Herbal Hair Treatment: Birch And Cider Vinegar Hair Tonic
The medicinal qualities of the Birch Tree are well known. For rheumatism, arthritis, gout and dropsy, the birch remedy has been much used in the past, according to the old herbalists of yesteryear.
Nelson Coon wrote in his book ‘Using Herbs For Healing’ that salicylic acid is obtained from the Sweet Birch herb when it is distilled. Salicylic acid is a component of aspirin, which is often prescribed for rheumatic complaints. So there is an explanation for why Birch tree remedies have been so much used in the past for treating this and related conditions.
Note: Salicylic acid is also found in the bark of the White Willow Tree. This remedy was commonly used to treat headaches, rheumatism, and all sorts of aches and pains before the synthetic form was discovered, namely aspirin.
Read my earlier post on how Birch Tree leaves have been used to treat kidney stones, insomnia, rheumatism, arthritis, dropsy and gout:
Birch For Hair Growth: Oil extracted from Birch bark is similar to oil of Wintergreen, which is well-known as a stimulant to encourage hair growth.
Several modern herbalists have written of the value of Birch Tree Leaves in treating baldness. We find references to its use in treating baldness in the writings of John Lust, who recommended pounding up fresh leaves with your mortar and pestle, and then massaging the juice into the scalp.
Birch Leaf Tea is also a good stimulant for hair growth, and to give the hair a nice shine.
But here is my own method for making a hair tonic which combines cider vinegar and Birch Tree leaves.
Simply pick a good handful of fresh Birch Tree leaves.
Chop the leaves up a little, or bruise them in your mortar and pestle.
Then put them into a jar and cover the leaves with apple cider vinegar of a good quality.
Screw on the lid and leave to infuse in a warm place for two weeks.
Shake the Birch Leaf mixture each day to bring out the nutrients.
After two weeks, strain off the liquid into a bottle which has an air-tight lid.
Use as a tonic on the hair after washing it with your regular shampoo or soap.
Simply massage around two tablespoonsful of the Birch Leaf Tonic into the hair, straight after towelling the hair semi-dry. Leave the tonic on the hair while it is drying.
The cider vinegar neutralizes the alkaline effect of shampoo or soap, which makes for a healthy scalp. Cider vinegar also has a helpful effect in that it encourages good circulation to the roots of the hair.
The other benefit to the hair is that the nutrients in the apple cider vinegar, combined with the Birch Tree nutrients will nourish the scalp and help to stimulate new hair growth.
Sage is another wonderful herb for the hair. See my earlier post on how to use sage as a hair tonic.
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