I recently purchased organic marshmallow root from Mountain Rose Herbs to try out in different DIY hair products that I’ve created. Marshmallow root extract is a popular ingredient in many hair conditioners for its amazing slippery texture for easy detangling as well as softening the hair. It is high in plant protein that promotes healthy hair growth and shine while also soothing dry scalp and skin inflammation.
Nylon or Strainer
Two glass jars
Tongs (if using nylon)
I prepare marshmallow root extract almost exactly as I do flaxseed gel except different proportions. You can easily boil 2 tablespoons of marshmallow root in 2 cups of purified water until the mucilage is released, approximately 15 minutes. Or you can simply steep the same amount of the herb in 1 1/2 cups of boiled water like you would make a tea. If I do the latter, I prefer to steep overnight or longer in a glass jar sealed tightly. Extract the gel by straining or using a nylon to filter the mucilage from the herb with tongs into a clean bowl or jar. Boiling the herb will create a thicker consistency.
You can use the mucilage from marshmallow root to add more slip to a previous store bought conditioner or add to one of your own DIY recipes. I added the marshmallow root extract to the DIY Green Tea Cleansing Hair Rinse. I created the hair rinse as I usually do, then added the marshmallow root extract in a container mixing the ingredients together. The application of the hair rinse felt much better to the touch, giving slip for detangling, and my hair felt even softer afterwards.
Marshmallow root extract can also be added to flaxseed gel for super curl definition or used in conjunction with aloe vera juice for conditioning and detangling straight and wavy hair. The options are endless and I plan to continue trying new things out to share. Let’s Talk Hair–Part 2 will be continued next week. Read Let’s Talk Hair–Part 1 to catch up if you haven’t already. Have a beautiful weekend!
(General Note: Please research new herbs to ensure there is no conflict with pregnancy or medical conditions before using.)
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