Last year I went to Paris for a few days and I came across the natural shop ‘Aroma zone’. This shop is really a paradise with all natural products. You can find there a lot of different natural hair herbs, oils, materials to make your own hair products and so much more! It was really a walhalla for a real no-shampoo fan like me! So you can maybe already gues that I walked out with a big bag full of natural hair products, including 4 bags of ayurvedic hair herbs that I didn’t know already.
Because my previous blog about the Ayurvedic hair herbs did not include all the Ayurvedic herbs, this is a sequel. Because there is so much more in the world than shampoo!
Nagarmotha is an Ayurvedic herb which grows in humid areas in India. It is a kind of swamp grass, but is also known as ‘Asian walnut grass’. The tubers of this swamp grass are dried and ground up to the very fine powder which is called Nagarmotha. Nagarmotha has a somewhat woody and spicy scent. In India, Nagarmotha is used against many different diseases.
Nagarmotha is especially known for its nourishing effect on the skin. This fine Ayurvedic herb works well against itching, dandruff, acne, eczema and even scabies. If you make a hair mask with Nagarmotha, this powerful herb will nourish your hair intensely and also stimulate hair growth by stimulating blood flow to the hair follicles.
Nagarmotha can also be used as a face mask. Information from Aromazone and anthemis.nl
Information of Aroma Zone and herbsnpuja.com
Information of Aroma Zone and elemental.eu
How to make a (cleansing) hair mask with these herbs?
- If you want a cleansing hair mask, you always choose 1 herb that actually cleanse your hair! (Reetha (or a tea from the whole soap nuts), Shikakai, Ziziphus Spina Christi, Tulsi, fenugreek or a type of clay (green clay or Rhassoul) and use 1 TBSP from that herb.
- Then choose the herbs you would like to use to nourish your hair. If you have an irritated scalp, choose a herb that will help against that. If you want to nourish your hair more of make it softer, choose a herb that will add more shine and soften your hair? Take from each herb 1/2 of 1 TBSP and add it to the mix. You need about a total of 3 TBSP of herbs for medium long hair (hair that is to the shoulders or just over the shoulders).
- Make sure there are no big chunks in the herbs.
- Add some tapwater (or a regular tea or rosewater; this is really nice for your scalp and smells nice) to the herbs until you have a nice paste. You can also add about 200 ml of water, then it will be a very diluted mix.
- Wet your hair and spread or divide the mixture over your scalp and your hair.
- Let the mixture in your hair for a minimum of 10 minutes (I use it as a hairmask and leave it for 30 minutes) and then rinse it out very well! Rinse for as long as there will be no herbs left in your hair. (The water has to be clear)
- When you use Ziziphus spina christi, you have to follow up with a citric rinse or an apple cider vinegar rinse.
- Is your hair really dry? Add one TBSP of raw honey to the mix.
Are you curious about the other Ayurvedic hair herbs? Please read my other blog about the ayurvedic herbs.
Do you already use the Ayurvedic hair herbs for your hair? or are you excited about the herbs after you read this blog? Let me know!
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