DIY: Oil Infusions For Healthy Hair!
Hey everyone! If you’re looking to add a lil’ something extra to your oils for your hot oil treatments or scalp massages, you can make your own! There are plenty of easy ways to infuse oils with fresh or dried herbs at your own house. I just made a scalp oil that will help the hair in the front of my head catch up to the rest of my hair, and improve the general condition of my scalp. I infused olive and coconut oils with peppermint, chamomile, brahmi, neem, amla, rosemary, and lavender! It’s not at involved as you may think, here’s how you can make your own oil infusion:
What You Need:
base oils: Choose something that is healthy for your hair and scalp. Ideally, this oil should be able to be absorbed by your scalp, taking the nutrients from the herbs with it! Some ideas are jojoba oil, coconut oil, or olive oil. You can also mix the oils to your liking.
herbs and essential oils: You can use fresh herbs, dry herbs, or essential oils to make your oil infusion fancy! Pick herbs that are great for the health of your scalp. Honestly, the possibilities are almost endless here. Here are some ideas you may already have in your kitchen:
If you’re into ayurveda, you may have some of these:
again, the possibilities are endless. There are SO many herbs helpful to the scalp. You can see a list here (scroll to the bottom of that page).
Glass bottles with tops and/or a small crockpot (yes, a crockpot. lol!)
To Make The Oil
Okay, so now you’re ready to infuse! There are a few ways to infuse an oil, but I’m going to talk about two methods.
1. Warm infusion – Put herbs in a glass jar (fresh herbs will need to be torn/crushed, dry herbs can be crumbled), pour warm oil over the herbs, and close the jar. This will need to sit in a dark place for about two weeks. Every couple days swirl the oil around the herbs and put the jar back. When the oil is finished, strain into a container.
2. Quick Crockpot infusion – Lol! Crockpots make everything so much easier! Simply add your herbs to the Crockpot, add the oil on top, and let it heat on the LOWEST setting for 3-4 hours. (Note: if your oils get so hot they’re smoking, you’re doing it WRONG) You could technically let it go overnight if your Crockpot doesn’t get too hot, but 3-4 hours worked great for me. After the oil is finished and cool enough, strain into a container.
Here’s what my finished oil looks like, it’s VERY green from the ayurvedic herbs! I added some extra lavender to improve the smell, and used it as a pre-poo. It has a light tingly feeling from the peppermint, and it’s nice and silky! I love it! I hope you all try to make your own, good luck!
Quick tip: Use tea bags of the herbs you want (peppermint tea, chamomile tea, etc.) so you won’t have to strain! If you have powders you want to use, you can open up a tea bag, pour the powders in, and staple that thing back together. It’s much easier than straining with cheesecloth.
Have you all infused your own oils? Share your favorite recipes in the comments!