Tonditioning Hair

To improve your hair texture and condition your scalp, try this simple herb-infused oil from Mariam Massaro, herbalist and owner of Wise Ways Herbals, a mail-order supplier of natural body care products in Worthington, Massachusetts. "This treatment cleans and stimulates the scalp," she explains. "You'll reap lustrous results after just two or three weeks."

Mariam recommends using dried or wilted herbs when making an infused oil to reduce excess moisture. To wilt fresh herbs, dry them on a screen or between newspaper for a day or two, as shown on page 232. In the summer months, Mariam saves time and energy by using the sun to infuse the oil: Simply pour the oil over the herbs and let it sit outside for two weeks. There's no need to heat the oil first.

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