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Curry leaves hair oil

Homemade Curry Leaves Hair Oil for Hair Growth-Premature Greying

Curry leaves known as “kadi patta” in Hindi, “karuvepillai” in Tamil is commonly used in Indian cuisine. But today we are going to see how to make hair oil with curry leaves. Curry leaves oil (karuvepillai ennai) is very effecting in treating many hair related problems. Making curry leaves oil at home is very easy. This oil smells good and is very effective in preventing hair fall. I personally use this hair oil and have never suffered from dandruff or any hair related problems all these years. Today we will learn how to make curry leaves oil at home to prevent hair loss and premature greying.

Homemade Curry Leaves Hair oil for premature greying-Karuvepillai ennai

Curry Leaves Hair Oil


Curry leaves hair oil

 Prep Time : 10 mins Cook Time : 10 mins
 Yields: 1 Cup
 Recipe Category: Hair Care-Beauty
 Author:Padhu Sankar

Ingredients needed

   Coconut Oil – 1 cup
   Curry leaves – 1/4 cup firmly packed
   Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp

Benefits of Curry leaves oil

Promotes Hair Growth.

Conditions hair.

Stops hair loss and thinning.

Prevents premature greying when applied regularly.

Treats damaged hair.

Strengthens your hair and prevents dandruff.

Preparation 

Wash curry leaves, pat it dry and spread it on a cloth to dry in shade. There should be no moisture in the curry leaves.

Grind curry leaves without adding water. It need not be a paste. You can also add the leaves as such.

Method 

Heat a cup of coconut oil, add a tsp of fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.

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Cook on medium low heat stirring continuously.

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When the bubbling subsides and the leaves turn crisp, turn off the heat. Leave it to cool.

Let the leaves remain in oil overnight.

Then filter it and store it in a clean bottle. Curry leaves oil is ready to use.

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How to use Curry leaves oil

Take some oil and apply it on your entire scalp using your finger tips.

Remain for an hour, then wash your hair normally using shampoo or homemade herbal shampoo.

This can be down twice a week.

This oil is safe and can be used for daily application also.

Note – Use pure or virgin coconut oil and organic curry leaves (free of pesticides) for making this curry leaves hair oil. I have used curry leaves from my kitchen garden.

Do try it and give me your feedback.

You can also include curry leaves in your diet to prevent hair fall. Check out recipes using curry leaves HERE.

Herbal Bath Powder-Homemade Herbal Bath Powder Recipe

Herbal bath powder is easy to make at home, economical and harmless as it is natural. The ingredients needed for making this herbal powder are easily available in any nattu maruthu shop or Ayurveda shop. I am a huge fan of natural products and love to make my own herbal bath powder. I use this herbal powder not only as a face wash or bath powder but also as a face pack and as a scrub. After I started using this herbal powder, I noticed positive changes in my skin. My skin became soft, smooth and blemish free.

Use of this Herbal bath powder

This powder can be used as a substitute for soap.

Regular use of this powder makes your skin soft, smooth and blemish free.

As it is made using natural products, it does not strip your skin of its natural oil.

Delays aging of skin.

It can be also be used as a face pack . I use it with rose water as I have an oily skin. Persons with dry skin can use it with curd/plain yogurt.

This powder makes a good natural scrub.

It can be safely used on babies.

Homemade Herbal Bath Powder

Herbal Bath Powder

How to prepare Herbal Bath Powder at home

Ingredients needed 

Green gram (pachai payaru) – 1 kg

Wild Turmeric (kasturi manjal) – 100 grams

Spiked Ginger ( poolan kilangu) – 100 grams

Vetiver/Khus – a fistful

Neem leaves (veppilai) – handful  (not in the picture below as I powdered it separately and mixed with the rest)

homemade herbal bath powder recipe

Ingredients for Herbal Bath Powder

Dry everything together well in the sun for 2 days. Then get it ground in the mill to a fine powder. Store in any air tight container at room temperature. If you do not have flour mill near your place, powder it in a mixie, sieve it and store it. It stays good for more than 6 months. Avoid using wet spoon.

Green Gram 

Green Gram is commonly used in many homemade beauty treatment. It is an excellent cleanser. It removes dirt and dead cells and brightens the skin. It also prevents wrinkles

Wild Turmeric 

Wild Turmeric known as kasturi manjal in Tamil is an aromatic turmeric used specially for beauty purposes. It is used to cure many skin diseases. It also reduces facial hair growth. (This turmeric does not leave a yellow tint on the skin).

Spiked Ginger (Pulan kizhangu)

Pulan kizhangu is also known as Seemai Kichchili Kizhangu in Tamil and  “Kapur kachri” in Hindi. It has  antiseptic properties and a nice pleasing fragrance.

Vetiver

It is an aromatic grass which has antiseptic and cooling properties. It is used to treat acne, rashes and sores.

Neem Leaves

Neem leaves have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It cures many skin problems.

How to use this Herbal Bath Powder – Mix needed quantity with little water to make a paste. Use this paste instead of soap.

You will definitely find positive changes within a month of using this bath powder. You will be surprised to see your skin soft, smooth and glowing.

Herbal Hair Oil to Prevent Hair Fall-Dandruff-Homemade Herbal Hair Oil Recipe

Making herbal oil at home is very easy and it is also very economical. This herbal oil promotes hair growth, prevents hair fall, conditions hair, prevents premature greying of hair and also cures dandruff. Mother Nature has gifted us innumerable herbs to take care of our hair and promote hair health. Let us see how to make herbal oil at home.

Ingredients needed for Herbal Hair Oil

Virgin Coconut Oil -1 1/2 cup (read more about benefits of coconut oil)
Hibiscus leaves – 12-15
Hibiscus flowers – 6
Curry leaves – 1 cup
Karisalankanni/bhringaraja – 1/2 cup
Keezhanelli/Kilanelli leaves – 1/2 cup

Virgin Coconut oil – Light, natural and promotes hair health.

Hibiscus and hibiscus flowers – Conditions, softens hair,  promotes hair growth. Use ordinary red flower with single petals. Remove the style.

Curry leaves – Helps hair growth and prevent premature greying of hair. Use the leaves alone.

Karisalankanni – Promotes hair growth and cures dandruff. There are 2 varieties commonly available – one is with yellow flowers and another with white flowers. You can use any variety.

Kilanelli leaves (Hindi name -hajarmani) – Help to get rid of dandruff and premature greying.

Herbal hair oil to prevent hair fall and cure dandruff

Method of preparation 

Wash the herbs/leaves and spread it on a cloth inside the house to dry a little.

Grind everything with very less water to a smooth paste along with hibiscus (shoe flower) flowers.

Heat virgin cold pressed coconut oil, add the ground paste gently into the oil. It will start bubbling as seen in the picture below. Cook on low flame until all the water evaporates and the bubbling stops. Leave it to cool. After it cools completely, cover it and let it sit for 5-6 hours or overnight.

homemade herbal hair oil-How to make hair oil at home

Next Day – Line a sieve with a muslin cloth or a thin cotton cloth and strain the oil. Squeeze the cloth to extract as much oil as you can.

Storage and Shelf Life – Store  the lovely green herbal oil in a clean glass or plastic bottle at room temperature. Stays good for  5-6 months.

How to apply 

Using your finger tips, apply the herbal oil on your scalp by parting your hair into sections. Cover the entire scalp.

Massage gently for 4-5 minutes with your finger tips using circular movements to improve blood circulation.

After 20 minutes, wash hair with homemade herbal shampoo or  powder .

How to use 

It can be used daily in place of regular hair oil.

It can be used as an overnight treatment . Apply it on your scalp, leave it overnight. Next morning wash your hair with any mild shampoo.

Once in a week, you can apply this oil on the scalp, remain for half an hour and wash it off with a shampoo.

This Herbal hair oil, when used regularly gets rid of dandruff, conditions dry dull hair, prevents split ends and cures many other hair related problems.

Note – You will get these herbs in the local vegetable market or you can request your vendor who sells greens (keerai) to bring it for you. These herbs can also be easily grown at home.

If you suffer from dandruff, clean your comb and change your pillow cover every time after washing your hair.