In addition to treating digestive problems, skin inflammations and colds, chamomile can also be used cosmetically. For example, chamomile flowers and extracts can lighten hair color naturally. In fact, chamomile is one of the most popular herbal supplements used in commercial shampoos and conditioners.
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Things you need
- Instant chamomile tea bags
- Liquid chamomile extract
- Lavender oil
- Shower cap
- Dried chamomile flowers
- Mild commercial shampoo
- Safflower, sunflower or olive oil
- Sealable bottle or jar
Bring 1 cup of water to a rapid boil.
Reduce the heat and drop in 8 chamomile tea bags. Allow them to simmer for at least 15 minutes.
Remove the pot from the stove.
Remove the tea bags from the water. You can dispose of them or save them for use in other chamomile remedies.
Add 1/4 tsp. of lavender oil to the water.
Stir in 1 cup of yogurt. Don't use fancy-flavored yogurts, as this mixture will be going in your hair.
Mix well to ensure that all the ingredients have been evenly blended.
Massage the mixture into your hair. From tip to root, make sure that your hair is completely covered.
Cover your hair with a shower cap. Make sure that all your hair is tucked inside. Leave the shower cap on for 30 minutes.
Take the shower cap off and wash your hair. Use a regular shampoo and warm water. You might want to wash your hair more than once to make sure that all the chamomile rinse has been washed away.
Allow your hair to dry naturally. When it does, your hair should have a natural chamomile glow. Repeat the process as necessary to achieve the desired look.
Boil a pot of water.
Remove the pot from the heat and submerge 2 tsp. of dried chamomile petals. Allow them to soak for 30 minutes.
Pour the mixture through a colander to remove the chamomile.
Combine the chamomile water with a bottle of mild shampoo and mix well. Baby shampoos are ideal. Don't add chamomile to stringent designer shampoos.
Use the shampoo regularly to wash and lighten your hair.
Combine 1/3 cup of olive oil with 1/3 cup of chamomile flowers. Sunflower or safflower oil can be substituted for olive oil.
Seal the mixture inside a glass bottle or jar.
Leave the jar in direct sunlight for 2 weeks. A windowsill would be ideal. At least once a day, you should shake the jar to circulate the chamomile.
Strain the oil by pouring it through a colander. This will remove the chamomile flowers from the oil before you use it in your hair.
Apply the chamomile oil to your hair. Use 2 tsp. for short hair or 4 tsp. for longer hair. Allow it to set for at 10 minutes.
Rinse and shampoo your hair.
Tips and warnings
- Though chamomile is organic and non-toxic, it can produce mild allergic reactions in some people. If you experience skin irritation, coughing or a runny nose, discontinue using chamomile hair products.