Sometimes I find that it is easier to work with powdered herbs because they have so much versatility. One of my favorite uses for powdered herbs is with my DIY Herbal Hair Cleansers. Sometimes certain herbs may not be ground as finely as I would like, yet I still want to use them for their beauty and health benefits.
Here is a very simple and inexpensive way to enjoy the gorgeous versatility of powdered herbs without having to strain them or make a mess.
Purchase coffee filters and create your own tea bags with your powdered herbs. You can use one or two coffee filters depending upon how many herbs you are planning to use. You can then use a rubber band or other tie of your choice to close off the coffee filter. Boil water or the liquid of your choice to infuse your DIY tea bag in a clean glass jar to steep. I like to steep my herbs overnight for a strong herbal infusion.
Now instead of creating a cleansing hair paste or possibly grainy mixture with herbs you can instead make a cleansing hair tea or DIY Herbal Hair Rinse that will leave your hair gently cleansed and conditioned, and most likely be easier to apply and rinse. A quick note on using cleansing hair teas is to spritz the herbal infusion on damp/wet hair and scalp with a spray bottle and allow it to marinate for at least 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. If you are interested in a DIY cleansing hair tea recipe check this one out with green tea. This herbal infusion technique will also work for creating herbal facial mists or other simple beauty tonics.
I recently purchased 100 coffee filters from my local drug store for $1. This will now allow me so many more options on how I can use the many herbs that I have in various ways. This gives me even more flexibility to be creative and I hope you will too. If you are curious how I store my herbs for beauty and health look here.
I’d also like to add that once your herbs have been infused please do not squeeze your DIY tea bag to get all of the goodness out. Mind you I did this myself and broke the tea bag. Luckily I did not completely mess up my infusion.
This simple herbal infusion method also works combining dried whole herbs with powdered herbs.
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