For dandruff, scalp psoriasis, itching, eczema etc, an anti dandruff hair oil is the best medicine for external application. Here is a very simple hair oil that you can make at home using simple ingredients.
So far we have made two hair oils –
Amla hair oil for good hair growth,
Bhringaraj hair oil for good hair nourishment, shining and for grey hairs.
Let us make an anti dandruff hair oil which is also good for scalp psoriasis and other scalp skin issues.
Hair oil preparation video
Aloe vera leaf pulp or dry powder – 50 grams
Triphala powder – 50 grams (Triphala is a mix of three fruits – Amla, Terminalia chebula and Terminalia bellirica)
Neem powder – 50 grams
Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia – Indian madder – 50 grams
Yashtimadhu powder – Licorice – 50 grams
Water – 1000 ml (1 liter)
Coconut oil – 500 ml (half liter)
Step 1: Make Kashayam –
Take all the herbal powders in a clean wide mouthed vessel. But keep 10 grams of each powder aside from this, which will be used later. So, 40 grams of each of the herbal ingredients, including aloevera is added to 1 liter of water. Heated in mild fire.
While heating, stir the contents continuously.
Boil and reduce the water quantity to 500 ml (half a liter). Filter it to get the water decoction (Kashayam).
Step 2: Making the anti dandruff hair oil –
Take this Kashayam in a wide mouthed, bigger vessel.
Add 500 ml of coconut oil to it.
Mix the 10 grams of each herbs together with a little water. Make a paste and add it to the oil+kashayam mix.
Heat the contents in mild fire.
Heat it till all the moisture content is lost and only oil and the herbal paste remains at the end.
Signs to observe:
In the initial phase of heating, the total mass bears curdy and dirty appearance.
Slowly as you move towards the end of heating, the oil starts getting separated from the rest of the ingredients.
In the initial phase of heating, no particular smell or colour can be appreciated in the mix.
Nearing to the end, the vessel yields good smell of oil and ingredients and also exhibits good oil colour.
The end stage is very important to know. At the end stage, there will be thick frothing.
If you take the herbal paste from the oil and put it directly on fire, if there is no sound (of moisture), it indicates that you should stop heating immediately. If there is sound, it indicates that there is still remnant moisture. So, you need to continue heating till there is no sound.
Nearing to the end, if you take out a small part of herb paste from the oil, allow it to cool down a little, then roll between your thumb and index finger, you can easily roll it to the form of a wick. It will be neither too smooth (indicating water content) nor too granular / rough (indicating over-burnt oil).
So, observe these features, stop heating the oil and filter it when it is still hot. You need to filter when it is hot, or else the herbal paste will absorb all the oil, resulting in loss of oil.
How to store?
Preserve in air a tight container. avoid direct exposure to air / sunlight / moisture.
It can be safely stored and used for up to one year.
How to use?
How to use this Ayurvedic remedy?
It can be used in place of regular hair oil.
You can apply it to the scalp, leave it over night and wash it in the morning
Or it can be applied just half to one hour before washing your hair.
A few drops of it can be applied to the scalp everyday, even if you do not wash hair everyday.
What are its benefits?
Useful to relieve dandruff, scalp psoriasis, itching, eczema.
Pregnancy and lactation?
Can be applied during pregnancy and lactation.
Can be applied to kids as well.
Is it too cold or is it too hot?
It is neither too cold and not too hot. Hence, it usually does not worsen sinusitis (like regular coconut oil does in some people).
Is it a traditional formula?
No. I have derived this based on ancient Ayurvedic text book references and my clinical experience.
What if all the ingredients are not available?
Make the oil with whatever ingredients you can get.
Is making kashayam as first step very necessary? Can’t we make the oil directly by adding herbs+coconut oil and water?
For preparing traditional Ayurvedic oils, making Kashayam as the first step is necessary. It allows the oil to have both water soluble and fat soluble active constituents of herbs.
As a short cut method, you can make the oil directly, without making Kashayam. The results will be somewhat compromised.