Premature Graying of Hair.
To Care for your Hair. Part Three.
The Sanskrit word for hair graying is Palitya. A white hair is produced by the formation of numerous air spaces throughout the cells composing the hair. Since old age is a Vata (air) time in human life air penetrates even the hair along with joints and skin, so losing the natural tint is normal with age.
Premature graying of the hair is a morbid condition though. Fortunately Ayurveda has a handful of remedies for this.Notice however that you must be patient. The re-growth time for hair is about two years with three months resting phase. Hair grows at the rate of about half an inch so it takes about a year for six inches to grow – that can seem like a very long time, especially for inpatient Pitta individuals. But who knows, maybe you have encountered this problem in order to learn patience.
[sociallocker]1. First step Ayurveda takes is analyzing the diet and lifestyle to see if they are increasing the Pitta dosha.
Once you find it, give up or at least reduce diet, habit, or activity responsible for increasing Pitta. (See Food list for Pitta; Ayurvedic lifestyle and eating habits).
2. Second step is to correct metabolism: Maintain a regular bowel movement every day. Triphala taken 5 to 10 gr at bedtime with milk or water is useful for constipation (See Triphala).
3. Third step is to use general tonics for improving hair growth. Chyavanprash proved to be effective for this condition. (See New old secret of Chyavanprash).
4. Step Four. Topical applications will be effective only if the previous steps are taken.
1). Take 2 parts of Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), 2 parts of Sesame oil, 1/8 part of each clove powder and cardamom. Boil together until the water evaporates, cool down, sieve, and apply to the scalp.
2). Henna powder, tea decoction, natural lemon juice, leaves of white hibiscus and flowers of red hibiscus are all made into paste and kept overnight in an iron vessel. Next day apply to the hair for 3-4 hours; wash off with lukewarm water.
3). Oils for external application are: Thekaraja, Neelibhrindadi, and Hastidantha oil.
4). Keep paste of Amla (Embilica officinalis) and Hibiscus flowers in an iron vessel overnight; then apply over the head.
5). Prepare coconut oil with plenty of curry leaves. Apply over the head.
6). Massage into your hair mix of equal quantities of badam oil and coconut oil.
7). Apply paste made of Henna leaves, Amla (Embilica officinalis) powder, Bhringaraj (Eclipta alba) and Aloe Vera on the head; wash off after an hour.
8). Use decoction of tea leaves or Amla (Embilica officinalis) for hair washing.
5. Fifth step: formulas taken orally.
1). Mixture of Glyzerhizza glabra, Amla (Embilica officinalis) and Tinospora cordifolia taken with honey and ghee daily will keep your hair black and beautiful for 100 years.
2). Ground to the powder 2 parts of Bringaraj (Eclipta alba), 1 part of black sesame seeds, 1 part of Amla (Embilica officinalis). Take a teaspoon of the powder with milk and sugar for few months.
3). Combination of Bhringaraj (Embilica officinalis) churna ½ teaspoon 3 times a day; Bhringaraj capsules, one capsule twice daily with water after meals along with Bhringaraj oil externally yields very good results in hair fall and graying.
6. Sixth step. Other recommendations.
1). Never wash your head with hot water. When I had Pancha Karma treatment in India they applied oil to my head and body every day for two weeks. When the massage ladies washed it out I was impressed how much the temperature of hair wash and body wash differed. Head was washed with lukewarm water and immediately dried out with a towel, while water used for the body was hot.
2). Rub your scalp vigorously after washing the hair. It increases the blood circulation, and activates the sebaceous glands. That is exactly what the Indian ladies were doing to me.
3). When your hair is almost dry rub a pinch of sandal wood powder into the part. Then inhale the smell of the powder from your fingers through the left nostril. Sandal wood is one of the most potent cooling herbs, just perfect for balancing Pitta.
4). Always sit down to eat.
For Blackening the Hair.
1.Iron powder, Bhringaraj, Triphala and Anjana should be mixed with sugarcane juice and left for a month. Applying this on the hair gives black color.
2.Equal part of Sesame seeds, Amla (Embilica officinalis), Lotus seeds, Licorice, and Henna mixed with milk and applied on the head will darken the hair and improve its growth.
3.Make a paste of Triphala, seeds of mango fruit, iron powder and water; keep it in an iron vessel for a day and then use as external application.
TODAY’S TIP: Trigger factors for premature hair graying may be excessive temper, grief, excessive exercise, or heat, which all aggravate Pitta.[/sociallocker]