Ayurveda Adventures: Brahmi Powder

Well its that time again….Sunday Spa Day…I try to deep treat my hair weekly with the additional oomph of ayurvedic herbs. My powder of choice this week is brahmi powder. I have used this powder several times along with amla powder which has similar effects.

I use the Hesh brand of the powder. According to the box Brahmi powder is a remedy for people with chronic hair problems. Brahmi can make hair dark, dense, and lustrous. It strengthens hair roots, thus controlling hair thinning and hair loss. Regular use control premature graying and massaging it into the scalp clears dandruff.

Brahmi is also used as a mental tonic, to rejuvenate the body, as a promoter of memory and as a nerve tonic. It improves memory and helps overcome the negative effects of stress. It is unique in its ability to invigorate mental processes whilst reducing the effects of stress and nervous anxiety. Brahmi induces a sense of calm and peace, says the people over at Mehndi Skin Art.

Brahmi powder has also been said to cool the scalp which induces a sound sleep. I applied my brahmi powder in the form of a paste today and almost immediately I was ready for a nap. I was instantly relaxed. This might come in handy during the week for me after a long day of classes and studying.

To mix and apply the powder is pretty simple and easy to clean up. I follow the boxes instructions but you can get creative with it an mix up all kinds of DT concoctions I have added EVOO, vitamin E, lavender oil, even amla powder on occassion.

Well here’s the basic way to mix the powder:

  • Place required amount of powder in a bowl then add water and mix well to create a thick paste.
  • Gently massage the paste into the hair and scalp rotating with your finger tips.
  • Wait for 1 hour. ( I usually leave it in anywhere from 4-8 hours coving my head with plactic wrap.)
  • Wash thoroughly with water. (Sometimes there is a little grit but co-washing takes care of that.)

Today I did coat my hair with EVOO before applying the paste concentrating in the edges. Sometimes my edges come out the platic wrap and this stuff is no fun and damaging to get out if it dries to on hair.

Clean up is also a breeze. It doesn’t stain like henna so you don’t have to worry about plastic gloves or newspapering counter tops and floors.

Overall I’m a huge fan of ayurvedic powders and methods for healthy hair care. I have decided to dedicate a sub-catergory to Curly Products for my Ayurvedic Adventures which will go into depth about other herbs, oils, and methods.

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