Horsetail Hibiscus Follicle Stimulating Clay Wash

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Horsetail (left) and Hibiscus flowers (right)

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Bentonite Clay is a superb cleanser for hair and skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m totally addicted to this recipe.

As clay hair washes go, it’s a simple variation on the base ingredients common to all mud/clay washes: aloe vera juice and the clay of your choice. I’m using bentonite clay but you can interchange it with rhassoul clay which is a little milder. The only difference in this recipe is I make an aloe vera juice herbal infusion or tea using horsetail or shavegrass and hibiscus flowers.

This mixture has ingredients best known to support hair strength, growth and regrowth because the botanicals and essential oils have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and follicle stimulating properties.

Horsetail

I can go on and on about horsetail and I probably will one day. But for now, I can say it’s one of the best hair growth grasses/reeds known to man. One reason is it’s high in silica — a trace mineral essential for healthy bones, teeth, cartilage and collagen.

Beside horsetail’s health benefits, it’s well-known to treat hair loss, split ends and sluggish hair growth, according to Natural Alternative Remedy:

“There have been studies that demonstrate that the silica found in horsetail may aid in boosting hair growth and health, and might even be advantageous for dandruff, hair loss, and split ends. Drinking horsetail tea and washing the hair with horsetail extract shampoo might be powerful to help to rejuvenate hair suffering from dandruff into strong, lustrous, and nourished hair.”

Horsetail tea is just as good as a shampoo or conditioner additive.  You can get it in loose leaf or teabag form. It’s perfect for this homemade clay hair wash recipe.

Hibiscus

Besides it’s benefits for heart health and blood pressure, hibiscus can stimulate hair growth while preventing hair fall and premature graying. Again, you can buy it as loose dried flowers or teabags. Whatever works for you.

Clay Mud Recipe

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Ingredients:

2 Cups Aloe Vera Juice

1 tbs loose dried Horsetail or 1 teabag

1 tbs loose dried Hibiscus flowers or 1 teabag

1 tbs Honey

3 tbs Bentonite or Rhassoul Clay

1 tsp Olive oil

1 tsp Avocado oil

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1 to 2 capsules Vitamin E oil

8 drops Lavender essential oil (promotes hair growth)

8 drops Peppermint oil (stimulates scalp and follicles and promotes blood flow)

8 drops tea tree oil (optional, cleansing, antifungal and antibacterial, promotes blood flow and stimulates scalp and follicles)

2014-10-09 15.33.06Instructions

1. Bring aloe vera juice to a boil.

2. Lower heat, add horsetail and hibiscus and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Cover and let sit until cool.

4. Put clay in a ceramic bowl and gradually mix in aloe tea infusion until mixture becomes a soft paste. Using a non-metal spoon or spatula, stir mixture until smooth. It’ll look and feel like a scrumptious silky paste.

 

5. Stir in olive, vitamin E, avocado oils and essential oils until thoroughly mixed.

6. Let sit for 15 minutes. The mixture will thicken as the clay absorbs the liquid. If it gets too thick add more tea. Tip: save and refrigerate the leftover tea. It makes a great hair rinse or spritz. Plus, it’ll come in handy if you need to thin out the clay wash.

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7. Pour in a plastic bottle for application and storage. Store in the refrigerator. Mixture will last up to 3 to 4 months when refrigerated. Shake well before each use.

Section your hair in 4 parts and apply the cleanser from root to tip. Leave it in for 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly and condition. Use the leftover tea as a final rinse for an extra boost.

If you did it correctly, the mixture will feel silky and look edible. Of course, it goes with out saying — it looks far better than it tastes. But, your hair will think it’s yummy!

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Other Sources 

“The Chemistry of Silica and it’s Potential Health Benefits,” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17435951

http://www.gaiaherbs.com/articles/detail/42/The-Surprising-Health-Benefits-of-Hibiscus

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