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So if you are going to make your own herbal shampoo it would be good to know which herbs to use no? There are some herbs that are really popular that most people can name of quick like rosemary and sage, but did you know that catnip is good for hair too (my cats going to have a field day with this one) ?

Here’s what I’ve dug up so far.

 Burdock: great for thinning hair, dry, irritated scalp, dandruff, and seborrhea
Calendula: conditions
Catnip: Promotes healthy hair growth
Chamomile: a healing and soothing herb to soften hair, soothe the scalp, lighten, condition, and stimulate growth
Horsetail: Helps brittle hair due to its high silica content
Lavender: useful for all hair types it stimulates hair growth, and degreases

Marigold: lightens hair color
Nettle: conditions, improves color and texture, helps with dandruff, irritated scalp, and dry scalp
Parsley: enriches hair color and gives a nice luster
Plantain: great for dry, irritated scalp, dandruff, and seborrhea
Peppermint: stimulates the scalp
Rosemary: excellent for all hair types and problems it acts as a tonic and conditioner, one of the best herbs to use, gives luster and body, stimulates growth, helps with dandruff, and brings out dark highlights in the hair
Sage: traditionally used to restore color to graying hair, excellent for week hair
Saw Palmetto: good for hair thinning and hair loss
Thyme: good for oily hair, dandruff, and mild hair loss
Witch Hazel: leaves and bark are astringent and cleanse oily hair
Yarrow: for oily hair
Yucca: Navajos swear by yucca root to prevent hair loss and to cure dandruff.

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 Dry Comfrey, marsh mallow
Greasy Lavender, peppermint
Dull & Lifeless Fennel, parsley, rosemary, garlic
Fair Chamomile flowers
Dark Comfrey, rosemary, sage, thyme
Auburn Pot marigold petals
To treat dandruff Bergamot, mint, parsley, sage, southernwood, thyme
General Conditioners Birch leaves, horsetail stems, marjoram, rosemary, thyme
Encourage Hair Growth Catmint, garlic, onions, nasturtium leaves, southernwood leaves, ginkgo
Soften & Cleanse Chamomile, lime, witch hazel

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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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June 2020