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How to make Amla & Curry Leaves Hair Oil: A simple recipe to reduce Grey Hair

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Chitoor Priya asks:

Hi dear friends, I am planning to prepare amla oil, as I am getting few strands of grey hair, can I add grated amla & curry leaf in boiling sesame oil. Can I use any other ingredient to make my hair turn black, need your suggestions?

Hi Priya,

Amla and curry leaves are known to prevent premature greying of hair. Both of them are rich in antioxidants, minerals, and other hair nourishing nutrients that help to reverse greying.

You can make your own anti-greying hair oil using grated amla and curry leaf in the sesame or coconut oil base. You can also add henna and indigo powder to make it more potent.

How to make Amla & Curry Leaves Hair Oil

Amla & curry leaves oil used to be very popular in southern India. Middle-aged women would make it at home and use it regularly on their hair. Not sure if it’s done any more. (can anyone shed any light on this?)

Those of you wanting to make it at home, here’s a simple recipe you can use. This oil will not just keep grey hair at bay, it will also make your hair dark, thick, & beautiful for many more years…


1 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup curry leaves (wash and pat dry)

1/4 cup fresh amla (chopped into small pieces)

1 tablespoon fenugreek or methi seeds (optional, reduces hair fall and dandruff)


Place coconut oil, amla, curry leaves, and methi seeds in a heavy bottom pot.

Cook them on a low flame till all the moisture evaporates out.

When all the moisture is gone, you will see that the amla and other herbs will settle at the bottom and appear brownish in colour. The sizzling sound would be gone. (it will take anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the pot and heat you use.).

Turn off the heat and let the herbs sit in the oil for 24 hours.

Next day strain the oil into a glass jar or bottle.

Use it once or twice a week and leave it on for a few hours. Then wash as usual (you may not need a conditioner) and let your hair dry naturally.

Tip: It’s better to under-cook the oil slightly than overcook it. If you think there is still some moisture left, then refrigerate the oil and it should stay fine for 3 to 4 months.

Video: One lady has made a similar oil, watch the video here. She added the ingredients at different times, but you can add them all together. And please don’t use non-stick pan, use steel or iron.

Other Variations to this Oil

  1. You can use  whole dried amla and dried curry leaves in place of fresh herbs. Just use them in half the quantity of fresh herbs. Also note that the amla-curry oil will be ready very quickly (10 to 12) minutes as there is no moisture. If you are using herb powders, use double boiler method (as shown here), or else the powders may burn.
  2. You can also use sesame oil or olive oil as the base oil. But if your hair is oily, thin, or if you are losing a lot of hair, then stick to coconut oil.
  3. Always use cold pressed unrefined coconut oil (such as this), as it is not stripped of nutrients and will benefit you most.
  4. Add one 1 tablespoon castor oil to improve hair growth.
  5. Methi seeds have a strong aroma, if you want to reduce the smell, pre-soak the methi seeds in water for 8 to 10 hours, drain the water and use that to make the oil.
  6. If you don’t have a heavy bottom pan, you can place a flat iron or steel pan or tava underneath to prevent the herbs from charring. But if you cook on a low flame, the herbs will not burn.
  7. You can also grind amla, curry leaves and methi seeds into a paste and use that to make the oil.

Ever made amla oil or curry oil? How did it turn out? Got any suggestions for Priya? Please do so below!

You may also enjoy!

Image source: By Mokkie (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons


  • Nia says:

    Hi Minaz, will this prevent dandruff too?

  • Uma says:

    Can I add neem leaves to it?

  • MimiM says:

    Will curry leaves alone darken hair? I know that amla will, but unsure about the curry leaves.

    • I don’t think curry leaves alone will darken hair.

    • Azan Ali says:

      can we use amla powder,coconut oil ,curry leaves and Fenugreek powder together

    • Azan Ali says:

      i prepare it and i do not know it is ok or not …..its colour is blackish and i boil it for 20 mintues

    • It could be, Strain and use for few times and see how your hair feel.
      I have written above (see other variations) that if using dried herbs your cooking time will reduce and for powders use double boiler method.

  • Edith Thurman says:

    I’m going to have to try this! I already have all the powders, I’m guessing organic curry for cooking would work as well correct?

    • Edith, you mean curry leaves powder and not curry powder..

    • Edith Thurman says:

      OK no I was thinking curry powder, but now I will have to find some curry leave powder! Thank you!!!

  • Hi, My mom used to make similar oil, but she also used to add fenugreek seeds in the oil. I think fenugreek seeds will be a good addition to this oil. Or if you want just for darkening hair, red hibiscus will be a good addition to this oil.

  • Madhou Kandpal says:

    Hi I really like the info on this website I prepared amla curry leaves oil today. How long will it last? Thnx

    • Thanks Madhou. It will depends on your usage… should last at least 2 to 3 months.

  • Amanda says:

    I love your web site with so many ideas to try : ) I gave up on regular western shampoo and dye when I started an allergic reaction to it. So many other interesting ways to wash hair, I never knew! I just tried this amla and curry leaves oil as per recipe above, and afterwards washed my hair with a combo of bentonite clay, brahmi powder, and shikakai powder which I made into a paste, massaged in and left for 15mins. My hair is still very oily. Did I do something wrong? Thank you…

    • Thanks Amanda. I am happy you’re enjoying the site.
      Clays and powders can be tricky to get the oil out.
      What has worked for me 100% is:
      1. egg and shikakai combo (you can also add brahmi)
      2. homemade ree-shi shampoo. Make it concentrated.

  • Sara says:

    Hi minaz … They dont have fresh amla available in USA… Will frozen amla work the same

  • Sunshine Boppi says:

    Hi Minaz, one question here about grey hair. You said that grey hair could be because of pitta(excess heat). Black til(sesame) seeds which you suggested in another post is supposed to get rid of grey hair. But black til is increases heat in the body. Not sure if there is something I am missing here. Can you please comment?

    Another question is, I have sinus and sinus means excess cold in the body/head. Even that causes grey hair? If so which oil I should use for my hair Sesame or Coconut?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Hi Sunshine Boppi,

      Grey hair is not always caused due excess pitta, it could also be due to nutritional deficiency or stress.
      You are right in saying that sesame seeds are warm by nature. But at the same time sesame seeds are full of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids – which are great for your hair and skin. Just avoid eating them in summer time when it’s too hot.
      Hope this answers your question.

    • Sunshine Boppi says:

      Thanks Minaz for your reply. Can you please tell me which hair oil best suits for someone having sinus problem? Coconut or sesame or any particular recipe?
      Thanks again.

    • Use sesame oil.

  • Poornima says:

    shall i prepare hair oil with the combination of curry leaves, amla, fenugreek seed, hibicus flower & neem leaves

    • Use one or two ingredients at a time, so you know what works and what doesn’t.

    • Paramjit Wadehra says:

      I am 65+ , stopped dying my hair and want to go naturopathic. Want to make Amla hair oil.cant I use presoaked – (for 2/3 days Dry Amla in water).
      Then to heat it with coconut oil slowly.kindly guide me.Thanks

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Paramjitji,
      Yes you can do that, maybe for 24-48 hours. (add some methi seeds if you like)
      And cook till all the moisture evaporates out. Take extra care towards the end, as you don’t want to overdo it.
      Also measure out every thing, because if this oil works for you, you should be able to repeat the process.
      Let us know how it goes.

  • Nancy Somra says:

    Hi- I made the oil but the leaves did char. I think pan was not as heavy bottom as needed. Would it be harmful to use the oil now?

    • How does it smell after filtering out?

    • Nancy Somra says:

      It has little burnt smell

    • Pragya Singhi says:

      Hey hi.. I faced the same prob.. there’s a smoky smell.. doesnt smell burnt though. curry leaves turned blackish brown..

    • That should be okay to use.

    • Sakshi says:

      Hi, I am 30 years old..I have few grey hairs strands since 3-4 years. I made the curry leaves and Amla powder mixed in coconut oil and applying since a month. I noticed the slight diminishing of few grey hairs. So is it possible this remedy will surely work with in a few months to reverse my grey hairs.

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Sakshi, that’s a great news. You are very young and I don’t see why not.

  • Nancy Somra says:

    It has little burnt smell..

  • Fakhri Batlu says:

    HI Minaz,
    can i use amla powder instead of fresh or frozen amla ??
    thank you

  • Aruna says:

    I prepared the coconut oil herbal mixture with powdered curry leaves Amla powder and methi powder using double boiler method. It turned out well. Thanks… by mistake, I put it in the fridge and now it is frozen. Can it be thawed nad used. Or do I have to boil it again.. pl advise .

    • Minaz says:

      Just put it at room temperature and that’s it. No need to boil again.

  • saara says:

    hii..i have prepared the same oil by grinding the amla and putting cocunut oil and castor oil in it by mixing curry leaves but i didn’t refrigirated it and left it in open now there is some whitish appearance below the surface of the oil is it still fresh to use or i should throw it??

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Saara, I am replying late. What did you do with the oil?
      The whitish appearance can be due to coconut oil solidifying. Did it smell bad?

  • Priya says:

    What should be added for pleasant smell?

    • Minaz says:

      You can add 10 drops of lavender oil for every 100ml. It will mask the smell and also enhance hair growth. Let me know how it works for you.

  • sanobar says:

    ma’am can u plz tell us about bottlegourd oil ?

  • sanobar says:

    its called dudhi oil as well I have read abt it but never tried it.

    • Minaz says:

      I haven’t heard of it.

  • Pallav Patel says:

    im going to try coconut oil and amla powder with fresh curry leaves,so which method do you suggest as I am using powder and fresh leaves both?

    • Minaz says:

      Add the fresh curry leaves first, and when curry leaves are almost done add amla powder, them switch off the flame.

  • Mili says:

    Hello Minaz Ma’am , I have a query. Can I use an iron kadhai for making this oil? And can i powder the ingredients first as in can i use powdered curry leaves and amla powder instead?

    • Minaz says:

      Hello Mili, yes you can use iron kadhai to make the oil. And if you are using powders, keep the flame low and stand there watching the oil as it will be done very quickly.

    • Mili says:

      Thank you so much Minaz Ma’am 🙂 .
      Your tips saved me and my hair 🙂

  • Dhruvi says:

    How many day it will take to black hair??

  • Roshmi says:

    Hi Can we use onion also while making this oil? i heard its good for hair regrowth

    • Minaz says:

      I wouldn’t. But there’s no harm in trying.

  • V says:

    Hi Minaz..
    I am thinking of making a herbal hair oil at home to treat various hair problems.
    I found your herbal hair oil (amla, curry leaves, fenugreek seed) preparation by an Ayurvedic physician.

    Please check the video and let me know the quantity of curry leaves that needs to be used as he hadn’t specified it.I live in USA and do not have access to fresh amla.Can I thaw and use frozen amla that I find in Indian stores?

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