Now that it is winter here in Philadelphia dry skin can extend up to my scalp making it a bit itchy and a little annoying. I typically use very few products on my hair and try to avoid anything that will give me a ton of build-up that I will have to remove later. So, I developed this really simple itchy scalp tea a few years ago as a super simple way to eliminate this little winter itch.
Each ingredient was selected for its skin soothing properties and the ability to help relive that awful winter scalp itch.
Lets talk about a few of the ingredients...
- Calendula helps sooth and has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties are attributed to the triterpenoids it contains. "Ins studies, Calendula was suggested to stimulate granulation and increase glycoproteins and collagen."
- Oat Straw has soothing and antipruritic qualities.
- Marshmallow Root & Slippery Elm Bark contains a substance called mucilage. When boiled in water these herbs produce a mucus like substance that acts as a soothing emollient to the skin helping in the relief of dry and mildly inflamed skin.
- Witch Hazel "contains considerable amounts of tannin, making it a useful astringent." When used topically it can soothe inflammation of this skin and help relieve irritation.
I used my tea infuser as a measuring tool.
2 scoops of Calendula Flower
1/2 scoop Hibiscus Flower
1 scoop Stinging Nettle
1 scoop Oat Straw
1/2 scoop Rosemary Leaves
1/2 scoop Elderflower
1 scoop Slippery Elm Bark
1 scoop Marshmallow Root
1 scoop of Sage Leaves
1 scoop of Witch Hazel Bark
1 cup of water
1 cup of Aloe Water
Steep herbs in 1 cups of boiled water for 30 minutes. let the tea cool, strain, add aloe water, stir and pour into a spray bottle. Now, since this is made with water and does not contain a preservative; keep it refrigerated and finish within a week.
If you need a little extra help you can mix a little jojoba oil, which very closely mimics the scalps natural sebum, with a few drops each of rosemary and tea tree essential oils.
You can use this mixture directly on the scalp or add to your spray bottle. Just remember to shake really well before each use to ensure the oils isn't just floating on top.
Stay beautifully polished.