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Cleanse your hair and scalp while infusing it with shine, luster and radiant health by creating your own herbal remedies. Herbs not only add fragrance to the mix, they also boost your hair and scalp with their healing properties to improve your hair's appearance. As an added bonus, herbal remedies help you skip using harsh chemicals and detergents that cleanse the scalp while potentially damaging your hair.
When you’re making an herbal remedy to cleanse your scalp, choose herbs -- or combinations of herbs -- that smell pleasing and meet your scalp’s specific needs. After all, different herbs have different benefits for your hair and scalp. Some of the best herbs for cleansing include goosegrass, soapwort, lime, rosemary and witch hazel. Other herbs treat specific conditions: Soothe an irritated scalp with catmint, encourage vigorous growth with nasturtium, or prevent and treat dandruff with burdock, southernwood and stinging nettle.
You don't need to use commercial shampoos to properly clean and treat your scalp. Make your own herbal shampoo to control the quality of the ingredients, avoid potentially irritating chemicals and tailor the mixture to your scalp and hair needs. There are many different recipes for making your own shampoo. At its most basic, the mixture should combine equal parts of pure baby shampoo, organic shampoo base or dissolved, unscented soap with the herbs of your choice. Make a more intricate shampoo by combining 1/2 cup of organic shampoo base for every 2 cups of distilled water; add 20 drops of essential oil and 4 tablespoons of the herbs of your choosing.
Herbal rinses, which are used as a final rinse after washing your hair, are effective in removing soap buildup from the scalp; they also control itching associated with dandruff, restoring the natural balance of your scalp's skin and thoroughly cleansing your hair. One of the best bases for an herbal rinse is apple-cider vinegar -- a hard-working ingredient that cleanses and conditions the scalp. Although it can be used on its own, adding herbs to the rinse increases it therapeutic power while lending a more pleasant scent. After shampooing and rinsing your hair, use the herb and vinegar rinse; let it sit for five minutes and rinse your scalp and hair once more with water.
Incorporating herbal tea is another effective way to cleanse the scalp after shampooing. Unlike an herbal rinse, apply the tea to your hair after shampooing and leave it in. To make an herbal tea for hair, combine equal parts of the herbs of your choosing with boiled water. In general, use approximately 4 teaspoons of herbs for every 1 quart of water. Let the concoction steep for at least an hour before straining into a container.
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