Nettles are wonderful for stimulating the hair follicles, resulting in more (and healthier) growth. Apple cider vinegar is invaluable for your hair and scalp. It balances the pH, removes product buildup, eases dandruff, combats hair loss by strengthening the follicle and stimulating growth, detangles, adds shine, reduces frizz, and prevents split ends. Plus, it’s cheap. I mean, wicked cheap. What’s not to love?
• 1 cup dried nettle leaves
• 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1. Start by brewing your old friend, nettle tea, in a quart jar. Combine the leaves with 4 cups boiling water and steep for at least 15 minutes, or overnight. Strain and add the apple cider vinegar.
2. Pour this rinse over your head after you shampoo, and massage it into the scalp. Run your fingers (or a wide-toothed comb) from roots to ends to distribute it. Give your hair a quick rinse (optional) with cool water, and you’re good to go. You can add this treatment to your daily regimen. Makes 4 cups
Find more uses for stinging nettle in The Health Benefits of Nettle.
This excerpt was reprinted from Herbal Goddess (c) Amy Jirsa, photography by Winnie Au, and used with permission of Storey Publishing.