It is common in India for a blend of oils and herbs to be used in head massage and these blends are becoming increasingly popular outside India. Descriptions of some of the herbs used in blends follow.
This herb is little known in the West but used extensively in Indian communities throughout the world. Amla is extracted from Indian Gooseberry, which is high in Vitamin C. It feeds and nourishes the scalp and strengthens hair roots.
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Extracted from Indian Pennyworth, brahmi helps to control stress-related problems as it has a calming effect on the nerves. It also provides relief from dandruff.
This Ayurvedic herb is found throughout India and southwestern USA and its name means ‘ruler of the hair’. Its oil deters greying, darkens the hair, slows down hair loss, relieves headaches and promotes deep sleep.
Henna (mendi oil) is non-toxic and popular as a natural conditioner for all hair types. Different types of henna are available. Some condition the hair without colouring, making it lustrous and shiny.
This comes from the crushed pods of Acacia Concinna, a small shrub found mainly in South Asia. The pods are ground into a powder, mixed with water and used to wash and condition the hair. It has antiseptic properties and is a popular remedy for dandruff, eczema and dry scalp conditions.