Herbs, Oils, and Spices Series: Avocado Oil

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Origin: Avocado oil is extracted using cold pressing method.

Characteristics: Oily to the touch, strong, herbal aroma, dark green color when unrefined, shelf life is about 6 months

Benefits for hair: Avocado oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids that help with conditioning the hair. When used in a deep conditioner, Avocado oil can effectively moisturize the hair shaft by penetrating the cuticle layer. Avocado oil is not recommended for fine hair as it is a heavy oil. (source)

How to use:

Use my avocado deep conditioner recipe to get the full benefits of the avocado for your hair.
Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels by Marlene Jones

Herbs, Oils, and Spices Series: Sage

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Origin: Mediterranean

Botanical Name: (Salvia officinalis)

Parts used: The leaves of the Sage herb are used for medicinal and culinary purposes.

Benefits for hair:  Can be used to strengthen and restore hair, while preventing hair loss. Sage can help clarify the scalp when used in an herbal tea rinse. (source)

How to use: Herbal tea rinse
Recipe: Sage Hair Tea Rinse — for Invigorating and Cleansing
Sage helps cleanse the hair of oil buildup and promotes healthier hair.

2 cups boiling water
2 tsp. dried, un-crushed sage (or 1/2 cup fresh sage leaves)

Pour the water over the sage and steep until cool. Remove (or strain) the sage and apply to freshly washed hair. Massage into scalp and rinse out.

*When using a new herb, always perform a “patch test” to check for irritation and use accordingly.

Recipe credit: Rockin it Naptural

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Herbs, Oils, and Spices Series: Apricot Kernel Oil

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Origin: Apricot kernel oil is extracted from dried apricot kernels.

Characteristics: Oily, nutty fragrance, golden color

Benefits for hair: Apricot kernel oil contains essential fatty acids, like polyunsaturated fatty acids, that help in sealing moisture into the hair. Apricot kernel oil is rich in Vitamin A, C, and E. (source)

Benefits for scalp: Apricot kernel oil can help treat dermatitis and dandruff, plus prevent hair loss by massaging it into the scalp regularly. (source)

How to use:

  • Pre-shampoo (pre-poo) treatment
  • Hot oil treatment
  • Scalp massage
  • Apply to damp hair to seal in moisture
Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels by Marlene Jones