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January 26, 2009

Natural Remedies for Naturally Curly and Kinky Folk

Why not turn to natural remedies when dealing with our natural hair woes? God blessed us with a plethora of Essential Oils (EO's) and Herbs that can fix every hair problem under the sun! I ran across THIS article, and thought you mixtresses out there may find the following helpful. For those of you that don't concoct your own spritzes, gels and sprays, flip those bottles over (your fav conditioners & moisturizers) and see if you can spot any of the following ingredients...

Dry Hair:

Herbs: parsley, red clover, rosemary, sage, burdock, calendula, chamomile, comfrey leaf and root, elder flowers, horsetail, kelp, bladderwrack, irish moss, lavender, marshmallow, nettle, coltsfoot, white pine, green tea, ginsing, coconut milk ,cocoa powder, chlorella, annatto, rose, and orange powder.
EO’s: carrot seed, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, geranium, frankincense, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, myrrh, palmarosa, peppermint, rose, rosemary, rosewood, clary sage, sandalwood, thyme,

Hair loss/Growth Stimulating:
Oils: seabuckthorn
Herbs: basil, burdock, nettle, parsley, rosemary, sage, yarrow, kelp (strengthens roots), horsetail, hibiscus, fenugreek, coconut milk, lavender, birch, watercress (encourages thick growth), yucca, thyme, and coltsfoot.
EO’s: basil, cajute, carrot seed, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, orange, peppermint, rosemary, clary sage, thyme, ylang ylang, lemon, yarrow, lemon balm, parsley.

Damaged Hair:
Herbs: basil, burdock, chamomile, calendula, elder flower, geranium, lavender, mullein, nettle, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, watercress, st johns wort, rosehips (strengthens hair shaft), hops, horsetail, ginko/fumitory (absorb nutrients), fenugreek, comfrey, cocoa powder, beer, alphalfa.
EO’s: basil, roman chamomile, lavender, geranium, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, st john’s wort, hops, parsley.

Dull Hair:
Herbs: basil, burdock, calendula, chamomile, fennel, horsetail, linden, marshmallow, mullein, nettle, parsley, rosemary, sage, watercress, kelp, fenugreek, cocoa powder, beer, alfalfa, hops.
EO’s: basil, roman chamomile, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, rosemary, parsley, clary sage.

Irritated Scalp:
Herbs: calendula, catnip, chamomile, comfrey, yucca, watercress, oregano, marshmallow, hops, hyssop, ginko, fenugreek, elder, cocoa powder, alfalfa .
EO’s
: roman chamomile, blue chamomile, oregano, hops, hyssop, fennel, catnip, hyssop,

Sensitive Scalp:
Herbs: burdock, calendula, chamomile, horsetail, marshmallow, nettle, oregano, yucca, milk thistle, hyssop, fennel, elder, lavender .
EO’s: chamomile, cedarwood, clary sage, ylang ylang, hyssop, lavender, oregano.

Dandruff:
Oils: Neem
Herbs: burdock, horsetail, lavender, nettle, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme, willowbark, yucca, parsley, green tea, fenugreek, coltsfoot.
EO’s: bay, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, lemon, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, pine, rosemary, tea tree, ylang ylang.

I noticed that many of the herbs and essential oils listed above can actually resolve several hair issues all at once. It was very exciting to see that my favorite new spritz's ingredient list has just about every EO and herb mentioned in the Dry Hair category!

Oyin Handmade's Frank Juice ingredient list: Purified water infused with horsetail, lavender, nettle, roses, and chamomile; organic flaxseeds; aloe vera juice; vegetable glycerine; essences of lavender, sweet orange, ylang ylang, and rosemary; grapefruit seed extract; citric acid; and love

Check out my review of this product HERE.

10 Chime in!:

Zizi said...

Thank you curly nikki this is very useful!! Thanks for all the help!

Anonymous said...

should these be applied topically or do they have similar eggects if you eat them?(the edible ones)

Southern_diva_natural said...

I use rosemary every day and I seems to be in just about hair catagory.. I love it!

lala said...

thank you!! my kinky hair need all the help it can get it!! and I'm not mad at that lol it's so much fun experimenting.

labelfreementality said...

I'm going to print this list out! Thanks Nik! You've helped me out so much with my natural hair journey

Lena Jolie said...

This is a great list! I've been looking for natural ingredients for my hair; Thanks for sharing!!

APJONABUDGET.COM said...

This is great info, I'm getting into a more natural hair regimen and this is good stuff!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SOO MUCH!FOR ALL YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES.

Anonymous said...

In a pinch- which happens waaaay too often now that I am a full-time mom, I can run out to walgreens, cvs, or target ( since I'm usually already there) and grab loreals everpure sulfate-free shampoo. It's great for dry hair (rosemary and juniper extracts), and only contains amodimethicone/ dimethicone polymer, which I can live with IF I must.

Anonymous said...

i wore dreds for six yrs,cut them off,wore an afro,used a color,twist and now starting my dreds again. this time the stylist is using a mixture of herbs on my hair. it makes my scalp feel great and hair stronger. i am so glad that the usage of herbs are being use for our bodies.

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