Body & Soul: Irish Potato Rinse

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Makes 12 ounces 

This old folk recipe darkens and conditions; it darkens grays and can add gentle highlights to brunette hair. You may apply this rinse several times before noticing any color change.

• 2 cups cold water 
• 1 cup fresh potato peelings (from about 4 to 5 potatoes)
• 1 to 2 drops rosemary essential oil

1. Pour water into a medium saucepan. Add potato peelings and heat over medium until mixture boils.

2. Lower heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let cool completely. Strain mixture into a clean container and add rosemary oil. 

3. To use: After shampooing, massage rinse through your wet hair, into your scalp and through your hair ends. Do not rinse. Save any remaining rinse in the refrigerator.



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