Herbal Hair Rinse

Take your hair to the spa with this herbal hair rinse. Hair rinses are nourishing and healing for your hair and scalp. It can promote a healthy shine, combat dryness, dandruff and boost your color.

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You Will Need:     

  • 2 cups of boiling water

  • 3 or more tbsp dried organic herbs

  • Strainer

  • Measuring spoon

  • Glass jug

  • Funnel

  • Spray bottle

  • See the ‘Herbs for Hair Care’ list below to choose the best herbs for your hair type.

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How To Mix It All Together:

In a heat-safe jug, pour the boiling water over the dried herbs.

Cover the jug with plastic wrap, Honestly, even a plate will work

Leave the herbs to infuse for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Strain the water to remove herbs

Pour the herb-infused water into a spray bottle.

If you don't use it immediately, store the herbal rinse in the refrigerator. 

Use it within 24 hours

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How To Use The Rinse:

After you shampoo: 

Spray the herbal rinse on your hair in sections. Start at the ends and work your way up to the roots and scalp.

Massage the rinse into your hair and scalp. 

Then rinse your hair with cool water and dry.


I like to leave the rinse on my hair for about 30 minutes to do its magic. If you don't have the time, you could allow the rinse to dry in your hair or just rinse it out after a few minutes. Your hair will still benefit from the treatment.

I have fairly normal to oily hair. So I looked for a herb that treats both. I use dried nettle. I sometimes add in a little chamomile to boost my blonde highlights.

I prefer to prepare my herbal hair rinse with organic loose dried herbs. However, if you need a quick hair rinse, consider buying organic herbal tea bags. Steep the teabag in boiling water for at least 30 minutes and apply. 


Suggested Dried  Herbs for Hair Rinses:


Normal hair:

Basil, calendula, chamomile, horsetail, lavender, linden flowers, nettle, parsley leaf, rosemary, sage, watercress.


Dry hair and scalp:

Burdock root, calendula, chamomile, comfrey leaf, dandelion, elderflowers, horsetail, lavender, marshmallow root, nettle, parsley leaf, sage.


Oily hair and scalp:

Bay leaf, burdock root, calendula, chamomile, horsetail, lemon balm, lavender, lemon peel, lemongrass, nettle, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, witch hazel bark, tarrow leaf, and flower.


Scalp conditions:

Burdock root, calendula, chamomile, comfrey leaf, eucalyptus, horsetail, lavender, marshmallow root, nettle, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme.


General health:

Basil, nettle, rosemary, sage.


Golden highlights:

Calendula, chamomile, sunflower petals.


Dark highlights:

Black tea, black walnut hulls (crushed or chopped), comfrey root, nettle, rosemary, sage.


Red highlights:

Calendula, henna, hibiscus flowers, red clover flowers, rose hips, red rose petals.

To combat dandruff:

Burdock root, dandelion, ginger root, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, thyme.


Basil, calendula, chamomile, dandelion, elderflower, marshmallow root, nettle, oregano, parsley


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