Thursday, January 29, 2009

Herbs for the Hair: Rosemary & Peppermint

Our favorite herb Rosemary has a reputation for promoting hair growth. Over the years we have sold many, many bottles of Rosemary Essential Oil which is massaged into the scalp or added to a bottle of shampoo to help hair to grow. It helps if your hair is thinning from age, stress or medications you may be on. The only time it doesn't work is if the hair follicles are not producing any more (in other words if your hubby is bald...rosemary won't do it). Some folks use a couple of drops of the oil massaged into their scalp before they go to bed at night and then wash in the morning. Others will add a 1 dram bottle of oil to a pint of shampoo and massage it in when they wash. Rosemary is one of the herbs richest in Anti-oxidents and I am sure that is part of its magical effect with hair growth.

Peppermint is also a herb for the hair. I have read it will help hair to curl. We have lots of curls around here and peppermint does not get the credit. Peppermint is a great herb for those who have dry hair. It is also said to promote hair growth as well.

Shampoo Stretcher Recipe
1 C your favorite shampoo or liquid soap

1 C infusion of herbs for the hair. Suggestions: Rosemary, Peppermint, Henna, Sage, Chamomile, Comfrey or Nettle. Simmer any of these or a combination of the above in water

1/2 t lemon juice (for luster)

1 T plain gelatin (for tangles)

Mix. This is a great way to stretch your shampoo and your budget plus it reduces the amount of detergent used on your hair keeping your locks healthier.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love this - do you have a completely shampooless recipe, too? I'm very interested in all natural.