How to Prepare Ayurvedic Hair Oil at Home

Herbal hair oil of Kerala is actually called neelbringadi thailam, and is an Ayurvedic remedy made in the Kerala region of India. The oil is used to combat hair loss, dandruff and other hair problems and uses coconut oil as its base. It is intended specifically for women as an overnight treatment and, according to Ayurvedic principles, should be used every night for a period of six months. The oil is also believed to induce relaxation and restful sleep. The oil is easy to make at home and many of the ingredients are available in the grocery store or through online retailers.

A small glass bottle of homemade Ayurvedic hair oil. (Image: kazmulka/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Combine all of the Ayrvedic herbs in the interior pot of a small double boiler. Fill the outer pot with one inch of water and set the pot with herbs inside. Do not turn on the heat.

Step 2

Heat the coconut milk in a separate pot until just before boiling. Pour the coconut milk over the herbs. Cover the pot and let sit for two hours.

Step 3

Add the oils to the pot of herbs. Turn the heat on high until the liquid inside the double boiler comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer.

Step 4

Stir the oils and let simmer for two to three hours. Do not allow the oil to boil.

Step 5

Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool. Pour the oil through a strainer into a clean ceramic container.

Step 6

Add the strained oil back to the double boiler. Heat the oil on low for another 30 minutes to remove any moisture.

Step 7

Let the oil cool and pour it into an air-tight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to six months.

Things You'll Need

  • Small double boiler

  • Small sauce pan or pot

  • ¼ cup coconut milk

  • Ayurvedic Herbs

  • 1 tbsp amla powder

  • 1 tbsp ground fenugreek leaves

  • 1 tbsp hibiscus

  • 1 tbsp ground bhangra leaves

  • 1 tbsp ground brahmi leaves or gotu kola leaves

  • Oils

  • ¾ cup coconut oil

  • ¼ cup sesame oil

  • 2 tbsp sweet almond oil

  • 1 tbsp castor oil

  • 1 tbsp neem oil

  • Strainer or coffee filter

  • Air-tight plastic container


Allow the oil to heat to room temperature, or warm it slightly in the microwave, before applying it to your hair. Part your hair into sections and apply the hair to the scalp and roots, and work the oil through the hair to the ends. Cover your pillow with a towel to protect your bedding.

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