September 10, 2017
Making my own oil is an ultimate fun to me, and that too with the fresh herbs. Today I am going to take you through that process of making the perfect hair oil with fresh home grown herbs, which you defiantly gonna love making it. This is the recipe from my mom and I have been using this hair oil since many years. Needless to say, it has some of the amazing benefits that makes your hair so black and radiates gorgeous shine and health.
Why should I prepare my own oil?
I am not going to start by criticizing other hair oil brands which sell chemical loaded oils with the name of “Natural” or “herbal”. Because I know that you all know it and so you are here to learn to make your own oil at home. 🙂
My reason is simple, if I have a chance to decide whether to put those chemicals on to my scalp, I would definitely not. Not at all..! Or in that case, why would anyone do so?
Just think, You know how extremely beneficial are these herbs, you know you will be preparing the oil in the utmost cleanest place- your home and you know that the oil can be stored without preservatives and mineral oils, and most importantly you will be having fun to do so because you care for your hair. That ends the answer for this question 😉
What all fresh herbs can be used to prepare my own hair oil?
Ohh..! A lot girl. 🙂 India is a place where you can find lot of different kinds of herbs. But you need not have all those herbs to prepare a hair oil. You can always customize your homemade oil based on your concern or requirement with some of the common herbs found in Indian homes and streets such as,
- Curry leaves
- Aloe Vera
- Tulsi/Basil leaves
- Calendula flowers
But Today I am going to use 4 fresh herbs to make my oil. Those are Aloe Vera, Curry leaves, Amla and Hibiscus. These are freshly plucked from our home garden.
The reason I’ve chosen only these herbs is because these are the only ones that are available in my garden. 😛 Just kidding. I have one concern to look for which is premature graying and that is where the Amla and curry leaves part comes and the hibiscus and Aloe Vera are just to increase the potency of the oil that also adds extra benefits to help grow my hair faster and at the same time aloe Vera nourishes and conditions my hair. 🙂
In case you aren’t aware of the goodness that these herbs carry….
- Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera is one of the best medicinal herbs that you can put to your hair. It has some of the anti-inflammatory properties that treats your scalp problems and soothes it from within. It nourishes and improves hair shine with regular use. Its antiviral and antifungal properties help reduce dandruff and flaking. The moisture content in aloe Vera helps hydrate your scalp that controls excess sebum production which makes your scalp so oily. It also inhibits the hair fall, increases hair strength by making it stronger and thicker.
This little berry which is seen almost in entire India, has miraculous benefits to your scalp and hair. This popular herb is known to curb premature graying. It controls the hair shedding and breakage caused due to the lack of vitamin C. Regular intake of Amla in permitted quantity also helps increase the health of the hair from within. It is a great absorbent of grease and dirt that is formed on your scalp. It cleanses and nourishes your hair to give that perfect shine.
If thinning of your air is your ultimate concern, just go for this. Hibiscus is one of the renowned herbs used for hair growth and curb hair thinning. This pink flower stimulates hair growth from dormant hair follicles and thus reduces bald spots. This helps thicken hair and add volume.
- Curry Leaves:
We in India, use curry leaves in almost in every curry that we make. But the sad part is the first thing we remove while we start eating is this. Don’t you think so? I did the same until I knew some of these amazing benefits of this herb. You know, curry leaves have beta-carotene which both prevents hair loss and hair thinning. Curry leaves increase the production of melanin which is responsible for dark pigmentation in your hair and thus reduces the growth of premature graying. Do you still want to throw them out of your curry even after knowing its benefits? 😀
Now that we are aware of what we gonna put on to our scalp,Without the further due, Lets gets started…
Guide to Prepare your own Hair oil with Fresh Herbs
The reason that I’ve chose fresh herbs rather than dried is simple. They are fresh straight from the plant, in its own organic form and more potent. Unlike dried herbs, where in the nutrients are lost in the drying process. So I suggest, always opt for fresh herbs if you have a chance to do so.
The one disadvantage of using fresh herbs is, as they contain some water content in them it is essential to evaporate that before you store the oil. And I will show you how you can do that. So, no worries. 🙂
- 1 cup Extra Virgin coconut oil
- ½ cup Fresh Aloe Vera
- 1/3 cup Freshly shopped Amla
- ½ cup Curry leaves
- 3 Hibiscus Flowers
Preparation time: 40 minutes
- Aloe Vera
I usually peel the Aloe Vera and cut them into small chunks. But if you have an extra time, you can put some effort to grind it to make a juice. 😉
Cut then into thin slices as such.
- Curry leaves
Collect all the leaves from the stems.
Remove the stem part of the leaf and collect the petals.
How to Guide: Hair oil with fresh herbs
To make life more easy for you guys, I always like to present any process that I make into more pictures than words. 🙂
>>Pour a cup of Extra virgin coconut oil into the pan and on the cooktop/stove. Put it in the low flame. We do not want to burn the herbs.
>>After 5 minutes, Check the heat. It should to ready to put the herbs in.
>>As Aloe Vera has more water content in it compared to the other herbs, It takes more time to infuse in the oil. So, Put the Aloe Vera first into the oil and let it simmer.
>>After 10-15 minutes, You can find that the Aloe Vera pieces have turned into a light brown color. You have to stir the oil with a spoon in this mean time for a couple of times.
Watch: As the Aloe Vera starts infusing in the oil, You can see that the oils splits out a little at times. This is normal because of the water content in the alee vera. Make sure that you are not too close to the oil.
>>You can now add the remaining herbs into the same oil.
>>After 10 minutes or so the Amla pieces will turn light golden brown.
>>Give the ingredients a stir. Wait for 2 more minutes and off the stove/Cooktop.
>>Let the oil cool and infuse in the herbs for overnight.
>>Strain the oil in a clean glass jar the next morning.
I also add some essential oils to this oil. But this step is completely optional. I love using essential oils for my face, body and hair. I have more essential oils in my cupboard than anything else. 😛
Adding few drops of hair loving essential oils will give you an added benefit with a beautiful aroma. Oiling your hair is never a boring task after you add few drops of essential oils in your mixture.
Some of the essential oils I used here are..
These essential oils stimulate your scalp to increase the rate of hair growth drastically. Needless to say, the aroma is super relaxing. 🙂
So this is how I make my own hair oil using fresh herbs right from my garden.
What are your problem areas and which herbs are you going to use to prepare your own Fresh herb oil? I would love to hear from you. Do comment them. I am waiting.. 🙂
Also, if there are any unanswered questions in your mind regarding any hair problems, do ask. I would love to help you and resolve those in the best possible way.
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