One of the highly used herbs in India, curry leaves (sweet neem leaves), commonly known to add aroma and ­flavour to food, are also a rich source of beta-carotene and protein, known to control hair loss and encourage healthy hair growth. These herbs contain ­calcium, phosphorous, iron and folic acid, as well as Vitamins C, B, A, E — ­needed for healthy skin and hair. Over time, they have been used in herbal ­medicine and as home ­remedies to many ailments. We list some for you.
* Try: Apply a paste of curry leaves on the hair. Wash off after 20-30 ­minutes.
Why: They contain antioxidants, prevent degeneration, help ­moisturise the scalp and prevent dryness.
Try: Make a paste of curry leaves and add one tablespoon olive or ­sesame seed oil. Apply on scalp, and wash off after an hour.
Why: This helps remove dandruff flakes and prevent dandruff. It has anti-bacterial properties and fights infection, imparting health and vitality to hair.
Try: A paste of curry leaves can be added to ­fuller’s earth, along with one ­teaspoon each rose water, honey and curd. Mix and apply on the face. Wash off after 20 minutes.
Why: This helps heal and prevent eruptive ­conditions, like pimples, acne or rash.
* Try: Add coconut oil to the fresh curry leaves and boil till a black residue is formed. Cool and apply on the scalp. Keep it on for an hour and wash. This may be done two or three times a week.
Why: Coconut oil when mixed with curry leaves, increases hair growth. It also prevents greying.
Try: A paste made of curry leaves may be added to aloe vera gel and then applied on the hair. Wash off after half an hour.
Why: This helps improve hair texture and encourages hair growth.