A trail of memories #WordlessWednesday 81


In my courtyard,
Lurks those ghosts of memories
Waiting to come alive.

Hibiscus was a part of our childhood. I don’t remember a single house in Kerala without this plant in their courtyard.

Hibiscus leaves were used as a shampoo and conditioner in Indian households. My sister and I loved this homemade shampoo. Those times we never used store-bought shampoos and conditioners on our hair.

Though we were supposed to use the grindstone to make the leaves into a pulp, my sister and I preferred the electric blender for its ease of use. Of course, our mom was not so thrilled when we used her beloved blender to make shampoo which wasn’t food and we were subjected to scoldings as an aftermath.

But it was worth it. Our shiny hair made it all worth it. πŸ™‚

I clicked the above picture inside our apartment complex some days ago. The memories a simple plant triggers…


Joining Esha and Natasha for #WordlessWednesday &Β 

Parul for #ThursdayTreeLove.


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18 thoughts on “A trail of memories #WordlessWednesday 81

  1. One of my school friend who is from Kerala used to tell me that secret to her thick, long and shiny hair was hibiscus oil and shampoo. This post made me reminisce my school memories that I shared with her.


  2. Hibiscus is like a family member. Every home has been touched by its presence in some way or the other. It is a popular ingredient for beauty products — hair & skin. Its interesting to make it fresh at home and use. Just like reetha, amla, chandan…… hibiscus has its place in our beauty regime……

    How our memory gets triggered by certain things, people, situation is amazing. In fact life is nothing but moments that become memories πŸ™‚


  3. Lovely! This happens a lot to me too. Scenes that take me back in the past and then those memories tied to it. I have heard of hibiscus shampoo but tell me how do you make them?


  4. In fact our neighbours have a tree and the flowers fall into our yard. I’m tempted to collect them and dry them to add to oil, but I haven’t got down to doing it yet. Your post is a great reminder!


  5. Thank you for sharing such a lovely photo and a snippet from your life. How many times was the blender washed before it’s next use?


  6. We had hibiscus plants in our home too, when I was growing up. I remember mom using the leaves – along with curry patta – in an oil for our hair! Those were the days!


  7. Thank you for sharing such a lovely vignette along with a photo! Doesn’t our brain have an amazing knack of throwing up events from the past associated with so many different things that we come across in our everyday lives?
    So happy you joined in and took our weekly linkup to 30 again this week. Thank you so much for joining us, Vinitha. Wishing and praying that this is a pain-free week for you and that you feel better very soon.
    Much love

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    1. I was amazed when I remembered these from my childhood days which was forgotten for a long time. It’s like my memories are stored in these objects around me rather than inside my brain. πŸ™‚
      I saw that I was the 30th one. Great going you guys! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for being so supportive, Esha. My head offers challenges now and again. While it is annoying to deal with these mighty headaches, I am okay. πŸ™‚


  8. I didn’t know we could make shampoo with hibiscus leaves. Wow! Actually in West Bengal we use a lovely, fragrant oil called Jaba Kusum made of hibiscus flowers and extract.

    It takes me back to my grandparents ancestral home. They both used this oil liberally for themselves, everyday before a bath. I have used it many times to and it brings forth nostalgia.
    Also Godess Kali’s favourite flowers are hibiscus and my grandfather used them in his temple every morning. We still have the hibiscus motifs on the temple floor that was painted.

    Thanks for this lovely post, dear Vinitha. It really did take me back in time. πŸ™‚

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    1. We extract the sticky gooey pulp from the leaves and apply it on the hair and wash it off. It’s really good. Makes the hair shiny with no chemicals and it says that this homemade shampoo helps retain the black color of the hair as well. Our grandmothers were a proof of it. πŸ™‚
      Thank you, Natasha, for sharing your memories with me here. So nice to take a trip back to those golden times. πŸ™‚

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      1. How interesting. Would love to try it out sometime Vinitha.
        How long would you leave the pulp on the hair? Before washing it off


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