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    so i read here someone is putting lavendar and water together for a mosturizer like thing. is there a list of essential oils that are good to put in your hair? are some of them not good to put in your hair for mosturizing or are all of them okay?


    Check out the homemade recipes thread which is pinned at the top You will finda lot of info in there as what oils people are using.



    thanks...i did look at that and i didn't really see what oils people were using. i saw alot of conditioner and shampoo recipies but not alot of mosturizers or ones with water and essentail oils...maybe i just didn't find it but that's why i was asking here because i didn't see it.


    Top herbs for hair stimulation
    Ivy Burdock
    Horsetail -great for falling hair

    Taken from:

    The dried herbs I have and use are:
    Blue Malva (Mallow)
    Irish Moss
    Echinecia (sp?)
    Hibiscus (sp?)

    Others include:

    Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica): Helps stimulate the skin and improves circulation and aids with arthritis. Can be used in hair preparations to aid in stimulating hair growth and improves the condition of the scalp. Rich in minerals and plant hormones.

    Basil: Weak nervous conditions, mental fatigue, depression, tension, stress, muscular spasm, concentration, physical and mental fatigue and to overcome emotional negativity. Uplifting, aids in memory recall and stimulates blood circulation. Helps with headaches, sinus congestion, migraines, nausea, sore muscles, herpes and shingles.
    Pain reliever, decongestant of the veins, congested prostate,
    rheumatoid arthritis. Stimulates hair growth and conditions hair.

    Cedarwood: Cleansing, reduces anxiety, antiseptic, tonic, antifungal, arthritis, rheumatism, regenerative and reduces sinus congestion.
    Dries oily or blemished skin, natural astringent, used in acne
    treatments. Relieves eczema, psoriasis, skin inflammation, dandruff, bug bites, hair lose, dry or oily hair, soften skin. Lymphatic tonic, aids in the removal of body fat. Indicated for retention of fluid in the tissue and cellulite. Circulatory and lymphatic stimulate.
    Stress, tension and nervous disorders. Avoid during pregnancy. Scent:
    Soft, sweet, warm, woody, fruity, middle note. Source: Wood

    Chamomile, Roman and German: There is an extremely large list of uses for chamomile including all skin conditions, severely infected skin, and cellulite. Anti-inflammatory effect, relieves cramps and spasms and helps in cases of shock. Used for menstrual disorders, skin problems, hypersensitive skin, broken veins, puffiness, strengthens tissues. Pain relieving, used for children's ailments, sedative, anti-depressant and nervousness. Relaxes the mind and body when stressed, anxious, depressed or can't sleep. Helpful with PMS, menopause, headaches, hyperactivity, eczema, skin rashes, acne, excessive acne,
    rosacea, allergic reactions. Increases production of white blood
    cells. Brightens and brings out highlights of hair when used in a
    shampoo. Analgesic action eases arthritis, low back pain and muscle pain, rheumatism, sprains, and inflamed joints. Gives patience and peace. Sedative to Central Nervous System. Scent: Sweet, herbaceous, fresh and fruity, middle note. Source: Flowering Herb

    Clary Sage: Menstrual problems, PMS, fertility, exhaustion, insomnia, menopausal problems, calming, stress, depression, cramps, excessive perspiration and destroys odor-causing bacteria. Antiseptic, calmative, tonic, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, nerve tonic, estrogen like, reduces hot flashes. Causes light euphoria and giddiness. Eases muscle and nervous tension, pain and indigestion.
    Rejuvenates tired adrenal glands, which are responsible for
    controlling anxiety levels in the body. Good for blemished, mature, wrinkled or inflamed skin, acne, boils, puffy skin, cell regenerator, oily skin and hair. Lowers high blood pressure and high cholesterol, aids arterial circulation. Stimulates digestion and metabolic rate.
    Lack of menstrual cycle or scanty menstrual cycle, stimulates
    hormones, aids labor and childbirth. Stimulates development of sex hormones and reproductive cells. Impotence, frigidity, increases peristalsis in smooth muscles of reproductive organs. Excellent for
    elderly, said to reduce number of epileptic attacks. Do not use
    during pregnancy or any hormone, reproductive organ cancer. Scent:
    Nutty, heady, herbaceous, peppery, base note. Source: Flowering Tops

    Grapefruit: Muscle fatigue, stiffness, acne, mental exhaustion, fluid retention, athletes foot, tones congested skin, tightens skin, antiseptic, disinfectant, detoxification and anti-infectious.
    Astringent for oily congested skin and hair, aids hair growth.
    Reduces cellulite, depression and headaches. Disinfects airborne
    germs. Increases circulation, stimulates lymphatic system
    detoxification, regulates body weight with regular use. Aids jet lag, PMS, alcohol and drug withdrawals. Do not use in sun products,
    increases sun sensitivity. Scent: Warm, sweet and fresh citrus, top
    note. Source: Fresh Peels

    Juniper: Fluid retention, obesity, mental exhaustion, infections,
    nervous tension, toxicity, overindulgence of food, premenstrual
    bloating. Antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant, anti-parasitic and has
    tonic effect. Treats pain and inflammation of arthritis and
    rheumatism, varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Increases circulation and
    reduces fluid retention. Pick-me-up and counters tiredness and
    reduces anxiety. Used for acne, eczema, dermatitis, greasy hair, hair
    loss, dandruff and decongest the venial system. Good airborne
    disinfectant. Heart tonic, circulatory stimulant, cleans blood and
    aids in toxin accumulation, especially uric acid. Useful in diabetes,
    eases menstruation, poor memory, jet lag, uplifts. Scent: Fresh,
    fruity, woody, spicy and herbaceous, middle note. Source: Fruit

    Lavender: Rheumatism, dermatitis, eczema, sunburn, insect bites,
    headaches, migraine, insomnia, infections, arthritis, anxiety,
    tension, panic, hysteria, fatigue, rashes, nervous conditions, spasm,
    balancing and relieves pain. Effective in treating infected hair
    follicles and other minor skin conditions, pimples, black heads and
    light forms of acne. Antiseptic, analgesic, antispasmodic, tonic,
    anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-infectious, antitoxin, anti-
    parasitic, restorative, antidepressant, calmative, sedative. Good for
    all skin types, balances sebum. Good for burns, psoriasis, scars,
    thread veins, all problems concerning splitting of dermis and
    epidermis, soothes and regenerates cells. Stimulates cleansing and
    detoxifying. Helpful with dermatitis, eczema, sunburn, calmative,
    sedative, hot flashes and restorative. Cardiac tonic, lowers or
    balances high blood pressure, blood thinner, increases capillary
    circulation, aids in lymphatic detoxification. Raises blood sugar,
    eases digestion. Helpful and soothing in the birthing room, aids
    childbirth pain and speeds delivery. Brain and Central Nervous System
    sedative, nervous tension, manic depression, mood swings. Excellent
    children's remedy. Scent: Fresh, floral, light, powdery, and sweet,
    middle to top note. Source: Flowers

    Lemon: General tonic, infections, detoxification, general fatigue,
    obesity, balances sebum, acne, boils, warts. Increases shine and
    growth of hair and nails. Reduces physical exhaustion, digestion,
    rheumatism, arthritis, colds, flu and all respiratory disorders.
    Antibiotic, sedative, astringent, stimulates immune system,
    antidepressant, antiseptic, and calmative. Perhaps the most effective
    oil in a room spray for disinfecting the room air. Promotes weight
    loss, reduces cellulite, useful for oily complexions, hair and skin
    blemishes. Strengthens epidermis function, aids epidermal
    circulation, gland stimulant and purification. Stimulates connective
    tissue, elastin and collagen. Lightens skin pigment. Raises blood
    pressure, reduces hypertensive and diabetic accidents, reduces blood
    sugar. Balances stomach acidity, endocrine stimulant. Induces labor
    when overdue. Stimulant to brain, all sense organs and
    Parasympathetic Nervous System Used in Japan to increase workers
    productivity and concentration. Some value found in reducing
    nightmares. Do not use in sun products. Scent: Light citrus scent,
    clean, sweet, sugary, top note. Source: Peel

    Lemongrass: Infections, acne, general tonic, nervous conditions,
    cellulite and skin care. Astringent, calmative, antiseptic, anti-
    infectious and anti-parasitic and antifungal. Good for hair, face and
    body, improves muscle tone. Enlarged pores, tissue toner, stimulates
    hydration and lymphatic detoxification, aids weak connective tissue
    and tightens elastin weakness. Acts as an insect repellent and fights
    ringworm. Supports Thymus Gland, activates resistance cells and
    supports spleen action. Induces menstruation and increases milk in
    nursing mothers. According to researchers, it is more effective
    against staph infections than either penicillin or streptomycin.
    Reduces headaches, rheumatism and nervousness. Excellent in skin care
    preparations, athletes foot, excessive sweat, for scabies and to tone
    all the tissue. Avoid during pregnancy. Scent: Citrus, herbaceous and
    smoky, top note. Source: Herb Grass

    Petitgrain: Calming, nervous conditions, acne, insomnia, depression,
    general debility, anxiety, stress related conditions, skin care and
    has sedative effect. Antispasmodic, stimulant, tonic, calmative, anti-
    infectious, antiseptic. Balances the Autonomic Nervous System.
    Balances Central Nervous System, useful in cases of excessive acne,
    reduces perspiration and dry hair and skin. Scent: Floral, fresh and
    revitalizing with a hint of orange. Source: Orange Tree Leafs

    Rose Absolute: Infertility, female reproduction problems, depression,
    anxiety, headaches, nerve tonic, insomnia, nervous tension,
    circulation, emotional crisis, scarring, general tonic and uplifting.
    Anti-infectious, antiseptic, astringent, antiviral, tonic, stimulant,
    aphrodisiac and an emollient. A cell rejuvenator, radiation burns.
    Stimulates brain waves to keep the mind focused and alert. Cleaning,
    regulating and cooling. A powerful effect on female and male sex
    organs, reduces frigidity, sterility and is useful in cases of
    psychological impotence, also increases semen count. Used for all
    skin types especially mature, dry and sensitive skin and acts as a
    tonic astringent. Poor circulation, lowers high blood pressure,
    lowers cholesterol level, immune stimulant, hangovers, nausea,
    postpartum depression. Excellent for Babies and Children. Scent:
    Intense, sweet, fruity and floral, top note. Source: Fresh Flower
    Rosemary: Muscular pain, rheumatism, arthritis, muscular weakness,
    helps eliminate toxins, memory enhancement, overwork, general
    debility, infections, overindulgence, acne, exhaustion, poor
    circulation, cellulite, skin care, hair care, migraines, headaches,
    sinus problems, general tonic and relieves tension. Especially good
    for muscles and nerves. Antiseptic, stimulant, analgesic,
    antidepressant and anti-toxic. Helps wake you up. Scent: Fresh,
    powerful, sharp, middle note. Source: Flowering Top, Leaves and

    Sandalwood: Fluid retention, scarring, acne, skin care, aphrodisiac, relaxing, stress, tension, nausea, nervous exhaustion and chronic
    illness. Antiseptic, antidepressant, tonic, astringent, emollient,
    calmative, anti-infectious. Sedates the nervous system, subduing
    nervousness, anxiety and insomnia, reduces nerve pain and relaxes
    brainwaves. Encourages new cell growth. Good for dry and oily hair.
    Acne, dry, aged, chapped skin, good aftershave moisturizer, useful as
    hair dressing, increases water retention of collagen. Heart tonic,
    cardiac fatigue, increases circulation. Increases fat metabolism,
    aids digestion. Stimulates development of sex hormones and
    reproductive cells, pelvic and prostrate decongestant. Possible male pheromone-like, testosterone stimulant. Scent: Warm, rich, sweet, woody, light, base note. Source: Wood

    Ylang Ylang: Nervousness, physical exhaustion, stress, skin care,
    balances sebum, nervous tension, irritability, anxiety, PMS,
    regulates circulation, uterine tonic, hair growth promoting and is
    relaxing. Sedative, antiseptic, antidepressant and calmative. Has a narcotic scent. One of the most relaxing fragrances to mind and body.
    Relaxes Central Nervous System. Balance the entire system,
    aphrodisiac, impotence, frigidity, and breast firming. Scent: Sweet,
    intense, floral, tropical, middle to base note.

    Taken from Tank

    Apologies if theres a little repetition - I got this from another forum - I was actually looking for something else and stumbled upon the following:

    A semi-comprehensive list of herbs and plants for haircare
    Well here it is at last - a list of herbs, plants, and other ingredients to make your own haircare.

    Aloe (aloe barbadensis) conditioning moisturizes and creates smooth shine, good for smoothing whispies

    Amla (emblica officinalis) cleansing conditioning color enhancer/dye cleansing agent, imparts luster and protects against infection and dandruff, helps prevent and control greying of hair, high in vitamin C, prevents hair loss and stimulates hair growth. darkening

    Aritha (sapindus laurifolia) cleansing strong cleanser, sometimes drying

    B5(Panthenol) conditioning rapid penetrating humectant. Long lasting moisturizer which protects against brittleness and breakage. Conditions, reduces formation of split ends. Adds strength by filling in cracks in hair shaft. Sources for B5: Meat, whole grains, wheat germ, bran, kidney, liver, heart, green vegetables, brewer's yeast, nuts, crude molasses, avocados, bananas, poultry, egg yolks, lobster, whole grains, soybeans, oranges, blue cheese, and dark green leafy vegetables. See this for more information. source.

    Basil (ocymum minumum) conditioning effective hair conditioner and detangler, said to be a hair growth stimulant

    Bay Leaf (laurus nobilis) soothing and stimulating with a warming quality

    Benzoin Gum (styrax benzoin) high in antioxidants, a skin protector and a natural preservative.

    Bhringraj (eclipta alba) color enhancer/dye medicating treats hair loss, premature greying, skin allergies and devitalized skin and hair. darkening

    Bilberry powder (vaccinium myrtillus) medicating an astringent and an antiseptic, contains AHA, removes dead skin cells, an exfoliator.

    Blue Green Algae (cyanobacteria) medicating clears scalp problems, relieves symptoms of psoriasis and seborrhea. As a conditioning treatment softens and moisturizes hair, adds body and shine. Reported to slow down hair fall out.

    Brahmi (bacopa monniera) medicating good for scalp and follicle health, treats hair loss and skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. Strengthens hair roots and relieves itchy scalp and dandruff.

    Burdock root (arctium lappa) medicating helps healing skin disorders (eczema), good for dry skin. Burdock also helps with hair loss.

    Calendula (calendula officinalis) medicating a superb healing agent. see also Marigold

    Cayenne (capsicum minimum)The "greatest of all herbs", the benefits just go on and on and on, here and here are good sites about cayenne

    Chamomile (anthemis nobilis) color enhancer/dye conditioning soothing, blonde/golden highlights, soothing and moisturizing for skin and hair.

    Chandan/Sandalwood (santalum album) color enhancer/dye darkening

    Coconut Milk (cocos nucifera) medicating Nourishes hair and promotes hair growth. Antifungal and yeast (including Candida and ringworm). Natural antioxidant. Wound healer. Especially effective on scars.

    Coltsfoot (tussilago farfara) medicating very high in sulfur, silicic acid and amino acid, helps healing dandruff, scalp buildup and reduces hair loss. Also helps to regulate overproduction of scalp oil.

    Comfrey root (symphytum officinale) medicating conditioning anti-inflammatory, healing and moisturizing, high content of mucopolysacchrides, substance that binds water.

    Evening Primrose (cenothera biennis) conditioning usually used in a form of oil. Heals just about everything, good for dry scalp, eczema, and psoriasis. Has moisturizing effect on skin and hair, helps with itching and removes scalp flakes and scales.

    Fennel (foeniculum vulgare) medicating antibacterial, rich in essential fatty acids.

    Fenugreek (foenum graecum) conditioning medicating (trigonella foenumgraecum) protein/mineral rich, follicle/scalp health, mucilage, antifungal, Treatment for dandruff, falling hair, thinning of hair, baldness, and split hair. Helps hair grow, preserves natural color and keeps hair silky. Rich in vitamins A and D, also protein(including lecithin) and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and iron. Use seeds or powder from seeds. Powdered fenugreek is powdered fenugreek seeds. Absolutely get the powdered stuff if it's available. Otherwise you must boil the seeds for a long time and have a very lumpy conditioner that is very hard to wash out.

    Ginger power (zingiber officinale) medicating (also available as ginger oil) stimulant and anti-irritant, has strong antimicrobial properties, antioxidant.

    Green tea a strong antioxidant (20 times stronger than Vitamin E), also helps to reduce skin irritation.

    Henna (lawsonia inermis) conditioning excellent source of protein. Conditions, loosens scalp buildup, and prevents flaking. I've read often on these boards that henna is a protein treatment, but I don't think that is actually true. The confusion arises I think from the logona brand (which is what Madeleine uses), which *does* have protein added to it (hydrolyzed wheat protein). As far as I know, there are two 'active ingredients' in henna: lawsone and chrysophanic acid. Lawsone is the dye (orange, oxidizes to brownish /purplish red), and chrysophanic acid is actually also a dye (light yellow). My understanding is that these molecules are responsible for the conditioning effect of henna, by invading the keratin layer and binding with it. This thickens the hair and makes the surface smoother hence shinier. A picture illustrating how the invasion works is here. Chrysophanic acid doesn't look like a protein to me; a picture of the chemical structure is here. Lawsone looks like this. Also not a protein. Oh, and henna also kills lice, and ringworm, and it helps against dandruff. source

    Hibiscus (rosa sinensis) color enhancer/dye emollient, reddish/copper highlights

    Honey conditioning moisture and shine

    Horse Chestnut (àƒ¯à‚¿à‚½sculus hippocastanum) skin clearing and ant irritant properties. Good for both dry scaly skin and skin with a tendency for greasiness, normalizing.

    Horsetail (equisetum arvense) conditioning silica/minerals, very high in sulfur, silicic acid and amino acid, helps healing dandruff, scalp buildup and reduces hair loss. Horsetail, coltsfoot and nettle are known as hair care trio.

    Indigo (indigofera tinctoria) color enhancer/dye darkening

    Juniper (juniperus communis) color enhancer/dye darkening

    Kelp (macrocystis pyrifera) conditioning mucilage, scalp/follicle health, protein and minerals for hair shafts

    Lavender (lavandula vera) medicating cleansing cleansing and astringent qualities and useful as a cellular regenerator for the skin

    Lemongrass (cymbopogon flexuosus, cymbopogon citratus) enhances fullness, body, and shine - effective as an oil regulator

    Licorice root (glycyrrhiza glabra) medicating soothing and detoxifying on scalp.

    Marigold (calendula officinalis) color enhancer/dye medicating soothing, blond/golden highlights, a superb healing agent.

    Marshmallow root (althaea officinalis) conditioning medicating mucilage, slip, soothing, Contains vitamins A and C. Soothes inflamed skin. Emollient for skin irritations and wounds.

    Mehndi see Henna

    Mint (spearmint mentha viridis, peppermint mentha piperita) medicating creates a cooling, soothing, stimulating effect

    Neem (azadirachta indica) medicating antibacterial, antifungal, helps with dandruff, itchiness, germicide, Strengthens hair and nails, controls stubborn cases of dandruff and other scalp disorders. Particularly beneficial when combined with rosemary and sage oils.

    Nettle see Stinging Nettles

    Oregano (origanum vulgare) medicating cleansing hair detangler and softener - stimulating, antiseptic and astringent with good cleansing properties

    Panthenol See B5

    Parsley (carum petroselinum) medicating conditioning supposed to stimulate hair growth - antimicrobial and tonic, healing, cleansing, and soothing - high in fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

    Psyllium Husk powder (plantago psyllium)cleansing a mild cleanser.

    Rose Hip Seed oil (rosa mosqueta) conditioning medicating (another oil worth mentioning) high concentration of essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic), beneficial for skin regeneration. Ultra moisturizing, soothes flakes and irritation. Is not recommended for skin prone to acne.

    Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) color enhancer/dye medicating possibly darkening(?), good hair and skin tonic and has cleansing properties. Promotes circulation to scalp. Is said to renew activity in dormant hair follicles and promote hair growth.

    Rhubarb (rheum palmatum, rheum rhaponticum) color enhancer/dye contains so much of chrysophanic acid that it is used as a yellowish dye

    Sage (salvia officinalis)cleansing color enhancer/dye medicating darkening, healing for skin, has strong antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Mild enough for sensitive skin. A good astringent and cleanser.

    Seabuckthorn oil (hippophae rhamnoides) medicating Seabuckthorn is an extraordinary plant that has been recognized for centuries in Eurasia for its exceptional medicinal and nutritional benefits. The berries of seabuckthorn are so rich in vitamins and nutrients that it has been speculated that the plant must have been cultivated by ancient plant breeders. The oil of seabuckthorn has general nourishing, revitalizing, and restorative action. It can be used for acne, dermatitis, irritated, dry, itching skin, sore skin, eczema, skin ulcers, postpartum pigmentation, burns, scalds, cuts, and tissue regeneration. The stimulation of tissue regeneration is helpful in the treatment of burns, bedsores and poorly healing wounds. It helps reduce the damaging effects of sun radiation. Seabuckthorn oil effectively combats wrinkles, dryness and other symptoms of malnourished or prematurely aging skin and is utilized in anti aging skin creams and lotions. Great in hair preparations. The berries appear to be an unsurpassed natural source of vitamins A and E, carotenes and flavonoids. Seabuckthorn berries are second only to Rose hips and Acerola in vitamin C content. They are also rich in several other vitamins, including B1, B2, K and P as well as in more than two dozen microelements. The restorative action of seabuckthorn oil may be in part due to its high content of essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols and phytosterols, which are all important for the maintenance of healthy skin. The EFA content in the seabuckthorn oil is 80 95%. Major EFAs are oleic and linoleic. Others are pentadecenoic, palmitoleic, heptadecenoic, linolenic, eicosenoic, eicosadienoic, erucic and nervonic. Among the carotenes found in Seabuckthorn are alfa- and betacarotenes, lycopene, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, taraxanthin and phytofluin. Tocopherols are mostly vitamin E and gammatocopherol. Phytosterols of sea buckthorn include betasitosterol, betaamirol and erithrodiol. Taken internally, it can help prevent gums from bleeding, recuperate mucous membranes, heal peptic and duodenal ulcers, urinary tract and cervical erosion, solar and cancer radiation injuries and is a source of carotenes, phytosterols, and EFAs.

    Senna (cassia obovata) conditioning also called neutral henna, conditioning

    Sesame (sesamum indicum) color enhancer/dye (Til) darkening

    Shikakai (acacia concinna) cleansing color enhancer/dye excellent cleanser, Mild pH. Gently cleans the hair without stripping oils. For sensitive scalps and to control dandruff. Promotes hair growth and strengthens hair roots. darkening

    Soapwort (saponaria officinalis) cleansing (saponaria officinalis)

    Spikenard (aralia racemosa, aralia Californica, inula conyza) believed to promote growth

    St. John's Wort (hypericum perforatum) skin softener, beneficial for rough damaged skin and problem scalp. Is used for extremely sensitive and allergy prone skin. (St. John's Wort is bad for people taking mood stabilizers, and can react with other medications. I don't know if enough would be absorbed through the hair and skin to be a big problem though.)

    Stinging Nettles (urtica dioica) conditioning medicating silica/minerals, shine promoter, encourage hair growth, good for itchy skin/scalp, good cleanser, high silica and sulfur content, promotes circulation to scalps poorly supplied with blood, stimulates hair growth.

    Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca alternifolia) medicating Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic, germicide, antibacterial, fungicide. Many people use tea tree oil for: dandruff, athletes foot, cold and flu, oral thrush, cold sores & canker sores, tooth ache & gum infections, ringworm, candida, head lice or louse, cleanser additive, gum problems, mosquito bites, bug repellent, cockroaches, deter flees, mouth ulcers, herpes, cuts, abrasions, after shave, sunburn, yeast infections, unwanted body odors, acne, toe nail infections, and many other uses. From here. Other good information here.

    Thyme (thymus vulgaris) medicating has an equalizing effect on oily skin; stimulating, antimicrobial, and antiseptic

    Tofu (soy bean product) a source of protein, a good nutrient for hair, scalp and skin. Has a great absorption rate. Can be used in cream and conditioner preparations.

    Triphala Powder Triphala means "three fruits," and is a blend of haritaki, amla and bibitaki. This blend of herbs is a traditional gentle, detoxifier that nourishes as it removes toxins from the body. It is said to balance the three constitutional elements of human life: the nervous system, the metabolic processes, and the body?s structural integrity. When used in masks and skin treatments, Triphala is said to rejuvenate, balance, tone and nourish the skin at the cellular level. Add it to facials, body treatments and wraps. Is said to have antiseptic properties due to the inclusion of haritaki. Triphala can also be added to Ayurvedic soaps and washbags. INCI Nomenclature: (terminalia chebula) Haritake Fruit Powder, (emblica Officinalis) Amla Fruit Powder, (terminalia belerica) Bibitake

    Tulsi powder (ocimum sanctum) medicating antiseptic, germicidal

    White Camellia oil (camellia japonica) (another often forgotten oil) soothing and moisturizing. Good for hair conditioning, adds shine.

    White Willow Bark (salix alba) medicating antiseptic, for dandruff, contains aspirin and zaps headaches

    Willow herb (epilobium angustifolium, epilobium hirsutum) medicating anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, good for itching, flaking and irritated skin and scalp, is used for psoriasis and eczema relief

    Yellow Sandalwood (santalum album) medicating antiseptic, used to treat skin diseases, dry skin, premature wrinkling, acne, and external infections

    Yucca powder (yucca schidigera) cleansing medicating an excellent skin and hair cleanser. Contains saponins that foam in water to create a mild natural detergent. Supposedly good for dandruff. Obviously the fresh root works best, I remember a field trip when I was in elementary school (in so. California) when we went out to somewhere in the Mojave desert and were shown how to pound up fresh yucca root and lather it like soap. It really did lather like soap and was white and foamy. I vividly remember being very impressed by this as a young girl, to think that herbs and plants could actually be used in real life. So the dried powdered yucca root just isn't as sudsy, but boiling it into a decoction seems to work.


    Some combinations:

    Chamomile flowers + calendula flowers + fenugreek seed + marshmallow root infusion makes a nice rinse for blond hair

    Black walnut hull + sage + comfrey root + rosemary infusion makes a nice rinse for dark hair

    Mugwort + oregano + calendula + thyme + burdock root infusion is good for itchy scalp, dandruff and flakes

    Comfrey root + violet leaf + marshmallow root + plantain leaf good infusion for dry, damaged hair and irritated scalp.
    Hibiscus petals, also known as jaswand, were used in Ayurvedic medicine to stimulate thicker hair growth and to prevent premature graying, hair loss and scalp disorders. The petals act as a natural, emollient hair conditioner. They can be used in Ayurvedic hair washes, oil infusion treatments and vinegar rinses for the hair.

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    Taken from the same link as above.
    Try and find the essential oil that is made of the herbs and/or try some infusions in stable oils and then make your own macerated oil mixture that are beneficial to hair.



    cool i think this is very helpful! i was about to say now..how does herbs relate to esseintal oils but you already anserwed that question. thankies!


    Check out the homemade recipes thread which is pinned at...

    thanks...i did look at that and i didn't really see what oils people were using. i saw alot of conditioner and shampoo recipies but not alot of mosturizers or ones with water and essentail oils...maybe i just didn't find it but that's why i was asking here because i didn't see it.

    Shulta gave you some great info. I have to second "Sandlewood". I have been experiemnting with it recently and luv the soft natural scent it gives. I suppose my main 3 favs are Rosemary, Teatree and Sandlewood....I'd luv to try Vanilla but it just so expensive


    Dag shulta. I think we should just tap your brain and connect it to the computer. You have so much information. How do you contain it all.

    When I grow up, I want to be like you.


    Dag shulta. I think we should just tap your brain and connect it to the computer. You have so much information. How do you contain it all.

    When I grow up, I want to be like you.


    I really should have taken chemistry or cosmetology at University.
    Ever since I've been natural all I want to do is promote the strength & softness of my hair and retain the moisture in my skin. FOR ME, natural & naturally derived ingredients agree with my skin & hair.


    Aw shucks Shulta!!! Looks like you then started a new addiction. Just when I was recovering from being a hair product junkie. LOL.

    I found a link that said you can infuse oils with herbs in your crockpot for eight hours (if you aren't patient like me) and I see a whole list of goodies you have provided. I always wondered what hibiscus would do for the hair. Thanks so much for sharing. I think I will be infusing some things tonight. Hope I don't get carried away.

    Top herbs for hair stimulation
    Ivy Burdock
    Horsetail -great for falling hair

    Taken from:

    The dried herbs I have and use are:
    Blue Malva (Mallow)
    Irish Moss
    Echinecia (sp?)
    Hibiscus (sp?)


    okay when you get one of those(i'm probably going to start from the first and keep goin down till i find one i love) how much drops do you put in the water?



    My favorite essential oils for Hair blends are:

    Rosemary and Peppermint for Shampoo

    Lemongrass for Hair Oil

    peace, power & plenty


    well i bought sage..now before i try it out how many drop am i supposed to put in the water?


    When I grow up, I want to be like you....

    I know that's right!!!! Ms. Shulta has inspired me to start using the homemade product recipes. I even went to Borders and purchased a "homemade beauty/health" book.

    Well, I'm off the start my first recipe -- the YOGURT facial (I had comb coils professionally done this weekend, so I can't make the Yogurt conditioner yet, but in three weeks... :Cool_049:



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