Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Himalaya ensure efficacy of its products?
Himalaya follows the principles of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) at our world-class manufacturing facility. This enables us to produce herbal products with uniform levels of batch-to-batch consistency and ensures that the customer receives the same high quality product regardless of where it is purchased. We strive to meet customer health needs through well-researched, effective and safe remedies.

Himalaya follows WHO (World Health Organization) protocols for all herbal formulations, and conducts tests on pharmacognosy which is the identification of the botanical origin and purity of the herbs used in our products. We also perform tests using analytical chemistry to ensure the purity of the herbs we use in our products; we look at the viscosity and pH balance of herbs including the identification of active constituents and microbial content, in addition to the total viable count, and the presence of fungus, yeast and mould.

Scientific testing has been a hallmark at Himalaya since 1930 when we embarked on our journey to make quality herbal products.

Some of the directions for use of the pharmaceuticals says t.i.d or b.i.d what does this mean?

t.i.d. means three times a day. It is an abbreviation for “ter in die” which in Latin means three times a day.
b.i.d. means twice (two times) a day. It is an abbreviation for “bis in die” which in Latin means twice a day.

Do any Himalaya products contain alcohol?
None of the Himalaya Herbals products stocked in our shop contain alcohol.

Can Himalaya products be used by both men and women?
All our Personal Care products may safely be used by both men and women.

Can common skin problems such as acne, pimples and blackheads improve with dietary restrictions?
A balanced diet rich in proteins, but restricted in sugar, soft drinks, chocolate and processed food is recommended. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits, and drink two to three liters of water a day to keep skin hydrated and flush out toxins.

Are Himalaya lotions and creams noncomedogenic?
Yes, Himalaya lotions and creams are noncomedogenic which means that they do not clog pores.

Why should face wash be used instead of soap for cleansing the face?
Face washes are typically soap-free formulations, which unlike soap, do not leave the skin feeling stretched or dry and are gentle on the skin.

When is the best time to apply body lotion?
Body lotions are best used after bathing, when your skin is most receptive to hydration.

What is the difference between hair cream and hair oil?
In terms of texture, hair cream is thicker than hair oil. With respect to benefits, they both are excellent sources of conditioning and nourishment for the hair and scalp. Additionally, hair cream enriches hair with protein which encourages hair growth, while a hair oil massage provides relaxation and enhances blood circulation. For smooth and silky hair, it is advisable to apply lukewarm hair oil on your scalp and hair strands.

How often should I shampoo my hair?
The frequency of washing hair largely depends on the hair type and activity level. Shampooing three to four times a week is ideal, using a mild shampoo. Himalaya shampoos are specially formulated for frequent or daily use.

Is it essential to condition hair after shampooing?
The use of conditioners after shampooing adds shine and bounce to hair and leaves it tangle free. Conditioned hair looks thick and shiny. Conditioners also moisturize the dry, flaking scalp, and make hair easier to manage by reducing knots and tangles.

What is the difference between a foaming face wash and a gel-based face wash?
Both types of face washes are soap-free and differ only with respect to the delivery systems – foam-based versus gel-based.

What is the difference between chemical and non-chemical bleach used in toothpastes?
A typical example of a chemical bleach is hydrogen peroxide which is very harsh on teeth and the mucosal layer. It also has associated side effects. Chemical bleach is not suitable for daily use. The non-chemical bleach stain removal systems include enzyme-based technology which acts only on the stain and is gentle on tooth enamel and gums. Non-chemical bleach is suitable for daily use.

Do Himalaya hair oils contain liquid paraffin or mineral oil?
Himalaya hair oils contain a blend of vegetable oil and mineral oil.

Is the use of talc in Himalaya Baby Powder safe for babies?
Baby Powder has talc as its base ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that talc is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).

Does Himalaya Baby Oil contain liquid paraffin or mineral oil?
Himalaya Baby Oil does not contain liquid paraffin or mineral oil; it is a blend of vegetable oils.

What is the best massage oil to use for babies?
Massaging is an extremely beneficial exercise, which relieves symptoms of colic, regulates your baby’s digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems and helps them to relax. Massaging also helps you, as a parent, to become aware your baby’s growth and development. However, it is essential to consult your doctor to learn about the correct massaging techniques. This is because your baby’s body is extremely delicate and is prone to injury.

For babies, it is important to use a herbal baby oil that will soothe and nourish his skin.

We recommend: Himalaya’s Nourishing baby Oil is a light, non staining oil that can be used before bathing as massage oil or for moisturizing after bathing. It contains Olive Oil, which is enriched with vitamin E that protects and softens skin and Winter Cherry, which has a calming effect on your baby.

What is the best bathing procedure for babies?
In warmer climates, it is important to bathe your baby or give him/her sponge baths on a regular basis. First and foremost, you need to keep everything you are likely to keep at hand as you cannot leave your baby alone during bath-time. Fill the baby bath basin with lukewarm water and help your baby to get in. Holding him firmly, apply herbal baby products that are mild and gentle. Post bathing, towel dry your babies thoroughly, apply moisturizer liberally and put on wear clean and comfortable clothes.

We recommend: Enriched with oils of Olive and Almond, Himalaya’s Moisturizing Baby Soap is completely safe to use on baby’s delicate skin. It cleanses and conditions your baby’s skin.