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October 23, 2013

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September 21, 2012

Hibiscus…a godsend to reduce hair fall &dandruff



Lord Ganesha’s favourite flower-the lovely red hibiscus or the shoe flower as it is popularly called has unique medicinal properties in its flower and leaves & is truly a godsend for reducing both hair fall and dandruff, and conditioning our crowning glory beautifully .

In the Indian traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda,  the humble white hibiscus and red hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), have always been  considered to have medicinal properties from the age old times.  As a hair treatment, the flowers and dried leaves are boiled in oil along with other spices like fenugreek to make a medicated nourishing hair oil. The leaves and flowers are ground into a fine paste with a little water, and the resulting lathery paste is used as a natural shampoo plus  conditioner.
Read more at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus

The leaves and flowers are good for  promoting the growth and dark colour of hair (Nadkarni 1954, Kurup et al 1979) and reducing dandruff and hair loss.
Home made Hibiscus Hair oil :The flowers and dried leaves are boiled in coconut or gingelly oil with fenugreek seeds and then applied to the hair. About 10 flowers or a handful of dried leaves can be used for about 150-200 ml of oil.
Natural Hibiscus Shampoo:  Natural dyes are also prepared from extracts of the flower. The leaves and flowers are mucilaginous and condition the hair . They can be ground with soaked fenugreek seeds and applied to the hair for a cooling effect and to reduce dandruff and hairfall.

So make the most of this lovely God’s gift… available at your very doorstep 🙂

March 22, 2012

Go healthy with Fenugreek-traditional recipes from South India


Fenugreek based recipes from South India:
Fenugreek has magical medicinal benefits,not only as a beauty aid for good skin and hair,keeping dandruff,acne and dryness of hair &skin at bay,but also reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels,and has been  used for the treatment of various ailments like heartburn,diarrhoea,fevers,etc  from the ancient times.Both the leaves and seeds of this slightly bitter-tasting wonderful vegetable are widely used in traditional Indian cooking&thought that it definitely deserved to be talked about 🙂 Fenugreek seeds are also traditionally used to enhance milk production in lactating mothers especially in India.Studies have indicated that the production of milk can increase by up to 500% within 1-3 days of consuming fenugreek seeds regularly as it contains Diosgenin -a compound having estrogen like properties. Even today a yummy fenugreek based sweet is a must for lactating mothers in  South India!!!
So have just put together a few extremely nutritious recipes,courtesy our superchefs……


MENTHE DOSA

Recipe by Padmanayana Shetty, Muscat, Oman

Ingredients:

3 cups raw rice
1 cup  beaten rice or rice flakes
Coconut milk extracted from 1 coconut
1 tsp urad dal
1-2  tsp methi or fenugreek seeds
2 tsp instant yeast or dry yeast diluted in warm water
4 tsp or less sugar

Method :

1. Clean, wash & soak rice, methi, urad dal for 4 hours together.
2. Grind with coconut milk and beaten  rice (cleaned & washed )to a very fine paste.
3. Add yeast and mix the batter.
4. Keep it for fermentation for about 4 to 5 hrs in a warm place.
5. Then prepare dosa with non stick tawa or aapam pan without oil.

2.Methi Sweet porridge(Metheda ganji) in Mangalore

Recipe by Padmanayana Shetty, Muscat, Oman
Basmathi or any other rice-1cup
Methi seeds-less than 1/4 cup
jaggary-1cup(vole bella or palm sugar tastes even better)
coco nut-1 to extract milk
salt -little or pinch
1.Boil methi seeds along with rice in cooker with alittle water for 4 whistles
2.add jaggary(melt and strain to remove impurities)
3.add coconut milk and salt, boil some time
4. while serving add ghee
adjust sweetness and if you want less methe reduce the amount

3.METHI HALWA (Methi Adthina in Mangalore)

Ingredients :

1/2 kg methi seeds

1/2 kg ghee

1 kg jaggery, grated

1 1/2 coconut grated and roasted

1 kg beaten rice, roasted

Method :

Clean, wash and pressure cook methi seeds in plenty of water till soft. Strain and remove water. Grind methi to a rough paste. Fry the ground methi paste in 1/2 kg ghee until the ghee separates and oozes out. Add jaggery and boil till thick and sticky syrup. Add coconut, beaten rice and mix well. Remove, cool and store.

Recipe Courtesy Gladys Elisha nee Soans
Thanks Nayana Shetty,Gladys Elisha nee Soans &The Mangalore Cuisine for your lovely recipes:)
You would  also be interested in the contest winning recipes of our healthy fenugreek recipe contest  and how fenugreek helps reduce dandruff,dryness and hair loss naturally!!!
Do experiment with all these lovely original time tested recipes &add health and beauty to your life

March 19, 2012

Contest winners of Our Healthy Fenugreek Recipe Contest!!!




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JOINT CONTEST WINNERS OF  HEALTHY FENUGREEK  SEEDS/LEAVES ORIGINAL RECIPE CONTEST:

                                                  KABITA MAHARANA &NAYANA SHETTY
FENUGREEK-Nature’s boon for all round health  is truly a blessing not only for our skin,hair but also for optimum health. Fenugreek or “methi ” as it is called in India  not only reduces dandruff,hair fall and acne,but also lowers cholesterol ,diabetes and is a natural remedy for many other ailments.
So we decided to have  a contest for original yummy but healthy recipes.We received some  lipsmacking entries which were judged by an expert ,and the joint lucky winners of our gift hamper of natural beauty products are:Kabita Maharana &Nayana Shetty

1. Winning Entry From Kabita Maharana:

Wholesome &Yummy Bharwa Methi ke Paranthe with Tangy Tamatar ki Chutney

Ingredients For Parantha:

1. 150 gm Methi leaves 2. Garlic 4-5 cloves3. Green chili one4. Amchoor powder ( dry mango powder)5. Olive oil  6. Multigrain flour (whole wheat, soybean, bajra and raagi)7. Salt to taste

For the Stuffing:

1. Green Peas (crushed)2. One green chilli (finly chopped)3.2 tea spoon chopped garlic4. Salt to taste

Method:

1.Boil one liter of water and take it out of the flame. Clean and wash the (fenugreek) methi leaves and add it to the boiling water (This process takes out the bitterness of methi while keeping its nutritional values intact and gives it more color and texture). Cover and let it be for 5 minute. Now drain the water and add garlic, chilly, dry mango powder and salt to the methi leaves and grind them into a fine paste. Pour the paste onto a bowl and add the multigrain flour to it till it makes fine dough and keep it aside. Try to avoid water.

2.Now heat a non stick pan and add one teaspoon of  olive oil. Before it catches more heat add the chopped garlic and chilly (to preserve Olive oil’s nutritional values don’t let it release smoke when heated). Sauté it little and add the crushed green peas and salt. fry it on low flame for 7-8 minute. Once done let it cool.

3.Make medium sized ball from the methi dough and stuff it with the crushed peas and roll it to a chapati size. Heat a non stick tawa and fry the parantha with  olive oil. Note that to avoid use of more oil it is advisable to use a brush to apply oil on the parantha. It keeps them soft and melting yet uses less amount of oil.

For Tamatar Ki Chutney as accompaniment:

Heat a pan and add half tea spoon of virgin olive oil and add a pinch of mustard seeds to splutter. Now add two medium sized tomatoes chopped. Fry them in high flame for about a minute and add 1/2 tea spoon of chili powder and salt as per your taste. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for about 10 minutes. You can also add chopped garlic for extra flavor

2.Entry From Nayana Shetty:Nutritious Crunchy  Sprouted Methi Salad

Ingredients:

Methi seeds – 1/4 cup sprouted

Moong – 1/4 cup sprouted

Capsicum – 1/4 cup (Red, Green and Yellow)

Carrot – 1/4 cup

Cucumber – 1/4 cup

Tomato – 1/4 cup

Lettuce – 1/4 cup

Apple – 1/4 cup (Red or Green)

Lime juice – 2 tablespoons

Salt and pepper powder, to taste

Roasted cumin powder, optional

Method:

1. Soak methi seeds overnight.

2. Drain the water, wrap the seeds in a cloth and keep in a closed container for 1 or 2 days till sprouts appear.

3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for moong seeds.

4. Chop all the fruits and vegetables and mix them in a bowl along with the moong and fenugreek.

5. Sprinkle salt and pepper just before serving. Add a dash of lime, to taste.

6. A nutritious and crunchy salad is ready to be served as a snack or before a meal.

We tried out these recipes&found them super delicious,and at the same time very nutritional as well..Surprisingly the bitter taste of fenugreek just seem to have disappeared….Why don’t you try  out these super duper recipes  yourself&feed your loved ones as well  …Please feel free to add your feedback on these recipes 🙂

March 3, 2012

Fenugreek-Nature’s Boon For All Round Health!!


Fenugreek is truly Nature’s boon to mankind and has always been a part of my childhood days,my motherhood,and my beauty care and health care routine for my family as well…I remember when we were kids,whenever someone had an upset stomach or a stomach ache,the first thing our elders used to give us was a spoonful of powdered ajowain,jeera and methi seeds,and the pain would just go away.Have you experienced this yourself???
Rich in protein,Vitamin C,Calcium,Phosphorus and Iron in their natural forms, Fenugreek seeds and leaves have high  mineral and vitamin content which are easily absorbed by our body.
The oblong,flattened,brownish seeds have a slightly bitter taste,are roasted and ground, then used to flavour curries.The fresh leaves have a strong smell and they are extensively used,either fresh or dried,in Arabian countries,Turkey and India.

Both the leaves and seeds of this slightly bitter-tasting vegetable are widely used in traditional Indian cooking;the seeds are generally used as a condiment and for flavouring.Fenugreek when taken regularly not only reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels,but is also used for the treatment of various ailments like heartburn,diarrhoea,fevers etc.Thus fenugreek not only has exceptional medicinal uses,but can be used as a beauty aid as well.

Medicinal Uses of Fenugreek(Methi)

1. Reduces blood sugar levels:Eating a teaspoon of methi seeds or drinking the juice of methi seeds,the first thing in the morning or an hour before each meal is found to be highly beneficial in the treatment of diabetes as affirmed by  many naturopaths.Soak methi seeds in water the previous night and then drink the water or grind the seeds to extract a paste or juice.)

2.Reduces cholesterol levels:Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight.Strain and drink the water,first thing in the morning.Research has shown that the regular long-term use of methi seeds reduces deposits of fat in the body and lowers cholesterol.

3. Reduces  skin inflammation:Fenugreek is a good cure to treat skin ailments like acne,boils, eczema, abscesses, burns as well as gout. Make a paste of the fenugreek powder or leaves and apply to the affected part.Read more about reducing acne at https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/fenugreek-reduces-hairfall-and-dandruff-naturally/

4.Decreases Heartburn and Acid reflux:

Fenugreek contains  large amounts of mucilage which  coats the stomach and intestine lining and reduces heartburn and ulcers. One teaspoon of fenugreek seed powder can be sprinkled on your food or swallowed with water before having your meal to minimize heartburn.

5. Reduces  fever:

Fenugreek seeds help in reducing fever. You can add two teaspoon of fenugreek powder in a herbal tea of your choice along with half a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice,or just have fenugreek herbal tea mixed with lemon and honey.

6. Enhances milk production in lactating mothers:

Fenugreek seeds are traditionally used to enhance milk production in lactating mothers especially in India.Studies have indicated that the production of milk can increase by up to 500% within 1-3 days of consuming fenugreek seeds regularly as it contains Diosgenin -a compound having estrogen like properties. Even today a yummy fenugreek based sweet is a must for lactating mothers in  South India!!!

7.Reduces Fatigue and Back Ache:
Methi seeds which are rich in iron and vitamins,are nourishing and rejuvenating.If you experience fatigue or are troubled by backache and other body aches, just eat a teaspoon of methi seeds daily or  include lots of fenugreek leaves in your diet.

8.Effective against Cough and Cold:
A lukewarm decoction of methi seeds if taken with honey is beneficial in cough and  helps relieve sore throat, throat pain and tonsillitis.

9.Effective against urinary infections and diarrhoea:  

A teaspoon of methi seeds powder if taken with water is highly beneficial in treating dysentery,diaorrhea and urinary infections.

10.Increases Memory:Now don’t we all need that?;)
Fenugreek contains Lecithin which  is an important nutrient for the brain and  helps in increasing memory power.

11.As an excellent Beauty Aid:

Fenugreek(methi) seeds reduce hair fall,dandruff and hair thinning and makes hair silky smooth.They replenish hair growth as they are a good source of  protein&amino acids.Many scientists have confirmed that fenugreek contains a large amount of lecithin which is a natural emollient and makes hair smooth,healthy and strong.It also tones the hair,making it silky and shiny.
Two tablespoons of fenugreek or methi seeds should be soaked overnight in water and ground into a fine paste in the morning. Apply this paste all over the scalp and leave for half an hour. Wash your hair thoroughly with shikakai shampoo or a herbal shampoo. This dandruff home remedy is especially effective for those suffering from dry dandruff. You will need to use this anti dandruff treatment at least twice a week for the first two weeks and then once a week for another two weeks. You could also use the water that you soak the seeds as an after-shower hair tonic. After you shampoo your hair, allow it to dry naturally and then soak a cotton ball in this liquid and apply it to your scalp. This is one of the simplest and most effective dandruff solutions and it can also be used as a preventative measure again

A coconut fenugreek hair mask has been used traditionally to reduce hair fall and dandruff.Read more at ttp://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/fenugreek-reduces-hairfall-and-dandruff-naturally/

With its innumerable benefits,sure makes a lot of sense to adopt this nature’s boon in our daily diet &reap all its benefits!!!Do share your stories about how fenugreek has contributed to your life as well!!

February 29, 2012

Fenugreek reduces hair fall,dryness and dandruff naturally!!



Look no further than your kitchen for an excellent natural beauty aid for the hair and skin-Fenugreek!!Fenugreek seeds and leaves are obtained from a herb and are commonly called methi  in India.Fenugreek means “Greek hay”,which presupposes its widespread use in Greek cooking .Although the seeds and leaves of this plant are used as a culinary herb, it is also known to cure many health problems and is an antidote for most hair and skin concerns as well.

Fenugreek(methi) seeds are extremely effective and powerful seeds which reduce hair fall,dandruff and hair thinning and makes hair silky smooth. Fenugreek seeds replenish hair growth and are a good source of nicotinic acid and protein, niacin, potassium, Vitamin C,amino acids as well as diosgenin.Many scientists have confirmed that fenugreek contains a large amount of lecithin which is a natural emollient and make them healthy and strong. It also tones the hair, making it silky and shiny.The chemical composition of the seed shows it is rich in protein and amino acids thus  moisturising  the hair and reduces hair loss and dandruff.

Fenugreek Seeds and leaves as a beauty aid:
1.Start your day with Fenugreek:Soak a tea spoon of fenugreek seeds (methi daana) in a glass of boiled water every night. Filter the water with the help of a sieve and drink it on an empty stomach every morning. Strain and drink this water every day helps in reducing hair loss.Make a paste of the seeds and apply to scalp.Cover with a showercap for 30 minutes and wash off with a herbal shampoo.

2.Apply as a Hairmask :Paste of the fresh leaves or fenugreek seeds with  coconut milk applied over the scalp, helps prevent hair loss,promotes hair growth,reduces dandruff amd makes it silky smooth.Read more at:
https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/go-coco-nuttya-coconut-fenugreek-hairmask-to-reduce-hairfalland-dandruff/

3.Nourishing Fenugreek Hair oil:Ayurveda recommends keeping the scalp moist and cool with oil massages of herbal hair oil made by infusing coconut oil or sesame oil  with extracts of amla,brahmi,hibiscus and fenugreek which cool the system and scalp and encourage growth of hair.Read more at https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/reduce-hair-fall-and-dryness-of-hair-with-natural-remedies/

4. Anti Dandruff HairPack:A paste of methi leaves or seeds mixed with apple cidervinegar,when applied to the scalp  is good for treating dandruff and dry itchy scalps.

5.Anti Acne Pack:Applying the paste of fenugreek leaves or seeds and turmeric on your face is very good for pimple and blackheads prone skin.

6. Anti Aging FacePack:Make a paste of fenugreek leaves or seeds and add boiled milk and honey to it. Applying this to your face delays the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It not just improves the complexion but also makes one look years younger

7.Moisturising Hair Pack for Shiny and silky Hair:

Fenugreek works  wonders on dry hair,becaue if its high mucilage and protein content .It  softens your tresses and adds shine to dull hair.
Moisturising HairPack:Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Once the seeds become soft, grind them to a paste. Mix the paste with half its quantity of curd. Apply the pack to your hair and leave on till it for half an hour.Wash it off with a mild herbal  shampoo . The result will be soft and silky hair you will love to touch.

8.Add volume and bounce to your hair: Apply a paste of fenugreek seeds to condition your hair while adding volume to it. This mask is a little messy but is quite worth the effort.Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse it as usual with a herbal shampoo.

  Hence Fenugreek is truly a treasure trove of beauty…….do try out these time tested tips  and feel free to share your experiences with us!! Based on the benefits of fenugreek , hibiscus, amla and coconut oil we have formulated our Nourishing herbal Amla Hibsicus Fenugreek hair oil – find out more about it  on our  facebook  page .

February 28, 2012

CONTEST WINNING RECIPE WITH OLIVES AND OLIVE OIL !!




Yummy Garden Fresh Olive tossed Salad – Winning Entry from Saloni  Bhandari

Prep Time:30 minutes

Servings:10

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Black Ripe Pitted Olives, drained, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Naturals Green Pitted Olives, drained, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1/4 sweet onion (or white onions), diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 small green zucchini, unpeeled, and diced
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives(or green stalks of spring onions) thinly sliced or 2 tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl combine olives, carrot, sweet onion, cucumber, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, parsley and chives(or spring onions).
  2. Add lemon peel, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil to bowl; mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Makes approximately 5 cups,Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Olives and olive oil are friends of your heart and skin 

These Mediterrenean tree-plucked fruits have been used from the days of the Egyptians.They  are high in heart-healthy monosaturated fats that shrink the risk of atherosclerosis. Add olives & olive oil to your diet to help maintain a healthy heart & lovely skin as they contain vitamins, antioxidants & omega 3 fatty acids. Olives Help reduce harmful cholesterol levels as well. Studies have shown that consumption of olives ensures healthy heart benefits such as reduced harmful cholesterol level. It also has anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antithrombotic as well as vasodilatory effects in humans and animals.

Add them to your diet : Add olives to salads,dressings,dips,pizzas or simply pop them into your mouth as a  delicious  snack. Do keep in mind  that  extra virgin olive oil  should never be heated and should be used only for salads,pasta etc
Use regular olive oil for stir frying or pan frying.Know more about the 4 type of olive oils https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/different-types-of-olive-oil-when-to-use-which-one/

Olives and Olive oil  for  skin and hair care:
Olive Oil reduces acne breakouts and opens clogged pores.Olive oil contains natural anti-oxidants and vitamins and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Secondly, olive oil also acts as a moisturizer, so it prevents the dry flaking that leads to acne breakouts.Thirdly, and perhaps the most important fact of all is that olive oil doesn’t clog pores and in fact dissolves the impurities inside closed pores. Hence when you cleanse your face with olive oil , it won’t leave behind residue that will clog pores and lead to acne breakouts.
Olives  are very high in iron content which reduce anaemia and help boost up the immune system as well as anaemia can cause severe hair loss as well.Olive oil combats dandruff which is usually caused by a flaky dry scalp by infusing moisture&preventing flaking.

So do your heart ,skin &hair a big favour…….Use olive oil instead of butter,margarine or regular oils while cooking &even as  a daily snack.

February 23, 2012

Go Coco Nutty!!A coconut fenugreek hairmask to reduce hairfall,and dandruff…



A coconut-fenugreek hair mask to reduce hairfall,dandruff ,promote hair growth and nourish dry hair

If you have been to Kerala,you will notice that the older women have lovely luxurious black hair…..The secret of their lovely locks is the natural products that they use for their hair.They regularly apply coconut milk,coconut oil to their hair&wash it off with ritha and shikakai based natural shampoos.
Sharing their time tested recipe for hair growth with you:
Make a paste of 1 teaspoon of powdered fenugreek seeds and  3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk extracted from coconuts.Apply this paste to the scalp,cover with a hot towel or showercap for 30 mins ,and wash off with a herbal shampoo.Condition with a jojoba conditioner.Repeat twice a week for 2 months and check out the hair growth  for yourself!!
Fenugreek seeds replenish hair growth and are a good source of nicotinic acid,lecithin  and protein and also moisturizes hair and reduces dandruff.Coconut milk nourishes the scalp and has been proven time and again to promote hair growth.

So what are you waiting for??Make this age old  priceless recipe your own,and a part of your weekly haircare routine to resolve all your hair problems!!!

February 23, 2012

Reduce Hair fall and dryness of hair with natural remedies!!


Healthy shiny black hair


It is widely known that lovely healthy hair  is our crowning glory and can totally transform your looks.But sadly today loss of  hair is the bane and fear of almost everyone’s lives and a big source of stress itself!!
Did you know that a  hair loss of  25-5o strands/day and even upto 100 strands /day is considered absolutely normal???Isn’t it such a  relief to know  that-Was a huge relief to me at least,how about you’ll???!!!:)
I’m sure you would be glad to know that  the hair that you lose each day was just bound to be shed and only signifies the growth of a new hair….. just like you lose your milk teeth and get new ones when you were kids……:) So stop stressing over the hair in your hairbrush,unless of course it crosses 100 strands/day or falls out in clumps or leaves bald patches behind,you don’t have to worry too much!!Of course it doesn’t hurt to take care of whatever precious hair we do have, before it starts to disappear,right???
So for starters, let’s first understand the structure of hair and get to the root of the problem of  hair loss!!

Hair is  composed mainly of the protein keratin   filaments and  grows from follicles in our skin.  The base of the root is called the bulb or the papilla, this is from where the hair that we see actually grows.Our hair actually grows amazingly fast- approximately at the rate of 1/2 inch  per month.Hair grows approximately at the rate of 1/2 inch per month.The active growing phase of our hair is called the anagen phase,and then it passes into a transitional state or the catagen phase and telogen  phase where it rests for a 100 days and then falls out. Thus a Hair loss of  50-100  strands/day and even upto 100 strands /day is considered absolutely normal.It’s only when it crosses 100 strands/day ,suddenly starts  falling out in clumps or leaves bald patches behind ,that it is  considered to be the condition called Alopecia or Hairloss.

Causes of Hair Loss and Dry Frizzy Hair:

1.Imbalanced Diet
2.Deficiency of Protein and minerals like zinc and selenium  in the diet
3.Hormonal imbalances in women during  adolescence ,pregnancy or menopause.
4.Hormonal imbalances in men-Male pattern baldness(Alopecia areata)  is sometimes caused by a hormone called   DHT(Dihydrotestosterone) which shrinks and eventually kills the hair follicles causing bald patches.An enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone into DHT which causes hairloss.
5.Stress
6. Lack of sleep
7.Low intake  of Water
8.Overuse of Chemical products for the hair or washing with hard water
9.Chemical treatments like Colouring,Perming and Straightening
10.Exposure to Pollutants and  Chemicals in the environment
11.Overexposure to UV Rays
12.Anaemia
13.Genetics
14.Thyroid imbalance or chemotherapy

Do check out which of the above may be the cause of your hair problems,and take professional help for the medically rooted problems like thyroid or hormone imbalance.The other causes can be reversed by taking necessary preacautionary steps
Sadly we only wake up when these conditions get really bad,and then shortcut chemical solutions only end up causing more harm than good.I’m sure all our grandmoms have much much better hair than us& that’s only because they would have followed the age old herbal traditions of haircare,healthy diets and preventive care..So isn’t it time we got back to nature &its natural solutions  for restoring  health&shine and reducing the very much prevalent problem of  hair loss which now plague men and women alike!!

1..Eat right&Nourish your hair from inside out.…….
Hairfall,and dry frizzy hair are more often caused due to deficiencies of Proteins and Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet. The first step in tackling these problems would be to  increase protein and omega 3 fatty acids uptake in your diet-especially from eggs,nuts like walnuts,almonds,flaxseeds ,pumpkin seeds,cashewnuts,groundnuts ,soyabeans,olives,legumes, and lots of fruits&veggies….you have to nourish it from inside out as well!!
Good hair nutrition begins with getting enough protein, which is the building block of your hair which is composed of 70 percent keratin protein.Egg whites contain a large amount of protein–ranging from 3.6 to 6.5 g per egg–and help rebuild damaged hair by filling in weakened spots along the hair strand, which  strengthens the hair.They are also rich in several minerals, including zinc,selenium, iron,potassium and sodium, esential amino acids vitamins like choline which regulates hormones,as well as Vit E,Vitamins from the B family and Vit D which are all essential for healthy hair.
Walnuts are an excellent source of vitamin E,and omega 3 fatty acids  strengthen the hair and keep it well protected from dryness .Munch just 7 walnuts a day and you will have met the recommended levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein.Drink lots of water as well as deficiency of water can cause dryness and frizziness due to lack of moisture in the hair.

2.Supplement your diet with Zinc ,Selenium and Iron:
Deficiency of Zinc ,Selenium and Iron have been found to cause hairloss in both men and women .
Zinc inhibits the production of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase which converts testosterone into DHT,which is responsible for baldness especially in men.Zinc  and selenium is  found in high concentrations in most  protein-rich foods,seafood and eggs. If you are a vegetarian, you will most probably intake less zinc that those who have meat-based diets. Vegeterian sources of Zinc are dairy products such as milk and cheese, yeast, peanuts, beans, and wholegrain cereals, brown rice, whole wheat bread, potato and yogurt. Of all these, pumpkin seeds offer one of the most concentrated non-meat food sources of zinc.
Anaemia can cause severe hair loss  and cause it to fall out in clumps.Add Olives& walnuts to your diet to fight anaemia :
they  are both very high in iron content which reduce anaemia thus reducing hair fall as well.

2.To overcome hair fall,Keep your cool literally!!:)
According to Ayurveda ,excessive heat generated in the scalp(pittha)causes hair loss.Ayurveda recommends keeping the scalp moist and cool with oil massages of herbal hair oil made by infusing coconut oil or sesame oil  with extracts of amla,brahmi,hibiscus and fenugreek which cool the system and scalp and encourage growth of hair.
Pamper your hair with a herbal hair oil massage the right way:With 2-4 tsps of warmed  hair oil,use 4 fingertips to start massaging at the base of the neck.Massage the scalp with  circular  and zigzag movements of the fingers gently.Cover the hair with a  hot towel or showercap for 30 minutes,so that the body heat helps the herbal oil get absorbed better.Wash off with a mild herbal shampoo.Repeat twice  a week for best results.

3.Go coco-nutty!!……A coconut-fenugreek hair mask to reduce hairfall,dandruff ,promote hair growth and nourish dry hair-Apply this hairmask  twice a week for 2 months and check out the hair growth  for yourself!!
Fenugreek seeds replenish hair growth and are a good source of nicotinic acid,lecithin  and protein and also moisturizes hair and reduces dandruff.Coconut milk nourishes the scalp and has been proven to promote hair growth.

4.  Apple Cider Vinegar  rinse reduces  dryness and  frizziness of  hair,as well as hairloss:It acts by  removing deposits of minerals from hard water and residue styling products on the hair strands.Use as a final rinse after shampooing with a herbal shampoo and conditioning with a jojoba based conditioner.You could either spray it as a final rinse,or pour it over your hair bending over a sink.Towel dry,and your hair will be softer and shinier.

5.Aloevera  gel helps in healing the scalp, balances the PH level of the scalp and cleans the pores. An excellent home made nourishing conditioner for promoting hair growth and reducing frizziness of  hair:Take 1-2 aloevera leaves,soak overnight.Peel off the skin.Mix 1 tbsp of thick aloevera gel inside,with 1 tsp of olive oil,1 tsp of  herbal hair oil or coconut oil and 2 tbsp papaya pulp. You can use ready  aloevera gel for this mix as well.Mix in a blender,and apply this pulpy mixture to your scalp and hair.Leave for an hour. Wash off thoroughly&see how soft your hair feels:)

6.  Aromatherapy  is recommended for reducing hair loss and conditioning the hair.Essential oils promote hair growth by improving circulation to the scalp, cleanse and nourish the hair follicles. Mix 1 tbsp of jojoba oil,3 drops of rosemary oil,3 drops of lavender oil,3 drops of lemon oil with  a wooden or plastic spoon and massage well  into the hair roots.Wash hair using a herbal shampoo and condition with a jojoba conditioner. Rinse well.

7. Drinking 2-3 cups of green tea reduces hair loss as well,especially by inhibiting the action of DHT which causes baldness,especially in males.Male pattern baldness is caused by the action of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which kills hair follicles and causes baldness.Green Tea  inhibits the production of 5-alpha reductase,which converts testosterone into DHT.

8.Nourishing and conditioning egg and olive oil or herbal hair oil hairmask .Use a jojoba conditioner or a protein based conditioner to tame dry and frizzy hair.
Method:Take 2 eggs in a medium-sized bowl, beat eggs with a whisk. Add 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil or herbal hairoil and continue to whisk until foamy. Apply entire contents of bowl to your scalp and hair and massage well. Cover the head with a shower cap and leave for 30 minutes at least. Wash hair using a herbal shampoo and lukewarm water. Rinse well.
Truly  following all these natural tips,to make your own natural green hair remedies not only protects your health,saves you money and supports the planet – three great reasons for giving these natural hair treatments a try!Feel free to add your feedback on these natural treatments ,and your own time tested tips of course!!!

February 21, 2012

Apple cider vinegar drives dandruff, hair loss and acne away……



Apple cider vinegar(ACV) is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple cider which  reduces itching of the scalp and dandruff by destroying the bacteria and/or fungi that clog hair follicles. The fermentation provides alcoholic apple cider that is combined with oxygen to produce acetic acid. The pH of ACV (apple cider vinegar) is very beneficial for treating dry and frizzy hair esp due to hard water , hairloss and dandruff,as well as for reducing acne and blemishes….Apple cider vinegar is  an extremely rich source of minerals (particularly potassium), vitamins, enzymes and amino acids.It is cleansing, gives the hair more body and luster,reduces hair-loss,and removes deposits of minerals from hard water and residue of shampoos,styling products.

1. For itchy scalp and dandruff: Apply  undiluted apple cider vinegar to the scalp with a cottonball. You could  add 5-6 drops of rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) to the  apple cider vinegar. Rosemary increases peripheral circulation, stimulates circulation and metabolism of skin layers and is commonly used to treat dandruff and other scalp disorders as well as hair loss and baldness.Wrap the head with a towel or a showercap for an hour.Wash the hair with a natural, herbal shampoo that is suitable for your hair type. Finish with an apple cider vinegar rinse to flush out soap residue leaving the hair soft and lustrous .

2. ACV rinse to remove deposits of minerals from hard water and residue styling products. Method of use:Mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar in 1 ltr of softened or distilled water and use as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning.You could either spray it as a final rinse,or pour it over your hair bending over a sink.This removes all the build up of deposits and residues of styling products as well.Towel dry,and your hair will be softer and shinier .Do not rinse with the regular hard water after this rinse as it can cause redeposits of the minerals.

3. Reduces Acne and Clears blemishes :Apply diluted ACV (5 tbsp in a glass of water) with a cottonball to reduce acne and blemishes.Wash off after 15 minutes.

4. ACV used internally to reduce heartburn,gout,and for weight loss:
An energizing drink to clear your skin :2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar,A squeeze of lime1 tbsp of honey,8 oz. of mineral water…..It is a natural remedy for heartburn,gout,helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes; gives a smoother texture and complexion, helps with joint pain and stiffness, helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them, helps reduce levels of glucose,reduces sugar cravings and lose weight.Ideally should be had before food as it serves as a natural  appetite suppressant as well..It is generally believed that the nutrients, enzymes, and organic acids in apple cider vinegar causes weight reduction by acting as an appetite suppressant, by increasing your body’s metabolic rate, reducing water retention, and by helping you maintain a feeling of well being.

A blend of baking soda and vinegar has also been reported to do  wonders for your hair.Check it out here

Truly  like the proverbial apple,Apple cider vinegar too helps  keep the  doctor away!!! 🙂