You must have known Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) or Indian Ginseng as an ancient condiment that works magically for your body. But do you know the benefits it offers for your hair? In Ancient Indian Science: Ayurvedah; Indian Ginseng or Ashwagandha is an important ingredient that can provide complete hair health. Let’s learn further about the wonder condiment and its benefits for hair care.
1. Ashwagandha prevents Hair Loss
An increase in stress leads to hormonal changes that affects the proper functioning of your hair follicles, ultimately leading to hair loss. Ashwagandha is an instant solution to manage stress hormone situations in the body and control follicle damage that prevents hair loss.
2. Ashwagandha Strengthens Your Hair
Ashwagandha stimulates the production of DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), a natural hormone in the human body that’s an ultimate antioxidant. Ashwagandha helps you combat pollutants from your hair follicles, thereby promoting healthy hair growth. The phytochemicals present in Ashwagandha are a rich source of Protein, Vitamin C, Iron, Glucose, Tannins, Potassium and Nitrate, which are essential factors for healthy hair growth.
3. Ashwagandha Conditions Hair
The stimulation of the DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) components caused by Ashwagandha helps increase the production of collagens and sebums in the hair scalp. This aids in hair conditioning and thereby maintains a uniform hair texture and at the same time repairs the dry and brittle hair strands.
4. Ashwagandha for Hair Irritation
Ashwagandha can control day to day ailments like Dandruff, Itching, Psoriasis, Eczema and various other symptoms caused by inflammation. It improves the overall health of the hair follicles providing the required nutrition.
5. Ashwagandha for premature Graying
Ashwagandha contains Tyrosine; an amino acid that is known to increase the production of Melanin in the hair follicles. The increased production of Melanin aids in newer hair growth thereby restoring the symptoms of premature hair graying.
How to use Ashwagandha for Healthy Hair?
1. Ashwagandha Hair Mask
Ashwagandha powder can be applied as a hair mask. One can make a paste of powdered Ashwagandha in one spoon of yogurt or Coconut milk and apply it to washed & dry hair. Gently massage the scalp until the hair seems dry. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water thoroughly. Towel dry your hair after, you may also use a little amount of hair conditioning oil before combing.
2. Oral intake of Ashwagandha powder
Traditionally, Ashwagandha comes in the form of dry roots, stems, powder and Ashwagandha supplements can also be found in the form of tablets or capsules. If you have access to pure(free of contamination like pesticides & heavy metals) and crude Ashwagandha you may consider consuming it in a powdered form along with Ghee(Clarified Butter), Honey, or warm milk. It is recommended to consume Ashwagandha powder with breakfast and in controlled quantities.
3. OTC Supplements
Ashwagandha is a prominent ingredient in Ayurvedah, and almost all herbal supplements that target hair growth contain Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera in their product. Oral supplements usually are available in the form of Tablets and Capsules. But before you consider taking a supplement you must contact your health professional.