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15 October, 2015

Amazing Hair & Skin Benefits, Uses of Shikakai - Acacia Concinna


1. Shikakai Shampoo:

                                  Homemade shikakai shampoo can be done very easily, if you have the ingredients at home. The shampoo is made with natural ingredients and it doesn't have any harsh chemicals in it. This shikakai shampoo leaves the hair soft and silky. All the ingredients for this shampoo are already dried, so you can buy them in bulk, store and use it year round. The ingredients for this homemade shampoo are shikakai, soap nuts and dried amla (gooseberries). We call dried amla "Nelli mulli" in Tamil. To make this herbal shampoo, take out the seeds from soap nuts and soak it along with shikakai and dried gooseberries, the previous night. The next day boil them, till they turn soft and you will see foam forming on top. Strain this liquid, cool and wash your hair with this herbal shampoo. Soap nut is an excellent cleanser and shikakai has been used for centuries for hair wash in India. Dried gooseberries condition the hair leaving it soft. This home made shampoo will not lather like the regular surfactant based shampoos, but it will cleanse the hair well. To completely remove the oil from the hair, use this shampoo twice.

2. Shikakai Hair Pack:
                                    Hair packs made with shikakai are very good in treating dandruff and treating scalp related diseases. However, if you are formulating your own recipes with shikakai powder, make sure to include a conditioning agent. I love to include yogurt, as it is great for hair too. To make the hair pack, ground shikakai powder can be mixed with yogurt and neem leaf powder into a thick paste and applied on the scalp. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off.

3. Shikakai Hair Wash Powder:

                                        Traditionally, for our oil bath, after massaging our hair with this massage oil, we have our hair wash with a mixture of arappu powder and shikakai powder. We have arappu tree in the farm and we usually collect the leaves, sun dry and powder it for the whole year's use. Good quality arappu powder made with tender leaves, cleans well and it is easy to wash the hair only with it. But store bought arappu is usually not that good and it is getting increasingly hard to get good quality arappu. If we buy arappu from the shops, we usually mix it with home made shikakai powder. Even older people will find it easier to apply/ wash their hair with arappu, if it is mixed with shikakai powder, as arappu mixture is pasty. We never use shikakai powder alone, as it can be a bit drying, especially if it is used without the oil massage. It is always mixed with arappu powder. Shikakai cleans the hair well and produces good lather, though not like surfactant based shampoos. This shikakai blends prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth, if used regularly. Make shikakai powder for hair wash, during the hot summer months. It should be sun dried till crisp. If you are making it in small quantities, powder it in a dry mixer after sun drying it well.


4. Shikakai Body Wash:

                                I know for some of you using shikakai on the skin might sound weird, but it does wonders, especially if you are prone to skin related diseases. To make the body wash, first collect rice kanji. Rice kanji is made by boiling rice with a little bit of excess water than needed. Once the rice is cooked, strain some the excess water, we call it rice kanji. Let the kanji cool and mix it with good quality shikakai powder and use it as a body wash for your skin. if you want it to smell good, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to it. You will notice a nice difference in your skin.

5. Shikakai for Treating Scabies:

                                         We make an antiseptic wash for scabies using shikakai. To make the wash, first soak turmeric in hot water and rub it into a paste. Take a long piece of shikakai and burn it directly in the fire, till it turns dark. Wait for it cool and grind it into a fine powder. Mix both ground turmeric paste and ground shikakai powder with boiled water. Strain and use as a antiseptic wash on the affected area. Both shikakai and turmeric have anti fungal, anti microbial and anti bacterial properties, that makes this an effective wash for scabies. Please consult a doctor, if the condition is very, very severe. You can read the full post here.

6. For Cuts & Wounds in the Scalp.
                      For small wounds on the scalp,  first burn a small piece of shikakai in direct fire. Make sure to burn a long piece, else you will hurt your hand when it burns. Better still burn it using a tong, cool and powder it finely in a mortar and pestle. Grind a small piece of turmeric, fresh neem leaves and the ground shikakai powder to a smooth paste. Grind it using boiled water and apply on the scalp, wait for 10 minutes before washing it off. This remedy is only for minor cuts and wounds on the scalp 

What is Nava Pashanam?

Nava paashanam is one of the most acclaimed Siddha elixirs known to mankind. Nava means nine and Paashanam means poisonous substance. In the destiny of human being, a dark hour has been written, a dark age, where people will suffer and die from many diseases never even known to mankind.  Foreseeing this impending doom, the Siddhas had assigned the Siddhar Bogar to develop a process by which people who embrace God in the form of Lord Muruga will be redeemed of their afflictions and be able to survive this dark phase. 

Bhakti is one of the strongest method to embrace God and people go to temples to do pooja to appease, beg forgiveness, show love, surrender themselves or for other spiritual goals. At time of great trouble when people loose hope in their own limited powers, they turn to God and to temples of God.  In temples people do pooja. So Siddhar  Bogar decided to create a very strong idol of lord muruga that would withstand the kali yuga to provide enough healing elixir to humans in the form of nava passhanam. He combined together nine different kinds of poisonous substances used in Siddha medicine (In Siddha medicine Paashanams are processed using very complex herbo-mineral physiochemical processes to render them medicinal and remove the poisonous nature) to generate super strong medicinal composite qualifying the two major criterias, durability and medicinal action. These two properties together gave an idol that had a sustained release of curative levels of the nava paashana into any abhisheka (A rituial of bathing the idol with milk, special fruits mixtures etc) used on it.  Anybody who would consume the abhiskeam done on the lords idol will get medicinal amounts of nava pashaanam and hence be cured of illness.

The depth and range of healing will depend on the persons surrender to Lord Murugan because, the Nava Paashanam is a Spiritual medicine prepared in a yogic process of potentiation with cosmic energy, achieved only by a sage of Siddhar Bogars perfection. Nava Paashanam will influence (a) the five sheaths (or koshas), (b) the nava grahas, and (c) the pancha boothas , of humans. It will also control the effect of nava grahas  and negate malicious planetary effects on the human system. Humanity has never witnessed any single medicinal preparation that could achieve this kind of total effect. Hence, the range and scope of its application in medicine and spiritual processes need not be elaborated but simply described in one word, as an elixir for all diseases, be it of the body, mind or spirit. 

நவபாஷாணம் சித்தரியல் முறைப்படி அணுக்களை பிரித்து, மீண்டும் சேர்ப்பதை நவபாஷாணம் கட்டுதல் என்கிறார்கள். இதில் அடங்கியிருக்கும் ஒன்பது பஷாணங்கள்.... 1.சாதிலிங்கம். 2.மனோசிலை 3.காந்தம்,4.காரம் 5.கந்தகம் 6.பூரம் 7.வெள்ளை பாஷாணம் 8.கௌரி பாஷாணம் 9.தொட்டி பாஷாணம்

இந்த நவ பாஷாணத்தின் தன்மையில் நவகிரகங்களின் குணங்கள் ஒத்துள்ளன என்று கூறப்படுகிறது. .நவபாஷாண கட்டு என்பது சித்தர்களால் மட்டுமே சாத்தியமான விஷயமாகும்.பழனி முருகன் சிலைக்கு அபிஷேகம் செய்த நீரை / தீர்த்தம் பருகுவதால் (அ) சாப்பிட்டால் தீராத நோய்களும் கூட தீர்ந்துவிடும் என்று கூறப்படுகிறது

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