This month I am posting a hair rinse made with calendula. It is no surprise this herb is being used on hair and scalps. Calendula extractions are often used to hydrate dry scalps, remove dandruff, and improve the condition of the scalp. With its regenerative properties it helps the hair follicles grow abundantly allowing for a thicker mane, and the antioxidants help protect the hair and scalp against cell-damaging free radicals. It is believed to promote stronger hair by the increase of collagen production and circulation in hair follicles. The benefits are similar to a scalp massage that increases blood circulation to the hair follicles. This plant is soothing to sensitive scalps and quite popular in hair rinses for adding shine, calming irritated scalps, and bringing out naturally warm highlights in blonde hair.
Calendula Hair Rinse
1 ounce of calendula petals (about 1/2 cup)
3 cups water
1 Tbls plain vinegar or calendula herb vinegar
3 to 5 drops rosemary essential oil
Bring water to a boil, then add calendula petals to water and allow to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Combine 2 cups of resulting tea and add vinegar and essential oil. Makes 2 treatments for short hair, 1 for long.
To Use: Pour over hair after shampoo, leave on for a few minutes and rinse.