Spice up your hair & skincare regime with garlic

You might love it in your food, but have you ever tried using garlic to enhance your beauty?

Popularly known for enhancing the flavour and aroma of your cuisines, garlic, an aromatic herb regularly added in many cuisines worldwide, can do wonders for your skin and hair.


Garlic with a pungent smell has antibacterial, anti-ageing and skin-smoothening properties that can keep your complexion clear and flawless. This small humble ingredient is recommended by experts in your daily diet because it is full of goodness for your hair, besides many powerful health benefits.

Garlic not only provides remedies for ailments but can give you external beauty benefits like acne-free skin and healthy lustrous hair.

Garlic is yet another common kitchen ingredient that actually has healing properties. Garlic is rich in nutrients such as vitamins B-6 and C, manganese and selenium, which help stimulate hair growth.

In fact, it is said to be beneficial for the hair and can actually control hair loss and help promote hair growth. Studies have shown that garlic has properties that help the hair. It has been seen that applications containing garlic have helped to promote hair growth in areas showing hair loss or thinning hair.

Research has indicated that garlic helps hair growth because it contains important properties like selenium and sulphur. Fresh garlic juice has selenium content that boosts blood circulation and thus stimulates hair growth.

Selenium actually boosts blood circulation. Actually, the hair is fed by the nutrients in the bloodstream. Therefore, selenium boosts blood circulation, which helps to transport nutrients to the hair follicles. This nourishes the hair and helps hair growth.

Garlic is rich in Vitamin C, which boosts the health of the hair. Garlic has anti-microbial properties and fights bacterial and fungus infections of the scalp. In fact, it helps to cleanse and unclog the pores of the scalp, thus helping to treat problems like hair loss and dandruff and also soothes the scalp.

Here are some simple and useful ways in which you can put garlic to use for long and luscious locks.

Take around 10 garlic cloves and mix with two tablespoons of honey to prepare a mask. Apply it on your hair and let it dry in a natural environment for approximately 30 minutes and wash it off with clean and fresh water. You can use it twice a week to get long shiny hair. Honey helps in retaining the moisture in your hair and conditions it well. Garlic is Vitamin E to the hair and prevents hair fall and breakage and promotes hair growth.

Garlic should be mixed with other ingredients and then applied to the hair. Avoid applying garlic by itself. You can make hair oil at home, which is infused with garlic. This can be done by chopping garlic cloves into small pieces and adding those to pure coconut oil or olive oil. Keep it in a jar and store it for seven to 10 days in a cool, dry place. This oil may be applied to the hair to derive the benefits of garlic. Or, you can mix chopped garlic with warmed coconut oil. Massage the oil on the scalp half an hour before your shampoo. You can also mix garlic with aloe vera gel and apply the paste on the hair. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash the hair.

Blend and strain five garlic cloves and two onions and extract the juice. Apply to hair and massage it into your scalp. Leave the mixture on your hair for 15 minutes and wash your hair with a mild shampoo as usual.

Another way of using garlic is to make a paste of garlic and fry it in oil. Once it turns brownish, cool the oil and remove the garlic. The oil can be applied on the hair.

Take 10 cloves of garlic and add a few drops of olive oil to a cup of water. Boil the mix. Apply directly to your roots for thick hair. Wash the hair with fresh water after half an hour for lustrous hair.

Take 6 tablespoons of garlic oil, 2 tablespoons each of castor oil and coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of rosemary oil. Mix them all and keep them in a jar. Take three tablespoons of this blended oil and massage your hair and scalp. Allow it to dry in a natural environment approximately for one hour and wash it off with fresh normal water.

Add a clove of garlic and some honey in your shampoo or conditioner and use it to remove harmful toxins from the scalp, enhance hair texture and treat dandruff and itchy scalp.

Indeed, kitchen remedies are well within your easy reach for enhancing the beauty of your hair.

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