Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ayurvedic Hair Rinse

Ayurvedic Hair Rinse

Makes about 16 ounces

1 1/2 cups Distilled Water
2 tablespoons Haritaki Powder
2 tablespoons Hibiscus Petal Powder
1/2 cup Rosemary Hydrosol
1/2 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
You Will Also Need
A Cheesecloth or a Large Tea Bag

Bring 1/2 cups of Distilled Water to a boil, add powdered herbs and stir well. Reduce heat to low simmer, cover, and allow to gently boil for 30 minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and allow to cool completely. After the infusion has cooled completely, strain it through a cheesecloth and into a mixing bowl or pitcher. The mixture may have to be strained more than once to remove all of the plant material.

Alternatively, you can add the powdered herbs to a Large Tea Bag to avoid the messy process of straining the herbs. Using an iron, seal the Hibiscus Petal Powder and Haritaki Powder into a Large Tea Bag prior to beginning this recipe. Boil the water, add the tea bag, reduce to simmer, and allow the water to gently boil (covered) for thirty minutes. Allow the mixture to cool completely before removing the tea bag and moving on the next step.

Add the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Rosemary Hydrosol to the mixing bowl or pitcher and stir well. If you are adding any optional scent to the rinse, do so now. Pour the mixture into snap or disc cap bottles.

Usage and Packaging
PET or HDPE Plastic Bottles with Snap or Disc Caps make great applicators for herbal hair rinses. After shampooing, simply douse your hair with the rinse, allowing all of your hair to be saturated. You may rinse your hair again with water, or leave the mixture in your hair. While the scent of the vinegar and rosemary will wear off after your hair has dried, the Ayurvedic herbs may leave a slight aroma in your hair if you choose not to rinse.

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