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How to Make Ayurvedic Hair Oil

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author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How to Make Ayurvedic Hair Oil
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Ayurvedic health care has been practiced for nearly 5,000 years. It is a holistic approach that focuses on balancing the three different types of energy in the body -- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. According to Ayurvedic beliefs, each person has a predominant energy type. Ayurvedic hair care takes your energy type into account when addressing your hair issues. Oiling the scalp and hair has traditionally been used to promote healthy hair, but it doesn't have to cost a fortune. You can make your own Ayurvedic hair oil inexpensively at home.

Step 1

How to Make Ayurvedic Hair Oil
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Isolate which dosha -- pattern of energy -- is strongest in you, because this energy will be reflected in the natural state of your hair. According to Shreelata Suresh, writer with the World of Aromatherapy website, "If your hair is thin, dry and frizzy and prone to split-ends, you have Vata hair. If you have fine hair prone to premature thinning or graying, you are Pitta-predominant. If you are predominantly Kapha, your hair will tend to be thick and oily."

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Step 2

How to Make Ayurvedic Hair Oil
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Choose your base oil. Almond or sesame oil is best for Vata-predominant hair. Pitta-predominant hair responds best to coconut oil, and either sesame or olive oil is most compatible with Kapha-predominant tresses.

Step 3

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Choose your herbs. Amalaki, hibiscus, jasmine, lavender and rosemary are good for all types of hair. Brahmi calms and nourishes Vata hair, while bhringarai does the same for Pitta-dominant hair. The cleansing and purifying aspects of Neem work especially well with Kapha hair.

Step 4

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Place 1 teaspoon of dried herbs in a small bowl. If you are using several herbs, you can mix them and put a teaspoon of the mixture in the bowl, or you can use 1 teaspoon of each.

Step 5

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Add 1 teaspoon of boiling water to the herbs. If you have used several herbs measured individually, use 1 teaspoon of water for each teaspoon of herbs. Stir the herbs and water thoroughly and let them sit for at least two hours.

Step 6

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Place the mixture into a small pot and add 4 teaspoons of your base oil for each teaspoon of herbs. For example, if you have 1 teaspoon each of amalaki, lavender and jasmine, you will need 12 teaspoons of oil.

Step 7

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Warm the herbs and oil over very low heat, stirring occasionally so that the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Let it warm for at least an hour. The lower the heat and the longer amount of time the oils and herbs warm together, the more potent your Ayurvedic hair oil will be.

Step 8

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Pour the herb and oil mixture out of the pot and into a clean glass bowl, straining it though a fine mesh strainer or fine cheesecloth. Throw away the solids.

Step 9

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Let the oil come to room temperature and then return it to the pot, making sure you rinse out the pot to remove any herb residue first. Heat the Ayurvedic hair oil over very low heat for at least 20 minutes to steam away any remaining water.

Step 10

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Set the oil aside until it is cool enough not to burn you, and pour it into a dark glass or plastic bottle with a stopper or top that closes tightly.

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