Herbs that Condition and Beautify the Hair, from Natures medicine. Chapter XV. Richard Lucas. Library of Congress Catalog #: 66-17159.
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool. - dan. 7:9
Herbs have been used for thousands of years for conditioning and beautifying the hair. Manu famous and beautiful woman of the pastdevelioed their own herbal hair formulas and guarded these secretes jealously.
Phillipine natives steep a few slices of aloe blades int he cold water and thiis preparation is used on the hard as a tonic.
This is also highly valued as a harir condition bt the natives of Java and Malaya. The Balinese, noted for their shimmering black hair condition it by was hinging herbal preparations, concluding truth the application of coconut oil to which has been added the aromatic fragrance of yang - yang flowers.
Saffron was used by the ladies of the court during the reign of Henry VIII to give a reddish tone to their hair. As this herb was extremely expensive, those who could not afford it’s virtues used the yellow marigold flowers as a substitute.
An old herbal states: ‘’An infusion of mullein leaves was used by the Roman ladies to tinge their tresses of the golden color so much admired in Italy: and now in Germainy wash made from mullein flowers is highly valued.”
Centuries later, it was a popular custom for Italian ladies aromatic vinegars, and allowing the sun to dry it. This process was repeated several times.
In certain Oriental countries, the use of herbal hair dyes seems to be almost universal. In Persia, the hair remains black from childhood to old age, due to use of such dyes.
For Normal Hair,
1. Fill a container with water and bring to a boil. When the water boils, add a heaping teaspoonful of each of the following herbs: nettle, sage, maiden hair, southernwood, and peach leaves. Allow to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain, and add shavings of castile soap while the liquid is still warm enough to dissolve them.
2.Another method is to place one cup of camomile blossoms in one quart of water. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain, and add one ounce of castile soap shavings.
1. To one quart of white vinegar, add 1/2 ounce of each of the following herbs: rosemary, marjoram, and lavender flowers, with just a pinch of ground cloves. Allow to steep for a week or ten days, then strain though a fine cloth. Proportions may be changed according to your own desire. You may also add to this recipe cut orris root and/or calamus.
2.A very fine or delicately scented vinegary be made with the fresh flowers of roses, clove-pink, and orange, or the dried flowers of lavender or elder.
If more strength is desired, oils may be added to the vinegar which has been steeped with herbs. Two or three drops of the essential oils of rosemary, bergamot, lavender, etc., to one quart of the prepared vinegar is generally sufficient. You may select your own aromatic herbs and oils. Many beautiful women in the past created wonderful recipes by blending together various botanicals of their own choice. These had the added attraction of being uniquely individualized, dressing up the personality as well as the hair.