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Oct 2nd, 2012 #1
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.
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.
Place 1 tsp. of dried herbs in a small bowl. If you are using several herbs, you can mix them and put a tsp. of the mixture in the bowl, or you can put 1 tsp. of each.
Add 1 tsp. of boiling water. If you have used several herbs measured individually, put 1 tsp. of water for each tsp. of herbs. Stir the herbs and water thoroughly and let them sit for at least two hours.
Place the mixture into a small pot and add four tsp. of your base oil for each teaspoon of herbs. For example, if you have 1 tsp. each of amalaki, lavender and jasmine, you will need 12 tsp. of oil.
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.
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.
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.
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