Are you in search of that one miracle remedy to all your hair problems? The Ayurvedic herb Haritaki might be the solution.
“Haritaki along with Amla and Beheda are the three most important Rasayanas (elixirs) in Ayurvedic wisdom. Haritaki is also referred to as Vayastha: the one which stops ageing and Abhaya: that which makes one fearless of diseases,” says Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix.
Scroll down to know the best ways to use haritaki for healthy, strong, lustrous tresses.
Is Haritaki Good For Hair?
The ancient Ayurvedic herb haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), also a main constituent of Triphala, is valued for its immense therapeutic benefits. Hair experts swear by this medicinal plant for its exceptional abilities to promote hair growth and prevent various hair and scalp issues. Grouped under ‘Keshya’ (hair benefitting) herbs, Haritaki is widely used in a variety of Ayurvedic and cosmetic hair treatments and hair care products.
According to the science of Ayurveda, our physical and mental health conditions greatly depend on the balance of Doshas or life energies in our bodies. A disruption of this fine balance can bring forth various body tissues, including hair problems. An aggravation of Kapha can lead to excess sebum secretion, dandruff and infection. A rise in Vata and Pitta levels can dry up your healthy hair follicles, prevent nutrition from reaching your roots and eventually cause hair fall. Haritaki is a ‘Tridosha hara’, making it one of the few Ayurvedic herbs that have the potential to balance all three Doshas. It is often administered to detoxify your body and relieve accumulated Ama toxins to boost skin and hair health.
Haritaki is not just the ‘king of medicinal herbs’ but is also held sacred according to the ancient Vedic texts. It is known as the divine fruit and is an essential ingredient in various Indian ceremonies and pujas.
12 Benefits Of Haritaki For Hair
1. Promotes Hair Growth
Haritaki’s ‘keshya’ (hair benefitting) properties have been cited time and again in various Ayurvedic texts. Being rich in Iron, essential Vitamins, Manganese, Selenium and other natural compounds, frequent use of haritaki promotes healthy hair growth.
2. Regulates Sebum Secretions
Haritaki is astringent in nature and helps balance Kapha Dosha vitiations. Thus the application of haritaki can control excess sebum secretions and oily scalp problems.
3. Prevents Dandruff
Haritaki is an amazing anti-dandruff remedy . Its ability to balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha Dosha imbalances prevents excess sebum production, dry scalp and inflammation. Its antimicrobial properties prevent Malassezia yeast proliferation on the scalp. Frequent usage of haritaki in the form of hair oil, shampoo or hair packs keeps dandruff and dry scalp issues away.
4. Fights Fungal Infections
Both Haritaki fruits and leaves are used as anti-fungal treatments  to treat various fungal infections on the scalp such as dandruff and ringworm. Applying a paste of haritaki leaves and coconut oil over an area affected by ringworm can reduce skin irritation and enable quick healing of the condition.
5. Treats Lice
Haritaki is widely used to combat lice infestations on the head. It also reduces itchiness and irritations caused by head lice. Make an Ayurvedic anti-lice hair pack with neem oil, coconut oil, haritaki leaves and camphor. This powerful pack not only removes head lice but also prevents infections caused by constant scratching during lice conditions.
6. Prevents Clogging Of Hair Follicles
Haritaki has incredible cleansing powers, making it a popular ingredient in herbal shampoos. Frequent application of haritaki prevents product build-ups on your scalp. It can also penetrate deeper and unclog your hair follicles by removing sebum, dirt and dead cell plugs. A clean scalp allows for better absorption of haircare products and enhances hair growth.
7. Prevents Split Ends
Packed with hair strengthening vitamins and essential minerals, Haritaki nourishes your hair from the root to the tips. It balances Vata Dosha on your scalp and prevents hair breakage due to dryness and loss of moisture.
8. Can Reverse Hair Loss
Enriched with antioxidants like flavonoids and Vitamin C, along with terpenes, Haritaki has the power to stimulate hair follicles. It prevents the drying up of hair follicles and promotes new hair growth in areas of the scalp that have suffered from hair loss.
9. Prevents Scalp Acne
Due to its impressive cleansing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial abilities, using haritaki can prevent chances of scalp acne. It not only removes dirt and sebum build-ups in your follicles but also protects your scalp against bacterial growth.
10. Ensures Better Absorption Of Nutrients
Haritaki improves gut health and digestion. This maximises the benefits derived from your food. With better absorption of nutrients, your hair stays strong and nourished and doesn't fall prey to hair issues.
11. Prevents Premature Greying
'Akala Palitya' or premature greying of hair occurs when melanin producing cells are unable to synthesize enough pigment. Triphala, which contains haritaki as one of its main components, is often administered to treat Akala Palitya.
12. Removes Harmful Ama Toxins
According to Ayurveda, Ama toxins are one of the major causes of hair fall. Both consumption and topical application of haritaki removes harmful Ama toxins and brings stability to your Dosha levels.
Vedix Tip: For thick, gorgeous tresses, heat coconut oil in an iron kadai, add haritaki, amla, japa petals, curry leaves and bhringraj powder. Let it simmer in low heat till the oil changes colour and the ingredients sink to the bottom. Strain the oil after it cools and use it regularly.
How Do You Use Haritaki For Hair Growth?
Haritaki can be added to hair oils, herbal hair cleansing compositions or Lepas (hair packs) to enhance your hair health. A few of the popular methods of using haritaki for hair are mentioned below:
1. Haritaki Oil For Hair
Heat a carrier oil of your choice (preferably coconut oil/ castor oil/, almond oil/ sesame oil) and add dried haritaki powder to it. Simmer for a few seconds, turn off the heat and let it stay overnight. Strain this oil and use it to prevent dandruff and hair fall.
2. Haritaki Herbal Shampoo
Haritaki can be added to reetha and shikakai powder to make the perfect anti-hairfall shampoo. Simply boil the ingredients in warm water for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain and cool it down to room temperature for usage.
The natural saponins in reetha and shikakai along with haritaki gently cleanses your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Using this herbal shampoo twice a week can prevent premature greying, scalp infections and bring a natural, healthy shine to your locks.
3. Ayurvedic Lepas
A. Haritaki (Fruit And Leaves), Methi And Japa Patta For Dandruff
Due to the presence of saponins along with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory compounds, this lepa containing haritaki, methi and japa patta provides quick relief to dandruff problems.
How To Use
Boil dried haritaki powder in water for 30 minutes. Add haritaki leaves, methi and japa patta (hibiscus leaves) to it. Reduce the level of water to make a thick paste. Cool it down to room temperature and massage it onto your scalp and through the length of your hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
B. Brahmi, Bhringraj, Haritaki And Amlaki For Hair Fall
Haritaki along with other potent ‘keshya’ herbs like Brahmi, Bhringraj and Amlaki is the ultimate solution to hair fall.
How To Use
Mix brahmi, bhringraj, haritaki and amlaki powders in a bowl. Add lukewarm water or coconut oil to make a paste. Apply this haritaki hair mask on your scalp and through the length of your hair. Wash off after 30 minutes.
C. Haritaki, Amlaki, Henna, Japa And Bhringraj For Grey Hair
All of the above-mentioned herbs are rich in natural compounds, vitamins and antioxidants that fight free radical damage, prevent overheating of your scalp and improve blood circulation and nutrient supply to the hair roots. This keeps your hair nourished and prevents it from losing its colour prematurely.
How To Use
To prepare this haritaki hair pack, make a paste by adding haritaki, amalaki, henna, japa and bhringraj powders to lukewarm water. Soak it for an hour and a half and apply it to your scalp and hair. Wash off after half an hour.
D. Haritaki (Fruit and Leaves), Neem And Coconut Oil for Scalp Infections
Haritaki, neem and coconut oil is a powerful combination of antimicrobial herbs. Applying this haritaki hair mask regularly on scalp infections can quickly heal the condition without any side effects.
How To Use
Blend dried haritaki powder, haritaki leaves and neem leaves together. Add coconut oil to it to make a paste and apply on the affected areas of your scalp. Wash off after 30 minutes with lukewarm water.
A. When And How Should You Consume Haritaki?
Haritaki can be consumed in moderate amounts once or twice a day depending on your Prakriti or body constitution. Here are some of the different ways that haritaki can be included in your daily diet:
1. Haritaki Powder With Lukewarm Water
Add 2 to 5 grams of haritaki powder to lukewarm water and consume it in the morning or divide the same into two doses and consume in the morning and evening. This improves your immune system, boosts hair growth and prevents follicle damage.
2. Haritaki Powder With Ghee
Haritaki with ghee  helps pacify excess Vata Dosha. Thus dry scalp and hair breakage can be battled by consuming 2 to 5 grams of haritaki with ghee.
3. Haritaki Powder With Honey
Haritaki with honey pacifies the Pitta Dosha and prevents overheating of your scalp. It also helps to detoxify your body. Consume 2 to 5 grams of haritaki with ghee to enhance digestion and prevent hair loss.
4. Harad (Haritaki) Murabba
Harad murabba prepared with haritaki and jaggery is a tasty alternative to common oral haritaki remedies. It has immense health and hair benefits and is known to promote hair growth and prevent premature greying. You can consume 1 to 2 murabbas a day for best results.
Haritaki has laxative properties, hence, start with a small dose and gradually increase as per your body’s tolerance.
Can You Take Haritaki Daily?
Moderate amounts of Haritaki is safe for regular consumption. However, if you are under medication or have a medical condition, it is advisable to consult your Ayurvedic doctor before consuming Haritaki as part of your regular diet.
What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Haritaki?
Haritaki is generally safe, however overdosing or consuming it without knowing your body’s requirements may result in the following side effects:
3. Pitta disorders
In case of pregnancy and lactating mothers, haritaki should be consumed only after consultation with your Ayurvedic doctor. It is also not advised for consumption with alcohol.
The Last Word
Haritaki has a plethora of hair benefits, making it an oft-recommended herb for treating various hair issues. Its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties allow for its widespread usage in Ayurvedic treatments. However, it is better to get your Doshas checked by an Ayurvedic doctor. This will help determine the correct dosage of haritaki and the best components to use it with in order to reap maximum benefit for your precious locks.Know Your Dosha Now
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