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Last Updated on February 17, 2016 by Ellen Christian
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As I age, I find that my hair is a bit more brittle. I wash and style my hair each day and regularly highlight or color to cover the grey hair (sshh don’t tell). This takes its toll on my hair and I’m sure that it contributes to the weakness and occasional irritation I experience. I have fairly sensitive skin so I want to be sure that I use something on my hair that isn’t going to irritate my scalp. It is easier to make your own hair rinse than try to figure out what product to buy from the store.
Make your Own Hair Rinse
I purchase my dried herbs from either Amazon or my local food coop. I try to buy organic dried herbs to be certain the quality is as high as possible. I like knowing what’s in the products I use. I may not always be able to find an organic alternative but I do try. We are planning on enlarging our herb garden this spring if the snow ever melts. When that happens, I am going to grow some of the herbs that we use regularly to help keep the costs down.
You can start with either dried herbs that you purchase in bulk or with dried herbs in tea bags. I couldn’t find dried nettle loose at my food coop so I purchased nettle tea which is the same thing just packaged in tea bags. I make this hair rinse one use at a time and use it once a week. It leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. You can adjust the amount you make to what works well for you but I would not recommend keeping it in the refrigerator for more than three days since there are no preservatives in it.
- Glass jar or bottle with lid
- Tea strainer if using loose herbs
- 2 Nettle Tea tea bags (or 2 tbsp dried nettle leaves)
- 1 Chamomile tea bag (or 1 tbsp dried chamomile)
- 3 drops of lavender essential oil
- Boil 2 cups of water and add the three tea bags. If you are using dried herbs, put the herbs in a tea strainer and pour the hot water over them to decoct.
- Allow the herbs to steep for at least 30 minutes. The longer they steep, the more essence from the herbs will be in the water.
- Add lavender essential oil to the decoction and stir gently.
- Allow it to come to room temperature and pour over your clean, shampooed hair. Massage in gently.
- Rinse out.
Stinging nettles are rich in silica which helps strengthen both hair and nails. Yes, these are the weeds in your back yard that burn when you touch them. If you want to pick your own, make sure you pick from an area that is not sprayed with chemicals and not near the side of the road to be exposed to car exhaust. Wear gloves to avoid being stung. Pick, dry & decoct as above. They don’t sting when dry.
Chamomile does not grow in zone 4 for me so I buy this at the food co-op. Most grocery stores should carry chamomile tea so if you do not have a bulk source, you can simply use a tea bag. Choose organic when possible. Chamomile is known for its calming and healing properties. It is very soothing and is often used in herbal beauty recipes for that reason. Chamomile hair rinse also brightens light brown or blonde hair which is an added benefit for me.
I use lavender essential oil that is organic. Please do NOT purchase lavender fragrance oil. It is not the same thing. You can find this in many craft stores in the soap making section. Lavender is known for it’s calming benefits plus the scent is amazing and one of my favorites. It can also help to heal wounds so if you have a sensitive scalp, this makes a wonderful choice. It can also help with the treatment of dandruff.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.