acharya on January 26th, 2015

Aromatherapy treatmentsAccording to Ayurveda, our body has the ability to heal itself. Further, the substances derived from nature have in them a life force, which also plays an integral part in the process of healing. Together, these two forces help stimulate healing, while also maintaining balance of bodily systems.

Natural remedies often have a beneficial effect on more than one system of the body. Each plant, from which essential oils are distilled, has different medicinal properties, unique to itself. Therefore, plant-based remedies have been more useful in treatment common ailments and Ayurveda and Aromatherapy heavily relies on such remedies.

Aromatherapy is one of the most powerful forms of medicines as it incorporates use of highly concentrated substances for which large quantities of plant material is used. Aromatherapy helps in treating almost every aspect of health.

Here is a list of some aromatherapy blends which you could use to meet your individual needs:

For better digestion

Aromatherapy improves functioning of digestive system by acting on the mucosa and lining of the intestine. The taste and smell of essential oils affect digestion by stimulating saliva and gastric secretions. The odour of digestive-support essential oils has a stimulating effect on the appetite and increases hunger. Some aromatic herbs and spices when used in meal preparation are beneficial in maintaining health and efficient digestion and in elimination of waste and toxins. The spasmolytic properties of essential oils are inevitable in treating digestive system disorders, while the carminative volatile oils help in expelling gas and relieves pain that accompanies flatulence.

For a soothing abdominal massage, blend together 8 drops of chamomile, 4 drops of angelica, 3 drops of cardamom in 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage onto abdomen as needed.

Blend together 3 to 5 drops of chamomile and 1 to 2 drops of citrus aurantium (peel) in 1 ounce of carrier oil, and use as a tummy ache blend for kids. The number of drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil can be reduced depending on the age of the child. Pour a small amount of blend into your palm after warming the oil, and apply by gentle massage in clockwise direction.

For headache

Due to the analgesic and anti-inflammative power of essential oils, Aromatherapy has a therapeutic effect on headaches. Local application of peppermint is quite beneficial for most headaches including migraine. Massage a few drops of peppermint and lavender oil into temples and forehead as required (only in small quantities). Aromatherapy can stop a full blown migraine attack if used at the first sign of migraine.
For sinus headaches, do steam inhalation with 4 drops of eucalyptus oil and 4 drops of peppermint oil. Add these oils to steaming water, and inhale the vapours.

Take 4 drops of Rosemary, 2 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of Juniper, and mix in half-ounce of carrier oil. Apply this to the back of the neck and shoulders, and use as tension headache massage.

Add 4 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of pine, with 2 drops of eucalyptus oil and soak in your bath water for 20 minutes.

For Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps are often due to poor circulation in the muscle tissue, which leads to cramp. The warming effect and increased local blood circulation brings rapid relief. Black pepper, rosemary and ginger are good circulatory stimulants, and using these oils in a blend or as therapeutic baths may be of help.

7 drops of black pepper, 6 drops of Rosemary, 5 drops of Juniper, can be mixed in 1 ounce of Arnica oil. Massage them into muscles before exercise to stimulate circulation.

Blend together 2 drops of eucalyptus, 10 drops of lavender, and 6 drops of wintergreen in an ounce of carrier oil and massage into affected area to relieve pain. This blend is good for arthritis, back pain and general pain.

For stiff and sore muscles, make a tea with one-and-half cups of grated ginger. Pour the strained liquid into bath, and add 6 drops of rosemary essential oil. Soak for 20 minutes.

For Respiratory issues

Essential oils are ideal for treating respiratory system conditions. The volatility of aromatics allow their easy inhalation into nasal passages and lungs as molecules get airborne. This brings the essential oils into direct contact with infected area for localized treatment. Various methods can be used to inhale the essences like electric diffuser, steam inhalation, or even through topical application. In fact, even a drop of essence on a pillowcase is helpful to relieve minor congestion.

6 drops of eucalyptus and 2 drops of tea tree oil blend can be added to simmering water, and used as steam inhalation for 15 to 20 minutes. More essential oils can be added to this as needed. This helps to loosen mucus congestion.

For sore throat, mix together 3 drops of tea tree oil in a cup of warm water, adding 1/8th teaspoon of sea salt to it, and gargle as needed.

ayurveda for weight lossEvery individual adopts different strategies for weight loss. While some hit the gym, others try crash dieting, while the rest pop weight loss pills. Although, all these may yield instant results, they may be temporary, unless you take the extra care to maintain weight. However, ayurvedic treatments, combined with yoga and simple exercises, though slow in showing results, are natural and healthier than any of these quick-fixes.

Ayurveda adopts various approaches in inducing weight loss. Ayurvedic treatment plays a crucial role in the weight loss of the patient, as it combines drugs, diet regime and exercise. It is important to understand that it is the combined effects of all three that the patient need to follow for long-lasting results.

Ayurvedic treatment centres adopt specific treatment methods like Panchakarma for treating obesity, after taking into consideration the health parameters of every individual. Apart from these, the patients are also given medicines with specific fat-fighting herbs like Triphala, which constitutes Amalaki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki. Amalaki works as natural antioxidant and removes excess inflammation from the body and improves lean body mass and maintains healthy blood sugar levels, Haritaki supports body’s natural cleansing process and removes toxins in the colon, while Bibhitaki effectively reduces accumulation of fat and fluids in the body. There are several other herbal treatments for obesity that form part of ayurvedic treatment process.

Diet:

Drink a glass of lukewarm water with lime juice and honey early in the morning on empty stomach, as this helps reduce cellulite in the body.

Eat smaller meals every three hours to neutralize the acids that are formed. Avoid white starch, maida, milk products, red meat, egg yolk, prawns etc. If you wish to build lean muscles, lean meat is permissible, along with other weight loss routines. Do not go on crash diets as it hampers metabolism of the body resulting in long-term side effects.

Lunch should be your biggest meal of the day, constituting 50% of your calories. Ayurveda believes that your digestive fire is strongest during this time of the day. Eat least calories at dinner, and the ideal dinner time should be before 7pm, as body’s digestion gets weaker at night and the undigested food is turned into toxins and stored as fat. Dinner should include light, easy to digest food, including soups or cooked veggies.

Yoga

The gentle flow of yogasanas helps in improving flexibility, strengthening muscles, increasing movement of joints and improving posture. The asanas that may be of help with specific problem areas and help boost metabolism are Bhujangasana, Adho mukha svanasana, Matsyendrasana, Balasana, to name a few. Pranayama is also a powerful exercise that helps fight obesity. Kapalbhati pranayam purifies the body by releasing toxins and toning the abdominal area. Anulom Vilom and Surya Bhedan Pranayama are also effective breathing techniques for losing weight. These need to be practised, however, under guidance of an expert.

Black Seed ExtractA remarkable case study in a HIV positive patient, who was treated with black seed extract, resulted in a sustained remission, which indicates that it is a safe, accessible and affordable alternative to highly toxic antiretroviral HIV drugs that may already exist.

Also known as ‘black seed’, Nigella sativa has been under study for a range of health benefits, but, recently it has also been found to be a curative agent for potentially lethal viral infections, including Hepatitis C and now, HIV.

The case study, published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, described an HIV patient, who, after undergoing treatment with a black seed extract experienced a complete recovery, with no detectable HIV virus or antibodies against HIV in their blood serum, both during and long after the end of therapy.

This was a remarkable observation, according to researchers. They said that Nigella sativa possess several therapeutic medicinal benefits, but, its reversion of HIV infection is very rare, despite extensive therapy, which is highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART).

On the other-hand, the standard care offered for HIV treatment globally, anti-retroviral therapy, remains highly controversial, partly due to the adverse health effects of the drug, which may be more than that associated with the HIV infections, itself. Further, drug therapy may also place pressure on HIV virus to mutate and gain resistance. Finally, the ultimate death of the patient is attributed to the disease itself, rather than the treatment.

This is the reason that ancient healing food like black seed is considered generally safe, affordable and accessible, and the fact that it could hold a potential cure to HIV makes it more interesting.

Ayurvedic medicines bring hope for this disease, as they are completely safe and decrease viral load permanently. Patients are treated with a combination of medicines and Panchakarma body detoxification therapies, apart from usage of medicines. Ayurvedic centres provide treatment schedule of one to three weeks, wherein the patient is provided food and accommodation along with yoga training, acupressure, panchakarma and other detoxification therapies and medicines.

Ayurveda associates AIDS with “Kshaya” or “Ojakshaya”, which means ‘loss of energy’. Ayurvedic texts like Charaka Samhitha, Vaidyachintamani, Bhavaprakasha, mention the symptoms and causative factors and treatment for the disease.

Major symptoms associated with the disease are loss of appetite, drastic weight-loss, fatigue, lethargy, susceptibility to allergies, and contagious diseases, skin irritations, bronchial disorders, tuberculosis of lungs, damage to intestinal flora, varied body temperature, prolonged fever and sleeplessness.

Ayurvedic supplements are harmless without any side effects and there sure will be improvement, and not deterioration. As for general Ayurvedic line of treatment, the first step towards treatment is to ensure a good and healthy atmosphere for the patient. The patient should be given nourishing food that is easily digestible. He can continue to do easy exercise that does not strain his fragile health. He should continue to engage himself in fruitful activities.

The patient is given tonics and rejuvenators to boost immunity levels, to strengthen the system and stimulate appetite. After gaining strength, ‘shodhana’ techniques are used to expel body toxins by way of enemas, purgation and emesis. The medicines administered are gentle enough for the patient to withstand.

As a second step, the blood is purified with appropriate medications. Liver corrective measures are taken care of, and various immune-modulator medicines and antiviral herbal combinations are used in the patient.

A strengthening diet, along with medicated ghee preparations and soup are recommended. The Asavams and Arishtams of Ayurveda act as carrier to aid digestive process, and remove blockages in the flow of “Rasadi dhatus”.

Patient is also advised to continue regular exercise. If the patient is weak and incapable of exercising, ‘swedanam’ (steaming) is recommended, as it helps destroy virus in some cases.

The herbo-mineral compounds prepared based on the formulae prescribed by sages like Agasthya, Charaka, Sarangadhara and others are used for treatment of the disease, and they have yielded beneficial results in improving condition of AIDS patients.

Certain specific ayurvedic medications like ‘Amrutjeewan Rasayanam’, ‘Raktavardhak’ for immunity building and ‘Sookshma triphala’ for keeping infection at bay, may be of help.

Yoga for healthy heartYoga, the ancient mind-body practice, may be as good as aerobic exercise or biking and brisk walking in lowering the risk of heart disease, a recent study revealed.

The study involved about 2,768 subjects, wherein investigators from Netherlands and US found promising evidence that yoga is beneficial in managing and improving risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. It has also been found to be a potentially effective therapy for cardiovascular health.

Yoga may provide the same benefits in reducing risk factors for heart diseases, as do traditional physical activities like brisk walking and biking, researchers said. The finding is significant, particularly for those who prefer not to perform traditional aerobic exercise and still achieve similar benefits.

Yoga incorporates physical, mental and spiritual elements, and has shown in various studies to be effective in improving cardiovascular risk factors, through reduction of heart attack and stroke risks.

The researchers said that this analysis was made to provide evidence about estimate of yoga’s effectiveness when measured against exercise and no exercise.

The results showed that risk factors for cardiovascular disease improved more in those doing yoga, than those doing no exercise and that yoga had a strong impact on these risks, comparable to exercise.

For instance, the Body Mass Index (BMI) was reduced, the LDL (bad) cholesterol reduced by 12mg/dl, and HDL (good) cholesterol increased by 3mg/dl, and the blood pressure and heart rate also dropped, along with cholesterol levels.

In comparison with exercise itself, yoga was found to have comparable effect on risk factors, as aerobic exercise. According to investigators, this may be because of yoga’s impact on stress reduction, leading to positive impacts on neuroendocrine status, metabolic, and cardio-vagal function.

Technically, yoga does not ‘count’ towards the 150 minute of aerobic exercise recommended by various organizations, but, it is considered as a form of muscle strengthening. The cardiovascular benefits found in this study come from muscle workout, and yoga’s effect on stress response or on mental health.

Yoga can affect the nervous system and stress response, through hormone function and reduction of inflammation.

It is a known fact that this is not certainly the first study that points out to yoga’s effect on heart health. But, the results are encouraging, as yoga may be a cost-effective way to help people improve their heart and metabolic health. Moreover, yoga can easily be practiced at home with little or no equipment.

The findings bear an important implication for acceptance of yoga as an effective therapeutic intervention. And best of all, when done in right manner, yoga can also offer significant benefits to mind as well.

acharya on December 16th, 2014

meditation for diabetesWith an alarming increase in the number of diabetes cases by the day, more people are looking at alternative remedies to control these lifestyle diseases. Although yoga and meditation are not a complete cure for diabetes, it definitely helps in keeping blood sugar levels in check in a more natural manner.

Diabetes is generally categorized into Insulin Dependent Diabetes (IDDM) and Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM). While the former is dependent on insulin, as it is the mainstay of therapy, the latter, which majority of the population have, does not always require insulin for its treatment and can be managed by oral anti-diabetic medications.

In diabetics, pancreas fail to produce adequate quantity of insulin, which is responsible for maintaining and controlling blood sugar levels, leading to diabetes.

Yoga

Various studies have confirmed that yoga can positively stimulate pancreas, which is associated with cells related to insulin. Apart from pancreas, yoga also has an impact on the functioning of liver and kidneys. It does so by causing a mind-body co-ordination, which improves one’s emotional and mental stability.

Some particular asanas, breathing techniques, and mudras have an impact on pancreas, leading to stimulation of blood glucose levels.
Asanas:

Makarasana – stimulates kidney function, activates bladder and digestive system and counters diabetes.

Halasan – compresses abdomen, stimulates pancreas, promotes healthy thyroid and prostate gland functioning.

Matsyendrasan – tones spinal nerves, ligaments improves digestion, stimulates pancreas

Dhanurasana – reduces abdominal fat and obesity.

Paschimottasan – impacts spine and internal abdominal organs.

Mudras & kriyas: Pran Mudra, Apan Mudra and Surya Mudra are beneficial to diabetics. Kriyas that are beneficial would be the Nauli kriya and Danda Kriya.

Breathing techniques: Breathing techniques like pranayama helps, especially Kapalabhati and Anulom Vilom.
On the whole, a complete yoga practice, with its backbends, forward bends, controlled breathing, invigorating and calming poses are a balanced exercise regime to counter diabetes.

Meditation

Regular practice of yoga and meditation removes stress. This in turn reduces the amount of glucagon and improves the action of insulin. Yoga is successful as it creates a balance in the nervous and endocrine system, which in-turn influences all other systems and organs of the body.

When practising meditation sitting in the Siddhasana pose, the energy is directed from lower psychic centres upward through spine, thereby stimulating brain and the whole nervous system. It redirects blood circulation to lower spine and abdomen, toning the lumbar region of the spine, pelvis and abdominal organs, in-turn stimulating pancreas and helping diabetic patients.

acharya on December 9th, 2014

herbs for heart careAccording to new study, spices and herbs not only add flavour to food, but also helps boost heart health. According to nutritionists, the antioxidant-rich ingredients help improve triglyceride levels and other blood lipids. Generally triglyceride levels shoot up after eating a high-fat meal, which in-turn increases the risk of heart disease.

However, if a high antioxidant-rich spice blend is included into the meal, the triglyceride levels may reduce by 30 percent, in comparison to eating the same meal without the spice blend.

The Researchers took into consideration three categories of studies – spice blends, cinnamon and garlic. For instance, they looked into various cinnamon studies on both diabetics and non-diabetics. It was found that cinnamon helped diabetics by reducing cholesterol and other blood lipids considerably, but, cinnamon did not have as much effect on non-diabetics.

The garlic studies reviewed were inconclusive. Across the studies, the researchers noticed an 8 percent decrease in total cholesterol levels with garlic consumption, apart from 38 percent decrease in risk of heart diseases in adults over 50 years of age.

In the study conducted, meals were prepared on two separate days for six men of ages 30 and 65, who were over-weight, but otherwise healthy. The antioxidant culinary spice blend included by the researchers were garlic powder, oregano, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves, paprika, ginger, turmeric and black pepper to the test meal.

The researchers observed the participants for three hours after every meal through blood tests every 30 minutes. It was noticed that the antioxidant activity in the blood improved 13 percent after the men ate the test meal rich in antioxidant culinary spices and herbs and it helped in preventing cardiovascular diseases, in comparison to those who did not.

Apart from these spices, few herbs that Ayurveda recommends for improving heart health are:

Alfalfa: Alfalfa can be taken in the form of juice, and has been found to be very effective in most arterial problems and heart diseases. The juice of fresh leaves of this plant can be used, but, as it is very strong and potent, it can be taken with carrot juice combination, and this intensifies the benefits of each juice.

Arjuna: The bark of the plant and preparations made from it, have considerable stimulant action on the heart. It is often considered as a cardiac tonic. As a heart stimulant, the decoction of thick portion of the bark made with milk is administered to the patient every morning on empty stomach, or, its powder in doses of 0.75 to 2gms is used with milk and jiggery.

Indian Gooseberry (Amla): Indian gooseberry is an effective remedy for heart disease. It tones up functions of all organs of the body, builds health and destroys disease causing elements, and builds energy.

Kantakari: Kantakari is also known as Indian Solanum. The drug is used in treating heart ailments, chest pain and other muscular pains. The herb is used in the form of confection, decoction (15ml to 60ml) or juice (2ml to 8ml)

Lemon Balm: Lemon Balm is a perennial herb from mint family. It is used alone or as part of various multi-herb combination products. As the herb is effective in controlling palpitations and high blood pressure, it helps in improving overall heart health too.

acharya on December 3rd, 2014

aayushThe Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, as a first step in keeping his promise to promote yoga and traditional Ayurveda medicine to the world, recently established a separate Department named AAYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidha and Homeopathy), which was earlier part of the health ministry.

Shri Narendra Modi has managed to garner the support of more than 50 nations, including US, China, Sri Lanka and Canada, to observe an International Yoga Day. On 11th November 2014, the Prime Minister created a separate ministry ‘AAYUSH’ (meaning ‘long life’ in Sanskrit), which includes Department of Ayurveda and Yoga, among others, and appointed Shripad Yesso Naik as the Minister.

This is no-doubt an acknowledgement and accomplishment to yoga and Ayurveda communities globally. Prime Minister’s call for attention towards Indian health remedies using spiritual and physical yoga practices which amplify your core inner strengths may just shift the way countries choose to rule and take care of their people.

As such, yoga and Ayurveda have a global fan following, and now, with a ministry of their own after the expansion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Council of Ministers, there is much curiosity over what exactly this particular portfolio entails.

The new Minister, Mr. Naik, said that AAYUSH is a way of medicine that belongs to India. After the British came to India, they suppressed Indian medicine and tried to focus on allopathy. Although there may be scepticism over the efficacy of such a ministry, it is in keeping with PM Modi’s focus on yoga.

During his first address at the United Nations General Assembly, Shri Modi not only urged more people to practice yoga, but suggested observing an International Yoga Day.

Mr. Naik too agreed that he practices yoga daily and prefers Ayurveda. The ‘yoga ministry’, as said by all, has managed to draw in one and all. Naik credited Baba Ramdev with introducing India’s glorious spiritual traditions to the world, while also popularizing yoga and Ayurveda across the globe.

He further said that Swami Ramdev has re-established India’s cultural superiority over the rest of the world by popularizing yoga and Ayurveda and waking up everyone to their benefits.

This is why Patanjali Yogpeeth is synonymous with yoga and Ayurveda, said Naik, during a programme organized by Patanjali Yogpeeth.
The Union Minister said that the government would collaborate with Patanjali Yogpeeth and connect each village in the country and the whole world with yoga and Ayurveda.

Speaking on this occasion, Swami Ramdev said Yoga and Ayurveda are considered alternative systems of therapy so far, but, will soon become the ‘national system of medicine’.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his own words, said that “Ayurveda is a way of life. If the world can accept yoga, it can also accept Ayurveda”.

Yoga has already gained legitimacy and in the next few years with increase in stature of India, it is possible that the world will also turn to Ayurveda. Now, with AAYUSH, the herbal medicines, naturopathy, and meditation too will get a real shot at going main-stream.

acharya on November 24th, 2014

hair oilA good head massage keeps the nervous system healthy. Applying oil to hair and massaging is one of the ways to improve hair strength, and hair quality, according to Ayurvedic principles. Apart from this, applying hair oil has several other benefits including calmness of mind, sleep improvement, headache remedy, helps people suffering from baldness, prevents premature greying of hair, stress, insomnia and other diseases associated with nervous system.

The scalp and hair can be massaged with warm oil, preferably infused with hair-nourishing herbs. Ayurvedic oils meant for hair and scalp massage usually include one or more hair-friendly herbs to derive the benefit of massage. The herbs are generally slow-cooked in carrier oil and strained, and kept ready for use.

Although there are plenty of choices when it comes to hair oils, choosing the one that suits your hair type and body condition is what Ayurveda focuses on.

Hair types, time and application of hair oils

You are said to fall under Vata hair type if your hair is thin, dry, frizzy and prone to split ends. If you have thin and fine hair, which is prone to premature greying, then you have pitta hair type. Those with Kapha hair will have hair that is thick and oily.

Almond oil with sesame oil as the base is said to be good for those with vata hair type, as both the oils are very nourishing for the scalp and helps reduce stiffness in the scalp.

For the pitta hair types, a cooling coconut oil may be the ideal choice, as coconut is pitta-pacifying and can retard hair issues associated with aggravation of pitta dosha.

For those with kapha hair, sesame or olive oil are good choices, as olive oil has purifying properties that help keep pores open.

It is said that head massage or hair oil application done at evening time is most beneficial. When you divide the day time into three parts, evening time is dominated by vata dosha. However, if sesame oil is applied in the evening, it will calm down vata dosha. Coconut oil is best applied in the mornings, as it has the tendency to increase kapha/vata when applied at night.

To improve the quality of hair and to promote hair growth and prevent early greys and split hairs, it is better to apply hair oil at night and take a warm water head bath on next day morning. But, applying hair oil on the day after bath is not desirable as the hair may attract dust and grime when you go out in the sun. For better hair growth, oil can be applied to scalp, hair root and length of the hair. It is good to warm up the oil a little before applying as it helps in better absorption.

Benefits of hair oils

Sesame oil
Sesame oil is the preferred base of oil for almost all massage oils in ancient traditional Ayurveda, and is the ideal choice for hair. The reason being that those using sesame oil regularly, do not suffer from headache, greying of hair, baldness, dandruff or hair fall. Hair becomes black, longer, deep-rooted and regular use of sesame oil helps in getting sound sleep too. Follow up sesame oil massage with lukewarm water bath after a few hours. In fact, sesame oil is also safe for massaging babies, as it helps induce deep relaxation and relieves headache. Further, it has antibacterial and antifungal properties and protects hair from damaging effects of chlorine.

Coconut oil
Coconut oil is largely used on the scalp and hair in India as it prevents dandruff when massaged on dry scalp. It nourishes damaged hair and is also acts as a conditioner. People living in hot climate can especially use coconut oil for hair, as it is an excellent coolant. Also for people with pitta dominant condition, application of coconut oil helps. However, being a coolant in nature, coconut oil when applied to hair by people in colder regions, it increases kapha, especially in people prone to cold, cough, allergies, asthma etc. Now, having said this, if you still want to stick on to coconut oil for hair, despite being a kapha/vata hair type and living in cold weather conditions, mix a teaspoon of black pepper powder to 100ml of oil, heat it for five minutes, filter it and use it when lukewarm.

Almond oil
Almond is used in Ayurveda to particularly treat vata-predominant hair (thin, dry and frizzy hair). Due to its rich vitamin E, calcium and magnesium content, it is used by itself as oil for direct massage on hair, or used as carrier oil for other ayurvedic oils, to add luster, shine and strength. It also controls hair loss.
Some popular herbs used in ayurvedic hair oils are:
Amla
Amla is very effective hair oil for most hair problems and helps relieve headache, dizziness and other pitta related conditions. Most ayurvedic oils contain amla as a major ingredient, prepared in sesame oil base. It is also used with coconut oil as carrier oil as coconut conditions hair and is excellent for protection against sun damage.
Bhringraj
Bhringraj, also known as Eclipta alba or false daisy, holds a solid place in ayurvedic hair remedies, and no wonder its name by itself translate to “king of tresses”. It is often mixed with sesame or coconut oil and used as scalp massage and for hair dressing. Bhringraj has high protein and stimulates hair growth and restores black shine of hair.

Brahmi
Also known as Gotu Kola or Indian pennywort, it is used to prevent premature hair loss and to increase thickness and volume of hair. Brahmi oil is made by mixing it with sesame oil or other carrier oils, and is applied to hair and scalp. Brahmi helps in calming down the mind and nervous system apart from nourishing the locks.

Neem Seed Oil
Neem seed oil has been used in India for cosmetic and medicinal purposes for years. Apart from being rich in vitamin E, it is also rich in essential fatty acids, has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. However, when used alone, neem oil tends to solidify in room temperature and is usually combined with olive oil as carrier oil for ease of application. It enriches hair and stimulates growth and prevents dandruff.

These are some of the best oils recommended by Ayurveda for regular use. However, for specific hair conditions like alopecia or baldness, you should contact an ayurvedic expert and get specific advice for your hair condition.