How to make a natural shampoo from rye meal flour and herbal extract:
Boil nettle or burdock (plants of the Arctium family), filter water and mix it with a few teaspoons of rye meal (other kinds of grain are not so good as they stick too much). Make a pulp (or gruel) of middle density and use it like shampoo, leave it a few minutes and wash it out.
Other good shampoo herbs are fennel for greasy hair and sage for an itchy scalp: Make a strong extract (boil few minutes) and let it cool. When it is not too hot, rinse your hair with the herbs.
Your head will love you and so will your pocket!
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