DIY Chamomile Hair Rinse

Use this DIY chamomile hair rinse to sooth an irritated scalp or bring out highlights in blond hair.
By Debora Robertson
April 2, 2014
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This DIY chamomile hair rinse soothes irritated scalps when used regularly, and enhances hair's natural highlights.
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Give thoughtful and unique gifts with home-grown flavor. Gifts from the Garden (Kyle Books, 2013) by Debora Robertson is an inspirational collection of pretty, practical projects. From edible to decorative, there’s a gift to suit every individual. Try the following chamomile hair rinse to keep fair-haired friends from frequent visits to the salon.

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An infusion of chamomile will, with frequent use, help soothe an irritated scalp and bring out the natural highlights in blond hair, making it a suitable gift for fair-haired friends.

DIY Chamomile Hair Rinse


• 4 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers
• 1 teaspoon marigold petals (optional)
• 1⁄2 teaspoon benzoin tincture (a natural preservative)
• Pretty bottles
• Muslin
• Funnel


Place the chamomile and marigold petals, if using, in a pan with 1 quart of water. Bring to a boil and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave the mixture to cool and infuse for 4 hours.

Place a sieve over a bowl and line with muslin. Strain the infusion and whisk in the benzoin tincture, then decant into cold, sterilized bottles using a funnel.

After shampooing and conditioning the hair, pour a cupful of the rinse over the hair, starting at the roots and massaging it through to the tips. Leave the rinse in the hair and style as normal. Makes approx. 30 oz, 3-4 applications

The hair rinse will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

More from Gifts from the Garden:

How to Make Rose Lip Balm
DIY: Rose Hand Cream

This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from Gifts from the Garden: 100 Gorgeous Homegrown Presents by Debora Robertson and published by Kyle Books, 2013. Purchase this book from our store: Gifts from the Garden.

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