A wide range
of herbal ingredients has been used through the ages to improve and enchance
what nature provided.
Usually producers of hair care products operates four hair types: dry,
greasy, normal or "problem" hair, but herbal trichologists state
that all hair is normal for that person and problems should first be dealt
with by looking holistically at a person: that is, looking at his or her
lifestyle. Too many spicy foods, fats and sugars can be responsible for
greasy hair and synthetic shampoos can create dry hair. There is also
concern about the effects that medicated shampoos can have on the hair
and scalp if used routinely. Streets, hormonal changes, lack of sleep,
too much sun, chemical hair treatments, rinses and dyes all cause hair
hair and any hair lacking luster will benefit from a warm oil treatment
before a shampoo. Make a herbal oil using one of the above herbs and a
polyunsaturated vegetable oil such as peach kernel, almond or sunflower.
Alternatively, add 6 drops of essential oil to 2 tbsp (30 ml) of almond
oil or any vegetable oil. Warm the oil, pour a small amount into your
palm and rub your hands together. Massage well into the scalp and along
the hair strands. Repeat as necessary. Cover the head with foil and a
plastic shower cap and wrap in a hot towel when it cools. Try to leave
on for 20 to 30 minutes for greatest penetration, then wash off with a
Herbs used in hair care:
To condition dry
hair burdock root, comfrey, elderflowers, marsh mallow, parsley,
sage, stinging nettle.
condition greasy hair calendula, horsetail, lemon juice, lemon
balm, lavender, mints, rosemary, southernwood, witch hazel and yarrow.
prevent dandruff burdock root, chamomile, garlic and onion bulbs
(powerful but unpleasantly scented), goosegrass, parsley, rosemary,
southernwood, stinging, nettle and thyme.
soothe scalp irritation catmint (leaves and flowering tops),
provide a hair tonic (giving body and luster) calendula, goosergrass,
horsetail, lime flowers, nasturtium, parsley, rosemary, sage, southernwood,
stinging nettles and watercress.
dispel lice an infusion of quassia chips, poke root, or juniper
berries with a tablespoon of cider vinegar. Apply at two-week intervals,
1 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. basil oil
1 tsp. lavender oil
1 tbsp. aloe vera gel
In a dark glass bottle, combine 1 teaspoon each of rosemary, basil and
lavender essential oils. Mix 5 drops of this mixture with 1 tablespoon
of burdock oil and 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Massage it into your
scalp a few hours before shampooing your hair.
Burdock oil is used to improve hair strength, shine and body, and combat
hair loss. It was also used as a herbal remedy to get rid of dandruff
and scalp itching, and to promote healing of skin and scalp conditions.
Modern studies indicate that burdock-root oil extract is rich in phytosterols
and essential fatty acids, nutrients required for a healthy scalp and
natural hair growth. Massaging your scalp with essential oils can stimulate
of massage-oil with castor oil
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp. cognac
1 tbsp. burdock oil
1 tbsp. castor oil
1 tbsp. onion juice
of massage-oil: Mumio Hair Nourishing Mask
Mumijo (Mumio) is a widely used in traditional medicine for inside and outside usage. In particular in a hair loss and scalp treatment. The unique combination of organic and inorganic compounds included in mumijo helps to accelerate the processes of skin regeneration. More about Mumio (Mumijo).
1 tbsp. aloe juice
1 tsp. garlic juice
1 tbsp honey
250 ml water
0,5 g mumijo (2-3 pills)
Mumio (Mumijo) Hair Nourishing Mask makes hair thicker and healthier. Mix aloe juice, juice of garlic honey, after dissolve 2-3 pills of mumijo in this mixture. Add two yolks and mash all together with a wooden spoon. Apply the composition to hair and rub it into head skin. Dress a plastic cap and wrap with a towel. Leave for 30-40 minutes and wash a head with a shampoo. More home made recipes based on mumio.
quick herbal shampoo
Pour one application of a mild baby shampoo in to a cap and add 2tbsp
(30 ml) of a strong decoction of your selected herb, or 4 drops of essential
oil. Mix together and use in the normal manner.
& Egg Shampoo
5 tbsp. natural henna powder
1 cup warm water
juice of 1/2 lemon
Prepare a thick paste by mixing the egg and the henna into the warm water.
Leave the mixture to set for one hour, then add the lemon juice to fix
the colour. Apply gently and thoroughly to hair and scalp. For best results,
wait for at least two hours or until completely dry before rinsing out
hair with warm water. Note: some people prefer to leave the mixture in
overnight, in a hair pack.
This shampoo, used for centuries in India and the Middle East, has now
found its way to the West. Natural henna will leave your hair strengthened
and shinier, adding a light brown tinge to it. It also acts as a natural
coolant for the scalp.
1 litre cold water
1 tsp. apple vinegar
Mix together water and apple vinegar and rinse through hair.
This blend of apple vinegar and water is used as a conditioner to add
shine, or just as a treatment for the hair itself.
Herbs for skin disorders:
Nettles common leaf,
fixes for flakes
you are plagued with dandruff, follow one or more of these natural remedies:
Spike your shampoo. Add 3-4 drops of tea tree oil (Melaleuca
alternifolia), an antiseptic herb, to a palm-size amount of gentle shampoo
just before washing your hair.
* Massage your scalp while shampooing to loosen flakes, but
avoid scratching, which will create sores.
Rinse with antiseptic herbs. Boil 2 rounded tablespoons of
(or herbs mixture) in 1 cup of water for 5 to 7 minutes. Cool, strain,
and massage tea through shampooed hair and into your scalp. Do not rinse
* Get you biotin. This vitamin like nutrient may prevent and
treat dandruff. Good sources include brewer's yeast, cheese, and rice
* Reduce stress. Dandruff (and other skin conditions such as
eczema) can be worsened by high levels of stress. Practice yoga or tai
chi, take natural antidepressants
Indian Recipes for Hair Treatment
Henna provides amazing benefits for hair. It is well-known for its capabilities as a conditioner for hair and its versatility is also widely appreciated. By applying it in its paste form mixed with appropriate ingredients, any kind of hair can be made shinier, smoother, and more manageable. The ingredients with which henna can be mixed with include yoghurt, egg, lemon juice, and coffee. You can also add a full teaspoon of pure olive or coconut oil, if your hair is dry. The paste is washed it off around 45 minutes to an hour after application to your head. It also increases the functionality of scalp by removing the wastes and impurities that have accumulated on it. Its rich content of necessary ingredients makes your hair stronger and it can also give your hair gloss and smoothness. You hair will be able to withstand factors that could damage its health and it also appears thicker.
Shikakai, known as “fruit for the hair”, is effective in cleaning the hair by keeping all its natural oils intact. Shikakai nuts are the source of shikakai powder. Shikakai is believed to encourage hair growth and make hair roots stronger. You can experience maximum benefits by applying 1 tablespoon of shikakai powder combined with 1 tablespoon each of amla powder, bhringraj and aritha powder. Put this mixture into a cup of boiling water and keep the infusion undisturbed for 10 minutes. For those suffering from dandruff attack or problems with their scalp, adding 1 teaspoon of neem powder to this blend is advisable. Also supplement the mixture with 1 teaspoon of liquid castile soap if you are one with oily hair. After cooling the mixture can be used to wash your hair. Be careful to rinse properly using warm water. According to your choice, you can go for hair conditioning with amla and brahmi oils after the mixture is applied and washed off.
Hesh Amla Powder
Hesh Amla Powder is a natural powder having the capability to act as an astringent and skin toner. It has got benefits for both your skin and hair. In its paste form, this powder promotes hair growth and helps to keep the hair loss to a minimum. It also protects the scalp from any infections and helps keep premature hair graying at bay. You can apply Amla Powder by soaking it with hot water in an iron vessel. The amount of hot water should be chosen adequately and use iron vessel as much as possible for soaking. Allow the soaked Amla Powder to sit for a whole night. In the morning, wash your hair with the resultant extract. You can repeat this process every 3rd or 4th day.
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