HERBS AND HAIR
Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is ideally situated in “herb heaven” and, although this Midlands hideaway and culinary gem uses a lot of its home grown herbs in its kitchen, it has also been known to use them in its beautiful rooms and bathrooms.
According to general manager, Sean Granger, herbs have been central to both skin and hair care for centuries and many ingredients in modern day shampoos and conditioners can still be grown in a kitchen garden.
One of the most popular through the ages has been lavender which grows abundantly in the Midlands. Homeopaths will tell you that it has a long history of boosting hair growth and helping to reduce baldness. Lavender oil is known to be both anti-inflammatory and anti-septic. It stimulates circulation in the scalp and strengthens new hair growth and is great for conditioning oily hair.
(By the way, lavender also is a natural insect repellent for fleas, ticks, mosquitos etc. So, even if you are not using it in your hair, it’s a great idea to grow it in your garden both to keep those pesky bugs away and simply because it just smells so lovely.)
Another great herb for haircare is rosemary which has also been used for hundreds of years to prevent hair loss. It works best when mixed with olive oil and applied to the scalp. Again, this herb is good to apply when wanting to condition oily hair.
(If you have any over after you’ve rinsed your locks, you can even add it to your dinner as rosemary is great in lamb dishes, with vegetables or in breads.)
If you want to make up some home shampoos, try combining herbs such as sage, rosemary and parsley. But always be sure to try a patch test just to double check before applying.
One great shampoo recipe to help with oily hair is: 2 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves, one tablespoon rosemary leaves steeped in half a cup of hot water for over 30 minutes. Strain and add the liquid to a quarter cup of baby shampoo. Use it as often as you do normally and you’ll see a difference in a few weeks.
To increase natural shine, body and lustre in your hair, try the following natural remedy: two fresh sprigs of rosemary left in two 2 cups of hot water overnight. Strain in the morning and use as a final rinse after you shampoo.
The good thing about these natural remedies is that they’re kind to nature as well as to your hair.
If you don’t intend to confine beauty and relaxation to your bathroom at home, why not try some of the Granny Mouse Spa Treat specials for the month of March?
At just R1100 per couple, you can get the Me and You Swedish day massage treatment. If you’re a loner, then the Treat Me special, which includes a back, neck and shoulder rub, with a hand or foot massage and a Cspa aroma facial at just R1050 per person. Finally, there’s the Intimate Treat for 2 where each person can look forward to a back, neck and shoulder rub plus a full body exfoliation and a couple’s hydro bath.
Call now to book on 033 234 4071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org during office hours!