Brahmi-Amla hair oil is a multivitamin for your hair. It has a long standing reputation for promoting luxurious hair growth.
As the name suggests this hair oil is made using ayurvedic herbs – ‘Brahmi and Amla’. Both these herbs are superb hair tonics – they nourish and condition hair, improve growth, alleviate dandruff, and make hair soft, shiny and beautiful.
I have been using this oil for almost two years now and my hair has grown like crazy – it’s amazingly fast growth. My hair is also thicker and denser than it use to be, thanks to the goodness of brahmi and amla.
Brahmi is a slender plant that grows commonly in marshy areas of India, Sri Lanka, and Africa.
Due to its amazing regenerative and antioxidant properties, brahmi is very nourishing for hair. It helps to slow hair loss, strengthen the hair follicles and improve growth. Brahmi is also very calming, so if you have difficulty falling asleep or feeling stressed, brahmi oil can come to your rescue.
Brahmi fact: Brahmi is actually an important medicinal herb in ayurveda. It is known for its brain rejuvenating and memory enhancing effects. This herb was said to be used by Vedic scholars to memorize lengthy sacred hymns and scriptures.
Any Indian hair oil will be incomplete without the addition of amla. Amla is packed with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and tanins. It acts synergistically with herbs such as brahmi and nourishes the hair follicles to promote healthy hair growth. It’s anti-inflammatory and astringent properties make it beneficial against dandruff and scalp infection.
Amla also helps to preserves your natural hair colour, conditions the hair, and increases its texture and thickness.
If you have never made hair oil at home you can start with this one. You will learn how easy it is to make your own hair products. Plus, you can be assured of its purity. Like you do in cooking, send in good vibrations and see it nourishing your hair.
To make brahmi-amla hair oil you will need:
We are going to use double boiler method to make this oil. Basically, you need a big pan and a narrow bottom bowl or pot that fits over it.
Place brahmi powder, amla powder and sesame oil in the top bowl. You can use stainless steel bowl or glass one – it’s what you like or rather what is available.
Fill the bottom pan with 1/3 water and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the flame once the water starts to boil. Place the herb and oil bowl on the top. I infused the oil for about two hours – anywhere from hour and a half to two hours is good time to get all the goodness of the herbs into the oil. (When you are half way just check that you have sufficient water in the pan holding the bowl so it doesn’t go dry).
Stir the oil every half an hour or so – I love the aroma that comes out when you stir it.
Allow the oil to cool enough to be handled and then strain into a glass bottle or jar.
Now add essential oils (if using) into the jar. Stir well to combine the oils and store in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight. Do not forget to label it!
Your homemade brahmi-amla hair oil is ready for use.
When applying brahmi-amla oil, you can either warm the oil by standing it in hot water for few minutes or use as is. If you are suffering from hair loss, don’t warm the oil. While those of you wanting to condition their hair can warm it a bit – this will enhance penetration.
Apply to your scalp and massage gently using your finger pads. After you finish massaging your scalp, run fingers along the length of your hair, paying special attention to the dry areas like the ends.
How long you should leave on will depend on how much time you have, but I would suggest at least one hour, and if possible leave it overnight. Make this practice a form of meditation. Just focus on the nourishing process and imagine your hair getting healthier, stronger and shiner. Wash it out with a natural shampoo and let your hair dry naturally to awesome looking hair.
Enjoy nourishing your hair!
Have you ever made brahmi-amla oil? or any other herbal oil? Would love to hear your thoughts…
Brahmi Image Source: “Bacopa monnieri W IMG 1612” by J.M.Garg – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons