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Farah85 11-22-2011 02:57 AM

Herbal Extracts vs. Infused Water
So I'm experimenting with making conditioners, and of course, I'm starting by looking at what ingredients tend to be in the conditioners I love the most...

I've noticed that I love almost anything that contains "water infused with [insert long, long list of herbs]" or alternatively conditioners that say they contain a long list of "herbal extracts".

My question is: is there a difference between the 2?

My understanding is that water infused with herbs is basically a tea of those herbs.. are herbal extracts the result of a different kind of processing?

I was also wondering about the particulars of making an herbal tea for a conditioner: Do you just pour boiling water over a bunch of herbs and let it steep for 10 minutes as though you're making regular tea?

I'm also thinking of experimenting with FSG made out of distilled water infused with herbs.. Has anyone tried that? I bet someone over here must have, hehe. I will report back on that experiment..

Any shared experiences/tips much appreciated..

Thanking you all in advance!

Fmasuhr 11-22-2011 04:12 AM

mmm idk what the differece is either but i always go for infused, i make my own, by making like a tea of it, pouring water over the herbs and just letting it to sit for awhile. i dont make FSG but i have done marshmallow root, and last batch i did do it with infused herbs. worked out really really well :)

Farah85 11-22-2011 01:54 PM

@Fmasuhr - Thanks for the reply! I guess I'm going to start by doing what you described (make a tea w/ distilled water and the herbs) and take it from there.. but I was just wondering if the "herbal extracts" are different from "infused water" because I think I saw a lot of suppliers sell herbal extracts.. and if they are, how are they different from essential oils?

Fmasuhr 11-22-2011 04:16 PM

yea i really dont no if its better or not i just take it anyway

coilynapp 11-22-2011 09:00 PM

the difference between herbal teas and herbal extracts is the former is usually less potent as they are extracted in either grain alcohol or glycol, which both have stronger extraction powers than water alone. Herbal extracts are usually very concentrated and can be powdered or liquid. Typically, herbal extracts are extracted in water+glycol--including glycerine, or water+alcohol and a lot of the herb is used to make 1 part of extract (e.g., 5parts of herb used to make 1 part of extract denoted as 5:1)

Extracts last longer than teas (usually you will use infusions right after you make them).

IAgirl 11-23-2011 11:59 AM

Coilynapp said it all.
I wanted to add that herbal teas tend to spoil rather quickly. I can keep them in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks before there are fuzzy things growing in the bottom - even if all has been sterilized in alcohol.

Fmasuhr 11-27-2011 08:08 PM

thank :) that cleared that up as well for me!! yea i had noticed that as well, even when i leave it in the fridge when im not using it, it still tends to go off after awhile :S

purelynatural 06-24-2012 11:18 PM

I understand that this is a old post but I just wanted to add that in my research I have found that if you infuse your herbal tea rinses with ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) instead of water you can store it in your refrigerator for up to 6 months without spoilage. Check the link below for instructions.

Organic Herbal Hair Teas

Fmasuhr 06-26-2012 07:13 AM

thank thats a good idea. i normally just use water to infuse it and add a bit of acv but what if i did it the other way around? and infuse it in the acv and add just a bit of it too the water? would that work just as good?

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