While I have steered clear of conventional hair products for a while, I distinctly remember worrying about how I was going to keep my mane soft and healthy without conditioners when we made the switch. Thankfully, an herbal hair rinse is just the right thing.
By Jacki May, Contributing Writer
This recipe is a mainstay in our home. There have been times where I forgot to get the next batch infusing and I have used essentials oil instead and I will include that blend as well.
The Herbs in the Hair Rinse
First, let’s start with the herbs.
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) — anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent. This makes it a great addition for those that have slightly oily hair. It is also helpful for those with dandruff.
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis) — an anti-inflammatory herb that is soothing for the scalp.
- Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) — like calendula, is added to help the scalp.
- Rosemary (Rosmarius officinalis) — stimulates hair growth, along with being antiseptic, helping those with dandruff.
How to Make an Herbal Hair Rinse
You will need equal parts yarrow, calendula, chamomile, and rosemary — I used 3/4 cup each. You’ll also need 1 bottle (32 oz) raw apple cider vinegar. I use Bragg’s brand.
Now to begin.
Step 1: Combine all the herbs together in a large mason jar (I use a half gallon).
Step 2: Pour the entire bottle of apple cider vinegar in the jar, over the herbs. Keep the bottle ACV jar as you will return the herbal vinegar to the bottle.
Step 3: Shake to combine and let sit for 4-6 weeks, shaking occasionally.
Step 4: After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs and bottle the vinegar. Label with ingredients.
How to Use
I like to use 1 part herbal rinse to 4 parts water but those with dry hair or sensitive scalps can use 1 part herbal rinse to 6 parts water. I keep a cup in the shower just for this.
Once you are ready, pour over your hair and let sit for a minute or so (yes, the smell is strong but it goes away), then rinse out.
I use it once a week…mainly because I only wash my hair once a week. I find that too often it can be drying (the astringent property of yarrow and the vinegar base).
Essential Oil Hair Rinse
You will keep the 1:4 ratio of ACV to water (or 1:6) and add 3 drops Rosemary essential oil* and 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil. Using these two essential oils stimulates blood flow to the scalp and is very cleansing.
*Rosemary essential oil is contraindicated for those with epilepsy.
A full 32 ounces will last you quite some time since you only use about 2-4 ounces at a time. The herbs are very easy to grow in your backyard and many of you may have yarrow growing wildly.