In India, you will commonly find everyday kitchen ingredients being put to multiple uses and for good measure. Besides being sprinkled into the pan to make lip-smacking delicacies, they are used as home remedies for health and beauty purposes. One such local ingredient is South India’s humble curry leaf.
Curry leaves render a distinct flavour and aroma to the various dishes they are added to. The rich, glossy green leaves come packed with a bevy of health benefits, including liver and heart health, keeping a check on cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and relieving one from digestive troubles. Besides this, curry leaves have long been touted as an excellent ingredient for hair maintenance. According to Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at Baidyanath, “As far as Ayurveda is concerned, curry leaves are good for curbing dandruff. They are antibacterial in nature, therefore can aid in fighting scalp-related infections as well.”Dr. Namrata Ghai, Sunshine Clinic, Delhi says, “Curry leaves are a good source of iron, giving your hemoglobin level a significant boost. Why do you think South Indian women have great hair? Long, thick and so strong – you can attribute these quality to their regular consumption of curry leaves.”
Curry leaves come loaded with amino acids, antioxidants, beta-carotene and other micronutrients essential for hair growth and strengthening. These are also believed to be beneficial in tackling premature greying of hair.
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Curry Leaves for Hair
1. Add to Your Diet
The best way to experience its goodness is to add it in your daily diet. Apart from including them in your cooking, you can also add a small leaf to a cup of green tea and sip on it. If you don’t fancy them whole, make a paste or powder and add to your daily meals.Hair Oil and Masks
A traditional way to use curry leaves is to add them in your hair oil or hair mask. Take 2-3 leaves and add them in mustard or coconut oil. Heat the oil, strain out the leaves and apply as usual. A teaspoon of powdered curry leaves or its paste can be added in your regular hair mask. Curry leaves when teamed with amla, shikakai and reetha work wonders for hair.
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