Ayurvedic shampoo is a natural herbal shampoo that is comprised of Ayurvedic herbs and other organic ingredients. It incorporates different combinations of natural herbs in order to treat individual types of hair and scalp, ultimately enhancing total health. This herbal shampoo can be considered part of the Ayurvedic therapy system, because it incorporates the principles of Ayurvedic herbs and their holistic properties.
The herbs used in Ayurvedic therapy are part of a centuries-old holistic health system known as Ayurveda. Known as the one of the world’s oldest medical systems, Ayurveda is based on human balance with nature and not only treats sickness but focuses on preventing disease and improving health through the use of certain herbs, yoga and massage. Originating in India, the Ayurveda system incorporates aromatherapy, homeopathy and naturopathy.
Ayurvedic products thus incorporate Ayurveda principles to treat and prevent certain diseases and ailments that people often suffer. There are different types of Ayurvedic shampoo available, and each type of this natural shampoo treats different ailments of the scalp and hair. In choosing an Ayurvedic shampoo, one should first decide what hair conditions need to be treated. Ayurvedic shampoo can be used to treat dandruff or dry and damaged hair as well as to promote hair growth. It also can be used to cover gray hair and to treat normal to oily hair.
This type of shampoo incorporates only natural products and is free of all synthetic ingredients, such as parabens and sulfates. These natural shampoos are developed using indigenous herbs and essential oils to cleanse and rejuvenate the hair and scalp. Although there are many variations and combinations of ingredients in Ayurvedic shampoos, certain ingredients are used more often.
The natural ingredients used in Ayurvedic shampoo include shikakai, which is used to cleanse the hair, and reetha, which helps to add lather. Amla has a high level of vitamin C and helps stimulate the scalp. Fenugreek seed powder promotes hair growth, and hibiscus and bhangra promote thick hair growth and are used as coloring agents.
Brahm increases blood circulation, and neem is used as a color enhancer and medicating agent, because it is rich in vitamin E and omega-6. Cinnamon and cloves act as antioxidants, and aloe vera relieves a dry, itchy scalp. Lime juice is often used to clean oily hair, and coconut, almond and mustard oil help nourish and soften hair. As with other types of natural shampoo, Ayurvedic shampoo can be used daily followed by essential oils and/or an Ayurvedic conditioner.