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Herbal Glossary for hair care

Posted on: February 26, 2008

For those of you that like natural products, here are some of the common natural ingredients found in hair products and their benefits.Alfalfa – High in vitamin K, A, D and minerals. Good for conditioning and strengthening the hair.Althea Root – Originally used to provide marshmallow with its pillowy consistency. Althea is an extract that softens and soothes.

Apricot – A skin softener and toner, apricot acts as a brilliantine adding sheen without an oily film.

Birch Bark – American Indians used birch bark extensively for many purposes, it acts as a tonic, refreshes the skin and has anti – inflammatory qualities.

Bladderwrack – Beneficial to scalp.

Borage – An emollient herb that has a cooling and soothing effect, allaying irritation.

Chamomile – A daisy – like plant. Extract from its white and yellow heads impart luster. An essential source of vital minerals for hair.

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Cinnamon Bark – One of the spices that spurred world exploration, cinnamon bark is a natural astringent known to suspend excess oil on oily skin or scalp.Clove – An antiseptic, flavoring and stimulant. It is up to 85% eugenol – regarded as an excellent water absorber.

Clover Blossom – Beneficial in the treatment of acne.

Coltsfoot – A healing herb with emollient properties that is soothing to the scalp.

Comfrey Root – Comfrey Root extract is rich in allantoin, known for its ability to heal wounds and stimulate the growth of healthy tissue.

Eucalyptus – Antiseptic, cooling and stimulating, eucalyptus oil has blood stimulation properties, beneficial for the treatment of hair loss.

Horsetail – Beneficial for the treatment of acne, horsetail has a high silica content providing texture.

Lavender – Its name derived from the Latin verb “to wash” lavender is a relaxing, cleansing herb that is also a circulation stimulant.

Lemongrass – Used for sheen and cleansing. Also used as an elasticizer in hairsprays.

Lichen Extract – Highly concentrated extract of alpine linchen (usnea barbata). It is a bactericide, fungicide and is also effective against yeast. Used in deodorants, foot care products, mouth hygiene, and antimicrobial washes.

Matricaria – Also known as Chamomile

Nettle – Rich in minerals and plant hormones, nettle extract is cleansing and astringent. Used in folk medicine to stimulate hair growth, it also acts as a glossifier.

Oat – Extract of oat has cleansing and soothing properties.

Orange Flower – Used for emmoliency and to impart luster.

Parsley – Infusions of parsley are known to be cleansing and soothing also having high vitamin and mineral content.

Peppermint – Emolient herb that is astringent, stimulating, cleansing, restorative and healing.

Raspberry – Stimulating and astringent.

Rose – Rose water has been used as early as the tenth century for its cleansing and astringent benefits.

Rosemary – Very rich in natural minerals, rosemary is soothing, cleansing, stimulating and astringent. It also brightens and adds high gloss to the hair.

Safflower – Safflower oil is an unsaturated vegetable oil derived from safflower. It is used for its moisturizing and softening properties.

Sage – Calming, cleansing, soothing and astringent, sage was associated with longevity in ancient times.

Slippery Elm – Used for its emollient properties.

Sweet Almond Oil – A natural “non – oily” oil that adds sheen.

Thyme – A calming cleanser, thyme tones and refreshes while also having antiseptic benefits.

Wheat Germ Oil – An oily extract from wheat germ that is very rich in natural vitamin E.

Witch Hazel – Used as an astringent, and an aid in setting hair.

Yarrow – An extract for cleansing and astringency.

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