Herbal Remedies for Hair

Hair Problems

 

We have to be realistic and face the fact that hair problems such as limp, damaged or thinning hair will not be life threatening, keep you bedridden or cause you to run for pain killers.  The only thing that hair problems caused is purely hurting your vanity.  However vanity, or at least self-esteem and confidence, can be extremely important to emotional health.  Hence if you are facing some hair problems, there is no need to feel embarrassed about taking efforts to remedy the problems.

 

Some of us are lucky enough to have hair that is neither too dry or too oily.  Most of us may have to cope with whatever kind of hair problems that can arise throughout our lifetime.  Fortunately we are not really helpless as there are natural healing herbal remedies that can help turn our problematic or unruly tangles into elegant tresses.  The power of plants are manifold, offering a wide range of truly effective yet natural products to help improve the condition of your hair.

 

Burdock

 

Burdock decoctions can help to keep the scalp healthy as well as add luster to dull-looking hair if they are taken internally.   Another way is to use burdock as a scalp lotion for massages or for rinsing hair after shampooing.

  1. Burdock decoction preparation - Place 2 oz of chopped burdock roots into one quart of water and let it boil for a0 minutes.

  2. Burdock scalp lotion prepartion - Add 3 oz of freshly chopped burdock to half a quart of rum.

Chamomile

 

Chamomile is highly recommended for blond hair as it can help restore luster and provide hair with a pleasant odor.

  1. Chamomile scalp lotion preparation - Place 1 oz of dried chamomile flowers into a quart of water and let it soak overnight.

  2. Chamomile decoction preparation - This concentrated chamomile decoction can be used to rinse hair after washing.  Boil 2 oz of chamomile flowers in a quart of water for about 20 minutes.  Filter and use.

Leek

 

Leek infusions provide the same benefit for brown and reddish hair that chamomile does for blond hair.

  1. Just add a pinch of leek seeds into a cup of boiled water then infused for 10 minutes.

Sage

 

Sage infusions can help to stimulate hair growth.  When applied as a lotion, sage can help in nourishing the scalp and preventing hair loss.

  1. Sage infusion preparation - Place 1 oz of dried sage in one quart of boiled water then set aside to infuse for 15 minutes.  Rinse hair with this infusion.

  2. Sage scalp lotion preparation - Use equal parts of rum and sage tincture which can be bought in herbal and health food stores.  Rub the sage scalp lotion into the scalp daily.

Herbal Shampoos

 

If you can find the time, making your very own natural herbal shampoos and rinses will definitely be more beneficial for your hair compared to buying commercial hair products as they will smell better, work better and cost a lot less.  Take note of the type of herbs to use for the different types of hair:

  • Blond or light brown hair - use chamomile, nettle or mullein

  • Dark brown hair - use parsley, marjoram and/or cinnamon

  • Red hair - use juniper, hibiscus or sage

  • Black hair - use sage, lavender, rosemary or thyme

In fact, the herbal shampoo formulas are rather simple.  To prepare a herbal infusion or decoction:

  1. Use 1 oz of the herb of your choice per half quart of water then let it boil for 10 minutes.

  2. Set aside to stand overnight.

  3. Pour into a stainless steel or enamel container.

  4. Add 1 oz of grated castile soap.  Castile soap will not remove the hair's natural oils.

  5. Stir constantly over low heat.

  6. Remove from heat and set aside to cool to a lukewarm temperature.

  7. Add 1 - 2 drops of essential oil of the plant that is recommended for your hair type.

  8. Store in a warm location as the mixture can solidify in the cold.

Natural Hair Rinses

 

To make natural hair rinses,  first use cider vinegar immediately after shampooing to rinse out all the soap.  Next tone your scalp by rinsing again with sage, thyme or rosemary.  Thyme is especially effective.  Make this herbal decoction to use:

  1. Place 1 oz of the plant in one quart of water.

  2. Let it boil over low heat for about 20 minutes.

For the final hair rinse, mix lemon with water then use it to rinse your hair.  This will help to make your hair more lustrous and supple.

 

Dry Hair Treatment

 

Hair treatment for dry hair can be simple and natural. 

  1. First prepare a herbal shampoo using sage, burdock or quince seeds.  To make the herbal shampoo, just follow the steps describe in the Herbal Shampoos section above.

  2. Add two egg yolks and one teaspoon of almond oil to the herbal shampoo and mix them in a blender.

  3. Use this to shampoo twice then rinse with the appropriate plant.

  4. Follow this guideline to rub a few drops of essential oil between shampoos on your hands, coat your hair brush with the essential oil then brush your hair from the roots outwards.

    • For light hair - use chamomile essential oil

    • For dark hair - use rosemary essential oil

  5. Try to also protect your hair against direct sunlight.

Greasy Hair Treatment

  1. Prepare the herbal castile soap shampoo following the steps listed in the Herbal Shampoos section.  The herbs to use should be lavender, marigold, mint or yarrow.

  2. Do not use too much shampoo when washing your hair.

  3. Add a teaspoon of cider vinegar to a plant-based decoction that is suitable for your hair colour then use that to rinse your hair.

Dull or Brittle Hair Treatment

  1. Place 2/3 oz of sage in one quart of water then boil for 20 minutes.

  2. Filter and press well.

  3. Add in the juice of 1/2 lemon.

  4. Use this herbal preparation as a final rinse.

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