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Herbs are often the ingredients in commercial shampoos, rinses and conditioners, and it’s quite easy to make your own herbal hair products. Rosemary, sage, parsley, mullein, stinging nettle are just a few herbs that can be used to condition and beautify your hair. And herbs like lavender leave your hair with a delightful scent.

Before using a recipe presented here, put a small amount of it on the inside of your elbow and wait about 24 hours. If you get an itching or burning reaction, do not use the preparation, for you are probably allergic to it.

Herbal Oil for Conditioning

Make this about a week before you intend to use it. Almost any oil can be used, but make sure it’s not a strong smelling one.

1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers
1/2 cup dried rosemary leaves
1 cup safflower oil (or oil of choice)

Heat the herbs and oil in the top of a double boiler for about 40 minutes. Pour into a wide mouth jar and cover with a couple of layers of muslin, tied with a string. Let stand in a warm place for a week. Stir every day. Strain into a clean container.

To use, warm 1/3 cup of the oil over very low heat for a few minutes. Wet your hair with hot water and squeeze it out. Spread the warm oil through your hair with your fingers. Cover hair with a plastic bag. Then soak a towel in hot water, wring out and wrap around the plastic covering. When the towel cools, shampoo your hair at least twice to get all the oil out. Excellent beauty treatment for hair.

Quick Herbal Shampoo

1 tablespoon of dried sage or rosemary- if your hair is dark.
1 tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers-if you're a blonde
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup baby shampoo

Add the herbs to the boiling water. Turn off heat, let steep for 30 minutes. Strain and mix into the shampoo. An excellent, mild herbal shampoo!

Herbal Shampoo

1 pint distilled water
2 bars grated mild soap (ivory or castille)
1 ounce glycerin
1 ounce chamomile tea
3 tablespoons bouncing Bet herb
Heat the water to boiling. Add grated soap and other ingredients. Stir. Let it cool, cover and let steep for a couple of days. Strain off the bouncing Bet, and use.

Herbal Vinegar Rinse

1/4 cup dried rosemary leaves
1/4 cup dried bergamot
2 cups clear cider vinegar

Put the dried herbs in a wide-mouthed jar. Heat vinegar until it’s about to boil. Pour it over the herbs. When cooled, cap the jar. Let stand in a warm place for a week. Shake vigorously every day. After a week, strain into a bottle using fine cheesecloth. To use, dilute 1/3 cup with 2 cups of water and pour it over the washed hair as a final rinse.

Quick Herbal Rinse

1 or 2 tablespoons dried sage, rosemary or chamomile
2 cups boiling water.

Put herbs in boiling water, allow to steep for 15 minutes, strain and apply as a rinse.

That’s all it takes to make your own herbal hair care products!