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Home made herbal hair oil

Good hair is an indication of good health; and of course it implies good hair care too. Oiling the hair is one of the most common and ancient ‘hair care’ practices in India.

From my childhood to till now, all of us in my family had always used the hair oil that my mom prepares. Though I have fancied and even tried few ‘store bought’ ones, I ended up in this home made oil; The reason all the times had always been only one. They caused more damage to the hair!

It took to me all these years to realise that ‘what is made in the home is more pure and valuable than the ones that carry beautiful and greener pictures!’

I am sharing the procedure to prepare the oil. This time for this post, we measured all the ingredients with a kitchen scale.


  • Pure coconut oil –  3 litres
  • Curry leaves – 50 grams
  • Hibiscus leaves (gudahal/sembaruthi/mandara) – 50 grams
  • Henna leaves (mehandi/marudhani/gorindaku) – 50 grams
  • Fenugreek – 50 grams
  • Neem leaves – 25 grams
  • Basil leaves (tulsi) – 25 grams (We use the dark variant known as ‘krishnathulasi’ or ‘kala tulsi’ or ‘karunthulasi’)
  • Indian gooseberries (Amla/nellikkai/usiri) – 4 to 6 Nos
  • Vetiver (Khus grass) – 5 grams


1. Soak the fenugreek seeds in water for an hour.

2. Deseed the gooseberries.

3. Grind all the ingredients to a smooth paste adding a little water.

4. Now, heat the coconut oil in a heavy bottomed vessel.

5. When the oil starts to boil, add the ground paste to it, little by little in dollops.

5. Continue in high flame until the entire paste is over.

6. Tie the khus grass in a clean and soft cloth and put in the oil (you can leave it in the oil, or simply let it dip into the oil by holding the other side of the bundle).

7. Bring to medium flame and allow it to boil for 5 minutes.

8. Turn off the flame and let it cool completely.


9. Once it is completely cool, cover with a clean and thin cloth to avoid any dust or other particles and keep it aside ( in the same vessel).

10. Leave it undisturbed for 3 full days.

11. Now, the oil has absorbed all the essence from the herbal paste, leaving the ground paste sedimented at the bottom.

12. Using a clean and thin cotton cloth, strain the oil 2-3 times. You can also use a steel strainer for the first time. However finally strain it with a muslin or cotton cloth (this helps to keep the finest sediments out).

(This picture taken on day one. Your oil may become still more dark).

You will get a nice deep sap green colour and a good herbal fragrance.

How to apply?

Heat required amount of oil in a small bowl (do not over heat it). Dip a cotton ball into the warm oil, and apply to the scalp. Work on layers.

When you are completely done applying to the scalp, gently work with your fingers moving down to the tips, covering all the strands in between your fingers.

Also, give a gentle massage to the scalp with fingers for 5 minutes.

Leave it overnight or at least for an hour. You can secure your pillow by covering it with a thick towel or a soft absorbant mat.


It contains the goodness of herbs and gives good nutrition to the hair. It cures many problems like pre-mature greying, hair fall, body heat etc., which many of us face in a variety of situations including exposure to pollution or change of water and many more.

It naturally conditions the hair and cures many scalp problems.  The natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial property of neem helps to get rid of dandruff, itchy scalp and also lice.

The holy basil or Tulsi is also well known for its anti bacterial properties. It cools the scalp and improves blood circulation and strengthens the hair shaft. Fenugreek, being rich in proteins and vitamins, thickens the hair and boosts the volume. Also it cools the scalp and body.

Since ages, curry leaves had always been known for its contribution to darker hair. It prevents premature greying.

Amla and hibiscus condition the hair and helps in hair regrowth. Also, henna and hibiscus together they give a nice complexion to the hair.

So, altogether we can say this oil is a package of goodness to the hair!

My brother and I, whenever we get headache or sensation of burning eyes or body heat, we just mildly heat this oil and massage the scalp. We just love it.


  • While collecting the leaves, choose only mature ones and not the tender leaves. Because mature leaves give more essence.
  • Do not put the khus grass directly into the boiling oil as it will absorb lot of oil. Always tie in a cloth and put it inside.
  • Always use cold pressed coconut oil. My mom prepares by herself from the coconuts from our farm. Sometimes, when unavailable, she buys them from known good sources.
  • You can guesstimate the proportion yourself after few times of preparation. Also there is no hard and fast rule for the preparation of this oil. I mean you can rule out an ingredient if you feel you are allergic to it (etc.,). However just ensure the proportion of ingredients to each other are approximately close to this.

The above procedure is purely from an individual (my mother) and not from any medical sources. Also, there are numerous herbal oils and many ways of preparing them. However, this is only our way doing.

This hair oil along with good balanced diet and proper sleep routine, will give good results.

If you have allergies to any of the above mentioned ingredients or if you are highly sensitive to any ingredients or their fragrances, please consult your doctor before using it.


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