How to make your own hair nourishing oil
I have a small garden in my balcony. I used to grow my own veggies also, but since a couple of years I haven’t been able to do that.However once my husband’s friend came down to visit us from the US. His wife is from Kerala. She saw my garden and suggested that I can make my own hair oil with few things in my garden – I had Aloe vera and Curry leaves then. So I asked her how I can make it more nourishing with the traditional method, read some other methods and added some tips from what my mom makes, and then made this wonderful hair oil
I have been making it since a couple of years. Whenever I have unusual hair fall, I start using this and the hair fall STOPS! Though Its good to use it regularly, I keep trying some other oils too every once in a while and sometimes there are long gaps between two oiling sessions! so I don’t have a first hand experience about what long term effect it will have on graying hair or hair growth. But it is supposed to stop graying of hair and increase hair growth.
I make it in the Amla season, [about Now!] since all the other herbs are available all the other times, except for amla.
Let’s see how to make it-
Ingredients required for hair oil :-
- 100 ml coconut oil
- 100 ml sesame oil
- Amla ½ KG or more – cut in pieces
- Curry leaves about 2 cups
- Aloevera about 4-6 big leaves
- Red Hibiscus flowers 15 to 20
- Methi seeds – 50 gms
- Coconut- 1
How to make home made hair oil
To make coconut milk – Cut one coconut in small pieces, put in the mixi, with very little water. Sieve it through a muslin cloth; we’ll use only the milk.
For sprouted Methi – Take 2 big aloe vera leaves. Insert a knife to slit the leaf vertically from one thorny edge, so the leaf can still be closed. Put methi seeds inside with a spoon while pressing in-between, and close the leaf. You can tie it gently with a lace or a cloth.
Keep it aside for 24 hrs. The Methi seeds would sprout in this much time. Take the seeds out, we’ll be using these for the oil.
Add the sprouted methi seeds, coconut milk, curry leaves, Fresh aloe Vera leaves – cut in pieces, red Hibiscuss flowers and boil on low heat. This take quite a while, one should boil until the oil is dark, without a trace of water in it. The curry leaves will turn dark and aloe Vera looses it’s stiffness when done. Also the oil will float and the fried, dark herbs will sit at the bottom.
Its necessary that all the water is removed from the oil else it won’t last long enough. To be sure add a few methi seeds when the oil starts getting fumes, if they pop, then turn off the gas.
Strain the oil in small dark bottles when cool.
If done in iron pan, it’s a dark green/brown oil, it smells of Methi and curry leaves. If done properly the oil will last for one and a half to 2 years easily.
To make it even more effective you can add almond oil after the oil is strained in bottles. You can also add a few drops of rosemary essential oil for hair growth.
Use it often and enjoy healthy hair.
You all must be having some traditional hair oil recipes, pls do share?
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