As a supplement to Beauty In Unsuspecting Places, Part 2: Patel Brothers, below are simple steps that I take to create herbal oil infusions and teas for my hair. Enjoy!
Herbal Oil Infusion (pre-poo treatment)
- Pour 1 teaspoon of herbal powder or 2 teaspoons of dried herbs into a glass bottle or container.
- Warm 1 cup of coconut oil, sesame oil or olive oil in a saucepan on low heat.
- Pour the warm oil into the glass container over the herbs.
- Store in a dark, cool (not cold) place for 5 days.
- Strain herbs from the oil, and apply the oil to strands and scalp.
- Continue to store unused oil in a cool, dark area, Use within a week.
Herbal Tea (used as final rinse)
- Add 1 teaspoon of herbal powder or 2 teaspoons of dried herbs to 1 cup of boiling water, and steep for 30 minutes.
- Strain the herbs from the tea using a strainer or cheesecloth.
- Pour the tea over the hair and scalp, and rinse immediately.
While ayurvedic herbs are all natural, some of them, particularly shikakai, pack a punch. I wouldn’t recommend leaving any of these treatments in for an extended period of time, as they can be very drying. Likewise, I would not recommend using shikakai alone, but rather balance with amla, maka or other more moisturizing herbs.
Have you ever used herbal teas or oils in your hair care regimen?