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Herbal List For Hair/Dreadlock "Hair"eapys
(as requested by Soaring Eagle to help all you's dreadheads)

Originally I was going to get quite in depth but after some time spent and realizing how
many herbs are of great medicinal and theraputic benefit I decided to limit this list to
contain only the most popular or more widely mentioned herbs. I will add more as I see fit ;)

You may also find this list, and any other remedies and recipes I come up with on my dreadblog

This is for educational purposes only - I am not a doctor and recommend that you use herbs
at your own risk taking full responsibility. If you are unsure of any part of it, for any
reason including but not limited to your health or certain medical conditions, age or futher
I suggest you consult with your local natural healer, herbalist, naturapath, holistic MD or
the like.

You can use the following herbs in tea's, infused apple cider vinegar rinses, essences, or
tinctures. The method is entirely up to you, but this guide should help point you in the
right direction to get you started.

There are many herbs that can be beneficial to the scalp or hair. The following might be
the most recognized or easier to obtain herbs. The descriptions only contain the medicinal,
theraputic uses of the following herbs specifically in relation to skin and hair.

Lavendar: Labiatae herb family-lavendar has found a multitude of uses as a natural treatment for many maladies.
It's use for medicinal purposes dates back centuries, as far back as the 1700s in Europe
and even further back in China. Has disinfecting properties, can soothe pain (bad dandruff
or possibly dreadache related pains), can minimize scarring, stimulate tissue repair (damaged scalp)
and calm/soothe the mind, body, and skin.

Rosemary: Labiatae herb family- toning and astrigent effects on the skin, stimulates hair follicles
and promotes hair growth, has reported to slow down or even hold off premature hair loss and greying
hair. Can soothe and condition dry flakey scalps (dandruff dreads) Especially potent for bad scalp
conditions like severe dandruff with dreads when combined with other herbs like, chamomile, basil,
tea tree oil, and Nettles. It can help darken grey hair or aide in dying hair darker over time (although
this is not usually obvious until after much time has passed). Stimulates roots and scalp. Many
swear by its use to stimulate longer healthier hair growth. Can help condition hair/dreads and eliminate
some dryness. Very Very useful for dandruff by itself as a hair tea or even stronger in combination with
other dandruff fighting herbs and rinses.

Chamomile: daisy/Asteraceae family- calming and great use for skin problems and skin irritations,inflamations. Makes
an excellent tonic, rinse, for hair. Helps bring out hair's natural highlights. Great for naturally
lightening hair especially when used in combination with lemon and drying hair/dreads in sunlight
or exposing hair and dreads to sunlight often. Can help combat dandruff (especially when used with
other known dandruff kicking herbs). Also aids in wound healing (in cases of minor scalp sores)
*Chamomile contains coumarin, a naturally-occurring compound with anticoagulant or blood-thinning effects.

Fennel: family Apiaceae - many medicinal uses, as for the hair is an excellent natural hair conditioner
leaving no residue for your dry thirsty dreads. Not a detangler by itself- so not to worry, those knots
shouldnt fall out. (I havent experienced or read any negative reports when used by dreadheads) I use it
as an infused rinse nearly every wash with my dreads as they are damaged severely and dry. This rinse
makes a huge difference in them, rendering them less brittle and softer instead of straw like.
Highly recommend to quench dry dreadies.

Sage: Labiatae family- Sage is a very aromatic herb with many health properties. relieves, treats dandruff,
and especially beneficial when combined with lavendar (and even lice can be eliminated by using both together),
can be more potent in combatting dandruff when combined with rosemary and other herbs useful in healing the
scalp. Very useful in treating skin disorders.Can help promote healthy hair growth. Helpful in treating hair loss
and greying hair. Antibacterial plant. Enhances darker hair and can help maintain natural color in darker hair.
strengthening, rejuvenate the hair follicles, maintain the colour, and ensure the growth of thick, healthy locks.

Thyme: Lamiaceae family- astringent, antiseptic, and antifungal.. used to invigorate and stimulate hair growth.
It is used as a tonic for hair and to help treat dandruff and hair loss.Thyme essential oil is not really used
in skin care, but is sometimes used to treat dandruff and hair-loss. Stimulates circulation, The essential oil
of thyme can help with headaches and can be used for an antiseptic hair spray... Great as a mold dread remedy concentrated hair tea for your dreads if you are having mold issues" *consult your health care provider if you
suffer from high blood pressure

Corriander: Apiaceae (parsley family). antiseptic, antinflamatory, aids in healthy hair growth, effective in treating dandruff, especially
when combined with other dandruff healing herbs.

Stinging Nettle: Urticaceae (Nettle Family), great hair tonic may help bring back the natural color of hair,
use as a shampoo, conditioner (reside free) and hair rinse for dandruff, for stimulation of hair growth
and prevention of hair loss, as a cleanser for oily skin *consult your pactitioner if you suffer from high blood pressure

Aloe: family Asphodelaceae- anti-inflamatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral- known for centuries for its healing properties,
helps promote thick, healthy hair, acts as a natural conditioner, treats a variaty of skin issues (dandruff, psoriasis, burns,
blisters, sores, surgery, some fungal issues, dry skin, sunburn, acne, frostbite, and prevents scarring) Aloe makes a great natural alternative to wax when palm rolling your dreads, taming the frizzies, helping the locking process naturally (when not over used) and without the residue of wax or other on the market products.

Ylang Ylang: family (Annonaceae), antiseptic, may reduce some skin irritations, helps to keep hair and skin healthy, stimulates the scalp
and helps promote hair growth. is beneficial to various skin disorders and can rejuvenate skin, heal insect bites, acne, balance the
secretion of sebum and treat over oily or over dry hair. Balances oil production when used as a hair conditioner. Naturally conditions hair/dreads.
*too much of it's fragrance may cause headaches

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca): family Myrtaceae: natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal,very effective first aid remedy and against
countless skin ailments, infections, cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites and skin spots etc. is effective against nail fungus, ringworm,
athlete's foot, dandruff, acne, blackheads and many types of infestations including lice, mites, scabies and mosquitoes etc... (
For humans and animals alike) soothing and disinfecting, it is capable of penetrating into the lower skin layers with its anti-inflammatory,
disinfectant, analgesic (pain-killing) and cicatrizant (wound-healing) qualities.

Peppermint: Family Lamiaceae: astringint, anaesthetic, disinfectant, analgesic, may help headaches (dreadaches), cooling to the scalp,
treats dandruff, and lice. Nourishes dull skin, improves oily skin.

Basil: acts as an insect repellent, aromatic, enhances natural hair color especially when added to chamomile (lighter hair) or rosemary (darker hair)
is a beneficial herb that stimulates and promotes hair growth, especially when used in combination with fenugreek or other hair promoting
herbs. May help treat dandruff especially when combined with chamomile, rosemary or other dandruff healthing herbs.

Fenugreek: treats dandruff, may boost hair growth and reduce hair loss, may actually make hair more curly (a plus for us dread heads trying to knot our hair!
curly hair knots easier and quicker) Combats, acne, dandruff, and helps relieve dryness, may also act as a natural conditoner (reside free) for dreads

Ash Gourd: - The peel and seeds of ash gourd, boiled in coconut oil are useful in hair growth; prevent dandruff and dryness of the scalp.

Dandruff Remedy Recipes:

Beets and Peppermint Dandruff Remedy
3 Beets
4 TBS Dried Peppermint
1 Cup Vinegar
1 L Water

- Boil the Beets (you may cut them into small parts) and peppermint for 10 minutes
- Leave for 1 hour and then filter
- Add vinegar to the filtrate

Rosemary and Sage Dandruff Remedy
2 TBS Dried Rosemary
2 TBS Dried Sage
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

- Boil the herbs for 10 minutes
- Remove heat and leave for 2 hours
- Filter (using gauze), and to the filtrate add apple vinegar
- Rinse the hair using this mixture without dilution, let the scalp absorb the ingredients

- Use the resultant mixture to wash your hair
- Rinse your hair using water

Dandruff Remedy for excessively oily dreads *for normal-dry dreads, dilute with water*
4 Lemons peels (grated)
4 Lemons juice
4 drops Thyme oi
1 L Water

- Boil lemon peels for 10 minutes
- Remove heat and leave for 2 hours
- Filter and add lemon juice to the filtrate
- Add thyme oil
- Rinse the hair using the resultant mixture

- Curd is very popular and effective home remedy for dandruff.
Keep a small quantity of curd for fermentation for 2-3 days.
Apply this curd to the scalp and hair.
Dry it for 1 hour and wash it off.

- Another common home remedy for dandruff is the regular use of the
combination of (lightweight natural oil for dreads, like jojoba) and
ginger root on the head. It will not only reduce the dandruff but also
nourishes the hair at the roots.

- You can also try this simple and effective home remedy for removing dandruff.
Make a paste of sandalwood oil with triple the amount of lemon juice and to apply it on the scalp.

- You can also prepare a gel of aloe vera leaves. Apply this on the scalp and leave it overnight.
Wash it the next morning

**Apple cider vingear, and lemon also act as a great source of relief for dandruff, and a nice rinse for dreads (although use of alot of lemon can be drying to dreads/hair)

Baking Soda is a great alternative to shampoos for washing dreads, and is natural, also helps disolve flakes from dandruff. If not rinsed well, and/or too much used, can cause dandruff.

Vinegar & Thyme along with Lavendar or TTO are a great combination in treating molding dreads should the occasion arise (which we hope not, but just in case)

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oh soo good id love to see more added but wow thats awesome..the mad scientist in me wants to mix em all together and see what happens hehe

1 thing ive always wondered.. at gatherings we cant use even dr bronneres anywhere near any watrer cause it biodegrades far slower in water then soil
i wonder however about baking soda
would that be safe in a steam safe to the water supply as well as fish and algae
wow, great information, thank you :)
I found this website that says baking soda is in nature
and another one saying that people put it in their pools to lower the pH level
and then I found another website, well a forum of people who used baking soda to kill crabgrass.
I dont know if it would harm fish or algae, but it changes the pH of the water it might.
I dont know if any of this info is particularly helpful, but a big E for effort!

soaringeagle said:
oh soo good id love to see more added but wow thats awesome..the mad scientist in me wants to mix em all together and see what happens hehe

1 thing ive always wondered.. at gatherings we cant use even dr bronneres anywhere near any watrer cause it biodegrades far slower in water then soil
i wonder however about baking soda
would that be safe in a steam safe to the water supply as well as fish and algae
well it gives me info to use for further research
or i can just ask the water trolls at the gathering..they know theyre stuff\

but thank u willow for the amazing info\
teateree u gotta be careful with..lil helpsa but alot dries u out and makes it worse

Knottysleeves said:
Thanks for sharing, that's a great list! The beet one sounds intriguing...

Cedarwood oil also works for me re: itchies since my scalp doesn't respond well to tea tree.
ok i got to ask... this might be really dumb though. What to you mean by a dreadache?
i assume if your dreads pull, if u have massive congos that cause pain or if u rooyt rub till they hurt

i find a good way to relive some headaches is ..
grab all my dreads.. and pull upwards..especialy around the hairline..
(no not cause the headaches are caused by weight cause sometimes im laying down and get 1 then do that to relieve it)
it kinda pulls all the tention out..and might even help with sinus headaches by opening the sinuses slightly..i dunno i just know with some headaches it helps

oh but on thye subject..pepermint (be very careful 1 drops opowerful..5 overpowering)
put a dri\op on the sinuses along the sides ohf nose and 1 under nose (or on chest idf chest congestion)

have alotta tissues handy

be very very caereful to keep it far from eyes

Kellye said:
ok i got to ask... this might be really dumb though. What to you mean by a dreadache?
Awesome list :)
amazing post.. thank you so much..

what would you recommend most for darkening your hair naturally?
my dreads and loosies are all bleached out from 4 years of sun and chlorine exposure.
theve held up well considering the abuse, but id like to darken them without dying them.. thanks again for sharing your knowledge with us!
theres another herbs threasd and i believe tea was the recomendation
black tea
im concidering trying it not so much for my hair but i got alotta fuzz from draggin on the ground so wanna darken the white fuzzies to match the

i havent tried it yet tho
hmm youir right the link is broke i think shes still got a site but maybe was moved? shes not on alot lately been real busy but i'll try to let her know if i remember when i see her
Hey fellow dreadies! SO sorry to leave this thread hanging. I did change my link and forgot to update the OP.

My new link is:

I am so sorry to neglect the forums these last few months. Between being a doula, and also pregnant myself, studying, and my oldest son having some issues with his Autism my days have been very challenging and yet spiritually rewarding at the same time. Thank ya'll for your kind words, and support. I love this forum, ya'll are like family to me. Glad to help where I can, when I can. One Love!

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