Hair remedies are what we have our eyes set upon. All this, to help you get a luscious mane and bouncy locks. Phew! While many may know about today’s superb hair ingredient called Malva flowers, some may be a total noob to it. Malva or Mallow flowers are commonly found all over India and are an awesome remedy for hair problems. Also known as gulkhari phul, the rich blue-colored flowers have a lot to offer to your mane.
To know about all the goodness in them, Health Shots got in touch with renowned dermatologist Dr Nivedita Dadu.
Dr Dadu says, “The flowers and leaves of malva plant have been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. The flower extracts, including their essential oil, can have some powerful effects on the body, hair and skin. The bright blue flower can be steeped in a tea for a healthy scalp and hair.”
The flowers of the blue malva contain a blue pigment. This blue pigment is used in many shampoos as a natural blue rinse for greying hair. These blue flowers, like all mallows, relieve inflammation and have soothing qualities on the scalp. The colour of malva flowers is incredibly powerful. While malva flowers can be a healthy natural hair dye on some types of hair, be aware that this plant stains everything it touches.
“An infusion of malva leaves and roots helps to soften hair and enhance its elasticity – especially damaged and fragile hair. At the right proportions, its flower infusion becomes a gel-like liquid that can be used straight up as a conditioning shampoo for damaged hair, and it will even work to soften the hands while you’re massaging the scalp with it,” says Dr Dadu, who is also the founder and chairman of Dadu Medical Center.
Malva contains anti-inflammatory properties and is soothing for those with scalp conditions like dandruff and infections. The blue mallow flowers contain natural cooling properties and mucilage, which makes it excellent as an emollient especially for dry skin, itchy scalp and suntan.
This flower is also mildly astringent in nature and helps in treating various conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, boils, abscesses, and wounds. Malva flowers can also heal burns and prevent skin discoloration that follows.
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The malva flowers can be steeped into a tea and great for giving a luminous shine to the dry and dull hair. They can also be used for giving grey hair a more silver look.