Spices have always held a very special position in the Indian kitchen. Can we ever imagine cooking our favourite dishes without some of the basic spices around? Be it cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon or turmeric, spices would always be close to any Indian woman! But then, did you know that spices can be great for inducing the growth of healthy hair? So spices are not only good for adding that wonderful flavour to the meals that you cook, but also for preparing some of the easiest recipes for hair growth. If you want to know more about the wonder application of spices for getting the hair of Rapunzel, keep reading.
Top three Spices for Healthy Hair:
1. Cinnamon: A very commonly sweet spice used in powder form or sometimes whole, can be added to a variety of curries, desserts and drinks. It has been known for culinary benefits as well as for medicinal applications. This wonder herb has started showing promises as a beauty product too! Though there may not be any concrete scientific evidence as to whether or not it is really an ultimate solution to hair problem, many women have been known to benefit from this popular spice as far as their hair problems are concerned. Cinnamon has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that heal scalp infections and prevent dandruff. Here are some easy recipes that you may try for your hair:
- Combine cinnamon powder and honey in equal quantities and add olive oil to form a smooth paste. Rub this mixture on scalp and leave on for an hour. Do it once every week before you shampoo your hair. This treatment ensures that you get healthy hair and scalp.
- Alternatively, you may heat olive oil and add cinnamon to it. Apply this oil thoroughly on your scalp when still tepid. Do it once in a week to promote growth of hair.
- If you have oily scalp and you do not wish to use olive oil, try combining honey and cinnamon along with egg and apply the hair mask to get smooth and healthy hair.
However, if you are pregnant or if you are allergic, you must use cinnamon only after expert advice.
2. Cumin seeds: Cumin, also known as “jeera” is an aromatic spice with a bitter yet warm flavour and is used extensively in Indian cuisines. Cumin seeds are available in three varieties – white, black and amber. Black cumin seeds contain vitamins and minerals which are extremely beneficial for hair. Here are some of the easiest recipes you can try out:
- Mix cumin oil and olive oil in equal amounts and apply on scalp. It is known to treat bald patches, if any.
- Boil two spoons of black cumin seeds in a cup of water for about ten minutes. Cool it down and filter out the liquid. Mix egg yolk to this solution and apply it on your scalp. Wait for thirty minutes and wash it off. This should be done at least two times in a month to get shiny and silky hair.
- Cumin oil is great for treating dandruff.
3. Coriander seeds: Coriander seeds or “dhaniya” too are extremely common and mostly, they are used as a powder to add a tang to the curries you cook. To make a recipe to arrest hair fall, add some powdered coriander seeds to your hair oil and use it for massaging your scalp. This is known to stimulate hair roots and aid the growth of hair.
Does it not sound easy? Indeed, it does! The best part is that using these common spices can be hassle free and cheap too. Try these home remedies and surely, don’t forget to share your experiences!
P.S. This is a research article. Please use your discretion before trying out the treatments.
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