One of my favorite uses for over brewed kombucha is as a hair rinse. Over brewed kombucha is kombucha that has been allowed to brew so that all the sugar is eaten up. It will be very sour and taste like vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is well known as a great conditioning rinse and I’ve used it for years. Kombucha vinegar has many of the same benefits as ACV. I end up with lots of kombucha vinegar from getting busy and forgetting about the 5 gallons I have brewing. Big bonus is, it’s much much cheaper than ACV.
Rosemary is known to be a natural tick repellent and we need that here. A good friend of mine had the idea last year to add a sprig of rosemary to their shampoo bottles and it seemed to work great to keep the ticks away. She lives out in the country like I do where ticks are everywhere. Our chickens do a great job of eating up a lot of them but there are more ticks than chickens.
To use the infused kombucha, I keep a bottle of it in the shower along with a cup. Before pouring it over my head, I dilute it about 1-2 parts water, 1 part kombucha (kombucha vinegar is much weaker than ACV). I have gallons of kombucha vinegar to use so I don’t bother diluting it much, just enough to warm the vinegar up so it’s not so shocking to pour on my scalp.
To use this on your pets, put the infused kombucha vinegar in a spray bottle and just give them a few sprays.
You can either leave the kombucha in your hair or rinse it out. I find the vinegar smell does dissipates as it dries.
This vinegar is good not only as a hair rinse but in foods as well. Try it with olive oil on your salad or mixed in your favorite salad dressing recipe.
Rosemary Infused Kombucha Hair Rinse
- 1-2 springs fresh rosemary
- 1 quart kombucha vinegar (works with ACV too!)
- 5-10 drops rosemary essential oil (optional)
Add rosemary to vinegar and let set for about a week to let the vinegar infuse. If you are using rosemary essential oil, give it a good shake to disperse the oil each time you apply it and you can start using it right away.
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