Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Herbs and Beauty -- Garlic and Oil Conditioner
My mother went to beauty school when she was 18 years old back in 1945. She never completed it because she met and married my father shortly after. Since he had recently returned form World War II they decided to start a family right away. I was born 11 months later. Mom was thrilled to have a girl so she could try out everything she knew about beauty. I remember her putting "hot oil treatments" on my hair which was heated castor oil, then she wrapped my head with a towel. and 15 minutes later lathered my head up with a good shampoo. She always followed with a vinegar rinse. I must say I often got compliments for my shiny hair when I was about 8-10 years old, so I guess it worked. But mostly I loved that bonding time with my mother fussing over me for hours.
This conditioner recipe reminded me of that old fashioned, gentler time, Mom never used the garlic which is great for healing an itchy scalp with its antiseptic qualities.
10 large cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 c castor oil
Stir the garlic and castor oil thoroughly, cover and infuse for two days. Strain into a bottle, cover and label.
Massage the oil into the scalp, wrap the head in a towel, and leave on for about 1 hour; shampoo with an aromatic herbal shampoo.
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