Whether it’s your hair or skin, going natural is very often a healthier alternative, gives a nice break from artificial enhancers, and proves to be extremely beneficial in the long run. While major issues should be resolved with the help of a medical practitioner, you can definitely get your basics in place with small changes to your beauty routines and treatments with the aid of natural herbal powders and other such products. And when health and beauty can go hand in hand, it’s even better. How about starting with an ingredient that Ayurveda says is an ‘elixir of life’!
Here we take a look at a plant that is considered sacred by many and is definitely also a great addition to your natural hair and skincare regimen. Tulsi, also known as Ocimum Sanctum or Holy Basil, belongs to that category of herbs that are considered to be a part of the holy grail of health and healing. A commonly found plant in many an Indian household, Tulsi is now also gaining popularity the world over for it’s umpteen benefits. Tulsi leaves, oil and especially natural Tulsi powder is one of the easiest ways to incorporate the benefits of this herb to your hair care practice.
This centuries-old beauty and health solution is also said to contain antioxidants and a myriad of anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and vitamin-rich properties.
Hair Health Benefits of Tulsi
Treats Dandruff: Tulsi powder can help with dryness in the scalp as well as cleansing the roots and scalp, making it an effective addition to dandruff treatment. Additionally, a scalp massage will help with blood circulation.
Curbs Hairfall: This wonder herb can help you curb hair loss, naturally. Add it to an oil massage and it can also aid in helping with improving hair growth, due to the presence of magnesium and eugenol which boost the circulation of blood.
Improves Shine: Tulsi is said to greatly help in maintaining healthy hair and making your strands shiny and lustrous. Since it is cleansing, it will also help in alleviating problems arising during pollution like dryness and dullness.
Refreshes Scalp: Cooling and soothing, Tulsi can be a great refresher for your scalp. It also relieves itching and is useful in helping with inflammation.
You can add natural Tulsi powder to a variety of other ingredients, depending on your needs, and also use it to create a hair oil that is best suited for your needs. A pack with natural oils like coconut and almond oil for a scalp and hair massage, is a good option to begin with. Tulsi powder can also be used in natural hair colour treatments to provide some cooling and anti-inflammatory benefits. A mix of Tulsi and Amla powders is also very beneficial for hair health.
Whether it’s fresh leaves in your morning antioxidant-rich cup of tea, or Tulsi powder in your hair and skin packs, the strength and immunity boosting properties of the ‘queen of herbs are not to be missed!