Thursday, 24 March 2016

How To Make Herbal Infusions For Your Natural Hair

Rosemary. Basil. Sage.

Herbal infusions are my new obsessions. So basic, yet effective.

Ever since I discovered them, my head has been agog with all of the possible infusions I can incorporate into my general routine. But first, my natural hair.

Infusions are basically the process of extracting chemical compounds and flavours from plants i.e dried herbs, leaves, stems and flowers.

In order to make a infusion, you need a solvent which can either be water, oil or vinegar.

The easiest and fastest infusions to make are water - based. This just requires steeping the herbs in hot water and leaving it for about 1-4 hours before straining.
Fun fact: Herbal teas are actually infusions.

The other method involves is oil/vinegar based. This involves soaking your dried herbs in a glass jar filled with a carrier oil - Olive oil is the best for infusions - and leaving it for about 3-4 weeks in a dark place. Every few days, you take it out and shake until the 4 weeks are up before straining.

Now, what are the best herbs for natural hair?

There are a myriad of them available but it depends on where you get them. Major supermarkets usually stock well labelled packaged herbs. But, if you know your way around the market, go for it.

Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, Sage, Thyme, Horsetail, Nettle, Lemongrass, Chamomile, Peppermint, Amla, Burdock Root, Hibiscus, Parlsey, Peppermint, e.t.c.

I currently have Rosemary, Sage, Basil, Hibiscus, Chamomile and Peppermint.

So, once you're done infusing, what then can you use it for?

Hair Rinses. Hair Spritz. Herbal shampoos. Herbal infused oils. Herbal Vinegar rinses.

Whatever it is you use water for, you can substitute it for a herbal infusion. How healthy can it possibly be?

Has anyone tried herbal infusions? If yes, what are your combinations?

Love, coils and curls
 eBunite  


19 comments :

  1. Wow... very informative i like...

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  2. Woow...These are some DIY tips one needs to try. Au naturalè

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  3. Someone say herbs? Okay, now I'm already thinking how I can get sangomas and traditional healers to preach and promote natural hair.

    Mvumikazi | URBAN MNGUNI |

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  4. I've used thyme,sage, basil, rosemary and peppermint for rinses. And I must say that my scalp was in really great condition whenever I used them.

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    1. Nice dear.....seems you are great at DIY's

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    2. Awesome! I use them for everything!

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  5. I currently use an oil-infusion I got from Tonkabelle aka Wura's Secret.

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    1. I can't wait to make oil infusions.

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    2. Berry, even you? If you can be this better than me, then I should cover my eyes in shame.

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  6. Na wa o. I'm feeling like a fish out of water. All the comments are saying the use herbal infusions, and I'm like 'what in the world are you guys talking about?'

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    1. Lol.....that means you should start o

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    2. Not just you AN. Am feeling so too.

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    3. Okay oh! Noted.
      Never even thought about this before.

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