I have decided to try a stinging nettle hair rinse as the rosemary was making my hair look darker.
When I was at a friend's farm on Saturday I found some and brought it home roots and all.
I have been threatened with a painful death if Craig finds any coming up in our garden.
What a sumptuous emerald green colour it is.
Stinging Nettles have amazing medicinal qualities and are very underrated. They work in all manner of ways in the body but as always, check with your Naturopath or qualified Herbalist especially if you are on prepared medications.
I have washed thoroughly and cut all the roots off and placed them in a jar with alcohol to make a tincture.
When working with nettle you do need to wear gloves as the tiny hairs on the plant do sting and cause an inflamed red itchy area. Quite often you will find dock growing where nettle does and this is a natural remedy for the sting. So if you accidentally sting yourself with nettle, tear off some dock and crush it and apply the juice.
Make the hair rinse in the same way as other herbal vinegar rinses.
(See my previous post here with links also)
I used a large double handful of leaf and stem and poured over boiling water (about 800ml) and leave to steep. It will exude a rich green colour. After a few hours and once it is cooled, drain and make up to the litre by adding 100ml of apple cider vinegar and the rest water.
I decant into some old shampoo bottles and have one in the bathroom and the rest queued in the fridge. This will last me nearly a month.
Stinging Nettles are so good for your hair and scalp and indicated for dry skin, itch, hair loss and dandruff.