Add tadka to your beauty regime with curry leaves

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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.

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