Have you ever read the unpronounceable ingredients on the labels of hair conditioners?
phenoxyethanol – sounds like fuel for my car….
butylene glycol – maybe something to refill a lighter with….
behentrimonium methosulfate – and this one just sounds like a no-no!
Well – I’m sure some of you can give accurate definitions, but I prefer to use products that my intellect connects with. ( Having said that, I know what some of you are thinking!)
Assuming there are others out there like me, I am including a recipe for herbal hair rinses today that can be freshly made in a short amount of time and that offer a wonderful alternative for folks of any IQ range who prefer simple and natural over synthetic and nasty.
Herbal Hair Rinse
- 3 Tbsp of dried herbs
- 1/2 Cup Boiling water
- 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 Quart warm water
Pour boiling water over your herbs and let sit for one half hour until warm and herbs are thoroughly infused.
Pour through a strainer and add the herbal liquid to the vinegar and warm water.
Using a bowl or basin to catch the rinse, pour the infusion over your clean wet hair several times, massaging it into your scalp.
Pat dry with a towel and let it air dry.
If you prefer fresh herbs, increase the amount by 3X.
There seem to be endless choices for hair types and purposes, but here are some for you to start with:
Normal hair: Basil, Calendula, Chamomile, Horsetail, Lavender, Nettle, Parsley leaf, Rosemary, Sage
Dry hair and scalp: Burdock root, Comfrey leaf, Elder flowers, Horsetail, Marshmallow root, Nettle
Oily hair and scalp: Bay leaf, Lemon Balm, Lemon peel, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Witch Hazel bark, Yarrow leaf and flower.
Scalp soothers: Burdock root, Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey leaf, Eucalyptus, Horsetail, Lavender, Marshmallow root, Nettle, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.
Hair loss: Basil, Nettle, Rosemary, Sage.
Golden highlights: Calendula, Chamomile, Lemon, Sunflower petals.
Dark highlights: Black Tea, Black Walnut hulls (crushed or chopped), Comfrey root, Nettle, Rosemary, Sage.
Red highlights: Calendula, Henna, Hibiscus flowers, Red Clover flowers, Rose hips, Red Rose petals
Now, you tell me – would you rather come out of the shower smelling like butylene glycol or smelling like a rose?
Try any of these and let us know what you think!
***If you would like to contribute to this feature with your own nerdy thoughts, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org with herb nerd as the subject.