Sometimes I just come across something really wonderful and think, “I have to share that on the blog!!!” Well I was scanning through my emails and came across a newsletter from Herbal Academy of New England. They have boocoos of herbal info on there!

It brought to this post  – Herbs For Healthy Hair which you can find the full article here.

5 Herbs for Healthy Hair

Grace Sutherland and her six sisters were famous for their long hair. Date ca. 1890. -
Grace Sutherland and her six sisters were famous for their long hair. Date ca. 1890. –

Ok now while most of us do not have that long of hair, I still thought it was the epitome of healthy beautiful hair.

If you purchase your herbs, make sure they come from a sustainable, organic, and ethical source. ***From AM – I like Mountain Rose Herbs , also check out their blog – tons of recipes. I like this one – 

Homemade shampoo is not as thick or lathering as store-bought varieties, but it will effectively clean hair with nourishing ingredients and botanicals. Because this shampoo is so much gentler, you can expect that your hair will not feel as squeaky-clean after washing. This is because it will not be stripped of its natural oils!

8 oz water
3 oz Liquid Castille Soap
1-2 TBSP dried organic herbs of choice (see list on link above)
20-60 drops essential oil (see list on link above)
1/4 tsp organic Jojoba or Olive oil (adjust as needed – use more for dry hair or may omit for oily hair)

Make an herbal infusion by pouring boiling water over the herbs, cover, and allow them to steep for at least 4 hours. Strain the herbs out and pour the reserved liquid into a bottle, then add Castille soap and oils. Your herbal shampoo is now ready to use! Always shake well before use since the contents will naturally separate.

 

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or you can check in with a fantastic Organic Farm in NC for some fresh and dried herbs – Gentle Harmony Farm.

Nettle (Urtica dioica) – This wonderful herb not only is chock full of protein, vitamins, and minerals but may also help to stimulate blood flow within the scalp, aiding in hair growth and shine. Nettle is used to prevent dandruff as well as to stimulate blood flow to the scalp.

 *** I personally have been growing and harvesting my own nettle. It is so exciting when you can grow something yourself AND make your medicine, tea and salves from it. From what I understand, Nettle is also beneficial to hair loss in promoting growth. We shall see!!! Also in Ga it is super easy to grow , just wear your gloves – no joke and long sleeves when harvesting unless you want some nasty stings***

Green tea (Camellia sinensis) – High in antioxidants as well as containing some trace vitamins and minerals, green tea is another popular stimulant for the scalp.

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) – Horsetail, a grassy smelling and astringent herb, has been used in many traditions for hair health and maintenance. There are some claims that this benefit is due to the herb’s silica content, but in fact, most forms of silica are not water soluble. The benefits of this herb for your hair are likely due to its ability as a vulnerary, which when used externally, helps to heal skin wounds and inflammation.

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) – Just like horsetail, oatstraw contains B vitamins and minerals. Oatstraw, the dried milky tops from oats, has all of the anti-inflammatory properties that oats do, helping to aid in healing itchy or raw scalps, and even dandruff. Oatstraw adds softness and shine to your hair due to its rich silica content and soothing properties.

***I LOVE Oatstraw since it is so nourishing and soothing to the whole body.

Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) – This tasty herb, used frequently in our kitchens, is very good at helping to stimulate the scalp which may potentially aid in growth. Rinsing with rosemary can also help to relieve the scalp of product buildup and close the hair follicles making your hair appear softer and shinier. 

Hair care: Rosemary oil and rosemary teas are widely used for hair care in shampoos and lotions. Regular use of rosemary oil helps to stimulate follicles, making hair grow longer and stronger. It is also believed that rosemary oil slows down premature hair loss and graying of the hair. Therefore, it is an excellent tonic for bald people or those who are beginning to show signs on male pattern baldness.

Rosemary essential oil is also beneficial for dry and flaky scalps. Regular massaging of the scalp with rosemary oil nourishes the scalp and removes dandruff. Furthermore, it is often mixed with tea tree oil and basil oil to alternately treat scalp problems. For many years, rosemary has been combined with olive oil as a way to darken and strengthen hair by using hot oil treatments.

Coconut Oil – OK not an herb but natural as it gets and as good outside as it for you inside! Use it for dry, damaged hair and flaky scalp. Wet your hair and coat it in coconut oil, wrap in a towel for 15 minutes or if you are in the shower, do all your other business and then wash out the coconut oil with shampoo. Silky soft!!!

Calendula – If you have light hair, use calendula petals infused in water as a hair rinse or added to your castille soap/shampoo.  Use the strong tea as a hair rinse to bring out blonde and brunette highlights. It also makes your hair soft and shiny. Recipe – How to make calendula tea –
Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons dried calendula petals. (double for fresh petals) Steep for 10 minutes, then strain. To make a strong infusion, let the calendula steep for an hour or even overnight.

Sage – Known for its darkening effect on hair so for those of you that are naturally brunnette or black headed and are getting to that age…ahem…distinguished look…try this to cover those greys. 🙂 Use same recipe above replacing calendula with sage.

The old Apple Cider Vinegar rinse – for soft and shiny hair. Diluted with water, it also invigorates the scalp and helps to eliminate dandruff. 

Here  is a cool recipe from Herbal Academy of NE – I HAVE to make this tomorrow!!!! If you try it let me know what ya think or if you have any favorite herbal recipes that work for you.

Healthy Hair Tea & Rinse

 

Ingredients

2 parts green tea
1 parts nettle leaf
1 part horsetail
1 part oatstraw
1 part rosemary (optional for hair rinse tea)

Directions

Tea

  • In a bowl, gently mix tea ingredients together with a spoon and keep in an air-tight container.
  • Steep 1-3 tablespoons of loose leaf tea in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes.
  • Strain tea and  enjoy! You can make this in bulk and keep it in the fridge to drink all week.

Hair Rinse

  • In a bowl, gently mix tea ingredients together with a spoon and keep in an air-tight container.
  • Steep 1/4 cup of loose leaf tea in 2 cups water for 20+ minutes. You can leave tea steeping overnight for an even stronger infusion.
  • Strain tea and let cool.
  • After cleansing your hair, rinse with your healthy hair tea. You can simply pour over your head or put cooled tea in a spray bottle and spray onto hair and comb through. There is no need to rinse your hair after using this herbal tea hair rinse.
  • For more recipes, check out this fabulous book by Dina Falconi – Earthly Bodies, Heavenly Hair

Have a great night – 

Anne-Marie

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