Nettle is a natural remedy for almost all diseases, as well as the first and reliable aid for bleeding. This plant is a natural vitamin concentrate. For example, it contains more ascorbic acid than lemon, it also contains a full range of useful minerals such as copper, calcium, iron, magnesium.
Nettle is especially good for the hair and scalp (more on this here), helps to get rid of dryness and dullness, adds volume and solves the problem of hair loss. Below will be described the rules for collecting, drying, storing nettles, as well as recipes for several miraculous hair care products.
All the good and useful in nettles accumulates during the flowering period, usually in July. It is better to collect nettles away from the roadway, in the morning, when the sun has dried the leaves.
Healthy plants are suitable for harvesting, without yellow leaves, because such nettle no longer has healing properties. When collecting nettles, use gardening gloves or dishwashing gloves.
Cut the plant 10 to 12 centimeters from the ground using a garden shears or a kitchen knife. You do not need to pick off the inflorescences on the nettle, they will also work.
The container for collecting nettles should be clean, well-ventilated and not float the plant. The baskets fit perfectly. Fold the nettles without pressing them so that the leaves do not stick together.
When starting to harvest, remember that nettles cannot be dried in brooms. Having torn off the leaves from the stems, put them on a special rack.
Choose a well-ventilated place with a temperature of about 40 degrees. Stir up the nettle once a day for good air access.
Drying takes about a week. Nettles can also be dried in so-called "hammocks" by stretching a gauze bandage and laying out the leaves, or on a baking sheet. For the last method, use parchment paper, on which put the casting nettle on top in one or two layers and put in the oven. Dry at about 40-45 degrees. After 20 minutes, increase the temperature to 50 degrees and soak in the oven for 40 minutes. Remove the baking sheet, let cool. The leaves should be brittle.
For storage, you can use a regular natural pouch, paper bag or glass jar. Harvested nettle is stored for no more than two years.
Decoctions of nettle for hair
Now let's look at some of the available nettle infusions that will stop hair loss, make them soft, fluffy and manageable. The course of applying these infusions 10 times, with an interval of 2-3 days.
The first is a nourishing remedy that can be used as a conditioner and hair loss treatment. To do this, you can take both fresh and dry nettles.
To prepare the infusion, pour 3 tablespoons of nettle with 100 ml of boiling water, let it brew for half an hour, covered with a towel or napkin. Then strain the resulting infusion and add 100 ml of natural kvass to it.
To prepare kvass, put 100-150 rye crackers in a 3-liter clean jar, add 4 to 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar and pour boiling water, which should take about 4/5 of the jar. Let stand for half an hour until cool.
Next, add 1 tablespoon of dry yeast, cover and wrap the jar, leave for 12 hours. Then strain the nettle infusion, add kvass and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Rinse washed hair with infusion, distributing it along the entire length in wave-like movements. The infusion does not need to be washed off.
The second remedy: nettle for hair in the form of a hot infusion, nettle must be poured with 0.5 cups of boiling water, in a ratio of 1 to 1.Press the leaves and cover the container with a towel or napkin, leave for half an hour, strain and add 0.5 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
This infusion should be applied before shampooing, rubbing into the hair roots, distributing well over the entire length. Next, wrap up your hair for 5-7 minutes, then wash it.
Nettle is truly a miracle hair remedy, try it and see for yourself.