Ayurvedic Herb Spinoff Thread

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I can't find a Indian grocery store/ shop anywhere . I want some Ayurvedic herbs too.
I'll wait till a sale for these online shops.
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Hi Ladies,

I'm not sure if this questioned has already been answered but can someone recommend a paste for cleansing the scalp? Lately shampoo has been making my hair extremely dry and tangled and I wanted to try a more natural cleanser.

I've read that Shikakai and Heenara powders can be used as a shampoo. Has anyone used these or other powders as a shampoo and can you give a recipe with the ratios used? TIA.
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Hi Ladies,

I'm not sure if this questioned has already been answered but can someone recommend a paste for cleansing the scalp? Lately shampoo has been making my hair extremely dry and tangled and I wanted to try a more natural cleanser.

I've read that Shikakai and Heenara powders can be used as a shampoo. Has anyone used these or other powders as a shampoo and can you give a recipe with the ratios used? TIA.
Originally Posted by krazy coils
The neem has great antifungal, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. You should make a thick almost like a yogurt paste mixed with a little bit of warm water, tea tree oil, and jojoba oil and apply it to your hair from root to tip and concentrate on the scalp especially.
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Hi Ladies,

I'm not sure if this questioned has already been answered but can someone recommend a paste for cleansing the scalp? Lately shampoo has been making my hair extremely dry and tangled and I wanted to try a more natural cleanser.

I've read that Shikakai and Heenara powders can be used as a shampoo. Has anyone used these or other powders as a shampoo and can you give a recipe with the ratios used? TIA.
Originally Posted by krazy coils
The neem has great antifungal, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. You should make a thick almost like a yogurt paste mixed with a little bit of warm water, tea tree oil, and jojoba oil and apply it to your hair from root to tip and concentrate on the scalp especially.
Originally Posted by 4evercurly
Thank you I will try this!
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Ladies you surely make it hard to not spend money. I will be heading to a indian grocery tomorrow in the am to stock up on some herbs. I will be buying and hopely they have all of this, fenugreek, amla, maka, brahmi, henna, and kapoor kachli powders along with some coconut milk. I already have cassia and plan to use that as well. My idea is to make a conditioning paste with a combination of the powders leaving out henna to do henna treatments on its own. If you have any ideas or tips please pass them on.
I hit the jackpot. I found two Indian grocery stores about 20 minutes from my house and was able to buy all of the herbs that I listed before. I even found a nice rose powder that I will also be using. The only thing that I couldn't find was the Jamila henna with the date on the bottom of the box. I found jamila henna but not that specfic kind. I also bought a Hesh Mehandi (did I spell that right?) Brand of henna. I'm not sure if I can use that for my hair. Everything was cheap ass hell too. I paid either 99 cents or 1.99 per box. This is going to be a regular thing for me so I'm glad I could find everything on the ground.
I so wish that I could find powders on the ground locally. I can find them in Cary, NC but I live in Greenville, NC so for me it is a trip regardless. I am going to go this week end so that I can stock up on Trader Joe's Nourish spa as well. My plan is to drop a little bundle to hold me over through the winter. Does anyone in North Carolina know where to get the Deity America shampoo, conditioner and hair restorer on the ground? I heard CVS and Walgreens but it's not here in Greenville. TIA
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I finally treated myself to a rhassoul clay, amla, brahmi, dash of marshmallow root powder, coconut milk, agave nectar, evoo paste...

I remember that some experienced hair straightening from using rhassoul clay, so I made sure to use near equal amounts of amla powder. I may have overdid the amla usage. Check the shrinkage:



On the flip side, check the shine:



My hair was so soft, that I decided not to DT as an experiment. I went ahead and added my leave-in and detangled which also wasn't bad at all. I'll see if skipping the DT was a mistake, but so far, my hair has been good. I'm rocking unfinished twists now, meaning I am wearing the top of my hair in a braidout puff over twists because I haven't finished twisting my hair yet.

Outside of the paste itself, I pre-poo'd with evoo... my goodness, my hair washed soft. My hair does not like coconut oil too much, so evoo is my oil of choice for that.
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I finally treated myself to a rhassoul clay, amla, brahmi, dash of marshmallow root powder, coconut milk, agave nectar, evoo paste...

I remember that some experienced hair straightening from using rhassoul clay, so I made sure to use near equal amounts of amla powder. I may have overdid the amla usage. Check the shrinkage:



On the flip side, check the shine:



My hair was so soft, that I decided not to DT as an experiment. I went ahead and added my leave-in and detangled which also wasn't bad at all. I'll see if skipping the DT was a mistake, but so far, my hair has been good. I'm rocking unfinished twists now, meaning I am wearing the top of my hair in a braidout puff over twists because I haven't finished twisting my hair yet.

Outside of the paste itself, I pre-poo'd with evoo... my goodness, my hair washed soft. My hair does not like coconut oil too much, so evoo is my oil of choice for that.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul
Your hair is gorgeous Ekuasoul!! Mad hair envy!!
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Hair Type: 4A-3C Crown
Hair Texture: Fine, Thin
Hair Density: Medium - Thin Crown
Porosity: Low
Co-wash: Sauve Coconut and/or Clarifying, Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Leave-In: GDLI, YTCLI, KBB, KCNT
Moisturizers: QBRBC, KBB, Glycerin, SMCS,SMDM
DT: AOGPB, AOBGA, GEPT, TJNS, YTC, Henna, Alma, Brahmi, Maka, Tulsi, Kalpori
Sealant: EVOO, Jojoba, Grapeseed, JBCO, Herbal Oil - Hesh Herbal Oils

** Psalms 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.***
I finally treated myself to a rhassoul clay, amla, brahmi, dash of marshmallow root powder, coconut milk, agave nectar, evoo paste...

I remember that some experienced hair straightening from using rhassoul clay, so I made sure to use near equal amounts of amla powder. I may have overdid the amla usage. Check the shrinkage:



On the flip side, check the shine:



My hair was so soft, that I decided not to DT as an experiment. I went ahead and added my leave-in and detangled which also wasn't bad at all. I'll see if skipping the DT was a mistake, but so far, my hair has been good. I'm rocking unfinished twists now, meaning I am wearing the top of my hair in a braidout puff over twists because I haven't finished twisting my hair yet.

Outside of the paste itself, I pre-poo'd with evoo... my goodness, my hair washed soft. My hair does not like coconut oil too much, so evoo is my oil of choice for that.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul
Your hair is gorgeous Ekuasoul!! Mad hair envy!!
Originally Posted by Naturalfinally
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And apart from the agave nectar I have all these ingredients at home so think I'll try this mixture on saturday (I'll sub honey instead). Its been a while since my last paste.
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Thanks ladies!

@Noodlenaps - I use agave instead of honey because I couldn't find my honey!

Krazy coils, I just saw your question and if you want to make a shampoo paste, there's a few options:

No shampoo paste is complete without either shikakai or aritha (reetha) powder. You will not need to leave these in your head long. They are too drying on their own for hair that is already prone to dryness. This is why those with dry hair will typically pair aritha and shikakai up with amla.

Try a 3:2 ratio of amla to shikakai or go half and half. Add a teaspoon of neem and some tea tree oil if you are having some itchy/flaky/dandruff scalp issues. Otherwise, its not mandatory. You can sub some of the shikakai for a bit of reetha powder if you want a little "foam" action. Reetha is soapnuts and they have a naturally occurring foaming action, so don't worry on it. Mix well with very warm water to create a paste and apply, lightly scritching scalp is optional. Rinse very well in 15-20 min.

If you still don't find the herbs to give you what you are looking for in the shampoo department, try clays. I like them for cleansing because they rinse very easily. Bentonite and rhassoul clay both cleanse. Bentonite is more suited for oily hair or hair that has product buildup. If you use bentonite clay, you probably only need to leave it on for 15min. Rhassoul offers some conditioning as well, so its more universal in my opinion. It can be used all on its own or other herbs can be added to push the conditioning factor. Again, you don't have to leave it on a long time. 10-30 minutes and rinse well. Plus clays do double duty on the skin. I always do face masks at the same time I'm working on my hair.
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Last edited by EkuaSoul; 10-30-2010 at 08:56 AM.
Thanks ladies!

@Noodlenaps - I use agave instead of honey because I couldn't find my honey!

Krazy coils, I just saw your question and if you want to make a shampoo paste, there's a few options:

No shampoo paste is complete without either shikakai or aritha (reetha) powder. You will not need to leave these in your head long. They are too drying on their own for hair that is already prone to dryness. This is why those with dry hair will typically pair aritha and shikakai up with amla.

Try a 3:2 ratio of amla to shikakai or go half and half. Add a teaspoon of neem and some tea tree oil if you are having some itchy/flaky/dandruff scalp issues. Otherwise, its not mandatory. You can sub some of the shikakai for a bit of reetha powder if you want a little "foam" action. Reetha is soapnuts and they have a naturally occurring foaming action, so don't worry on it. Mix well with very warm water to create a paste and apply, lightly scritching scalp is optional. Rinse very well in 15-20 min.

If you still don't find the herbs to give you what you are looking for in the shampoo department, try clays. I like them for cleansing because they rinse very easily. Bentonite and rhassoul clay both cleanse. Bentonite is more suited for oily hair or hair that has product buildup. If you use bentonite clay, you probably only need to leave it on for 15min. Rhassoul offers some conditioning as well, so its more universal in my opinion. It can be used all on its own or other herbs can be added to push the conditioning factor. Again, you don't have to leave it on a long time. 10-30 minutes and rinse well. Plus clays do double duty on the skin. I always do face masks at the same time I'm working on my hair.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul



Thank you EkuaSoul I will definitely try this and look into rhassoul clay also!
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Deep Conditioner: Elucenc MBC
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Thanks ladies!

@Noodlenaps - I use agave instead of honey because I couldn't find my honey!


Krazy coils, I just saw your question and if you want to make a shampoo paste, there's a few options:

No shampoo paste is complete without either shikakai or aritha (reetha) powder. You will not need to leave these in your head long. They are too drying on their own for hair that is already prone to dryness. This is why those with dry hair will typically pair aritha and shikakai up with amla.

Try a 3:2 ratio of amla to shikakai or go half and half. Add a teaspoon of neem and some tea tree oil if you are having some itchy/flaky/dandruff scalp issues. Otherwise, its not mandatory. You can sub some of the shikakai for a bit of reetha powder if you want a little "foam" action. Reetha is soapnuts and they have a naturally occurring foaming action, so don't worry on it. Mix well with very warm water to create a paste and apply, lightly scritching scalp is optional. Rinse very well in 15-20 min.

If you still don't find the herbs to give you what you are looking for in the shampoo department, try clays. I like them for cleansing because they rinse very easily. Bentonite and rhassoul clay both cleanse. Bentonite is more suited for oily hair or hair that has product buildup. If you use bentonite clay, you probably only need to leave it on for 15min. Rhassoul offers some conditioning as well, so its more universal in my opinion. It can be used all on its own or other herbs can be added to push the conditioning factor. Again, you don't have to leave it on a long time. 10-30 minutes and rinse well. Plus clays do double duty on the skin. I always do face masks at the same time I'm working on my hair.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul
I tried this yesterday and my hair loved it! I also added a bit of Maka to the mix. I think I'll do this every month (more often and I feel the Rhassoul might make my hair mushy), and then in between I'll do the mix with the other herbs eliminating Rhassoul.
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I made a scalp treatment tea that I hope will alleviate this itchy-prickly soreness. Anyhoo, I used my coffee pot and the following:

Neem (love it...smells weird but I NEED it)
Shakikai
Burdock Root
Nettle
Milk Thistle
Oat straw
Lavender Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Honey
MSM


I am also making a tea for my hair using:

Hibiscus
Amla
Brahmi
Maka

So, what I'm gonna do is use a spray bottle and put a big glob of QB BRBC in it (shake it up real good) and use this as a refresher for my twists.
today i dida treatment with amla, shikakai, hibiscus, brahmi, sweet almond oil and honey.
i left it on for about and hourand a half and i liked it. it was really gritty but myhair rinsed soft and clean
now i just braided my hair for a braid out and i hope i like the results.

my conditioning rahssoul mask from buttersnbars along with my bringaraj powder should be here tomorrow so i will be using the mask next weekend for my ayurvedic treat.
i also cant wait to make a paste and oil out of the bringaraj.
Today after shampooing, I added my amla, brahmi, maka, neem mixture. I added a little Cocasta Shikakai hair oil and hibiscus steeped liquid. My hair is so shiny now and soft. My coils are very smooth.
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Thinking of treating myself to a treatment. What do you guys suggest. These are the things I have

shikikai
Amla
Brahmi
Cassia
Henna
Vatika Oil
Hibiscus Flowers

The only things I've used are Cassia and Henna, everything is going to be a first.

Also anyone who has a indian grocery in there area that has cheapy stuff, anyone want to send me some stuff? You really can't beat .99 ayurvedic herbs.
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Hi All; Is this thread still active.

Well I spent the entire day reading all 33 page of this thread, enjoying every minute of it. I have a few of the powders at home, but really wanted Maka. Neither of the two Stores in my Neighborhood had it, and the Indian Village is 25 mls away. Too far to go for just one item.
Tomorrow I will do just Amla & Brahmi, after a Vatika Oil tonight.
Thank You all for providing such valuable info

Hi everyone!
I've just recently started getting into ayurveda. I've been incorporating it into my regimen for about 6 weeks now and I have had great results.

I have tried:

Amla - a small amount mixed in with my regular leave-in
Neem- made into a paste with vatika oil and water for the scalp only
Bringraj- made into a paste with water and a few spoonfuls of castor oil

So far I have noticed that my hair retains moisture much better, also that I have less single strand knots (they were becoming a problem). I have been trying to do a treatment every week but I haven't felt the need to DC afterwards, my hair seems to be just fine without it

Things I want to try:
Bhrami
Shikakai
making my own herbal tea spritz
Well I'm gonna give Brahmi a try this weekend I'm looking forward to it making my hair thicker!

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