Benefits of Chamomile Tea for Hair Beauty and Wellness

The benefits of chamomile tea for hair and scalp are wonderful reasons to explore this herbal tea's topical uses. 

Much loved and so very beneficial when enjoyed as a beverage, chamomile tea can also be incredibly helpful when used topically. Whether added to a tea bath, used in a tea compress, enjoyed as a facial steam, or included in your hair-care regimen, this versatile tea can provide wellness and cosmetic benefits not only for skin, but also for hair and scalp. 

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If you prefer and appreciate natural alternatives for caring for your hair and scalp, you may find that chamomile tea is an effective, enjoyable addition to your hair-care routine.

Try a chamomile tea rinse to soothe the scalp or a chamomile tea hair rinse to boost shine and softness and add some natural highlights. Both are popular ways to benefit from chamomile tea's topical goodness (and you can read more here about other chamomile tea benefits). 

Soothe dry, flaky scalp with chamomile tea

Well-known for its ability to calm itchiness, inflammation, and other skin irritations, chamomile tea, when used topically, can also act as a calming, anti-inflammatory remedy for dry, flaky scalp. 

To nurture scalp with soothing chamomile tea, steep a cup (or more) of chamomile tea (you'll find a simple chamomile tea recipe here). 

Remove the teabag or strain the tea, and let it cool. Don't add any extras to the tea (such as honey or lemon) - just chamomile tea on its own is best. 

Then, after washing your hair, carefully pour the tea directly over the scalp and massage in gently. Rest and relax quietly for a few minutes, and then rinse your scalp and hair with warm water. Enjoy the comforting results. 

Remember, chamomile tea is renowned for its ability to lighten and brighten hair color (find out more below). So, if you'd rather not add natural highlights to your hair, you may want to avoid using chamomile tea on your hair and scalp. 

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Chamomile tea hair rinse for a sun-kissed look

Chamomile tea is delicious, beneficial for skin and scalp... and it can even be used cosmetically. Chamomile tea is well-known as an effective, healthful hair rinse for blonde or light-brown hair, giving locks a natural, pretty, sun-kissed look.

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To make a chamomile hair rinse, brew a fairly large pot of strong chamomile tea. (You can use this chamomile tea recipe, with double the amount of teabags or loose-leaf chamomile tea. And, of course, you'll want to avoid adding any extras, such as honey or mint, to the tea.)

Once the tea has steeped, strain and cool it. Then, after washing and rinsing your hair, saturate it with the cooled tea. Wrap your hair in a soft, fluffy towel for 5 to 10 minutes. Dry your hair naturally (in the sun, if possible, for some extra encouragement for those highlights), and then enjoy your hair's new sun-kissed highlights.

More benefits of chamomile tea for hair

Following a chamomile tea hair rinse, your hair may feel softer and silkier and have some extra shine, as well. 

If you're interested in reading what other visitors to our site have said about chamomile tea for hair, scroll down this page to read their comments and stories (and feel free to share your own experience with chamomile tea for hair, too). 

Interested in other ways to enjoy chamomile tea's topical benefits? You may also love a chamomile tea bath or compress. For more topical tea inspiration, drop by our Tea Skincare, Baths, Steams, and More Pinterest board

And visit our Chamomile Tea Benefits section to learn more about how very beneficial chamomile tea can be for us. 

Have you used chamomile tea as a hair rinse?

Have you ever used chamomile tea topically for hair health and beauty? We'd love to hear about your experience, plus any tips you may have for other visitors to our site. Join the conversation below...

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I have been using chamomile tea my entire life. When I had my first baby I would brew myself a cup every night, and my tummy got flat in no time. My …

Chamomile shampoo 
I have never actually used the tea method but I do use shampoo's with chamomile. And I have hair that looks like i have highlighted but i naturally have …

Chamomile lightened and highlighted my hair 
My former blond, but now greying brown hair, looks so nice with my tea rinse. It gives the whole hair a sun-kissed look with the grey showing as a highlight. …

Mexicans have used camomile tea as a rinse to lighten hair for centuries 
I moved here to Mexico many years ago. The lady I lived with before I married a Mexican gentleman, would buy me chamomile dried flowers in the local market. …

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