How to take care of your hair with ashwagandha?

Withania Somnifera, also known as Ashwagandha, is a medicinal plant traditionally used in Ayurveda, which is the traditional Indian medicine. This plant has shown therapeutic benefits related to stress and sleep. It is through these benefits that Ashwagandha powder can have beneficial effects on hair health. Moreover, its use as a hair mask is simple and effective. This article therefore covers all the nutritional knowledge specific to the benefits and use of Ashwagandha powder for hair.

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Benefits of ashwagandha for hair

The Ashwagandha powder is known for its benefits on stress, particularly by playing a relaxing role in times of anxiety. A study has moreover shown its interest that Ashwagandha played a moderating role on the brain area involved in stress (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis). Thus, it helped to regulate nervous responses to stressful situations. In this context, Ashwagandha helps limit the consequences related to stress such as hair loss for example, but also the alteration of hair growth.

In addition, it helps limit the appearance of gray hair thanks to its antioxidant properties. Indeed, oxidative stress induces an acceleration of the aging process of cells in the body, which partly causes the graying of hair. The antioxidant molecules in Ashwagandha fight against oxidative stress, and therefore limit the consequences of this phenomenon on hair cells. Moreover, it seems that Ashwagandha helps to promote better blood circulation when used as a powder in a shampoo.

Use as a food supplement

Ashwagandha powder is a nutrient concentrate. It is best to increase doses as you go along so as not to experience unpleasant side effects such as the risk of drowsiness and digestive pain.

  • In cure: start with 1 g of ashwagandha powder per day, then gradually increase to 5 g, or 1 teaspoon per day.

We recommend:

  • to consume it in powder form to get the most out of its benefits.
  • to use it at breakfast to get the most out of its benefits.
  • to integrate it into the following preparations to facilitate its intake: smoothies, juices, drinks, water, compote.
  • not to consume it during pregnancy, as well as in cases of allergies and hyperthyroidism.
  • seek advice from your doctor if you are taking medicationsantidepressants to limit any drug interactions.

Use in cosmetic care

To get the benefits of Ashwagandha on your hair, it is possible to apply it as a mask or a shampoo. There are two possibilities:

  • Add 5 g of Ashwagandha powder to your usual shampoo or mask. Apply the shampoo to the hair and massage the scalp for 2-3 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  • Make a homemade mask with 5 grams of Ashwagandha powder by mixing it with water or Sesame vegetable oil until you have a paste. You can also use a mixture of Wheat Germ Plant Oil and Ricin Plant Oil with Ashwagandha powder. Apply the mask directly to the hair and massage the scalp with your fingertips to get it in, then leave on for 1 hour. Then rinse well (especially if using vegetable oils) and then proceed to shampoo.
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