A soothing cup of tea is not only a perfect way to end a day of Pandemic-related home-schooling, it's also just what the doctor ordered when it comes to pampering your textured locks! In March's blog post, we'll discuss what tea rinses are, their benefits and how to prepare them!
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that originated in India. It's a beautiful practice that focuses on the health of the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Ayurvedic hair care practices include using herbs and roots in their powder, whole, or dehydrated form in order to capture outstanding nutrients for the hair. Ayurvedic hair care practices have been linked to hair growth, aiding and soothing scalp issues, hair regrowth, increasing blood circulation, thickening the hair, and so many more. (credit: naturalyoungmag.com)
Tea Rinses are easy and effective Ayurvedic hair practices to add to your haircare routine. First, let's decide on the type of tea to use!
Hibiscus for itchiness and dry scalp
Hibiscus, also known as Gudhal, is a vibrant flower that has outstanding benefits for hair, skin, and the body. It contains mucilage, which aids in detangling the hair. It is an excellent conditioner for dry, frizzy hair and helps relieve itchiness, dry scalp and dandruff.
Green Tea for hair growth
The caffeine in Green Tea penetrates the hair follicles and encourages growth. Green tea also nourishes your scalp and protects it from dandruff, bacteria, fungus, and sun damage. Ecoslay's Ginger and Moringa Tea Rinse infuses Ginger and Apple Cider Vinegar into it's Moringa Green Tea elixir to add moisture-boosting benefits into this powerful concoction!
Bamboo tea for strength
Bamboo contains a high concentration of silica. Incorporating bamboo into your hair tea will therefore provide incredible strengthening benefits for your hair strands. (credit: root2tip.co.uk)
These are only a few of the many types of hair teas that you can prepare! Some other great ones are chamomile, nettle, rosemary, catnip, horsetail, parsley and sage! Just Google your hair/scalp concern and you're bound to find a hair tea or other Ayurdevic remedy that just might hit the spot!
Now that you've decided on a hair tea to try, here's how to prepare it!
Making hair tea is just as simple as brewing up a cup for drinking! There are a couple of methods that you can use:
- Place the herb(s) in a pitcher (glass is ideal).
- Pour boiling water over the herb(s), cover, and steep for 10-20 minutes.
- Strain the mixture and allow the liquid to cool. (credit: naturallycurly.com)
- Store in a spray bottle.
- Brew a strong cup of tea using 3-4 tea bags and 2 cups of boiling water.
- Allow it to cool down to lukewarm before using.
- Store in a spray bottle.
After cleansing, spray the tea onto your scalp and massage throughout hair. Depending on the type of tea that you've made, you might opt-out of rinsing out the tea, Also, if the tea is astringent in nature (like witch hazel or thyme), be sure to follow it up with a moisturizing deep conditioner. (credit: maneaddicts.com). Some tea rinses are excellent refreshers and pre-poo treatments as well, so don't be afraid to experiment!
I hope that this blog post demystified tea rinsing a bit and encourages you to give this method a try! Bonus points if it jump starts your Ayurvedic curiosity and takes you down the path of other beautiful herbs and oil to incorporate into your hair and body regimen.
As you give various teas a try, pop into the comments to share your favorites.
Happy tea rinsing!