1. Decide which blend of herbs you want to use: herbs for dark hair, light hair, or red hair. Place 1 cup of the appropriate herb blend in the glass jar.
  2. Pour enough vinegar over the herbs to cover them completely. (In winter, Julie heats the vinegar in a non-aluminum pan until it's almost ready to boil. Then she pours the hot vinegar over the herbs into a heat-proof glass jar.)
  3. Cap the jar.
  4. Let the jar sit in the sun for 2 weeks

Herbs for light hair

2 parts stinging nettle leaves 1 part chamomile flowers

1 part calendula flowers

(Calendula officinalis )

Herbs for red hair

2 parts stinging nettle leaves I part hibiscus flowers

I part safflower flowers (Carmamus tinciorius)

  1. Strain, label, and date. Store in a cool, dark place. The herbal vinegar will keep at least several years.
  2. To use, dilute the herbal vinegar with an equal amount of water to fill the squeeze bottle.
  3. After shampooing, squeeze about Vi cup of the vinegar rinse over your hair. Keep your eyes closed as you massage the mixture into your scalp for a few minutes, then rinse.

Yield: 1 quart of herbal hair rinse p

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