Essential oils that are effective for treating dandruff: cedarwood, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, patchouli, rosemary, clary sage, tea tree, lime, basil, birch, and cypress.
Carrier oils that are best for mixing essential oils are carrot seed, evening primrose, jojoba, and sweet almond.
Herbs that are best for dandruff care are aloe vera, sage, rosemary, lavender, myrtle, witch hazel, borage, and nettles. These can be made into herbal vinegars for hair rinses.
40 drops of Lavender essential oil
20 drops of Rosemary essential oil
10 drops of Birch essential oil
10 drops of Cedarwood essential oil
Use daily or every other day. Massage shampoo into hair for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing completely. Rinse several times, ending with a cold water rinse. Follow with the Hair Rinse for Dandruff.
2 tablespoons vinegar or herbal vinegar
To make your own herbal infusion, take fresh or dried flowers and herbs (for dandruff, use lavendar, rosemary, and basil) and pour hot water over them. Let the mixture steep like tea. Mix the herbal infusion with vinegar. Store in a plastic bottle with squeeze top and use as final rinse.
This mixture helps to normalize the scalp’s delicate pH balance and aids in toning the skin. It also successfully removes oil and shampoo residue from hair.
1/2 teaspoon carrot seed oil
10 drops of Lavender essential oil
5 drops of Rosemary essential oil
3 drops of Cedarwood essential oil
2 drops of Birch essential oil
Mix the jojoba and carrot seed oil in a small glass bottle. Add the essential oil and shake well. Massage several drops into your scalp at night after brushing thoroughly.
1 tablespoon Calendula infusion oil
1/2 tablespoon Carrot seed oil
10 drops of Lavender essential oil
6 drops of Clary Sage essential oil
4 drops of Cedarwood essential oil
4 drops of Rosemary essential oil
Warm oil by putting glas bottle in a warm water bath. Apply several times weekly by massaging a few drops into the scalp area.
Take 1 cup of each of the following:
Rosemary (use chamomile for lighter hair)
Boil and let reduce in 2 cups water. Do not use metal pans….try a glass coffee pot or a vision clear glass pan.
Let steep for at least 2 hours…strain and the liquid left will be very dark brown. Mix these with the following shampoo recipe:
Add 2 handfuls of soapwort to the glass pan and pour over it 1-1 1/2 cups water. Bring this to a boil and lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Cover it and let it steep until cool. Strain into a bottle that closes tightly.
When you add the nettle, rosemary, and spearmint, let it infuse overnight. Shake before using. This won’t give you a head full of suds as commercial ones will but the cleansing is undeniable. Soapwort is nothing more that Wild Sweet William.
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1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup honey
5 drops coconut oil
Mix ingredients in a blender to form a rich cream. Massage mix into scalp and hair, working through to the ends. Cover your head with plastic wrap and place a hot, wet towel over that. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse and lather up with a moisturizing shampoo.
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 papaya, peeled
1 can seltzer or club soda
Blend lemon juice and papaya together, massage into hair. For extra shine, leave on for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with seltzer or club soda.
3 cups brewed sage tea at room temperature
(available at health food stores)
Shampoo hair as usual and rinse clean. Before getting out of the shower, pur sage tea over scalp and work through hair. For maximum body, allow to “brew” for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing.
Pure Aloe gel (natural sunscreen)
Green tea (protects against UVB rays)
Jojoba oil (natural sunscreen)
Cocoa Butter (emollient)
Vitamin E (as a preservative)
Coconut oil (emollient)
Essential Oil (scent)
Buy ingredients at your local health food store. Experiment with the amount of each ingredient that gives you the best results.
Boil water for the green tea separately and allow tea to steep.
Combine all ingredients (except essential oil) in saucepan and bring to boil. Take off heat and let cool, then add some of the steeped green tea and stir.
Pour mixture into glass or plastic containers. Add a few drops of essential oil.
Slick hair back with mixture before going in the sun or swimming. Mixture protects hair against the summer sun, chlorine, salt water, and other pollutants. You may have to wash your hair several times to remove all of the conditioner, but the results will be soft, shiney hair!
3 Cups water
1/2 Cup lavendar castile soap
1 Tablespoon each of basil, lavender, and rosemary
Bring water to a boil, then turn off heat and add each herb. Cover pot and steep for at least one hour. Strain off herbs (use a pasta strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filter). Combine remaining water with lavender soap.
This shampoo can be drying to hair ends and should only be used on the scalp. It works by removing the scalp’s oil residue that blocks hair follicles from optimal growth.
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup coconut or sunflower oil
1/4 cup whole milk
4 T. aloe vera gel
4 fresh strawberries
Puree all ingredients in a blender. Apply mixture to towel-dried hair, beginning at roots and combing through to ends. Place shower cap or warm towel over hair for 15 to 30 minutes. The eggs will coat the hair shaft, making it look thicker and healthier. The milk cleanses your hair while the oil, aloe, and strawberries moisturize and help boost shine. You may need to shampoo twice until water runs clear.