Top 6 Ayurveda Remedies to Stop Grey Hair

Top 6 Ayurveda Remedies to Stop Grey Hair

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 7 May 2016 - 11:00


White or grey hair is something everyone likes to avoid as far as possible. This has become a common thing even among the younger people in their 20’s and 30’s with premature greying of hair, let alone the middle aged. The two most obvious signs of ageing are the greying of hair and sagging of skin. Hair greying is a natural process and is quite normal if it appears from mid-40s.

It occurs when the hair follicles stop releasing melanin (insoluble pigments that account for the natural black color). In most cases, grey hair also occurs due to lack of a healthy diet leading to lack of essential vitamins and minerals. According to researchers from Bradford University, UK, a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicles and scalp causes grey hair. Another research study also shows that deficiency of antioxidant catalase and deposits of hydrogen peroxide in the hair roots are the two main reasons for premature hair greying.

Causes of Grey Hair:

  • Genetics is one of the major reasons for premature greying
  • Deficiency of certain vitamins and nutrients such as iron, vitamin B, iodine and copper
  • Excessive use of smoke and tobacco
  • Chronic emotional stress
  • Psychological worries
  • Pollution
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Certain diseases like sinusitis, tuberculosis and thyroid disorders.
  • According to Ayurveda excessive intake of tea, coffee, meat, alcohol, fried, oily, spicy, sour and acidic foods increases pitta dosha and results in premature greying or acceleration of the greying process.
  • Not cleaning the scalp daily
  • Regular usage of hair dyeing
  • Excessive blow drying
  • Using very hot water while washing hair

Let natural herbs work on your scalp and hair to treat hair problems like damaged & dull hair, dandruff and greying hair as a means to minimize side effects.

  • Rosemary and Sage: As per conscious world Journal, rosemary and sage are natural Ayurveda remedies that helps get rid of grey hair.
    Tip: Boil ½ a cup of sage and ½ cup of rosemary and let the mixture steep for couple of hours. Apply to your scalp and hair and leave on until it dries. Then wash your hair with natural shampoo. Repeat this every week and finally all grey hair to reduce greying.
  • Black Seed Oil and Olive Oil: Both these oils have been used for thousands of years to cure grey hair. Restraining yourself to Black seed oil is the best way to stop greying of hair. The components of olive oil help to moisten and feed the hair. It works as a good moisturizer, removes dust and other pollutants from the scalp. Black seed and olive oil not only makes your hair look shiny and healthy but also boosts hair growth with formation of new hair follicles.
    Tip: Mix an equal amount of olive oil and black seed oil and massage into the scalp. After an hour, wash hair with warm water. Alternatively you can also intake black seed oil to derive extra benefits. A teaspoon two times each day will work wonders.
  • Curry leaves and coconut oil: A blend of curry leaves and coconut oil works as an excellent hair tonic to induce hair growth and reverse back hair pigmentation.
    Tip: All you need to do is boil1/8 cup of pure coconut oil and half cup of curry leaves on a sauce pan on medium heat. After boiling let the mixture cool down at room temperature and then gently massage this mixture into the hair roots, leaving it for about 20 minutes. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Regular use of curry leaves in your diet also helps.  British actress Anna Friel drinks tea made of curry leaves regularly to maintain the natural colour of her hair.
  • Amla or Gooseberry:  Amla also well known as Indian Gooseberry has been used traditionally for hair care by Ayurveda since ancient times. It is a good source of antioxidant vitamin C that helps prevent graying of hair and rejuvenates the natural hair pigmentation.
    Tip: Crush the amla seeds and make a fine paste. Apply it to your scalp and massage it on hair roots. Apart from eliminating grey hair, this also facilitates healthy hair growth.
  • Jojoba oil, mustard seed oil and castor Oil: Castor oil possesses anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects that help to treat premature greying and baldness.
    Tip: Prepare a mixture of jojoba oil, castor oil and mustard seed oil and apply to the roots of the hair to help reverse greying of hair. Combine 1:2:2 portion tbsp of mustard seed oil with castor oil and jojoba oil respectively in a small container and stir to combine. Gently massage this mixture into wet hair and leave it in for about 20 minutes with a towel around your neck. After the allotted time, rinse your hair with warm water and wash with a gentle cleanser. Vasant Lad author of "The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies,” recommends this treatment.
  • Lavender oil, ginger essential oil and sesame oil: Colleen Kaye Dodt, author of "The Essential Oils Book: Creating Personal Blends for Mind & Body,” suggests a mixture of lavender oil, sesame oil and ginger essential to reverse the greying process.
    Tip: To prepare this mixture, combine ½ tsp of ginger essential oil, ½ tsp of lavender essential oil and 10 tsp of sesame oil in a clean glass bottle and stir well to combine the ingredients. Gently massage a small portion of this mixture onto the roots of your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and cleanser for effective results.

    Additional tips for preventing grey hair are:

  • Amla and Fenugreek: A mixture of amla and fenugreek work wonders for premature graying of hair. Amla with its antioxidant properties and vitamin C helps in preventing greying of hair besides improving hair health including hair growth. Fenugreek or methi is abundant in nutrients such as vitamin C, Iron, potassium, lysine, L-tryptophan and alkaloids that have excellent benefits not only for hair growth, but also for a healthy skin. It aids in correcting hair follicle problems, prevents dryness and dandruff and improves hair growth and graying of hair. 
  • Lemon juice and almond oil massage : Application and massage of almonds and lemon juice mixture for the scalp have great benefits in terms of providing nutrition to the hair but also in preventing premature greying of hair. Almonds are a rich source of antioxidant vitamin E and lemons a rich sources of vitamins B, C and phosphorous which promote hair growth by nourishing the hair roots.

  • Yoga for preventing grey hair: If stress and worry can cause greying of hair, yoga which prevents stress or helps manage stress is definitely a good tip to prevent premature greying of hair. Pranayama, and different yog poses like triangle pose, cobra pose, plough pose, the downward facing dog pose are all known to help greying of hair.

Top 4 Powerful Tips to Prevent Grey Hair:

  • Healthy nutritious diet is a must, as lack of certain vitamins and minerals such as iron, copper, iodine, vitamin C and vitamin B can lead to greying hair. Consuming plenty of vegetables, organic fruits, garlic and herbs help growth of healthy hair.
  • Avoid chemical-based shampoos, hair dyes and colorings as these products not only damage your scalp and hair but can be damaging due to their toxicity.
  • Avoid coffee and processed foods as these leach valuable nutrients from the body such as copper, iron and zinc. Substitute coffee with green tea for health benefits.
  • Cut down on alcohol consumption and quit smoking as these two are most damaging to health. They cause greying of hair more than anything else.
  • Unless required avoid excessive medication in consultation with your doctor.



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