Are you facing hair fall & frizzy hair? This is grandma’s traditional method for preparing all natural homemade hair oil where fenugreek seeds are sprouted in Aloe vera pulp.
Aloe vera is nothing short of a miracle plant. It was one of the most important hair products in my family.
The methi seeds suck in the juice and sprout so these sprouts have both the goodness of aloe and methi.
Remove the spikes on one side of the leaf. This is just to make it easier to slit the leaf. Leave the other side as such as we won’t be cutting that side.
Using a knife slit the leaf so it opens like a book as shown below.
Sprinkle fenugreek seeds inside.
If the leaf is fleshy and has a lot of juice like the one I have used in the demo, you can sprinkle about 2 spoons of methi seeds.
Close the leaf and tie with some yarn if you want to prevent it from opening and leaking its contents. Store this leaf in a cool but dry place. You can also wrap it with a piece of cloth or newspaper.
After day 1, you can see that the methi seeds have become bigger in size and are about to sprout.
If you live in a damp place with lots of humidity, fungus might grow in this so keep a close eye and remove the sprouts by day 2 itself. If you find that fungus has grown, please discard the whole thing immediately. So storing it in a dry place is important.
By day 3, you can scoop out the sprouts. You can use these sprouted fenugreek seeds in any of the following 3 manner to make hair oil that will arrest hair fall and increase speed of hair growth.
The fenugreek will sprout drawing the aloe vera’s pulp into it. If there is any extra pulp, scrape that also. This is blended into a fine paste. You can either flatten them into small circles between your palms (like we do vada) and deep fry them in coconut oil or
you can let the flat circles air dry in shade if you live in a warm country. Once dried, these flat circles are soaked in hair oil without any deep frying. (most preferred method)
You can also simply spread the sprouts (without blending) in a tray and allow it to dry and then drop them into your hair oil.
As long as my grandma was supplying this oil, I had mid-thigh length thick and shiny hair. Once the western world discovered aloe, there developed a frenzy and now those plants that once grew freely on the sides of roads are being sold for a few hundred rupees in India. :-)
After marriage I did try to make this oil myself. But I frequently forgot the sprouting stuff under my bed and allowed them to rot a few times :) . So I gave up after a few failed attempts to sprout fenugreek seeds.
But after experiencing hair loss, I am going back to old practices that our ancestors had.
If making this oil is not possible, you can use food grade aloe vera juice in spray bottle, store it in a refrigerator and use it as a hair spritz whenever you feel that your scalp or hair need some moisture.
There is no need to wash it the next morning with shampoo if very little was sprayed on the hair. It can be used just like a leave in conditioner. If you see some residue, just brush it off. Frequent washing of hair will dry it and it will defeat the purpose of use aloe vera juice on hair.