It has been soooooo long since I have done ANY DIY. This particular recipe was supposed to be published some time in last August but then I totally forgot about it. Now, if you would remember the elaborate hair ritual of Kamini aunty which I had followed, one of her products were ginger tonic.
I do not claim to know the exact recipe or anything. This was crafted by me and mum after trying to make out what the ginger tonic consisted of. We could only guess at the ingredients. So, proceeding ahead with the DIY, let me first state the ingredients and then explain why it is necessary.
- Ginger Powder (made at home or from market)
- Vinegar (preferably Apple Cider Vinegar)
- Distilled Water
- Either shred a whole block of ginger at home using the cheese grater or use ginger powder available in the market.
- When you are shredding the ginger block at home, you would find a lot of juice also comes out. Do not throw it away.
- Now, take a vinegar bottle. I would suggest you to get Apple Cider Vinegar but then its expensive and not exactly available everywhere so you can go for fruit or non-fruity vinegar as well. Try to buy the ones which come in glass bottles instead of plastic ones.
- Empty an entire packet of ginger powder or the entire grated ginger block with its juice into the vinegar bottle.
- Let it infuse for a week in dark. Keep on shaking the bottle in between to speed up the infusion process.
- After a week, pour half of the vinegar into another bottle. Make sure to include the ginger powder or shreds in both bottles equally. Do not remove or throw them.
- After dividing the vinegar equally in both bottles, pour distilled water in equal quantity (for 50ml of vinegar, pour 50ml of water).
And, your Ginger infused Vinegar is ready!! No, I would not suggest any essential oils with this recipe. Not even the ginger essential oil in place of ginger powder or shreds because I don't know how will vinegar react with the essential oil.
Why to use this?
I have long back mentioned that one of the best ways to deal with dandruff is using vinegar. So, if you have excess of dandruff, apply a table spoon of this infusion every time on your scalp before you wash your hair using a cotton ball and leave it for 20 minutes.
Make sure to apply this over oiled hair only. Partition your scalp using small sections and saturate your entire scalp with this mixture. This really helps to deal with dandruff and ginger helps stimulate hair follicles as well. If you have oily hair, vinegar will also help control the oil secretion.
Now, coming to the second part of usage, using various products on the hair causes buildup. So, it is very important to clarify hair in regular intervals to make the hair bouncy and look clean. This infusion helps to clarify the hair as well.
If you do not have dandruff and do not use excess of products, you can use this infusion once in every two weeks or a month depending on amount of conditioner and leave-in conditioner you use. Saturate your scalp first with this liquid and then apply it on the length of your hair. Keep it for 10 minutes and shampoo.
Since vinegar does not turn rancid easily, this infusion will keep for months at a time so you can make it in huge quantities as well. If you are really particular, keep it in fridge but do not apply it cold on your scalp. That can create problems if you have sinus issues.
Hope you liked it!! Do try and let me know how it went for you :)