Seed Starting in Mini Greenhouses

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No greenhouse? No problem! You can get started as early as February on growing your fresh greens by utilizing a greenhouse. Even small-space dwellers can start seeds outdoors with a few tips and these clever umbrella mini greenhouses.

Have you ever dreamed of having your own greenhouse? I think every gardener at some point in their life has taken a look at their garden and fantasized about where they would put their very own greenhouses.

A common misconception about greenhouses is that they are expensive and difficult to build. Many greenhouses can be made out of recycled glass, wood, and plastic. There are also many DIY kits available online too.

The other misconception is that only big backyards have room for a greenhouse. I think that everyone ranging from balcony gardens to sprawling backyards can find room for a greenhouse!

How to Make DIY Mini Greenhouses

All it takes is a little creativity and an assessment of your space to know what you need. These mini greenhouses are tiny and very affordable, needing only a balcony or patio to grow. While greenhouses can be an aesthetic part of your yard, they are also very practical.

Greenhouses help to stabilize growing conditions for plants. By shielding crops from excess cold, heat, nasty weather, and even pets such as bugs or birds, you can have happy plants almost year-round. These mini greenhouses help me to control the temperature and humidity needed to get seeds to germinate, starting as early as February!

This project is just one in the  here on Garden Therapy. Check out all the projects and advice as you plan your garden this year. A great place to start is the .

Lettuce growing in a wine barrel

Find Your Container

Containers are considered difficult environments for plants. When plants are planted in the ground, the soil helps to keep them warm at night and cool during the day. Once in a container, the limited amount of soils means the plants heat up and cool off quickly. That?s why these mini greenhouses are so important in helping to regulate the temperature for the seedlings to grow.

The size, material, and placement of the container can affect how your plant grows. For example, my climate conditions are chilly and wet in late winter, with a chance of snow/frost. With this in mind, I chose large wooden containers like raised beds or wine barrel planters for my early seeds. The moisture can move through the wood, meaning the soil can draw from the moisture in the air or release the excess. The large size of the container means the soil will stay warmer for the seedlings.

Prep the Soil

If you have a container with last year?s soil, turn it with a shovel or garden claw to fluff it up and mix from bottom to top. Next, we?re going to need to replenish the soil! Dig in a layer of compost six inches below the surface of the soil to prepare some future nutrition for the seedlings as they grow up.

Finally, cover the top layer of soil with a light, moisture-retaining material like seeding mix, peat moss, or coconut coir. The little seeds will have the moisture they need to germinate and the soil will not develop a crust too hard for the seedlings to emerge from.

umbrella in a barrel acting as a mini greenhouse

Plant Your Seeds

In February, germination rates tend to be lower, so I plant densely. Typically, I will use a whole packet of lettuce seeds per wine barrel. Growing time is much slower at this time of year and thinning is fun?baby salad greens are the first vegetables I get to eat from my garden so I plant many and eat many.

This method also ends up being very economical as well. From one packet of lettuce seeds, I will thin and transplant lettuce all over the garden (and give lots away to friends), giving me a steady supply of salad from March through July.

Cover

I was lucky to find some great greenhouse covers at my local garden centers for pretty reasonable prices. They have lasted me many years and I use them throughout each season in many different ways, from early frost protection of tomatoes to warming peppers and eggplants to covering my rosemary each time it snows.

Umbrella Greenhouses Growing Lettuce

Tips for Buying or Making Mini Greenhouses

These umbrella greenhouses work great for me, but there are a ton of different mini greenhouse options out there to choose from. Here are a few tips on what to look for when buying mini-greenhouses:

  • It doesn?t matter if it has a vent or not, generally, you won?t use it.
  • Buy one with plastic or rust-resistant parts?the ones that look the most like umbrellas have the same metal latching mechanism that an umbrella does and it will undoubtedly rust and become unusable in no time.
  • Greenhouses with a center stake are best (over the ones with pegs to hold down the edges). You will lift the umbrella regularly to water, check the plants, and give them some air. This will be frustrating if you have to find and reinsert the pegs each time.
  • The best greenhouses fold up for storage when not in use.

Update: because so many of you have asked where to buy one, here are some links:   and   and .

Umbrella greenhouse for seed starting

Venting and Watering

Managing the health of plants under mini greenhouses will be up to you as a gardener to decide what is needed. Weather and temperature conditions vary from year to year, zone to zone, so you need to check in on your seedlings frequently.

Rain will not water your plants for you, so it is now up to you to decide when to water. If it is getting too moist or hot inside, you can lift the greenhouse slightly from the ground or know that it?s time to remove the greenhouse for good.

Hardening Off

When the seedlings have their first true leaves and the weather is starting to warm up, I tend to start hardening off my seedlings. Remove the cover for a few hours each day, increasing the time slowly until they have a full day in the outside air uncovered.

I still cover the containers at night until my magical gardener?s sense tells me that they will be safe in the moonlight by themselves. Don?t worry, your magical gardener?s sense will only get better over time!

Thinning & Harvest

Om nom nom. This is the most rewarding part: start cutting and eating the plants by snipping seedlings at the base with sharp scissors to make room for the other plants to grow bigger. Baby lettuce, radishlings, and pea shoots are delightful in the spring.

Munch on snow peas in the garden while you plant other things and use them to get your dog to do tricks (my dogs LOVE fresh peas). And if you are like me, you?ll have so many that you?ll schedule in a 10:30 salad each day just to keep up with it. Enjoy!

Egg on toast topped with microgreens

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My 9th book baby, Garden Alchemy, is turning one! Not only am I immensely proud of this book, I?m also proud of how all of you have used it to better your gardens and the spaces around you! This post kicks off 12 weeks worth of gardening giveaways that you won?t want to miss. Plus, I?m highlighting some of my favourite gardening books that you?ll also want to check out!

It?s ?s first birthday! Just like a proud mama celebrating their kiddo?s first lap around the sun, I can say the past year has been full of many new experiences, both wonderful and challenging. It?s now a whole year later and we?ve transformed a ton of gardens along the way. And we?re not done yet!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

In honour of Garden Alchemy?s birthday, I have a HUGE (12 week long!) giveaway planned to celebrate with you and some fellow authors. Plus, a Garden Alchemy Grand Prize with the book, companion workbook, masterclass and a 30-minute, one-on-one zoom call with me. See how to enter at the end of this post.

But first, I wanted to talk a little bit about the year of .

Garden Alchemy with flowers in containers

The Birth of Garden Alchemy

On February 18th, 2020, I launched my 9th book baby, . While the looming pandemic would soon cut my book tour short, I was still thrilled to finally have my book in the hands of new and experienced gardeners alike.

The book came from many seasons working away in my garden and learning how to naturalize a barren space. With over 80 recipes and garden projects, it ended up being one of my biggest books and accomplishments yet.

was a tough book for me to write. While writing it, I really dove deep into sustainability and where our planet is now. I?m not going to lie, there were days where I sat at my desk and sobbed about the state of the earth right now. I wiped away my tears and used that passion as motivation to spread the good news: there is plenty we can do and it starts at home.

floral seed bombs

The return to organic, nature-led gardening is something that I deeply believe in. After testing these methods to heal my own gardens and bring them back to the way nature intended, I ventured out to other spaces to see how permaculture and herbalism practices are changing landscapes, farms, and home gardens. Through this journey, what shows up on the pages of  allows more people to easily transform their gardens around the globe.

And I really mean around the globe! Garden Alchemy was originally printed in English and is available at major bookstores in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, and more. This year we will also see translated into Estonian, French, and German! I?m so excited to have this opportunity to reach folks far and wide to encourage them to love their soil, plants, and gardens.

Author Stephanie Rose holding her book, Garden Alchemy

Raving Book Reviews

What I never anticipated, however, is how much  has helped people in ways I never could have expected.

A Helpful Homeschooling Aid

I was surprised to learn that a bunch of parents started using as a homeschooling tool! As a parent who had to do a lot of unexpected homeschooling in 2020, I can say there is nothing cooler than providing some curriculum to help little folks fall in love with plants. The science and simple experiments in Garden Alchemy have proven ageless.

??there?s so much science fun and crafty stuff in here. Now I get to involve my science-loving homeschool mom side! There are simple experiments to test the acidity of your soil, instructions for making your own seed tape and seed bombs (and lots more), and all kinds of cool science-based crafty things to do ? AND there are great color pictures of the whole deal.?

?Alicia Bayer, Goodreads

A Book to Carry into the Garden

Others have loved having a physical copy of the book, which is unexpected in this increasingly digital world. My book really is meant to be out in the garden to get dirty with you as you experiment, and it?s a great honour to see tattered, dirty copies out there.

??This book is printed on heavy duty paper that will allow you to carry it to the work site for quick reference and if something gets on the book you can easily wipe away, I believe, without smearing the print and destroying the page?has almost a water repellent feel to it?I love it. In my opinion, this is a very well thought out, designed, and published collection of garden recipes and concoctions where the author considered book content, as well as, construction and publishing needs to best serve the customer. Looking forward to many years of use because of all the knowledge to be gleaned from this book.?

?Douglas C. Meeks, Amazon

A Win for Experienced Gardeners

Even those who have been gardening for years and years have found use in it. I?m thrilled to be able to share new garden info with other experienced gardeners.

?This arrived today, can?t put it down. Stephanie has put into words what I have believed in for so long. 60 years learning about and practicing eco gardening, feeding nature with nature. The joy in her book is that there is always something new to learn. This is already one of my prized possessions. Fantastic!?

?Elizabeth, Amazon

A Soil ?Bible? for Beginners

And someone even referred to it as their soil bible! I have many books that I consider my ?gardening bibles? and it?s an honour to be that for someone else.

?This is a beginner edition soil bible. I am impressed with the amount of really useful information that is easy to understand no matter if you are a novice or expert. It explains soil types, mulches, how to do ph tests with everyday items and so much more??

?Brake4Moose, Amazon

Garden Alchemy and stack of giveaway books

A Practical Way to Save Money

If there was one good thing to come from 2020, it was the resurgence of gardening for many. While people were stuck at home and looking for entertainment within the confines of their backyard, suddenly the garden was the star of the show.

So many new gardeners have picked up and learned how to care for and benefit from the garden. Plus, they are saving money by doing it all themselves too.

?Great, quick read! Chock full of interesting formulas to help your plants grow. Even though it is only December, I am looking forward to putting many of these ideas into practice this spring. No more buying pre-made seed starting mix, pre-made fertilizers, or pre-made plant disease treatments. Thanks to this book, I will be saving loads of money, plus have the enjoyment of doing it myself!?

?Randal White, Goodreads

Reading reviews and how people have used Garden Alchemy fills me with nothing but joy. It?s one thing to share your knowledge and skills, but it is a completely other thing to go out and see it in action! THANK YOU to everyone who takes the time to leave a review. I read every one of them!

Other Amazing Gardening Books

2020 also saw the release of many other fabulous gardening books and there are plenty more coming out this year! This list of authors below have been bringing new and modern techniques to the gardening world, proving it is an old hobby that even Gen Z can get behind.

From growing food in your kitchen to designing a stylish and functional garden, these authors have taught people from every walk of life how to better their gardens this year. I am so honoured to share the year of gardening with them and push it forward into 2021!

Organic Gardening for Everyone

by CaliKim breaks down the idea that organic vegetable gardening is difficult. CaliKim is a organic gardening guru with over 400,000 subscribers.

In her book, she breaks down how to grow your own healthy vegetables in your own backyard gardens. The book is full of practical advice and step-by-step instructions with beginner gardeners in mind.

Follow her on and and be sure to check out her .

Giveaway begins February 12.

Organic Gardening for Everyone book cover

Complete Container Herb Gardening

Say goodbye to grocery store herbs by growing your very own herb garden with by my dear friend, Sue Goetz. This book is great for those with limited space or a small corner to fill.

You?ll learn which herbs to grow, how to tend to them, and all the ideal containers from a herb and small space gardening pro and one of my favourite herb nerds.

Sue and I have done talks together in the past so it?s a lot of fun that we can showcase our books together too! I?ve been to many of Sue?s love talks and believe me, there is no better expert to learn about growing herbs from.

Follow Sue on , , and and follow her .

Giveaway begins February 19.

Container Herb Garden Book Interior

Plant Partners

by Jessica Walliser is a must-have guide for those interested in science-based companion planting. Co-owner of the website , Jessica walks you through this popular growing technique and how you can use scientifically tested plant partnerships in your own garden. Companion planting can help improve soil health, pest control, biodiversity, and more, meaning this book will help you grow a better garden with confidence.

Fun fact: Jessica was also the Acquiring Editor on Garden Alchemy and a huge reason as to why I signed on for the project. She is one of the most knowledgeable horticulturists out there and I deeply respect her advice.

Jessica helped me make Garden Alchemy the book it has become, and her new book is one of the most exciting new releases this year!

Check out her and be sure to follow her on and .

Giveaway begins February 26. 

Plant Partners Book Plant Partners Book Interior

Growing Under Cover

Another amazing contributor and my vegetable gardening hero is, Niki Jabbour. I have gushed over her past books before, and could not wait for her brand new book, !

In it, she teaches you how to implement controlled growing spaces for your gardening. Ranging from small solutions like cloches and cold frames to larger structures like greenhouses and polytunnels, these covering ideas will allow your vegetable garden to thrive year round.

I?ve been watching Niki do this on social media now for a year, and I?m so excited to see the book in my hands. If you don?t already, follow Niki on and to be truly inspired by one of the most gorgeous and productive edible gardens in the world?oh, and she does all of this in Halifax, Nova Scotia! It gives me so much motivation to see her thriving garden in a climate so much cooler than mine. Clearly this book will help us see some of the methods she uses to extend the season.

Giveaway begins March 19.

Gardening Under Cover Book Niki Jabbour Gardening Under Cover Book Niki Jabbour interior

Gardening for Your Front Yard

The front yard can be a tricky space for many, trying to turn make it both functional and beautiful. Tara Nolan (another pro from and author of one of my favourite books, Raised Bed Revolution) shows you how to treat your front yard like the back while maintaining beauty for your home in her book, .

You?ll find advice on different kinds of plants and different hardscaping and gardening projects suited for the front of your home. It?s such a gorgeous book, filled with eye-candy and practical DIYs that can transform your front yard.

Gardening for Your Front Yard

Page 166 even has the story of the house that is just a few blocks from my home in Vancouver, BC that I shared with Tara when she visited here a few years ago.

Gardening for Your Front Yard Interior

Here is another fun fact: When I was reading the book for the first time, I read the whole thing in one sitting. I got all the way to the end and saw my name in the acknowledgments! Tara and I may live across the country from each other, but we try to make time to have video calls.

When I was writing Garden Alchemy, she was writing Gardening for Your Front Yard and we would take breaks to chat and cheer each other on (writing a book ain?t easy!). Of course, I?ve thanked her in the acknowledgments of my book as well.

Find Tara on her and follow along with her on , , and .

Giveaway begins March 5.

Field Guide to Urban Gardening AND Grow Bag Gardening

Kevin Espiritu is a self-taught gardener who is taking over the digital community to reach more and more gardeners through his website, . He has a lofty goal to teach millions of people to garden, and he is truly committed to that goal.

You may know him from , , or because he has a gazillion followers. The one thing you should know is that he truly has the giving heart of a gardener. He will give a ton of his time to folks who have questions about gardening. Thankfully, he has compiled all of this Kevin-ness into two deeply informative books.

In , Kevin shows you how you can change any space to grow your own food, no matter where you live. It?s a fantastic book and the one I always recommend to new urban gardeners, looking to build some skills. It?s jam-packed with ideas and solid advice.

Giveaway begins March 26.

Page from Field Guide to Epic Gardening showing herbs growing in mason jars

Field Guide to Urban Gardening book cover

His latest book, , teaches this revolutionary method to grow herbs, fruit, and flowers in eco-friendly, fabric pots. You will even find one of my soil recipes and a few of my photos in the book!

Grow Bag Gardening cover

New Naturalism

In Kelly Norris? recent release, , learn how to create a stylish, yet naturalistic home garden. Kelly?s approach to gardening is all about how our homes can be ecological systems that support positive environmental change, increase wildlife diversity, and create spaces that are self-reliant. It?s beautifully written and photographed, a true joyful journey of gardening.

If you are looking to reconnect to nature, this one?s for you. Follow Kelly on his , , and .

Giveaway begins April 16.

New Naturalism Book New Naturalism Book Interior

Grow Your Own Spices

Learn to cultivate over 30 spices in Tasha Greer?s book, . Tasha shows you how you can grow spices as a health-boosting supplement and to amp up your culinary cabinet.

Having a thriving spice garden can be trickier than growing herbs, but Tasha knows how to start you off with easy spices until you can graduate to the trickier ones! I can?t wait to try some of these out this year.

Find Tasha on her website or on her or .

Giveaway begins April 2.

Grow Your Own Spices Book

Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living

is by Kris Bordessa, the founder of?you guessed it?. This book is a lifestyle reference all about how to become a backyard homesteader. Inside, you?ll find recipes, natural remedies, gardening tips, crafts, and even how to raise chickens. Sustainability exists in the 21st century if we all follow Kris? indispensable advice.

Kris worked on this book for years and it certainly shows! Its pages are packed with pretty much every back-to-basics skill you will ever need in your toolkit. The book came out within weeks of Garden Alchemy. Kris?s book and my book were constantly dancing on the top releases list together. What an honour!

To be fair, Attainable Sustainable moved to number 1 and stayed there. But I was able to capture a screenshot the day after Garden Alchemy?s release of our books hanging out together online.

Amazon 1 New Release Gardening

Kris also interviewed me for her book launch and that was a lot of fun. and see me crack up after getting a bit silly!

Be sure to check out Kris on , , and .

Giveaway begins March 12.

Attainable Sustainable book cover

Micro Food Gardening

Tiny house lovers, meet micro gardening. In Jen McGuinness? new book, , learn how you can grow a variety of food in the smallest of spaces. Growing your own food in a small space isn?t limited to herbs and microgreens; you can grow tiny cabbages, strawberry plants, and even baby beets with the insights in this book.

Find Jen on her website , , , and .

Giveaway begins April 30.

Micro Food Gardening book cover

Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden: Planting and Tending Small Fruit Trees and Berries in Gardens and Containers

by Christy Wihelmi is an amazing resource for fruit lovers with small gardens. Many have grown their own vegetables but fewer have grown their own fruit. Whether you plant a tree or have a bustling container garden, Christy teaches you how you can enjoy delicious fruit from your own garden.

Follow along with Christy on her website, , , , , and .

Giveaway begins April 23.

Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden book cover

12 Weeks of Gardening Giveaways

So now the moment you have been waiting for?the giveaways! To celebrate ?s birthday, I have partnered with the twelve authors above to give away a copy of Garden Alchemy and a copy of their book once a week for twelve weeks.

The giveaways will take place on Instagram, so make sure you?re to know when each giveaway goes live. Every Thursday, join me live on my Instagram where I?ll announce the week?s winner at 12 PM PST.

Garden Alchemy Grand Prize

Since I know not everyone is on Instagram, I also wanted to give you another amazing opportunity to win! Two lucky blog readers will win a copy of , its companion workbook, an enrollment to my , AND a one-on-one, 30-minute zoom session with me to get personalized advice on your very own garden. So start writing down your questions!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Kim Lennie and Nicole Redden!

Please note that this contest is open to the US and Canada (except Quebec and where prohibited) only.

Organic Gardening for Everyone and Garden Alchemy books

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Cue the hair flip! Add this herbal hair rinse to your hair care routine and you?ll notice an immediate difference. Made from completely natural ingredients, this apple cider vinegar hair rinse works hard to correct your scalp?s pH and in turn give you stronger, healthier, and gorgeous hair.

Switching to an all-natural hair care routine is one of the best things I?ve ever done for my hair. Seriously! I was shocked at the results once I started to make my own , , , and now my very own herbal hair rinse.

While a ton of people are switching towards a ?clean? skincare routine, I have noticed that few people have yet to embrace an all-natural hair care routine.

I could not recommend it enough. Everyone?s hair is so different and by creating your own products, you can cater to your own hair type. Curly, straight, dry, oily?there is a hair recipe for you. My ACV hair rinse is the newest step to my hair care routine and I would never do without it again!

What is Hair Rinse?

herbs infusing in mason jar next to apple cider vinegar hair rinse

A herbal hair rinse is an added hair care step that you do while in the shower. It works to nourish the hair naturally with infused herbs. Most importantly though, it will restore and balance the pH of your hair! I?ll explain a little later why this is SO important.

I learned about using a hair rinse from my friend and Herbalist Robin from . She only uses the hair rinse without any other products and she has gorgeous, shiny hair. I have been playing with recipes and testing it out with my hair for over a year and I have not been able to seamlessly make the transition to not using shampoo and conditioner.

To get there, your hair needs to get used to not having shampoo remove the natural oil. This means that your scalp will produce A LOT of excess oil for a while until it balances out again. I plan to go full ?no poo? method one day, but for now, I use the rinse as part of my routine and it works wonders for me. No more itchy or dry scalp and I can go a week between washings with ease. Baby steps!

Robin has a lovely herbal hair rinse in . be sure to check it out!

It has quickly become an essential step in my natural hair care routine. By making my own DIY hair rinse, I know where all the ingredients are coming from and can avoid all the harsh chemicals and fragrances that are common in hair care products.

The Best Herbs to Add to an Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Mason jars filled with dried herbs to make an herbal hair rinse.

Adding herbs to your hair rinse can make all the difference. Herbs are full of beneficial properties that once infused, can add a ton of benefits for your hair. Below, I?ve outlined some of the best herbs for hair and how they can help.

Choose which herbs will aid you best for your own customized herbal hair rinse. Ask yourself, which herb will work best for my hair type? The ?best for? notes under each section will help you decide if the herb is right for you.

Horsetail

One of the most well-known herbs for hair, is probably found in some of your favourite hair care products. It has a ton of antioxidant properties which can add sheen and strengthen the hair.

It contains silica, selenium, and cysteine which are all known to promote hair growth. Overall, it is a must-have for those looking to improve overall hair condition.

Best for: all hair types and those looking to strengthen hair and promote growth.

Rosemary

sprig of rosemary next to a mason jar of calendula herb

has always been a top ingredient in my hair care recipes as it works to improve scalp circulation and nerve growth. Why is this important? Improved circulation in the scalp prevents hair follicles from not getting enough blood supply and dying off, leading to hair loss.

It also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which can aid in preventing dandruff and lice. I?d like to avoid the two as much as possible!

Best for: increasing scalp circulation and promoting hair growth.

Lavender

Aromatherapy?s most popular scent, is known to have a calming effect on the body. This extends to hair as well, where its antimicrobial properties helps to calm issues like itchiness and dandruff by preventing bacteria and fungi from growing. It also works to soothe scalp inflammation and dryness.

A few studies have backed up lavender?s hair claims, where it has been known to be useful in preventing head lice and help with pattern baldness and alopecia in mice.

Best for: soothing skin irritations and irregularities due to its antimicrobial properties.

Nettles

Rich in minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc, your hair follicles will love . It?s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties also work to protect the scalp from damage and promote new hair growth. This also makes it an aid in treating dandruff.

Like horsetail, it also has high levels of silica. Combined with high levels of natural sulphur, it makes the hair shinier and healthier.

Best for: dry and damaged hair as it helps to strengthen and promote growth.

Calendula

Jar of dried calendula next to rosemary sprig

Beautiful on the outside and the inside, is packed full of helpful hair properties. It is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiviral, making it useful in improving scalp conditions. Calendula fights dandruff, rashes, and other dry skin issues, as well as helping to speed up recovery time for wounds or damaged hair follicles.

It also contains flavonoids and carotenoids, two antioxidants that protect from sun and environmental damage to hair.

Best for: hair that needs extra protection and improving overall scalp condition.

The Benefits of an Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

has long been a household remedy favourite. Want to preserve food? Apple cider vinegar. Want to lose weight? Apple cider vinegar. Want shiny, glorious hair? Apple cider vinegar.

apple cider vinegar next to a bottle of water

Maintaining a Good pH

Apple cider vinegar is made from fermenting apples with live cultures, minerals, and acids. Like most vinegar, it is an acidic substance and contains high levels of acetic acid. While applying something acidic to your hair may seem scary, it is actually super beneficial. Here?s why!

Our hair and scalp have an acid mantle (like the rest of our skin) that requires a healthy pH balance in order to have happy hair. The normal pH of your hair should range between 4.5-5.5 when it is healthy.

However, most hair products don?t keep pH in mind; colouring, bleaching, and even something as simple as shampoo can throw the pH of your hair off balance. When hair is brittle, dull, or fizzy, it is likely more alkaline and ranges higher on the pH scale than normal.

That?s where the apple cider vinegar hair rinse comes in!

Using an acidic substance on the hair can help to balance out the hair and lower the pH. By maintaining a good pH, you are preventing unwanted hair breakage all while maintaining a healthy amount of natural oils. Sebum, our skin?s natural oil, is essential in keeping our hair glossy and strong.

Other Wonderful Hair Benefits

Beyond maintaining the pH of our hair, the apple cider vinegar hair rinse has some other benefits as well. Since is a popular disinfectant due to its antimicrobial properties, it can aid in treating itchiness and dandruff.

It is also rich in minerals, especially ones that are good for the hair such as Vitamin C and B.

Lastly, it gets out that stubborn product that won?t go away even after you give it a good scrub with your best shampoo. If you used a ton of hairspray to achieve that perfect 80?s look for Halloween or layered up on the dry shampoo for longer than you would like to admit, apple cider vinegar has your back. Since it is more acidic than regular shampoo, it can help to gently remove the product, dead skin cell build up, and grime.

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In this video, I?ll walk you through what a herbal hair rinse is, my favorite herbs to use, and how to make this hair rinse step by step.

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How to Infuse Your Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar infused with dried herbs for hair

Before you can use your apple cider vinegar hair rinse, you will need to infuse the vinegar first. To do so, you will want to measure out your herbs. Choose from the herb list above and find which ones best match your hair type. By customizing your herbal hair rinse with the right herbs, you will get the most benefits.

Place your herbs in a or any other container that will seal tightly. Add at least 3 tbsp each of your desired herbs. Fill the jar with your apple cider vinegar and give it a good shake.

Jar of herbs infusing in apple cider vinegar to make a ACV hair rinse

Your mixture will need to sit for 2-4 weeks. This allows the vinegar to be fully infused with the herbal properties and scents. Waiting is tough, but necessary!

After your vinegar is infused, you can strain the herbs and store the rinse in a glass bottle.

straining out herbs from an herbal hair rinse

How to Use This Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Now that you?ve been patient and your vinegar is ready to go, it?s time to use your herbal hair rinse!

1. Dilute Your Mixture

ACV next to a jar of water

The first thing you will want to do is dilute your vinegar. While apple cider vinegar helps to balance hair, you don?t want to overdo it and make your hair more acidic or risk harming your skin.

To dilute your vinegar, add approximately ? cup of infused vinegar with 1 pint of water into a squeeze bottle. If after using you find that your hair is still too oily, reduce the amount of vinegar to 1/8 cup. If it feels too dry, try increasing the amount of vinegar to ? cup.

All hair will react differently, so use your best judgment.

2. Apply to Hair

The herbal hair rinse is best applied after you have shampooed your hair. Use the squeeze bottle to apply to your roots and massage it into the scalp. Next, use a wide-tooth comb to go through the hair and get rid of all the tangles. Squish and scrunch your hair to ensure it really soaks in throughout your hair.

plastic squeeze bottle filled with a homemade apple cider vinegar hair rinse made with infused herbs

3. Rinse Well

Rinse out your hair well and then apply conditioner to help mask the smell. Though, after diluting the vinegar and infusing it with herbs, the smell isn?t as strong as you may think. I like to use as it has a ton of yummy essential oils to leave my hair smelling fantastic.

I use my herbal hair rinse once a week, but you can use it as often as you prefer. And voila! You should notice a huge difference in your hair pretty fast. Shiny and healthy hair is always in!

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jar of herbal hair rinse made with ACV

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Keep your hair shiny and healthy with this simple herbal hair rinse! Apple cider vinegar promotes healthy pH while herbs are tailored to help your specific type of hair shine.

Equipment

  • quart mason jar 
  • strainer
  • plastic squeeze bottle

Supplies

Herbs that Help Your Hair Goals (use at least 3 tbsp of one or several of the herbs below)

  • works for all hair types including those looking to strengthen hair and promote growth
  • use to soothe skin irritations and irregularities
  • best for dry and damaged hair
  •   use to increase circulation and promote hair growth
  •   use for hair that needs extra protection and to improve scalp condition
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Instructions

Infuse the Apple Cider Vinegar with Herbs

  • Choose herbs that best meet your hair goals from the above list. Measure out at least 3 tbsp of dried herbs to use.
  • Place the herbs in a quart-sized mason jar, then pour in enough apple cider vinegar to fill the jar.
  • Let the herbs steep for 2-4 weeks to get the most benefits possible.

Dilute the ACV Hair Rinse

  • Strain out the herbs from the ACV mixture. Discard the herbs.
  • In a shower-safe plastic squeeze bottle, add 1/4 cup of infused ACV with 1 pint of water and apply to hair after shampooing. Rinse well and apply conditioner.

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Notes

If your hair feels too oily, reduce the amount of herbal apple cider vinegar to 1/4 cup. If your hair feels overly dry, increase the amount to 1/2 cup.

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