TOTAL TIME: 35 min
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 20 min
YIELD: 5 to 10 doses
20 tablespoons (about 25 g) fresh lavender flowers
20 tablespoons (about 100 g) fresh rosemary leaves
1/8 cup almond oil
1/8 cup neem oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tea tree oil
Strip the lavender flowers and rosemary leaves from their sprigs. Combine the almond and neem oils together in a measuring jug. Crush half the rosemary and lavender in a mortar and pestle with a little of the oil mixture to help ease the crushing process. Place the mashed-up herbs in a saucepan. Repeat with the second half of the rosemary and lavender, again adding a little oil for crushing, and then pour into the saucepan with any remaining oil mixture.
Add the garlic to the saucepan and heat gently for 20 minutes. Strain through a sieve lined with muslin. Stir in the tea tree oil. Filter into a sterilized 500-milliliter bottle.
If using immediately, apply to dry hair, making sure that the hair is completely covered and that the oil penetrates to the scalp. Cover with a towel and leave on for at least 1 hour, or overnight if possible, and then wash off with two applications of shampoo.
Apply conditioner, and then comb through with a nit comb. Use the next application 7 days later, to deal with any nits that may hatch during that time. Comb through with the nit comb every 3 days.
The oil will keep for 6 months.
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