Over time shampoo residue builds up on hair affecting its natural acid balance and causing it to become dull. A herbal rinse containing apple cider vinegar cleans this residue and restores hair to its natural and healthy state.
The most beneficial herbs for cleaning hair include peppermint, basil, spearmint, rosemary, and bergamot. Use the following rinse whenever you think your hair has lost its shine.
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup dried basil
1/4 cup dried rosemary
1/4 cup dried bergamot or peppermint
Place the herbs in a jar that has a plastic lined lid. Heat the vinegar until almost boiling and pour over the herbs.
When the vinegar is cool stir the mixture with a wooden spoon and put the lid on. If the lid is metal put plastic between it and the jar.
Stand the jar in a warm place for ten days and shake it very well twice a day.
Strain the mixture through a funnel lined with muslin into an amber or dark glass bottle and put the cap on. Dilute the rinse, 1/3 cup to 3 cups of warm water and catching the liquid in a bowl pour through the hair several times as a final rinse after shampooing.
Proprietor, author, and tutor of The Home Herbalist Online Course.