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[ 20 Apr 2012 | 4 Comments ]

Horsetail is one of those herbs for hair that you are not really aware of until someone mentions it and then you see it popping up on most of your organic hair care products list. The plant is called horsetail because of the thin; branchlike leaves which in some ways are similar to the hair of a horse’s tail. There is a reason why horsetail seem to be omnipresent in natural product preparations, it contains high mineral levels including silica and contains other ingredients such as potassium, selenium and manganese. …

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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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[ 30 Oct 2011 | 4 Comments ]

Stinging nettle is known as a weed that is quite bothersome. If it touches your skin it stings, creating little bumps that really itch. However, this weed is very versatile and can do wonders for your hair. The stinging nettle is rich in iron, silicon, and potassium. And is very high in vitamins A and C. When dried, nettles are 40% protein. Additionally, they lose their stinging ability when placed in water. Several countries use it for so many different things, beer in Britain, flavorful dishes in France and in …

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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 …

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[ 17 Oct 2011 | 15 Comments ]

This rinse is good for hair shedding, bald spots, thinning edges and to cover gray hairs. The herbs, sage and rosemary are good for so many hair woes that you will find several hair recipes with their oils or leaves. Apple cider vinegar is another winner in the hair department as it balances the hair’s pH. A combination of these herbal ingredients and vinegar is good for an ordinary hair rinse or in this case, after 3 to 4 weeks of use, an excellent hair rinse to darken hair or …

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[ 15 Oct 2011 | No Comment ]

Walnut hulls can darken hair pretty well, of course it is not in the same league as henna or indigo but it is worth a try once you are not allergic to nuts and you have access to the hulls. Always wear gloves when working with walnut hulls because it will stain your hands.
3 tablespoons black walnut hull powder
4 cups of water
1. Boil water.
2. Put walnut hull powder in boiled water and leave overnight.
3. Strain water.
4. Shampoo hair and then rinse with walnut mixture.
5. Style hair as usual
Walnuts have a …

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[ 15 Oct 2011 | 2 Comments ]

I love potatoes…potato chips, potato salads and mashed potatoes but I have never heard of potatoes being good for hair until recently. You live and you learn and this hair rinse in particular, was suggested to me, by someone who said they tried it and it really works. So for all the ladies and gentlemen who are looking for something natural to dye their hair with this is apparently a very useful rinse to try. Next time you are preparing potatoes for dinner don’t throw away the peels. Leave it …

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[ 11 Aug 2011 | 56 Comments ]
Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Care

Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar hair rinse (pH 2.9). Many of the hair care products on the market today, such as soap-based shampoos, bleaches, hair colors, and permanents are strongly alkaline. Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products and inexpensive shampoos.
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 …