Ayurvedic herbs are natural products with exceptional properties for skin and hair care. Impossible not to be tempted to try them: their capabilities are truly remarkable! Here is a list of the best herbs for skin whitening.
All this explains their long history and provides an idea of the active ingredients’ extraordinary potential in these plant compounds. Ayurvedic herbs represent an indispensable and advantageous choice for anyone who wants to take care of themselves in a natural way, reducing costs and optimizing the effects.
Ayurvedic herbs have a very long history! They have been used for centuries for the care and health of skin and hair. The family of these herbs is very numerous, so much so that, especially for those who are beginners, it is difficult to choose the best product according to their needs. But… don’t worry! There is Zen’s blog where you will find more and more articles dedicated to various Ayurvedic herbs to allow you to know all the characteristics and properties of these gifts of nature and understand how they act to use them most effectively!
Our journey begins with 5 herbs for skin whitening:
Amla – Emblica officinalis, the emblica officinalis (botanical name), produces fruits from which this powder is received: gooseberry or amla.
Amla is among the most renowned Ayurvedic powders. The fruit is rich in functional, active ingredients: vitamin C, bioflavonoids, saponins (natural detergents) and tannins. This allows us to understand its effectiveness in anti-aging treatments: thanks to these active ingredients, amla has a rejuvenating and toning action on the skin of the face and body.
On the hair, on the other hand, it performs an effective strengthening, purifying, anti-frizz and anti-hair loss action.
Aritha powder is obtained from the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, native to Asia. The fruit of this plant is the “soap nut.” Aritha is a cleansing herb: it contains natural saponins and can gently wash hair, scalp, and skin. It represents an excellent 100% natural alternative to traditional shampoo and guarantees a deep and beneficial cleansing for the hair and scalp. The use of aritha powder is particularly suitable for those with oily hair (even in the case of oily roots and dry ends), allowing to avoid the formation of dandruff and purifying the scalp. If you have dry ends, do not apply the compress on the ends: let the herb act only during rinsing.
Two natural products with remarkable beneficial properties are obtained from the neem plant: neem oil and neem powder. Today I will only talk about the use and characteristics of neem powder. The plant is a large tree native to India, the homeland of Ayurveda. Neem is one of the most amazing and functional Ayurvedic herbs! The powder is very thin, with a green color and a characteristic odor (not exactly pleasant!).
All these properties make it suitable for the treatment of the most diverse problems: from excess sebum to dandruff, from acne to dermatitis.
Shikakai powder is obtained from the bark of Acacia Concinna, another plant native to Asia. Suppose neem is known for its antibacterial and antiparasitic properties. In that case, Shikakai has the particularity of containing a high amount of saponins, that is, natural detergents: for this reason, it is an excellent substitute for common shampoos. Shikakai is mainly used for natural hair cleansing. But not only: its use is also suitable for those with a very sensitive scalp. It strengthens the hair shaft, stimulates hair growth and reduces fall. In short, a remedy tout court for the most common hair problems. Ideal for those with fragile, fine hair and looking for strong and voluminous hair.
The last Ayurvedic powder for cosmetic use that we will know today is tulsi, or “holy / sacred basil “. Native to India, this plant (botanical name: Ocimum sanctum) boasts very strong adaptogenic properties. Its Hindi name “Tulsi” means “incomparable”. The powder is obtained from the leaves and is rich in mucilage. This powder can be used either by mixing it with water, thus obtaining a rather rubbery paste, or by extracting an infusion to use instead of water to prepare other washing pastes or conditioners based on other Ayurvedic herbs.
Hair pack: Apply the tulsi pack with water and leave it on the hair for 30 min. Always take care to massage the paste on the scalp. Rinse with warm water and, if necessary, apply a conditioner before drying your hair. As in other cases, it is possible to mix tulsi powder with other Ayurvedic herbs, eg. shikakai.