What you need to get started:
- a pourable container (glass or plastic)
- a jelly strainer bag
- 5 drops of any kind of essential oil you like
- 2T pure aloe vera gel
- 2 T golden flaxseeds (make sure they are fresh; store in fridge)
- 1 cup of water
- 1 small saucepan with cover
- Metal tongs or 2 forks
- Place the flaxseeds into the jelly strainer bag (seams should be on the OUTSIDE).
- Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan; lower to medium.
- Place the bag of flaxseeds and pull the string tight to close the bag. Lower the bag of flaxseeds into the saucepan and cover with the top, letting the bag hang over the edge (allowing some steam to escape. Cook for 5-6 minutes, swirling the bag around 2 or 3 times in that timeframe.
- When the water seems to becoming thicker, like a loose gel, turn off the heat. Use the metal tongs or 2 forks to squeeze the outside of the jelly strainer bag to release any gel that may have formed in it.
- Turn the jelly strainer bag inside out and dispose of flaxseeds. Some say you can use them again, but I dispose of mine.
- Pour the gel into your container. When cooled (about 15 minutes), add essential oil and aloe vera gel. STORE GEL IN THE REFRIGERATOR!
- To use, pour anywhere from 1 t. to 1 T. in the palm of your hands. Rub your hands together to warm the gel. Then, apply to your hair just like you would any other gel. Let it dry before fluffing your hair a bit.
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