Restore Your Locks: How to Make Herbal Infusions

Shower your hair with herbal relief

| August/September 1999

 Water-Based Infusions 

1. Place dried herbs in a nonreactive, lidded container. Boil 2 cups water* and pour it over the herbs. Steep, covered, for 6 to 8 hours. The longer you steep it, the more concentrated your hair rinse will be. Roots, bark, and berries need to be steeped longer than petals and leaves.

2. Strain the infusion through a fine strainer or cheesecloth, saving the liquid. Discard the solids.

3. Refrigerate and use rinses within 2 to 3 days. Adding 1 or 2 drops essential oils such as tea tree, clove, or rosemary per pint will make the rinse last several days longer.

*Because chlorine dries and ­irri­tates the scalp, let chlorinated water stand overnight before using or use distilled, filtered, or spring water.

Vinegar-Based Infusions  

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