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Bad hair days, be gone. Whether you suffer from a thinning mane or a flaky scalp, you can reverse the problem or minimize your symptoms by mixing up a batch of your own hair tonic. Herbs have been used topically for centuries and can benefit the overall health of your hair and scalp. So, gather your ingredients and take your hair into your own hands by creating your own homemade hair tonic.
Benefits of Homemade Tonic
Girl, put down the chemical-laced products and mix up a batch of hair tonic using the staples from your own pantry or with ingredients that are readily available. Recipes are easily adapted to suit your needs, providing many benefits from the essential oils and natural ingredients used in the mixture. Essential oils are readily absorbed into the skin and rarely leave a residue. In fact, a few drops of tonic can be used directly on the scalp as part of your daily regimen, or you can use the tonic in a larger dose for an intensive overnight treatment.
Tonic for Hair Loss
No need to wig out. According to "Herbal Remedies: A Quick and Easy Guide to Common Disorders and their Herbal Treatments," herbs such as yarrow, tea tree oil, rosemary, sage, lavender oil, bay oil, sage and saw palmetto may aid in treating and preventing hair loss. Other ingredients, such as red pepper, may also generate hair growth and increased circulation to the scalp. According to "Hair Savers for Women: A Woman's Complete Guide to Preventing and Treating Hair Loss," the capsicum in red pepper irritates the scalp, stimulating increased circulation and resulting in more vigorous growth.
Tonic for Dandruff
Don’t be so flaky -- use a homemade tonic to reduce flaking and itching associated with dandruff. According to "The Green Pharmacy," herbs such as celandine, comfrey, ginger, licorice, plantain and tea tree are beneficial for treating dandruff symptoms. Tea tree oil contains antiseptic properties that penetrate the outermost layers of the scalp, compounds in licorice minimize oil secretion and the allantoin in comfrey and plantain soothe the scalp. "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Herbal Remedies," also recommends rosemary for alleviating dandruff – topical use may stimulate circulation. Poor circulation results in the death of skin cells. Dead cells accumulate, ultimately flaking off the scalp.
Basic Tonic Recipe
Make a batch of your own tonic by mixing 10 drops of essential oil in about 1 1/2 ounces of the base of your choice. Add in any extras such as red pepper and shake to combine. The type of base that you choose for your hair tonic is equally important as the essential oil that you choose. For example, an acidic base - such as cider vinegar or lemon juice -- helps correct your scalp's pH, minimize residue and reduce dandruff. Other oils such as jojoba, olive or coconut, provide soothing hydration. If you experience any side effects or irritation, stop using the mixture and take a trip to your dermatologist.