What is premature graying of hair?
Color of hairs are one of indicating sign for dominant energy in body constitution for example in Vata prakruti color of hairs is light, while in Pitta prakruti it is dark, bet shiny and soft while and in Kapha prakruti it is dark and rough with texture. In Ayurveda, condition of Premature Gray Hair is called Palitya (premature graying of hair) means changes in color.
Ayurvedic understanding for premature gray hair
Premature greying hair is a predominantly a Pitta еnergy disorder. Anything that provokes Pitta can be a cause of premature graying of Hair.
In following conditions, we can find out the reasons for increased pitta dosha inside body:
- Use of Extremely or very Hot, very spicy, too oily, very salty and sour food, fermented foods, big quantities of meat products in diet.
- Frequent use of beverages like alcohol, tea, coffee, curd also aggravate Pitta to become reason for developing premature graying of hairs.
- Excessive Anger, excessive passion, work with night shifts, person to be awake for late night for different reasons like watching movies, reading books, working on computers
These are general habits that provoke Pitta energy very easily. When Pitta is imbalanced from wrong food habits and lifestyle mentioned above settles down in hair or hair root and causes premature greying of hair. Large amount of heat from pitta dosha changes natural color of hairs. To rule out all possible reason for increased pitta from diet and lifestyle is a key for successful treatment of premature graying of hair.
Classical ayurvedic products against premature gray hair are:
Gandhakarasayanam (101), Briangarajasavam, Loha Sinduram (101), Pravala Bhasmam Capsule, Rajatha Bhasmam Capsule, Tiktakam Kashayam, Narasimha Rasayanam, Kayyanyadi tailam, Kuntalakantitailam, Nilibhringadi keratailam, Valiya Bhringamalakadi Tailam, Cheriya Bhringamalakadi Tailam.
Takra dhara: Takra dhara is a procedure of pouring medicated buttermilk over the forehead of the person. Takra dhara is an excellent cure premature graying of hair.
Shiro thaila dhara with medicated Pitta pacifying oils like Amala thaialm, Yashti oil, Himasagara thailam can be done to cure premature greying of hairs.
Nasya is done for purification and nourishment of body organ placed in head region. Shamana nasya mainly Shadbindu Taila, Panchendriya vardhan taila balances doshas in the head and thus helps in the treatment of hair loss and premature greying. Routine use of nasya is important practice to prevent all kind of hair related issues.
3.Basti (Medicated enema)
According to Ayurveda Hair is the mala (waste product) of Asthi Dhatu (Bone tissue) and Purish dhara kala (Intestines) is directly linked to Asthi dharakala (Bone). Tikta ksheera basti (medicated basti prepared with bitter substances) directly acts on the bone tissue, pacify the excess heat and helps in premature greying of hair.
Common Home remedies for premature greying of hair
1.Coconut Oil and Curry Leaves
Most common and effective formula, in use form many generations is coconut oil processed with curry leaves. Curry leaves has proved as a natural source of calcium, provides nourishments to the hair and hair follicle and corrects melanin formation.
Boil curry leaves (about 100 gm) and coconut oil (1kg) together. After the mixture is boiled enough, put it aside to cool down. After cooled down the mixture, filter the mixture and use filtrate for massage. Do the head massage with filtered oil into your hair roots. Leave it for 20 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water and a mild herbal shampoo.
2.Buttermilk and Curry Leaves
Prepare a paste of a bunch of curry leaves and a cup of buttermilk and apply it on your scalp. Keep it for thirty minutes before rinsing it off with a mild shampoo.
Important herbs effective in Premature Greying of Hair
Sesame (Sesamum Indicum)
Sesame oil is the best oil for head massage. It is the base oil for many medicated oils used in Ayurveda. Massaging the scalp and the hair roots is an excellent way to reduce gray hair naturally.
The sesame seeds can be also consumed after dry roasting them. Having handful of black sesame seeds first thing in the morning followed by a glass of tap water is excellent nutrition for the hairs. This can be done as a part of breakfast, weekly twice.
Bhringaraj (Eclipta alba)
Bhringaraj is also called ‘King of Hair’ (Kesharaj) and is one of the best natural remedies for premature grey hair treatment. It corrects metabolism and starts the process of restoring natural color of the hair. It is called as Kesharanjan (Coloring agent for hair). Bhringaraj powder can be added to hair packs to retain color, reduce hair loss and promote hair growth.
One may apply paste of Bhringaraj on the scalp, leave it for half an hour and then wash the hair or can massage the scalp with Bhringaraj oil before shampooing with herbal shampoo, twice a week.
Amla (Embelica officinalis)
Eating one fruit a day is the best practice not only to treat premature greying of hair, but it can correct metabolism, eliminates toxins and is one of the best rejuvenation medicines.
Coconut oil processed with fresh amla juice can be used for scalp massage or one can use various hair oils available with Amla. One can also use amla to prevent premature graying of hairs by drinking 30 ml of fresh amla juice daily. Amla powder is an excellent addition to hair masks.
Brahmi (Bacopa Monneiri)
Brahmi is one of the best herbs for treating stress. It boosts brain and is a very good nervine tonic used in Ayurveda as a tranquilizer. Stress is one of the major causative factors for premature greying of hair.
Brahmi helps best to stop premature graying of hair and helps restore the natural color, lost due to stress. Massage your hair and scalp with Brahmi oil to keep Pitta in balance or use the powder in a cooling hair mask.
Henna (Lawsonia Inermis)
Henna is the best treatment for grey hair because of its coloring and conditioning properties. Soak henna in an iron pot overnight and make a deep conditioning hair mask by combining iron powder, Amla powder and other herbs useful in treating premature greying of hair.