I’m in love with herbal hair rinses. The first time I tried one, my hair and scalp were in desperate need of saving. My hair was like straw and my scalp was so dry and itchy.
It was in this condition for a while and it wasn’t a happy time. I knew nothing about using herbs for hair but happened to find a blog post while surfing the web one night.
It was, of course all about herbal hair rinses. So the next day I went out and found a health food store that sold loose herbs. Bought some and rushed home to try them out. The results, well at the time I was so amazed and relieved.
My hair actually softened right up, was shiny and my scalp felt so refreshed. I was sold!
You can choose which herbs that suit your needs and can add other ingredients as well, like essential oils or carrier oil or both.
Herbal rinses will lift residue like hairspray off your hair and scalp and give you a natural clarifying treatment. It’s good to blend cleansing and conditioning herbs together.
Some cleansing herbs like the soap nut will clean your hair and scalp better than most shampoos, but you’ll definitely want to condition afterwards.
Infusing herbs in coconut oil or olive oil and using it as a warm oil treatment is one of the best ways to deliver hydration to your hair and scalp, especially if you’re suffering from a dry itchy scalp.
It’s nice to add a couple of drops of essential oil in as well, especially for the aroma effects.
There are many ways to use herbs externally and they all have very powerful healing properties for your skin and hair. Some can even prevent and reverse grey hair.
Here’s a list of cleansing ( Saponin Herbs )
and conditioning ( Mucilage Herbs )
Aritha/Soap Berries, one of my favourites, Soap Lily, Yucca, Shikakaia, Soap Wort Root
Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm, Irish Moss, Catnip, Comfrey, Amla, Brahmi, Henna, Cassia, Lavender
Basil, Calendula, Chamomile, Horsetail, Lavender, Linden Flowers, Nettle, Parsley Leaf, Rosemary, Sage, Watercress, Green Tea
Dry Hair & Scalp:
Burdock Root, Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey, Leaf, Elder Flowers, Horsetail, Lavender, Marshmallow Root, Nettle, Parsley Leaf, Sage, Green Tea
Oily Hair & Scalp:
Bay Leaf, Burdock Root, Calendula, Chamomile, Horsetail, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Lemon Peel, Lemongrass, Nettle, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Witch Hazel Bark, Yarrow Leaf and Flower, Green Tea, Hisbiscus
To make a rinse
Just simply add about 2 – 3Tb of your herb to 2 cups of water, heat and let steep until it’s cooled enough that you can pour it on your head.
There’s really no wrong way of making a rinse, it’s basically how much you think you’ll need for the amount of hair you have, and the longer it steeps the stronger the brew.
When you’re ready to use your rinse
Grab a couple of bowls so you can rinse and repeat. Once the liquid has pretty much all soaked into your hair, leave it in for up to 30 mins or more. Some people don’t rinse it out until the next shampoo. I find leaving it in for 30 mins and rinsing with lukewarm water does the trick.
Everyone is made differently so just have fun experimenting!