makes approx 8oz
measurements are in volume
5.5 oz Nettle and Horsetail tea
2 oz Aloe Vera Juice
0.32 oz Beet Sugar Extract (sub with glycerin)
1 dashes Citric Acid
1/4tsp Neodefend (or some other water-soluble preservative)
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# Take 2 TBSP of Nettle and 3 TBSP of Horsetail herb
# Pour boiling purified (or distilled) water over it. Use at least 6.5 oz of water
# Let steep for 15-30 minutes.
# Take 5.5oz of that water
# Add 2oz Aloe Vera juice to your tea
# Add Beet Sugar extract and stir well
# Add 1 dash of Citric Acid. Stir until dissolved.
# Add preservative and stir very well.
# Put it in a spray bottle
# This is a spray without any of the traditional conditioning ingredients (BTMS, etc), so it won't be thick. It will remain a liquid spray.
# Neodefend will cause your pH to drift downward towards where you want it to be.
# The Citric Acid is just to ensure the pH stays as low as possible. If you test and the pH isn't 4 – 5.5, add a bit more citric acid. If you test and the pH is lower than 4, add more plain water.
Why Nettle and Horsetail?
For me when I use nettle tea (deep colored dark green) on my hair, it leaves a conditioned feel when it dries, ALMOST like I've used an actual conditioner.
Depending on your hair's porosity, you may or may not experience this. However, Nettle is a mineral rich herb. It has everything from linoleic acid (omega family) and pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), to lecithin and carotenoids.
Horsetail! Don't eve get me started on horsetail! Horsetail is full of silica. I'm telling you I can use horsetail tea to retwist my hair for a week and even my nails will be whiter and feel stronger.
Horsetail is one of the oldest herbs known to be used for medicinal purposes. It is though to be the "most abundant source of silica in the plant kingdom".
Silica is said to be very necessary for good hair growth and thickening (and nail strength too!)