Tea tree, peppermint and apple hair soak

hhairrrrnHey guys 🙂 To end the trio of recipes from Fiann O’Nuallain’s book, ‘The Holistic Gardener: Beauty Treatments from the Garden’ (the other two are here and hereee). As a big fan of his wonderful recipes, I found this one while reading about greasy hair in the book, it’s on page 56. Apple cider vinegar cleans hair and removes build-up, tea tree is an antiseptic, and peppermint oil relieves irritation and cleanses. This recipe is good if your hair gets greasy often (mine does in this dreaded summer humidity!) and is quite powerful, so it is not advised for dry or damaged hair. I added chamomile tea to the recipe for it’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and lemon to add some freshness. So let’s get into it, shall we?


  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider VinegarDSCN3504
  • 1 capsule of Peppermint oil
  • 10 shakes of Tea Tree oil
  • 1 chamomile tea bag soaked in hot water (100mls)
  • A squirt of lemon juice


  1. Add the two oils to the vinegar in a bowl
  2. Mix the ingredients until combined (some of the oil will not mix, but that’s okay). Pour in the tea and lemon juice
  3. Apply to your hair while damp, and rub into your scalp in circular motions
  4. Wash with shampoo and hot water to remove the oils                                                             (it may take up to 2 washes to get rid of the smell of the vinegar, but it’s not that bad)

So there you have it! A scalp rub to remove grease, dirt and product buildup. I love this recipe and use it on those days when my hair just doesn’t obey me (you know what I’m talking about..), but I don’t recommend using it often as it does strip your hair and can damage it with continued use. So once a month is fine.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Don’t forget to read the original and others from Fiann (I have the book in a link at the top). So let me know how you got on in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

-Lucy 🙂


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