Safety Warning for recipes and using essential oils:
Always dilute essential oils in a base oil (such as olive or almond oil); when undiluted, they can be extremely irritating applied directly on the skin.
Certain essential oils should not be handled by anyone who may be pregnant or who has an existing medical condition. If in any doubt, seek medical advice. Wear rubber gloves when handling the concentrated oil and spice blends to avoid any irritation.
To make sure that your homemade cosmetics do not cause an allergic reaction, do a patch test by spreading a small amount on your inner arm and leave for 24 hours to see whether there is an adverse reaction, such as a rash.
Nettle & Lavender Hair Rinse
– 2 tablespoons nettle tincture (recipe follows)
– 1 cup water
– 5 drops lavender essential oil
For nettle tincture:
– 1 jam jar
– dried or fresh nettle leaves to fill the jar (make sure they were not sprayed with a weed killer)
– pure vodka to cover the leaves
Pick a couple handfuls of leaves, shake them out to remove any bugs, and put them in a clean jar.
Pour alcohol (pure vodka is best) over the leaves, making sure they are completely covered with the liquid (if the leaves are exposed to the air, they will rot).
Leave the mixture in the jar for two weeks, shaking occasionally.
After two weeks, strain and throw away the leaves, retaining the liquid as your tincture. This will last for two years.
(Note: Nettle is said to stimulate hair growth, be good for dandruff and an oily scalp, as it increases blood circulation to the scalp area. It may also make your hair feel softer, and look fuller and shinier.
When making your nettle tincture, you may also want to try adding some other different leaves for additional benefits.
Chamomile – to lighten blonde hair
Sage – to retain dark hair
Rosemary – to stimulate your scalp and for possible hair growth, also for dandruff
Betony – to reduce the amount of gray hair
Birch – to stimulate hair growth, improve scalp condition, and to give your hair a shine; better if used as a decoction/boiled in water
Horsetail – to strengthen hair; better if used a decoction/boiled in water
Yarrow – for oily hair
Your nettle tincture will keep for 2 years.)
Mix 2 tablespoons of your nettle tincture into a cup of water. Add in 5 drops of lavender essential oil. After shampooing (and conditioning) and washing out, pour the Nettle and Lavender Rinse over your hair, massaging into your scalp. There is no need to wash out, just dry and style hair as usual.
Recipe Source: “Treat Yourself Natural” by Sof McVeigh
Softening Hair & Body Rinse
– 1/2 cup tightly-packed and chopped fresh sage (for brunettes) or whole chamomile flowers (for blondes and redheads)
– 1 teaspoon borax
– 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Add your chopped sage or chamomile flowers and borax to a medium-size saucepan and pour in 6 cups of boiling water. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. Strain and cool.
Use 1 cup as a final rinse after shampooing (and conditioning) to soften and add sheen to your hair.
Refrigerate leftovers for up to 10 days.
Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles
Hair-Nourishing Herbal Tea (for drinking)
– 1/2 teaspoon dried horsetail
– 1/2 teaspoon dried raspberry leaves
– 1/2 teaspoon dried nettles
– 1/2 teaspoon dried oat straw
– 1 teaspoon dried peppermint
– 2 cups boiling water
– sweetener/honey/lemon to taste (optional)
Add the herbs to the boiling water, then remove from heat. Cover and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain. Add sweetener, honey or lemon to taste, if desired.
Makes 2 cups of tea.
Recipe Source: “50 Ways to Pamper Yourself” by Stephanie Tourles (Found under “Rapunzel’s Favorite Herb Tea”)
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
– 1 cup apple cider vinegar
– 4 cups warm water
Mix the cider vinegar with 4 cups warm water and use after washing as the final hair rinse.
(Note: Apple Cider Vinegar is often used in haircare recipes.
The book author/recipe source calls this a traditional country beauty treatment to invigorate the scalp and give the hair a deep shine. She suggests after using this as your final rinse, to towel-dry your hair, gently comb through and leave to dry naturally.)
Recipe Source: “The Country Store” by Stephanie Donaldson