In a saucepan, put three cups of water, three tablespoons of whole flax seeds, and whatever herbs or roots that you need to decoct over high heat. I used comfrey root for its healing and anti-dandruff, anti-itch properties, and whole cloves for cleansing, highlighting red tones, and its yummy smell. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least five minutes, stirring occasionally.
While this is going on, put your herbs in a cloth tea bag, or something with which you can infuse, but remove easily. I used calendula, borage, and plantain for their healing, anti-itch, anti-dandruff properties, chamomile, lavender, and rose for their soothing qualities, nettle for its ability to help the skin expel unwanted liquids (it helps with potential bumps), and mint for its deodorizing properties.
Pour the contents of the saucepan through a fine mesh strainer into the heat-safe container with your herbs. This is why you want your herbs contained, because if you strain the liquid after it's cooled, you will lose a lot of the congealed mucilage. Squish and agitate the herbs to ensure proper infusion, then cover.
Remove the bag of herbs, making sure to squish all the good stuff out, and funnel into as many containers with flip tops as needed. Wet hair thoroughly. Apply a thick layer to roots, rubbing vigorously with the pads of your fingers. When the roots are well coated, use one or two handfuls to apply the "wash" to the rest of your hair. Leave in for 3-15 minutes. Rinse well. Store in the fridge.
I wanted to see if the flax would help with the weird knots I was getting in single strands of hair, which is why I initially tried this recipe. I figured the slipperiness would have a detangling effect, and it did. It also has made my hair feel softer, made my curls bouncier, and acts as a fairly effective protecting agent. I'm diggin'it, for sure! Here are a couple of pictures: