Afternoon eKa CIRCLE
This week I was gifted a beautiful gift of a leaf called “kuiya mara” or emu bush. A native Australian leaf that is used for in the Australian indigenous culture for their smoking ceremony and for all manner of healing.
It is commonly used for the skin as when heated it produces compounds that are highly active against bacteria. It kills microorganisms very efficiently and can be used for antifungal and antibacterial creams or ointments.
The scalp is one that often is susceptible to an imbalance of ph levels. It comes into contact with countless chemicals, and fluoride in our Australian water, therefore can need some nourishing at times. I thought I would try my hand at making a hair tonic.
emu bush & aloe hair tonic
2 cups emu bush leaves
1 1/2 litres water
1/3 cup fresh aloe, roughly chopped
12 drops of eucalyptus blue gum essential oil
In a large saucepan bring the water to the boil. Add the leaves and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the water thickens slightly from the emu bush. Set aside to cool and strain. You can place the emu leaves in your compost.
Blend the cool emu bush liquid and aloe in a blender until smooth. Add the eucalyptus oil and pour into glass bottles to store. Store in the fridge.
Splash the tonic on your scalp after washing and allow to dry naturally.
As with any natural product that does not have preservatives in it, this will have a shorter shelf life than a purchased product. I always make enough to share.
love & light
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