DIY Thai Hair Tonic

Coconut oil and flower essential oils are key ingredients in regular hair care in many cultures. This recipe was part of the weekly hair regimen recommended by the herbalist I studied with in Thailand. It can easily be adapted for any hair type.


1/2 cup Coconut Oil

4 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gelly by Lilly of the Desert

6 drops Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil (for normal to oily hair)

8 drops Jasmine Precious Essential Oil (for dry hair)


Combine the Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Gelly and mix thoroughly. Add the essential oil appropriate for your hair and blend.


Apply the mixture to your hair and massage. Wrap a warm towel around your head for better absorption. Leave on for about 10 minutes before shampooing and conditioning your hair.

Nancy Mayne is the Director of Wellness for The Healthy Grocer. Nancy’s interest in natural remedies began as a little girl watching her Grandmother make salves and oils using herbs from their garden. After receiving her B.A. in French, B.S. in Management Sciences from University of Rhode Island and M.A. from Penn State University in French, her studies led her to live over 15 years in France, India, Thailand and Ireland. During this time, Nancy earned certifications in 17 forms of healing arts with over 2,000 hours training in these modalities. Certifications include, but are not limited to, Holistic Massage with Waterford College, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage with Shivagakomarpaj and Sunshine School of Massage, Ayurveda from College of Ayurveda and Panchakarma and more. Herbs and energy work have remained a focus for her. She makes most of her household cleaners and beauty products herself, and holds seasonal workshops.

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