Directions

  1. Place herbs in the measuring cup, and pour the boiling water over them.
  2. Cover with a tea towel.
  3. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain infusion into the plastic cup.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of shampoo and the jojoba or vitamin E oil to the herbal infusion. Add 5 drops of essential oil, if desired, and shake to mix.
  6. To use, shake the mix and shampoo as normal. This diluted shampoo will keep for 2 to 3 days in the shower and up to a week in the refrigerator.

Yield: About 1 cup of herbal shampoo

Rosemary will remove that lingering chemical smell from a new perm and fight dandruff as well. Make a cup of strong rosemary tea by pouring 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of dried herb. Let the mixture steep until cool. Strain out the herb and rub the tea into your hair or use it as a rinse after shampooing. A few drops of rosemary essential oil mixed into a cup of water to make a rinse will also do the trick.

Essential oils are great for styling and freshening hair as well. Add about 10 drops of lavender, basil, lemon, clary sage, or sandalwood essential oil to 1 cup of distilled or spring water. Shake well, mist your hair, and use your fingers to style your hair. Shake the mister before each use to disperse the oils in the water.

Herbs 101

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