When a person with a sweet tooth may think of licorice as a dark black or brown bitter-sweet candy; that person may not be completely wrong. The licorice candy does contain licorice root. The story goes that in 1760, a pharmacist had added sugar to cough syrup containing licorice root. The customers the pharmacist loved the flavor soo much that candy makers turned it into a flavor of candy.
What is licorice, the herb?
Licorice more specifically the root of licorice is a herb that is known for its sweet taste as well as its ability to, also called Yashtimadhu is a herb that is native to the Middle East and is also found in India and parts of Greece. It is the roots of the plant that have been traditionally used to treat a variety of ailments. It can not just help with digestive issues when ingested, but hair and scalp health as well when applied topically or as a part of ayurvedic treatment.
Licorice and Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, Licorice is an 'it' ingredient for the winter season. In Ayurveda the Vata season. Due to atmospheric conditions during the winter season, Vata dosha gets aggravated. Licorice with its soothing, healing, and nurturing properties helps calm down aggravated Vata energies. Besides being known to help with skin health and gut health, it also helps with hair and scalp health.
Licorice for hair
Licorice when applied to the scalp in the form of a hair mask or an ayurvedic remedy.
- helps stimulate hair growth
- helps soothe scalp
- strengthen hair roots
VILASA's Keshwardhak hair oil has been prepared using an ayurvedic recipe and contains Licorice as one of the ingredients. Our Keshwardhak hair oil is a therapy to manage premature hair loss, calm scalp dryness, and provides intense hair nourishment.
According to Ayurveda, the winter season is when our body asks for more of a 'me-time' than in other seasons. Make Keshwardhak oil a part of your 'me-time'. Gently massage your scalp with our oil in a circular motion and engage in relaxing activities; maybe read a book as all the goodness of the oil soaks into your scalp.