I have been on a hair kick lately so I thought I would Post a bunch of all natural uses for herbs in hair care. I am also adding a recipe to make an easy herbal infusion for using the herbs of choice. Some I have tried and some I haven't. It would be interesting to see if anyone else has used herbs for hair care and how they have worked for you. I am always looking for great tips, lol.
HERBS USED IN HAIR CARE:
Herbs for Dry Hair:
Burdock root, comfrey, elderflowers, Lavender , marsh mallow, parsley, sage, stinging nettle.
Herbs for Damaged Hair:
sage, rose, calendula, chamomile, burdock, thyme, rosemary
Herbs for Oily Hair:
Calendula, horsetail, lemon juice, lemon balm, lemongrass, lavender, mints, rosemary, southernwood, witch hazel and yarrow.
Herbs to Prevent and Treat Dandruff:
burdock root, chamomile, garlic and onion bulbs (powerful but unpleasantly scented), goosegrass, parsley, rosemary, southernwood, stinging nettle and thyme.
Herbs that Soothe the Scalp:
Catmint (leaves and flowering tops), chamomile, comfrey, lavender, thyme, Yarrow
Herbs for Fine Hair:
chamomile, clary sage, rose, lime blossom, birch
Herbs for Curly Hair:
lemon, burdock, lavender
Herbs to Provide Luster and Body for Thin Hair:
Calendula, goosergrass, horsetail, Licorice, lime flowers, nasturtium, parsley, rosemary, sage, southernwood, stinging nettles and watercress.
Herbs for Hair Shine:
Horsetail, Parsley, Nettles, Rosemary, Sage, Calendula
Herbs for Hair Growth:
Aloe, Arnica, Birch, Burdock, Catmint, catnip, Chamomile, Horsetail, Licorice, Marigold, Nettles, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Southernwood and Stinging nettle
Herbs for Thinning Hair:
Burdock, Catnip, Nettle, Chamomile, Lavender, Rosemary, Saw Palmetto, Thyme, Yucca
Simple Ways How To Make An Herbal Infusion:
Place herbs in a glass container. Pour 2 cups boiled water over the herbs to cover. Cover glass container with a tight fitting lid or a saucer to keep steam from escaping. Allow to cool then strain the herbs.
To use an Herbal Infusion:
Use as a final hair rinse after shampooing and conditioning.
Can be added to homemade shampoo
1.)Place about 1/2 -1 cup roots, herbs or flowers in a teabag or tea ball before adding to 43 cups water.
2.)Simmer or steep in water for 20 minutes. Allow to cool. Drain herbs.
3.) Apply as a final rinse, AFTER shampoo and conditioner.
For a stronger tea, place herbs in a glass jar. Pour boiling water over herbs, cover and let sit for anywhere between 24 hours to a week.