07 August 2017

Parsley Infused Hot Oil Treatment

This summer has been absolutely brutal for my hair.  We've been wanting a pool for several years now, and we finally got one this year.  We are using chlorine, and it's killing my hair.  Yes, I know I could wear a swimming cap, but I haven't for whatever reason.  My curly hair tends to be extremely dry anyway.  I've been experimenting with different carrier oils and herbs, so I selected an herb that would help my hair and one of my favorite oils for the hair, flax oil.  And thus this parsley infused hot oil treatment was born.

parsley infused flax oil hot oil treatment recipe

Parsley Infused Hot Oil Treatment

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Parsley is often thought of as an herb just for cooking, but it also have many benefits for the hair and skin.  It's high in copper, which can help your skin retain it's natural color when used topically.  It's vitamins and minerals can also help make hair shinier and softer, which is exactly what my hair needs right now.

Flax oil is high in omega-3s.  These fats nourish the hair follicle for stronger, shinier hair.  The vitamin E in the oil also helps nourish your hair, including your scalp.  

This parsley infused hot oil treatment is easy to make and easy to use, but it does take some prep work.  You'll want to start this about two weeks before you want to use it.  

How to Infuse The Herb and Oil

I used an 8-ounce mason jar and filled it about half full with organic parsley.  You could use the herb from the grocery store, but you'll get better results with a higher quality herb.  I grow mine or get it from an Amish greenhouse.  You can also get it on Amazon.

Cover the parsley with the flax oil and cover.  Let sit in a dark area for at least two weeks, giving it a shake every day or so.  

After at least two weeks, it's time to strain the oil.  The easiest way I've found to do this is to place cheesecloth on top of a clean jar and create a little dent before screwing on a canning ring.  Then I pour the herb and oil into the clean jar.

Once you're done pouring, take off the ring and remove the cheesecloth.  Discard the herbs and cheesecloth.  

Now you're left parsley infused flax oil.

Using the Hot Oil Treatment

To use the hot oil treatment, set a jar of oil in a container of hot water for several minutes until the oil is warm but not hot.  Then pour the oil in your hand and distribute it throughout your hair, including your scalp.  Use a wide toothed comb or use your fingers so it reaches all of your hair.  

You can wrap your hair in a warm towel if you want, but I usually don't bother and don't sit on the furniture.  Let the oil sit up to 20 minutes.  Rinse out the oil and wash your hair as usual.  I normally skip using a conditioner after I use this parsley infused hot oil treatment.  

This hot oil treatment recipe is, well, oily.  I recommend using this recipe for the first time on a day that you don't have to leave the house because you might need to wash your hair twice to get all of the oil out.  I wash once and I'm good to go, but everyone is different.  

If you liked this parsley infused hot oil treatment, then you'll love these posts:

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