Herbal rinses: What are they and how to use them

As many of you might already know; herbs can have many beneficial when it comes to healthcare. But what some of you might not know, is that herbs also can have a great effect when it comes to hair and skin care.

In yesterday’s post I already briefly mentioned herbal rinses, so today I’ll be telling you about how I use them to take better care of my hair.

So, about my hair: My hair is kind of a strawberry blonde and I really like that color. I don’t have much of a hair problem, besides some dryness at the tips of my hair and a bit of a lack of shine. It also has the tendency to go greasy very fast, although that’s already reduced a lot since I don’t wash my hair everyday anymore.

My herbal rinses usually contain these ingredients:

  • Birch leafs (for strengthening and against hair loss)
  • Catnip (to help with preventing split ends and to making the hair thicker)
  • Camomile (to help me keep the blonde tones in my hair and against oily hair)
  • Dandelion leafs (against hair loss)
  • Hibiscus (to bring out the red tones in my hair)
  • Nettle (to help strengthen my hair and to stimulate hair growth)
  • Peppermint (to stimulate the scalp)
  • Red clover (to help with thickening the hair and to help it grow)
  • Rosemary (for great shine, against oily hair, to prevent hair loss and to stimulate hair growth)

Overview herbs copy

These are the herbs I use for my herbal rinse

Those are just herbs that I have on hand and that I like to use. You can of course make the rinse entirely to your own liking.

What you need

What you need to make your herbal rinse, besides the herbs

So, how do I make a rinse out of these herbs and how do I use the rinse?

  • First, collect your herbs in a jar with a lit on it (I use an old Nutella jar). You need the lit to seal the jar, so the warmth of the water you’ll be adding will extract all the goodness out of the herbs.
  • Boil some water and pour over the herbs.

Before and after

  • Seal the jar with the lit and let the herbs stand there for at least 1 hour.
  • Make sure that before you use the rinse the water has been cooled off!
  • When you’re ready to use the extract, use a sieve to separate the water (which you’ll be using) and the herbs. Poor the water in another container (I use a measuring cup).
  • Go into the shower and just wash your hair like you would normally do. If you use conditioner, just go ahead.
  • When you’re all done, take the herbal rinse and pour it over your wet hair (I like to do that while I’m still in the shower, so I won’t make a mess). Squeeze the excess of water out of your hair and style like you normally would (for me that would be wrapping my hair in a towel for a while, take it off, model my hair with my hands and just let it air dry).

End result

The end result

When my hair is dry I always have a nice shine to it and I’ve noticed that after a few times of doing an herbal rinse, my hair starts to look and feel better.

So here’s a short overview of hair problems and which herbs you might want to use to help you to solve them:

  • Normal hair: Basil, Calendula, Chamomile, Horsetail, Lavender, Linden flowers, Nettle, Parsley leaf, Rosemary, Sage, Watercress
  • Dry hair and scalp: Burdock root, Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey leaf, Elder flowers, Horsetail, Lavender, Marshmallow root, Nettle, Parsley leaf, Sage.
  • Oily hair and scalp: Bay leaf, Burdock root, Calendula, Chamomile, Horsetail, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Lemon peel, Lemongrass, Nettle, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Witch Hazel bark, Yarrow leaf and flower.
  • Scalp conditions (dandruff, sensitive skin, inflammation, itchiness, dermatitis): Burdock root, Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey leaf, Eucalyptus, Horsetail, Lavender, Marshmallow root, Nettle, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.
  • Hair loss/thinning: Basil, Nettle, Rosemary, Sage.
  • Golden highlights: Calendula, Chamomile, Lemon, Sunflower petals.
  • Dark highlights: Black Tea, Black Walnut hulls (crushed or chopped), Comfrey root, Nettle, Rosemary, Sage.
  • Red highlights: Calendula, Henna, Hibiscus flowers, Red Clover flowers, Rose hips, Red Rose petals.

Source: http://www.herbfest.net/cosmetic-herbs/277-how-to-use-herbs-for-your-hair-color-and-conditon

If you would like to know why you should use certain herbs; here’s a short list of herbs and what benefits they might have for your hair:

  • Aloe vera: Hydrating, soft hair, brings shine, works as a natural gel
  • Amla: Conditioner, darkens, helps with cleaning the hair, anti-dandruff, stimulates hair growth, hair strengthener, brings shine
  • Basil: Improves general condition of the hair, helps with dandruff
  • Birch leaf: Darkens the hair, against hair loss, strengthens hair
  • Catnip:  Reduces split ends, increased hair thickness, increased hair quantity and helps against irritation of the scalp
  • Cedar: Stimulates hair growth
  • Chamomile: Against oily hair, dandruff, strengthens hair, makes color lighter
  • Cornflower: Helps with gray hair
  • Dandelion: Anti-dandruff, hair loss
  • Elderflower: Makes color lighter, soothes irritated skin, against scalp problems
  • Fenugreek: Conditioner, binder for henna, stimulates hair growth, stimulates scalp, against dandruff, strengthens natural hair
  • Hibiscus: Makes hair more reddish
  • Lavender: Soft hair, brings shine, against scalp problems
  • Marigold: Makes color blond/reddish
  • Marshmallow: Nourishing, hydration, binder for henna
  • Nettle: Strengthens hair, brings luster, stimulates hair growth, helps with dandruff and itching, stimulates scalp
  • Peppermint: Stimulates the scalp by allowing increased blood flow to the hair follicles
  • Red clover: Hair thickening, growth stimulating
  • Rosemary: Darkens the hair, brings shine, very good for oily hair, hair loss, dandruff and itching, stimulates hair growth
  • Sage: Darkens the hair, strengthens hair, brings shine, anti-dandruff, helps with scalp problems

If you already have some herbs lying around but don’t know what they can do for your hair, or if you want to know more about herbs, I recommend going online to search for information specified to your needs.

I bought my herbs at an online healthcare store, but you can also buy a lot of herbs at your local healthcare store and even find them in the nature surrounding you (make sure you know what you’re doing though! Never use something you picked out of the wild without being 100% sure what it is!).

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