Herbs: Lemongrass

Benefits
Protecting and strengthening your hair.
Hair Rinse
Make a lemongrass hair rinse using 2-3 teaspoons of dried lemongrass (or 3 times as much fresh herbs) with 1 cup of boiling water.
Let it steep for 15 minutes, strain out the herbs and use it as a hair wash or rinse (before conditioning unless you have oily hair) when it has cooled.
Oil Infusion
 Improvised double boiler:photo source
  1. Pour 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil into the top pan of a double boiler. 
  2. Do not cover the pot.
  3. Crush half a stalk of lemongrass, chopping if necessary, and place it in the oil. Do not let any water get into the oil or it will ruin the infusion. Don't wash the lemongrass before you put it in the pot. If it is still wet from the market, let it dry before placing it in the oil.
  4. Heat the double boiler until the water on the bottom begins to steam. Turn it down to a gentle simmer. Infuse the lemongrass in the oil for at least an hour, but the longer the better. Be sure to check on the water in the bottom pan to make sure it hasn't all evaporated.  
  5.  To use improvised  double boiler, select a large pot and fill it with 1 to 2 inches of water and place it over low to medium heat until the water begins to simmer. Choose a bowl that has a diameter larger than that of your pot and place it on top. Make sure that your bowl does not fall into the pot or touch the simmering water. Place your herb into the bowl and let the steam heat the bottom of the bowl). 
  6. Cool the oil down and strain the herbs through a mesh strainer.
Use the oil as a topical ointment or as a soothing massage oil.
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Reference:
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/lemongrass-cleanser
http://www.ehow.com/how_5626716_extract-oil-lemongrass.html

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, Lemongrass has been the bane of my life recently! I accidentally smashed a bottle of lemongrass essential oil while decanting some for a customer, and my life smelt and even tasted of it for at least the next few days. Ordinarily I am a huge fan, of the fresh herb especially. I hope I like it again soon!

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  2. Oh!Sorry to hear that. I pray it gets better this time.

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