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By: Shontelle Yew
Copyright (c) 2012 www.oilyhairoilyscalp.com

When we talk about hair care, we talk about maintaining the balance of the sebaceous glands on our scalp. They are responsible for oil production and there are many factors that can disturb this balance and lead to an oily hair issue.

When a person has oily hair it is best to avoid excessive hair-washing and to follow some plant based remedies that can solve this problem. This is a list of the most effective plant based remedies for oily hair.

Nettle leavesare one of the best remedies for oily hair. They are a good source of vitamin K and C, flavonoids, vitamin B complex and pro-vitamin A. They also have tonic, regenerating and degreasing properties that improve scalp skin circulation. Use them by boiling 3-4 tablespoons of dry leaves for 10 minutes in 4 cups of water. Strain the resulted liquid and use it to rinse you hair after each wash.

Sage leaves come to the rescue and fight against oily hair. Sage (Salvia Officinalis) has been used for hundreds of years as a hair treatment. It stimulates the roots and makes your scalp non-greasy. Take half a cup of sage leaves and boil them for 15 minutes in 4 cups of water. Let it cool and use this concoction as a final rinse after each hair-wash.

Horsetail is a miracle plant that has been around for 400 million years. It has been used since antiquity to treat a number of illnesses. It is a very good remedy for oily hair and dandruff because it has antifungal properties and contains a lot of silica. Take a cup of dried horsetail and boil it for 10 minutes in 4 cups of water. Use the strained liquid to rinse your hair after you wash it.

Tea tree oil in your shampoo helps reduce scalp oiliness. Anything oily is not usually recommended for people with oily hair, but this simple remedy is worth trying. Use a herbal shampoo, if you find nettle shampoo that would be best, and add no more than 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Wash your hair normally.

Spearmint leaves have a cooling and tonic effect on your scalp. Spearmint is a great remedy for oily hair because it contains a lot of tannins that help reduce oil production. Boil a cup of dried spearmint leaves in 4 cups of water and use this liquid to rinse your hair after each wash. You can also take a little bit of liquid and mix it with your shampoo.

Rosemary tincture stimulates the hair-growth and regulates sebum-production. Buy it from your local health store and use it 2 times a week, after you wash your hair. Put a few drops in your hand and gently massage your scalp. For a prolonged effect use 2-3 drops of Rosemary oil in your shampoo. It will also prevent hair loss and it is said to be able to color white hairs.

Green tea is a powerful remedy that has antibacterial and tonic properties. It degreases oily hair and regulates sebum production. Use 2-3 tablespoons of dry green tea leaves and boil them in 4 cups of water for 5 minutes. Rinse your hair with the concoction.

Lemon juice is a fast acting remedy for oily hair. We have written before about using lemon water as a rinse after each wash. If you need a quick acting remedy for an oily hair emergency use the juice of a lemon and mix it with a little bit of water. Rub this on your scalp whenever you feel the need, you will see immediate effects.

Lemongrass is an effective remedy for greasy and sticky hair because it has astringent properties. You can get some lemongrass from the supermarket, cut in pieces and boil it for 10-15 minutes. After each hair wash use this liquid to rinse, for shiny and non-greasy hair.

Willow bark has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It has been used internally for centuries to treat colds but it can also be used externally to treat oily hair. Take 2 tablespoons of willow bark and boil them with 4 cups of water for 15 minutes. Add some of the concoction to your shampoo once it cooled off. With the rest, rinse your hair after you wash it.

Another secret of using plant based treatments is that you can combine plants that have a similar action, for an increased effect. You can combine the nettle, sage and horsetail to make a more powerful concoction to use on your oily scalp. You can also combine lemongrass with a little bit of lemon and use it in your shampoo for a good astringent effect.


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