Herb Your Enthusiasm

Between cocamidopropyl betaine and propylene glycol, it is easy to wonder about what you are putting on your head everyday. That is why many buy dihydrocodeine consumers are turning to all-natural, herbal alternatives for their hair maintenance.

“Herbs are an excellent alternative to synthetic, chemical-laden products that can be potentially irritating for many people,” says Renee Carpenter-Houde, a Nature’s Sunshine Products distributor and herbal expert.

Some products claim to be “all-natural”, but because that can mean so many different things in accordance with corporate standards and practices, here is a list of easy, do-it-yourself tips for women who want to take the laboratory out of their showers.

Hot Oil Treatment for Dry Hair To make your hair shiny and more manageable, mix one cup of extra-virgin olive oil with 1/2 cup of dried rosemary leaves and warm in a small pan. Once the mixture has air-cooled to a comfortable temperature, separate your hair with a comb and apply to your scalp with a cotton ball, taking care that the whole scalp is covered. Put on a shower cap and towel turban, let the oil set for 30 minutes, and then wash out with mild shampoo. Repeat the treatment monthly.

Horsetail Rinse for Oily Hair Brew a tea with 1/3 cup of horsetail (the herb, not Seabiscuit’s hindquarters) and one quart of water. After allowing the combination to steep for two to three hours, strain and pour into your hair. Leave the horsetail/tea mix in for about 30 minutes and rinse.

Apple Cider or Distilled White Vinegar Rinse To remove shampoo residue and maintain the pH balance of your hair, rinse with a mixture of one part apple cider or distilled white vinegar to eight parts water. Apple cider works best with dark hair, and vinegar works best with blonde hair.

Dark Hair Rosemary Rinse Using a standard teabag, brew two cups of black tea and mix with two tablespoons of dried rosemary leaves. After letting the tea and rosemary cool for 30 minutes, pour the combination over freshly shampooed hair. Let the mixture set in the hair for one minute, massage into the scalp, and then rinse out with warm water. This will give dark hair a rich, healthy gloss.

Sage Hair Rinse to Darken Hair Brew a pot of sage tea and let it steep for two hours. Strain and pour the tea over your hair. Allow it to set for 30 minutes, and then rinse.

Lemon Hair Rinse for Blonde Hair Mix together equal parts of water and the juice from two strained lemons. Wet your hair with the lemon/water mixture and sit in the sun for 15 minutes. Then rinse out. This is a natural (and inexpensive) way to highlight blonde hair.

Chamomile Tea Rinse for Blonde Hair Pour chamomile tea repeatedly over your hair and leave in for 15 minutes, then rinse out. This will enhance the natural highlights in blonde hair. Chamomile is also a terrific cleanser that won’t dry out your scalp.