Friday, January 30, 2009

Herbs for the Hair: Dandruff Rinse

This recipe is an adaptation from Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal Book

Vinegar hair rinses keep indefinitely so feel free to make a large batch. Vinegar rinses are good for itchy scalps, dandruff and dull hair. Surprisingly, vinegar is effective on both Oily and Dry Hair. It helps to restore the natural acidity of the scalp. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, try it any way, I think you will find that the scent doesn't linger and that the essential oils help to lesson the smell of the vinegar.

Fill an empty jar half full with Rosemary, Basil, Lavender and Peppermint, use either fresh or dried.
Cover with vinegar (Apple Cider is our favorite)
Let steep for 3 weeks
Strain well
Add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, or Lemon Essential Oil
(You can modify this recipe and use any combination of the above herbs and oils.)
To use on your hair, dilute this vinegar with distilled water
For oily hair: Use 1 part rinse to 4 parts water
For dry hair: Use 1 part rinse to 6 parts water


Anonymous said...

Thanks! This sounds easy and nice to try.

Willow said...

I've recently picked up herbalism as a hobby. Soaps, candles, etc. I was looking for something for dandruff and this post was really helpful! Thank you for the post =)

carol said...

Dandruff is a very common problem and I should try one of these remedies soon

Anonymous said...

Good Informative Post! Dandruff is a very common skin condition that nearly all people experience at one point in their lives regardless of age or ethnicity.

The most common cause of dandruff is dry skin. There are other causes, too. Irritated skin, psoriasis, eczema and a yeast-like fungus can also cause this disorder. Sometimes using the wrong hair care products also cause irritations on your scalp. When these irritations get out of control you suffer from dandruff, too.

Dandruff Remedies

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