Dealing with greys is something all of us will have to face eventually. But getting premature grey peeking from the hairline and sides can make you conscious. Premature greying of hair at a young age can be your biggest concern related to the beauty and hair care.
How To Make Amla, Curry Leaves, Fenugreek Seeds Herbal Oil At Home?
Gooseberry (Amla) and curry leaves are believed to avert premature greying of hair. Both of these natural ingredients are rich source of antioxidants, minerals, and other hair nourishing minerals that have potential to reverse greying.
You can make your own anti-greying hair oil with grated amla (gooseberry), curry leaves and fenugreek seeds using the sesame or coconut oil as carrier oil. To make this oil more effective and potent, you can also mix in henna and indigo powder.
If you want to try this oil, here is a simple recipe that you can use to make it at home. This oil will not only just ward off grey hair, it will also make your hair remain dark, thick, & beautiful for many more years.
You will need:
(i) Coconut oil: 1 cup
(ii) Curry leaves: 1/4 cup, wash and pat dry
(iii) Gooseberry (amla): 1/4 cup, chopped into small pieces
(iv) Fenugreek (methi seeds): 1 tablespoon (optional, decreases hair fall and dandruff)
(i) Soak the amla, curry leaves and fenugreek seeds in water for few minutes. Rinse them well with the water to remove the dirt. Strain the water.
(ii) Cut the amla into small pieces and remove the seeds from amla.
(iii) Put the amla pieces, curry leaves and fenugreek seeds in a mixie. Do not add water. Grind them into a coarse paste.
(iv) Heat the coconut oil in a thick and heavy bottomed non-stick pan on a low flame. And please don’t use non-stick pan, use steel or iron.
(v) Add the ground paste to the pan and cook on a low flame till all the moisture evaporates out. Keep stirring till the paste appears brownish in color.
(vi) Turn off the heat. The color of the paste must have turned a little bit darker. Let the herbs sit in the oil for 24 hours.
(vii) Next day the homemade amla curry leaves hair oil is ready for filtering. So strain the oil into a glass jar or bottle.
Your homemade amla and curry leaves hair oil is ready to use. Use it once or twice a week and leave it on for a few hours. Then wash as usual (you may not need a conditioner) and let your hair dry naturally.
For those who are a little adventurous, here are some variations to this oil:
(i) You can also use sesame oil or olive oil as the carrier oil. But in case your hair is oily, thin, or if you are losing a lot of hair then go for coconut oil.
(ii) Make sure to use cold pressed unrefined variety oil, as it is not stripped of nutrients and will give the best results.
(iii) Mix in 1 tablespoon of castor oil for better hair growth. Read here to learn how to use castor oil for faster hair growth.
(iv) It’s better to be on “under-cook slightly” side than to overcook it. If you think there is still some moisture left, then refrigerate the oil and it should stay fine for 3 to 4 months.
(v) If you don’t have a heavy bottom pan, you can place a flat iron or steel pan or tava underneath to prevent the herbs from charring. But if you cook on a low flame, the herbs will not burn.
1. Though you can store this amla herbal hair oil for many months, but better is to make in small quantity. Fresh herbal oil is always the best. So, consider making small batches of herbal oil only using 200 ml of coconut oil.
2. Do not burn the oil or the paste. In case if you get a burnt smell, discard the oil.
3. Don’t leave the oil unattended on the flame. Oils tend to catch fire easily when left unattended.
4. Proper dieting and stress-free life is quite necessary to make your hair healthy.