Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mixtress: Nettle Tea rinse anyone?

Nettle is a leaf that has so many health benefits. It is also known as Stinging Nettle, Common Nettle and Greater Nettle. Nettle leaves are rich in Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, calcium, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium and zinc. Using the tea as a rinse on your hair has been shown to make your hair thicker and stronger at the root. It has also been speculated to regrow hair in people with alopecia or thinning hair. Nettle tea can also be taken internally with benefits such as flushing out your system, preventing water retention and can help control conditions like asthma or cough due to its anti-inflammatory properties. 

Although Nettle has a wide variety of uses, I use nettle tea to rinse my hair and scalp after shampooing and before deep conditioning. I have noticed my hair retaining more length and getting thicker as well. Here's how to prepare the rinse:

What you will need:
1 -2 bags of Nettle Tea (depending on the thickness and length of your hair)
4 cups of distilled water
2 drops of Rosemary oil

Start off boiling the distilled water. Once it has come to a boil add the Nettle tea bags and and let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. You may want to start this process  before you shampoo your hair so that by the time you finish it will be cool enough. Remove the tea bags and add the 2 drops of rosemary oil to the tea. Lean over the sink or bathtub and pour the entire mixture over your hair and scalp. Be sure to concentrate on getting the tea on your scalp! Do not rinse the tea from your hair, just proceed with deep conditioning at that point. This treatment can be done on a weekly basis and you will start to see stronger, healthier hair! Thanks for reading   

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