How to Make Herbal Home Bath Remedies and Herbal Hair Rinses

by HollieT

Discover how to make herbal home bath remedies and herbal hair rinses, which will not only help you unwind, but will also strengthen and condition your hair.

For generations, people have been aware of the health related benefits of herbal home bath remedies and likewise, have also recognized that some herbs have particular properties making them natural beauty enhancers. But more than this, not only does making your own beauty products save you money, it is also a green solution.

A long, hot soak in the bath at the end of the day can be an extremely relaxing and beneficial experience, particularly when we take advantage of natures bounty and enjoy a herbal bath. Having said that, some herbal bath remedies have the opposite affect and serve to invigorate and awaken the senses.

In other words, a herbal bath remedy can be as relaxing or stimulating as you desire, simply by adding or combining, various herbs.

The Effects of Herbal Home Bath Remedies and How to Treat Skin Complaints.

Herbal home bath remedies which contain either lavender, lemon balm, geramiums- lemon or rose scented, chamomile flowers and valarian root will have a deeply relaxing effect.

For an invigorating herbal bath include dandelion, comfrey, basil, rosemary, thyme and peppermint.

Lemon Verbena.
Lemon Verbena.

A Sweet smelling herbal bath can be produced by including violet, lavender, lemon verbena and mint. Oily skin can be treated by combining chamomile flower with yarrow leaves and those with skin complaints will benefit from the healing properties of horsetail mixed with peppermint leaves.

Lemon Verbena Leaf cut 1oz (H16LEMVC) -

Exuding a delightful lemony scent, Lemon Verbena, or Aloysia triphylla, comes from a flowering plant that produces lavender or white hued blossoms briefly in August or September...

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Yarrow Flower 2 oz

Can be used to stop bleeding and relieve toothaches.

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Chamomile Flower Whole 2oz (HCHAFW)

Uses include tonics; soothing sedatives; treats indigestion, pain; marriage proposals; good luck gambling; prevents lightening strikes; prosperity; meditation.

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Peppermint Leaves 57g

helps To Stimulate The Sebaceous Gland To Produce More Oil. Great For Dry Skin Conditions. Caution: This Information Is Not Intended To Replace The Care Of A Qualified Physician...

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Ways To Make Herbal Home Bath Remedies.

Using muslin or cheesecloth, make small bags approximately 4" x 4". Fill the bags with your favorite herbs and hang from the hot water tap so that the hot water draws out their perfume. Alternatively, you can make an infusion of your favorite herbs, or combination of herbs, by steeping them in 1 liter of boiling water for 2-3 hours, and then adding to your bath water.

A third way to use herbs in your bath is by adding a handful of yarrow flower to your bathwater. This herb is sweet smelling and has cleansing and antiseptic properties. Lovage leaves on the other hand, work as a natural deodorant, however should you wish to avoid chemical deodorants completely, you will need to become a very regular bather!

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Dry Lovage Leaves ( Leustean Frunze ) - 15 g

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Make Herbal Shampoo.

Make your own herbal shampoo by mixing 1/4 cup of unscented, liquid castille soap with a 1/4 cup of distilled water and 30 grams of powdered chamomile flower heads. Pour the shampoo into bottles or containers and then leave over night. The shampoo is now ready for use. Dampen hair with warm water, then apply the herbal shampoo and massage into the scalp. Rinse, repeat the process, and then rinse away any remaining shampoo.

Dry shampoo can be made by sprinkling ground orris root through your hair, but not into the scalp. Leave for 7-8 minutes and then brush out.

Make Herbal Conditioner.

Extract herbal oil and make your own conditioner by putting 4tbsp of your favorite herbs through a mincer or grinder. Alternatively, if you do not own a mincer or grinder, you can chop the herbs or grind them with a pestle and mortar.

Pour into a bottle and add 180ml preheated extra virgin olive oil, coconut or jojoba oil. Leave in a sunny spot for 3 days, shaking the bottle every day. Strain the mixture, discarding the old herbs and use as a hair conditioner.

Make a Herbal Hair Rinse.

Rosemary oil is believed to strengthen, tone and encourage hair growth by stimulating the roots. To make a rosemary hair tonic, take a handful of rosemary leaves and pour two cupfuls of hot water over them. Leave to steep for 2 hours, strain, and then use as a final hair rinse.

Chamomile enhances blond or fair hair and a chamomile infusion can be made by adding 500mls of boiling water to a handful of chamomile flower heads. Steep for 20 minutes and then use as a final rinse. If, like myself, you wish to darken grey hair, make a sage infusion by pouring 500mls of boiling water onto two handfuls of sage leaves. Leave to steep for 1 hour. Use as a final rinse and save some of the infusion for the next time you wash your hair. It can take two or three attempts to darken grey hairs sufficiently.

And finally, for healthy shiny hair, you can use parsley, sage, rosemary, nettle, chamomile or marjoram, to make shampoo, conditioner or hair rinse.

Updated: 02/28/2013, HollieT
 
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Holliet on 07/31/2013

I really enjoy the fragrance of all the herbs. Thanks for commenting, Naturalskincare

Natural_Skin_Care on 07/30/2013

I love bath tea - makes for a great herbal bath.

HollieT on 05/22/2013

Hi WriterArtist,

I love them too and I completely agree that the aroma is very tempting, and unbeatable.

WriterArtist on 05/22/2013

I love home remedies and I adore fresh herbs straight from the herb garden, nothing can beat the aromas of these natural ingredients.

HollieT on 03/19/2013

Thank you, Ologsinquito. I completely agree, using commercial shampoos etc. can be akin to pouring chemicals on your hair.

ologsinquito on 03/19/2013

This is a great article. If more people knew what was in most commercial shampoos (parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate) they'd certainly be thinking about making their own herbal shampoos and conditioners.

HollieT on 03/13/2013

Thank you, Whitemoss.

It can be found in Britain, I think, although I'm not sure, it flowers during July or August. It grows in abundance during the summer in the small piece of woodland at the back of my home. It has small white flowers and is really pleasant. I hope you're able to find some. :)

whitemoss on 03/13/2013

I love my herbs, but am not familiar with yarrow. I'll have to look for it. Excellent suggestions.

HollieT on 03/11/2013

I also love the way you can mix them together too, Cazort. You can take your favourites and make a concoction so to speak. I think they've been used in lots of beauty products because of their qualities. So yes, I completely agree.

cazort on 03/10/2013

I love the idea of making your own care products at home...it saves money and you then know more about what is going into them, so you can minimize any synthetic or harmful chemicals.

A lot of these herbs are easy to grow too. Lemon Verbena is one of my favorite herbs, and one of the few herbs that I think is good for drinking (as an herbal tea) as well as in soapy-type things.

Nearly all of these herbs have potent anti-microbial effects too. I think there are reasons they are traditional used in soaps and shampoos, that go beyond them just smelling nice.


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