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[ 24 Apr 2012 | 27 Comments ]

Green tea is made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, according to the United States Department of Agriculture green tea has a high flavanoid content. Though this content may vary in different tea products. Green tea is said to be cancer fighting and and disrupts the production of harmful bacteria.
Why are we interested in green tea rinse for hair?

Green tea stimulates hair growth and combats hair loss. The antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that is present in green tea is said to stimulate the hair follicles.

Green tea is very …

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[ 23 Apr 2012 | 4 Comments ]

Black tea is a product made from the camellia sinesis plant. Black tea leaves were once green tea leaves, which were blown on, withered and then oxidized. Studies indicate that the compounds contained in black tea – theaflavins and thearubigens – not only contribute to black teas distinct flavor and color but also provides numerous health benefits, such as cardiovascular health benefits, lower prevalence of diabetes and cancer prevention.
Why are we interested in black tea for hair?

Black tea contains 2% to 4% caffeine, and in recent years various studies have …

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[ 22 Apr 2012 | 12 Comments ]

Peppermint wears two hats, it is widely known as a stimulant and a relaxant. Generally, it stimulates the body’s circulation but it also calms the nerves. There are several reasons why peppermint is used as a tea, it is undisputedly one of the best teas to drink when you need to calm an upset stomach and it relieves indigestion.
It is also used to cleanse the pores on your face and gives your skin a healthy glow. The tea can also be used as a rejuvenating bath to relax and calm …

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[ 19 Apr 2012 | 2 Comments ]

Hibiscus is the generic name given to hundreds of species of flowering plants found in the Malvaceae family. These plants are native to tropical and sub-tropical countries throughout the world. Hibiscus is also known as flor de Jamaica, sorrel, rose mallow and Roselle. Whatever, you know it as; the flowers for this plant are quite beautiful and quite useful. Some uses are:

Landscaping- the flowers are really pretty.
Paper making- the kenaf species is used to make paper
Drinks- The hibiscus species called sorrel is a popular drink in Jamaica and other Caribbean …

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[ 18 Apr 2012 | No Comment ]

Burdock root is another plant that is widely used as a rinse. The plant has been in use for centuries because of its medicinal values. The burdock root contains an array of nutrients including calcium, iron, potassium and amino acids. Burdock root is also an effective anti fungal and antibacterial agent. Uses for burdock include:

Food and Drink- popular feature in European and Asian cuisine
Medicine- Burdock root oil extract is used to treat scalp conditions, burdock leaves are used for pain management in burn situations, it is also used as a …

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[ 17 Apr 2012 | 10 Comments ]

Stinging nettle is good for hair and I was surprised to find out that it was the same weed that is found in the countryside that will itch you if it catches your skin. Indeed, most of us think of the stinging nettle as a pest. However, this particular weed is reportedly high in calcium, iron, magnesium, chromium, potassium, and zinc, as well as vitamins A, B, C, D and K.
In peak season, stinging nettle can contain up to 25% protein dry weight. This is very high for a green …

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[ 16 Apr 2012 | 9 Comments ]

I’m a lucky chica
And I’ve just got to tell ya
That I love this herb endlessly
Because hair grows where my Rosemary goes
And nobody knows like me…
Really that’s how I hear the Edison Lighthouse song, which was produced long before I was born. As you can probably tell from my posts I love oldies music and though I have butchered the line above the emotions are so true. I did a search for rosemary on this site and I mention rosemary a lot! It must be love. I have the plant in …

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[ 15 Apr 2012 | 12 Comments ]

Have you ever heard of using tea rinses for hair? It is the same thing as using unsweetened herbal infusions on your hair to penetrate the hair strands thus giving the active ingredients in the various tea mixtures a chance to nourish the hair. There are numerous tea infusions that can be used on the hair, usually if the herb is used as oil or has other benefits for hair, then it can be used in its raw, steeped form.
Herbs like rosemary, stinging nettle, burdock root and even peppermint can …

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[ 20 Oct 2011 | 38 Comments ]

There are many versions of this recipe and I have tried them all. Before I knew that black hair rinse was good for premature grayness I knew that it was excellent for shedding. Which makes this recipe an excellent alternative to premature grayness and shedding.
Black tea will temporarily darken your hair (whatever your starting color) and added with rosemary you will love the effects.
3 heaping tablespoons of loose black tea leaves
1 heaping tablespoon of rosemary leaves
4 cups boiling water
1. Steep black tea leaves and rosemary in boiling water for approximately …