One of the oldest botanical bulbs known to be consumed by humans is Allium sativum, better known as garlic. Initially cultivated in central Asia, this powerful and pungent tasting aromatic edible bulb, affectionately called ‘stinking rose’, is a member of the Allium genus and is the cousin of onion, shallot, and leek.
China is the largest garlic producing nation in the world. Garlic has immense culinary applications and is used as a flavouring agent in almost all cuisines of the world. There are a wide range of healing and therapeutic qualities associated with these cloves like cardio-protective, anti inflammatory, anti fungal and anti bacterial properties to name a few which makes it apt for medicinal use.
The antioxidants and essential nutrients in this edible bulb help to treat diseases like skin allergies and skin infections, high blood pressure, cancer, toothache, arthritis, constipation, unwanted weight gain, hair loss etc.
Dandruff is a common problem plaguing the young and old across the globe. Dryness and infections lead to itchiness and flakiness of the scalp and thus cause dandruff. Garlic is believed to be an excellent herbal remedy to get rid of this skin condition because of its high vitamin and mineral content.
Phytonutrient rich garlic contains Vitamin A, B and C, Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc etc and above all allicin, a sulphur compound, that provides nourishment to the hair and scalp, clears scalp infections and thus is an ideal antidote for treating dandruff to produce clean and healthy scalp and hair.
Benefits of garlic are enjoyed either by direct consumption in regular diet to help provide vital nutrients to the skin and scalp or as extracts present in shampoos, soaps, oils and medicinal capsules which are specifically formulated and used to treat dandruff.
However, garlic in any form, if consumed in inappropriate quantities or under certain conditions can have ill effects like bad breath, burning sensation in the stomach, irritable bowel, rashes, diarrhoea etc.
Garlic for Dandruff – Ways in which Garlic helps to eliminate dandruff:
1. Curing Diseases and Improving General Health:
Antioxidants and phytonutrients present in the cloves help in treating various diseases to improve general health and well being of individuals. Enriched in essential vitamins, minerals and oils this herb aids in strengthening the immunity of the body and thereby prevents health issues like high cholesterol, cardiac issues, cold and cough, arthritis, skin infections and inflammations, dandruff and ensures a healthy body, hair and scalp.
2. Strengthening Immunity:
Enriched with antioxidants and essential nutrients, this herb helps to fight and prevent diseases by improving and strengthening the immunity system of the body thereby helping to prevent diseases like Seborrhoeic dermatitis and dandruff also. It regulates the production of antigens and white blood cells in the body which help combat and prevent illnesses.
3. Regulating Sebum Production and Improving Blood Flow:
The essential nutrients in garlic help to regulate and control sebum production on the scalp, thereby helping to treat dandruff effectively. It also improves blood circulation in the scalp and strengthens the hair roots and protects the hair follicles to produce strong, shiny, thick and beautiful tresses.
4. Consumption as Dietary Supplement:
Dandruff and scalp issues are also caused by following an unhealthy and improper intake of essential nutrients required for providing proper nourishment to the body, skin and hair.
Garlic is a store house of essential vitamins and minerals which if consumed in the right amounts, can provide relief from these ill effects of low nutritional diet and help to cure dandruff effectively. Garlic is generally crushed and this paste is added to spice up the food.
Once garlic is crushed, a component called allicin is formed that acts against dandruff. This garlic paste for dandruff can also be applied topically for more effective results.
5. Curing and Preventing Fungal and Bacterial Infections
Dandruff is also caused by a fungal infection on the scalp by the fungus Malassezia furfur. The anti biotic, Allicin and other antioxidants present in garlic have excellent anti fungal, anti bacterial properties and anti inflammatory properties that clean the infection, hydrate the scalp and help to relieve the itchiness and scaliness of the scalp, dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis.
So try including garlic in your daily diet and get benefited by its wonderful effects on the body.