I’m back with something that’s quite different from what I usually talk about. This is a haul! But not just a simple beauty haul that nearly everyone and their dog does. 🙂 This is an Ayurvedic health and beauty haul!
I’ve been obsessed with Ayurveda lately. It all started when I got soap nuts for washing the laundry. Then my mum and sister kept raving about the benefits of henna, and it got me intrigued. I started reading a lot of articles and books about it, and got totally hooked!
I’ve got around 20 or 30 books about Ayurveda in my Kobo e-reader right now. Am I crazy? 🙂 Perhaps!
I just absolutely love everything natural, and applying ancient wisdom in the modern times sounds perfect to me. Plus, don’t you think that Indian ladies have the healthiest and most beautiful hair and skin? I certainly do!
I went ahead and got some things from a local health shop, Amazon and eBay for a start. I’m super excited about all of them, so let’s get started!
Watch it in video format if you prefer:
Cold-pressed sesame oil
I got this oil mostly for an Ayurvedic practice called the oil pulling – swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes first thing in the morning (I’ll write a blog post dedicated to it soon). I’d been doing it for a year, and then for whichever reason I decided to take a little break. So glad I’ve started again!
Sesame oil is the most traditional oil for the oil pulling according to Ayurveda, but a lot of people use sunflower and coconut oil with great results, too.
Natural henna dye in Dark Chestnut
I also got a box of natural henna dye for my husband. Poor guy! He told me he wanted to do something to prevent grey roots, and I suggested getting some henna. It does prevent grey roots, but it also dyes them! Of course I failed to mention that until we got home and it was too late to return it. 🙂
I think we might have got the wrong colour as well. I’m convinced my hubby’s hair is black, but he’d like to believe it’s dark brown, so we got the henna in that colour. Let’s hope he doesn’t end up looking weird. 🙂
Soap nuts (Reetha) – an Ayurvedic multi-tasker
I’ve already been using soap nuts as a laundry detergent, and it’s great! Super economic as well, as one bag should last me for at least a year. But this time I decided to experiment a little more with it, and I tried to wash my hair with it. Oh my god, it’s amazing!
I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different methods of washing hair naturally as I’m trying to find an alternative for the baking soda and vinegar. But nothing ever impressed me enough, until I found these babies…
…They made my hair shiny and moisturized after just one wash. No tangles whatsoever!
I’m impressed and I’ll definitely be writing more about them in the future. I’ve got a lot to say, so keep an eye out for that!
Cassia Obovata, otherwise known as “neutral henna”
Of course I wasn’t going to let my husband go through the “horror” of dying his hair alone. So I got my own henna. But I guess I’m cheating a little because I got neutral henna for myself. 🙂 Which means it shouldn’t really change my hair colour much.
Cassia Obovata is also known as neutral henna because it has all the great hair strengthening qualities of the regular henna, but without a strong colour. That’s why it’s great for those with blonde hair. If your hair is super light, it might make your hair golden yellow, but if it’s medium or dark blonde, it should only give some beautiful golden highlights or nothing at all. Let’s see what happens!
I wouldn’t mind some golden streaks, as my hair has been bleached by the sun quite a bit. Living off the coast of Africa means that the sun is pretty brutal here, and I’d love to add some more warmth back into my hair colour.
Cassia Obovata is an Ayurvedic herb that’s also supposed to make hair thicker, stronger, shinier, prevent hair loss, get rid of dandruff, etc. Sounds great!
I got it mainly because I’ve always had dry hair, and I’d love to change that. The instructions say it should be used every 2-4 weeks, but I think I’ll use it every month, for 2 or 3 times, and that should be enough to get good results. We’ll see!
Shikakai Powder – “fruit for hair”
Shikakai is another Ayurvedic medicinal plant, and I’ve read fantastic things about it, so I can’t wait to try it. It’s said to be one of the gentlest shampoos in the world, and leaves the hair shiny and healthy. It’s commonly mixed with soap nuts (and other Indian herbs, such as Amla) to make a DIY shampoo, but a lot of folks use it alone, too.
The word Shikakai in India means “hair-fruit” or “fruit for hair”, and it must be pretty good to have earned such a name!
Neem Powder – an Ayurvedic herb with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal super-powers
After reading lots about Ayurvedic haircare, I realized that one of the most integral parts is using the neem plant, so I got some neem powder. It’s got amazing anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s brilliant if you suffer from dandruff, hair loss, weak hair roots and other scalp problems. In general, it just makes your hair grow fast and very healthy, so I just had to get it!
There are many different ways to use it, but I’m planning to add it to my herbal shampoo mixture and I’ll also mix it with coconut oil to have a perfect healing and nourishing hot oil treatment the night before I wash my hair. Blogposts and videos about all of those things will definitely follow!
I got mine from a Bulgarian seller on eBay, so the language on it is Bulgarian if you were wondering. 🙂
Amla (Indian Gooseberry) – an Ayurvedic hair conditioner
Last but not least, I got Amla powder. Amla is also known as the Indian Gooseberry, and is one of the Ayurvedic medicinal plants, too. It’s traditionally used as a conditioning herb for the hair, so it’s great to mix it with soapnuts and/or Shikakai for an all-in-one shampoo and conditioner.
I read that you can also use it as a mask if you mix it with curd (yogurt), henna or other herbs. The possibilities are endless, and I’ll definitely be writing about them.
- Amla softens and makes hair shiny.
- But what is most interesting for me is that it enhances curls, so it’s great for curly or wavy haired people like me.
- It also prevents grey roots.
- Some say it can darken hair, so you should do a strand test first. However, I’ve read a lot of reviews from ladies that didn’t notice any darkening at all after a long-term use. I’ll keep you updated on that!
So that’s all I got! I’m super excited, and can’t wait to experiment with all these amazing herbs/plants. Ayurveda is definitely one of my greatest passions at the moment, and I already see incredible changes in my hair.
I’ve also been planning to introduce Ayurveda to my toothcare, so I ordered some more things. But that’s a topic for another haul!
Where to find things if you’re in Europe
As I get a lot of questions from those of you living in Europe, I’ve decided to include links to all the things mentioned above. I know it’s often impossible to find things (especially when you live in the middle of nowhere like me), so getting them online is often the only choice. Luckily, it’s the cheapest choice as well!
- Cold-pressed sesame oil
- Natural Henna Dye
- Soap nuts
- Cassia Obovata (“neutral henna)
- Shikakai powder
- Neem powder
- Amla powder
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and that perhaps you’re intrigued and inspired now. 🙂 There will be more blogposts with all kinds of Ayurvedic treatments in the future, so stay tuned!
Do you use any Ayurvedic remedies in your daily life? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments.
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