Well, the rinse turned out pretty well, so here are the promised photos, and the recipe. This is what happens when my inner self peeks out, sees the herb box sitting idle, and yells, “MAKE SOMETHING!”
Herbal Hair Rinse
- Sea Salt
- Elder Flowers
- Black Walnut
- Wild Cherry Bark
- Whole Cloves
- Juniper Berries
Combine the ingredients in a muslin sachet bag. Suspend or place inside a pitcher. Fill the pitcher with hot water (NOT boiling, from the faucet will do) and leave the bag to steep for at least a good 30-45 minutes to let everything soak through and to let the salt dissolve.
Wash your hair as you normally would, then slowly pour the rinse over your head and work it through. Let your hair dry as you normally would.
This recipe removes excess oil from hair and scalp, soothes itchy dry skin, and has a lovely woodsy-spicy smell from the cherry bark, black walnut, juniper berries, and cloves. (I recommend using the cloves sparingly, they’re pretty potent.)
Note: If you’re blonde or a redhead, I’d recommend using more calendula and less black walnut, as walnut tends to bring out darker tones in your hair.