Oils extracted from medicinal as well as aromatic plants have been in use for health and wellbeing for several centuries. India’s very own system of traditional medicine – the Ayurveda – places a great deal of importance on the use of various oils. Applying oil on one’s skin and one’s hair provides you with a host of benefits without the risk of absorbing harmful and artificial chemicals that many cosmetic products contain. Using oils will also help you reduce your dependence on serums which are full of chemicals. The best part is, many of these highly beneficial oils are easily available in a store near you!
So, without further a do, let us take a closer look at some of the most popularly used oils for skin and hair:
- Coconut Oil
Colourless and relatively tasteless but with a very easy to identify scent, coconut oil boasts of several properties that are beneficial for both hair and skin. Coconut hair oil is in very popular use in India as it helps to moisturise the scalp, helping to prevent dryness as well as flaky scalp and dandruff. Applying coconut oil is also said to help prevent hair breakage. Coconut oil is loaded with beneficial fatty acids and proteins which contain antioxidants. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties and also helps in skin repair.
- Amla Oil
Amla oil is extracted from the amla plant. Amla is known in English as ‘Indian gooseberry’ and its oil is highly valued in Ayurveda. Amla oil has several medicinal properties and it is said to be an astringent, making it very good for one’s hair health. Loaded with Vitamin C, minerals and natural antioxidants as well as tannins which help to brighten, soften and enhance overall skin quality. It also helps to tighten pores and have a firming effect on the skin.
- Argan Oil
Argan oil, which is extracted from the argan tree, has been widely used in Morocco for centuries. Even though the argan tree is native to Morocco, argan oil is popular across the world for its beneficial properties. It is rich in vitamin E, contains antioxidants and is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. It contains oleic and linoleic acids which make it especially advantageous for hair and skin. It helps to make hair smooth and shiny and is helpful in keeping one’s skin moisturised, making skin radiant and helping to promote skin elasticity.
- Jasmine Oil
Extracted from the jasmine flower, this oil is very fragrant and is known to have a number of benefits for one’s hair, such as helping with strengthening hair and preventing hair breakage. It has been shown that jasmine oil is a natural healer and is said to have antiviral and antibacterial properties. Jasmine oil soothes dry skin and reduces scars and stretch marks.
- Bhringraj Oil
Extracted from the Bhringraj plant, Bhringraj oil has since time immemorial been known as a ‘wonder herb’. It holds the distinction of being called the ‘king of herbs’ in Ayurveda. Bhringraj oil is rich in nutrients such as iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium as well as polypeptides. This high protein content in Bhringraj oil makes it particularly good for one’s hair. Bhringraj oil promotes hair growth and lustre and helps to combat hair fall. It has hydrating and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin and also helps to reduce wrinkles and dullness of the skin.
- Olive Oil
Olive oil is extracted from olive trees and is renowned for its varied benefits for one’s health. Olive oil contains Vitamins A, D, E and K and is rich in antioxidants. It is also rich in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids which makes it especially beneficial for hair health as olive oil promotes strengthening the roots, reducing scalp irritation and combating dandruff. Olive oil is known to hydrate and moisturise one’s skin as well as
- Almond Oil
One of the oldest and most widely cultivated nut crops in the world, almonds are a very versatile ingredient. Almond oil has a sweet smell and is known to have several nutritional properties. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B7, Vitamin E as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains zinc. Vitamin B7 in almond oil promotes hair health and helps to keep hair strong while Vitamin E promotes healthier skin and gives it a natural glow. Almond oil also has antibacterial and fungicidal properties.
- Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is the natural oil that is obtained from pressing the pulp from an avocado. It looks similar to olive oil and its moisturising properties make it highly recommended for both skin and hair care. Avocado oil contains oleic acid as well as nutrients like Vitamin E, potassium and lecithin, which are very beneficial for one’s skin. Applying avocado oil in one’s hair helps to moisturise, repair and strengthen hair. It has been discovered that the minerals contained in avocado oil help to seal cuticle cells, in turn helping to prevent hair breakage.
- Fenugreek Oil
Fenugreek, which is more popularly known in India as ‘methi’, has always been a hugely popular ingredient in Indian cuisine. Obtained from the fenugreek plant, this oil has several benefits for hair as it is said to stimulate blood flow to the scalp and also nourish hair follicles, in turn promoting healthier hair. It also has anti-dandruff properties. Fenugreek oil is widely used as a massage oil as it helps to fight acne and helps in the faster healing of wounds. It also tackles skin blemishes, freckles and pimples.
Massaging oils has always been one of the most common Indian home remedies for silky hair and healthy glowing skin. It is no surprise that massages have always been regarded as one of the most enjoyable experiences. For centuries, the practice of ‘Abhyanga’, or the concept of applying high quality oils on oneself, has been a tradition in India and the practice has several advantages in addition to providing comfort and relaxation. Here are some of the top Ayurvedic skin care tips:
- Massaging oil on one’s body helps to improve body flexibility as the hand movements on the body surface help to loosen up the muscles and nerves, promoting blood circulation.
- An oil massage helps to calm, soothe and relax the mind while also uplifting one’s mood. Massages help to stimulate the release of certain hormones which calm the mind and relieve stress.
- Massages feel highly comforting and help in providing pain relief. This is because the hand movements during a massage stimulates the muscles and nerves and helps to combat aches and pains.
- One of the best ways to achieve healthy and radiant skin is by massaging oil. Oil massages also help to prevent dryness and pimples while having a moisturising and hydrating effect. Applying oil on one’s skin promotes the production of melatonin, which helps to remove stretch marks from skin.
KMP Ayurvedic is delighted to offer you a wide range of Ayurvedic skin care products and hair care products. As a leading brand in personal care, KMP has made a name for itself in the industry. Produced only with the highest quality ingredients and under the strictest standards of manufacturing and quality control, KMP is proud to provide a variety of products that are beneficial, effective and affordable.