scars, stretch marks and bruises. It also assists to stop bleeding.
• Add a drop to your favourite sunscreen or face cream recipe. And to your natural aftershave lotion!
• Mix with frankincense and basil to apply topically on effected areas for hives.
• Apply on gum if suffering from swelling caused by abscess.
• Massaging inhibits the growth of harmful microbial and fungal infections. It is also effective against pain management.

Diffuse with chamomile to strengthen nervous system, uplift mood and reduce stress.

Young Living Essential Oil Blends with Helichrysum:

PanAway, Deep Relief, M-Grain, GLF (gallbladder and liver flush), Juva Flex, Juva Cleanse (liver) and Aromalife (heart).

 

Read about How to Sign Up for Young Living Essential Oils here.

Questions? Please ask questions, leave a comment and share your experience with Helichrysum oil here.

 

Are you ready to sign up? Go here to get started.

Where to Buy Therapeutic Essential Oils for Aromatherapy

Essential oils available in health food stores, specialty stores and even sometimes online stores are NOT 100% pure, organic or wild crafted. Sometimes essential oils are derived from plant materials that are exposed to harmful pesticides or processed in another area far from the farm that grows the plant.

My Personal Story with Essential Oils

As a part of my passion for Ayurveda and self-healing, I practice healthy eating and support natural ways of healing the body. These Essential Oils changed my life and added a new dimension to my natural aid kit. I have never been the one to go for allopathic medicine for pain relief, reducing inflammation or getting rid of any digestive disturbances, rather I would make my Khichari or Kadha to get rid of these discomforts. Adding the Young Living Essential oils to my weekly Abhyanga and massaging them after diluting with carrier oils (Sesame Seed or Coconut Oil) has accelerated the healing time from an hour or a good night’s sleep to a few minutes ONLY!

I learned about Essential Oils and how to use them from my teacher at the Nutrition school. I was amazed, awed and filled with joy to learn about these mystical oils! They can be used to clean the house, create your own DIY beauty products, massage and inhalation. The best part about using essential oils – they work really fast. The instructor asked me to take off my shoes and rubbed a few drops of peppermint essential oil from Young Living under my feet. After rubbing the oil she looked at me and said, “tell me when.” I did not understand what she was implicating right then but in a few seconds the peppermint traveled to my mouth. It felt like I chewed peppermint gum or polo! I was so shocked at how fast in traveled through my body. It also had an impact on my vision which till today I do not know exactly how but my night vision seemed much stronger that day. (As you know I live with partial vision loss)

 

 

Valor Thieves StressAway Purification Peace and Calming FrankincenseLavendar LemonPanAwayJoy

 

 

 

 

Which Company I Buy from and Why?

I came home that night and started doing vigorous research about the Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO). Initially I bought a few bottles but they seemed expensive. After six months or so trying other Essential Oils in the market, I decided to go with Young Living and signed up as a distributor. The Premium Kit ($173.75 CAD or $150 USD) is an absolute delish! But I will tell you all about it in a minute.

I use these essentials oils as a part of our holistic medicine kit. My husband absolutely adores Young Living and use Thieves to clean everything including our water filter! Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade oils. Young Living sets a standard for purity and authenticity. They carefully monitor every step of the production process and emphasize on “Seed to Seal” – meaning from the time the seed is planted to the time a Young Living Essential Oil is sealed.

Here is a great detailed guide on aromatherapy that describes essential oils to help you choose the right ones. It was written by the director of The National Association For Holistic Aromatherapy in Louisiana.

How to SIGN UP for Essential Oils from Young Living?

Step 1: There are two ways you can start getting these oils

  1. Buy Retail – chose “Retail Customer” where it says Sign up as.
  2. Become a Wholesale Member – chose “Wholesale Member” where it says Sign up as.

Please keep on reading ‘Perks of Becoming a Wholesale Member’ before selecting.

Step 2: Sponsor ID

Yes, you can use my ID on the Sponsor and Enroller number. My # 1049453

Step 3: Add your Personal Information

Step 4: Click on the white box in the Terms and Condition area

Step 5: Fill in the Communication preference, create your user name and password

Step 6: Pick your start kit and essential reward kit (Must read ‘Young Living Premium Starter Kit for Smart Savings‘ below, before selecting)

Step 7: Fill out your credit card details.

Perks of Becoming a Wholesale Member:

There are many benefits of becoming a Wholesale member with Young Living.

  1. You are NOT required to sell (just agree to order a minimum $50 per year which you will definitely use if you get addicted to Thieves Essential Oil or a couple of bottles of single oil such as peppermint, lavender and frankincense.)
  2. You receive 24% off retail prices! Now that is a super catch.
  3. You NEVER have to fulfill a minimum MONTHLY purchase.
  4. Lifetime Membership: No yearly MEMBERSHIP FEE! Your first order will cover you for a year.
  5. You have a choice to sign-up for auto-ship. It is not a requirement.

That’s it- congratulations!

After you have signed up you will receive a confirmation email– you can log into your back office right away and manage orders, check your team, and send messages.

 Young Living Premium Starter Kit for Smart Savings ($173.75 CAD or $150 USD ONLY) – BEST VALUE

Young Living offers 3 start kits for Wholesale Members that offers everything you need to start enjoying wellness, healing, and abundance with essential oils, diffuser and a rich NingXia Red juice. The premium starter kit is the best deal. This is a retail value over $300 that you will be receiving for $173!

  • The 10 Everyday Oil Collection:  Oils including Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, PanAway (a nice massage oil that relaxes the muscles!), Peace and Calming, Thieves (best oil ever!!), Purification, Valor and Joy oil blends.
  • A Home Diffuser (retail value alone on this one is $96 – this is a staple in our home)
  • User Guide: Essential oils user’s guide
  • Stress Away: 5-ml essential oil combo to reduce stress and anxiety
  • AromaGlide Roller Fitment” In order to turn any oil into a roll on and use on your wrist.
  • Sample Packs: Two sample packets each of Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lemon, and Thieves (for you to share with your friends!)
  • Superfood: Two NingXia Red 2-oz. samples (this is a great goji berry supplement for energy)

Why Buying YLEO from Retail Outlet is NOT Smart:

Ordering directly from Young Living is the best way to ensure quality, purity and authenticity. You may find YLEO at Amazon or eBay but there is  no way of knowing if those are authentic or unadulterated. So be aware. Buying retail also means you are paying the premium price that is not necessary and you can buy more oils paying wholesale rate or save the money! Another reason you should not buy retail is that you will get the oils but not know how to use them. When you buy using my ID, you will get personal support from me and my team to guide you on how to use the oils for you and your family.

What if I Want to Earn Extra by Reselling?

If you want to learn more about essential oils, join my Facebook group. It is a really awesome community where you can submit oil questions, recipes, and how to successfully use the oils in your everyday life. [coming soon]. You can also email me at info@conscioushealth.net

  I am the founder of Conscious Health and I am a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. As such, I will promote and sell essential oils and related products from Young Living Essential Oils on my site. Due to this pre-existing relationship, I will not direct sales or promotion any other essential oil brand, company or products on my site.

How to Use the Essential Oils from the Starter Kit?

 

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How to Essential Oils from the Starter Kit
If you have any questions or need assistance in signing up for Young Living Essential Oils please contact me at info@conscioushealth.net (Subject Line: Downline – Need YLEO Support).

I believe having products without knowing the best ways to use it makes not worth while. In order to teach you how to effectively and safely use Essential Oils and understand how to use principles of Ayurveda in using essential oil check out my e-Course.

Check out my Ayurvedic Aromatherapy e-Course here:

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The 14 Day Ayurvedic Aromatherapy E-Course teaches you about Ayurveda, the concept of Dosha, and how to use Essential oils Dosha and Chakra Balancing. Additionally it provides information about essential oils for Pain Relief, Emotional and Physical Healing. If you are new to Ayurveda or Essential oils or you want to learn how to effectively use these oils this e-course is perfect for you! Learn – how, where, and when to use these precious oils, how these oils protect the immune system, improve mood, and reduce stress/anxiety. What oils are suitable for your Ayurvedic body type and EOs that assist in first aid, soothe headaches, and relieve pain. Additionally, we will discuss aches, acne, allergies, asthma, rashes, burns, hair loss, colds, and coughs. 

A promo video about the e-Course

For more details about the e-course such as course content, reviews and price click here.

Other Blogs on Essential Oils:

Thieves Essential Oil: What it is and 40 ways to use Thieves Oil

Ayurvedic Benefits of Helichrysum Essential Oil

Ayurvedic Aromatherapy with Essential Oils

 

 

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Ayurvedic Herbal Hair Mask Recipe is my mother’s own recipe. Of course everyone has their own version and this is my mother’s! Since she has been with me I have had the luxury of someone applying this on my scalp and hair bi-weekly. Oh…I get so relaxed that I want to sleep. I keep this on sometimes for over an hour. Be prepared to be pampered by this beautiful Ayurvedic Herbal Hair Mask Recipe – that will strengthen your hair, detox your scalp, reduce hair loss and keep the grey away for those who need it. Here are some benefits of each of the ingredients.

Benefits of Henna for hair health:

  1. Henna is a plant leaf – a natural, non-toxic coloring dye.
  2. Leaves hair silky, smooth and healthy.
  3. Reduces dandruff from your scalp.
  4. Gets rid of lice and worms.
  5. Cools the scalp and relieves headache.

Benefits of Amla for hair health:

  1. It is a natural hair conditioner which makes the hair shiny, add lustre, leave the hair smooth and silky naturally.
  2. It contains anti-dandruff properties, especially combined with Holy Basil or Tulsi. Also get rid of boils and itchy scalp.
  3. The high Vitamin C content ensures scalp is not dry and the essential fatty acid in amla also strengthens the hair follicles from root to tip.
  4. Reduces hair fall.
  5. Prevent premature greying.

Benefits of Shikakai for hair health:

  1. Contains all fat soluble Vitamins (A, D, E and K) and Vitamin C. These nutrients make the hair strong from root to tip.
  2. Has a very low pH so it does not strip the hair’s natural oil. Works as a detangler due to the same reason.
  3. Eliminates the chances of dandruff and dryness.
  4. Assists In hair growth.
  5. Moisturizes and conditions hair.
  6. Reduces the chance of premature greying.

Benefits of Yogurt:

  1. Contains protein and zinc that is beneficial for hair health.
  2. Strengthens the hair without drying it out.
  3. The lactic acid in yogurt stimulates blood circulation.
  4. A great conditioner for damaged hair.
  5. Gets rid of dandruff, boil and itchy scalp.
  6. Prevents split ends.

Benefits of Brahmi Oil:

  1. Prevents hair loss and split ends.
  2. Combats dandruff and dry scalp.
  3. Increases blood circulation.
  4. Keeps hair follicles strong.
  5. Acts as a hair stimulant and promotes hair growth.

Speaking of hair loss, we need to provide nutrients to the hair to nourish its growth, but also detoxify our blood. Toxin buildup contributes to hair loss and graying hair. Here is a great post about detoxification steps you can take with natural foods and supplements: 7 Day Detox For Hair

Now enjoy the recipe.

 

Ayurvedic Hair Mask Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup henna
  2. ½ tsp. amla powder
  3. ½ tsp. shikakai powder
  4. 1 tsp. organic yogurt
  5. 1 tsp. brahmi oil or olive oil
  6. 5-6 drops of lime juice
  7. 1 tea bag (black tea)
  8. 2-3 drops of rosemary essential oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour hot water in a cup and add the tea bag.
  2. When it cools down, take the tea bag out.
  3. In a bowl mix rest of the ingredients and add the tea water.
  4. Mix with a spoon until smooth.
  5. Apply the paste on your scalp and hair.
  6. Keep the mask on for at least an hour.
  7. Wash away using a conditioner or just plain water.
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