Rainwater + Herbs = Fabulous Hair

Do you ever wonder what the secret is to soft and fabulous hair?  Have you tried multiple chemical-laden products that promised results only to be disappointed? If so, I have great news for you!

Our grandmothers used to collect rainwater to use for making herbal hair rinses. These hair rinses were simple to make, inexpensive and produced noticeable results. Would you believe they are just as effective today as they were back then?  By combining heated rainwater (or distilled water) with different herbs (that can easily be grown in your yard or in a flowerpot), you can naturally treat your hair and get fabulous results. Different herbs will have different effects on hair. I recommend experimenting to see which herb best suits your particular hair type. Most herbs will, however, help rinse out soap residue and leave your hair clean and smelling fragrant.

These basic herbs are known to have the following effects on hair.

* Chamomile- An excellent hair rinse and lightens hair. (Use for blonde hair.)

* Rosemary- An excellent hair rinse for darker hair and helps to refresh an oily scalp. (Use with Sage on graying hair.)

* Sage- Leaves hair clean and shiny and darkens hair.

* Peppermint- Stimulating to the scalp.

To make a basic old-fashioned hair rinse, collect rainwater in a clean pan or barrel. (You can also use clean, distilled or pure water.) Note: Do not use water from your tap if it is treated.  Boil approximately 4 cups of the water in the microwave in a microwaveable-safe container (approx. 3 minutes on high). Carefully remove the container from the microwave and pour over 2 large handfuls of the dried herb in another container. Cover and allow to cool and steep for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth (or use a kitchen strainer) into a jar or vessel that is easy to pour. Discard the used herbs and place on the compost pile. Your herbal rinse is now ready to use. Simply pour the liquid through your hair after shampooing. Rinse, or leave the herbal rinse in the hair. Style hair as usual. Any extra hair rinse will keep in the refrigerator for about 24 hours.  Reheat the rinse in the microwave before using.

I, personally, use an herbal hair rinse of Garden Sage and Rosemary on a regular basis. Both herbs combine to soften and gently darken my graying hair. It is a simple pleasure that I routinely indulge in. It is amazing how soft and fragrant it leaves my hair!

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