How to Make Your Own Homemade Herbal Shampoo


Commercial shampoos are readily available, but they often contain questionable ingredients which may not be good for you — not to mention that they aren't environmentally friendly. Thankfully we have options, one being herbs that we can incorporate into a great and very useful shampoo solution for our hygiene needs. All you'll need is distilled spring water, liquid soap, assorted herbs, and a container to mix it all.

If dryness is a concern, you can add a bit of oil as well. Before we begin with the actual recipe, you should keep in mind that different herbs have different effects on different hair types. You won’t need essential oils for this recipe, but you will need to match the herbs to your individual needs and what comes with it.

Start by choosing two to three herbs that fit your hair type. You don’t need to powder them, simply have them cut as all herbs used in the following recipe will need to be dried. If you do have viable herbs in mind for gardening however, you will want to use fresh herbs from your well-maintained garden as much as possible, even doubling the amount if possible to have a more powerful aroma and effect. If you have blonde hair and you want to keep your color from darkening, then you would do well to stay with the lighter shaded herbs, since they could change the color of your hair in strong solutions. The shampoo you will create with this recipe may not have a typical commercial bright color, but it will be far healthier and eco-friendly than its usual counterparts.

The ingredients you need are as follows:
  • 7 ounces worth of distilled spring water
  • 4 tablespoons worth of liquid castile soap
  • 5 tablespoons of herbs that fit your hair type
If you plan on making use of lots of flowers such as red clover, marigolds, and others, it would be advisable to crush them before adding to the shampoo.
This will help them to release more of their aroma and therapeutic properties into the mix, especially with flowers like lavender. Boil the water and place your herbs in a strainer. Add the liquid castile soap to the bottle to move one step closer to your finished product. Allowing the herbs to steep and soak in the mix for about half an hour will be enough, but you may allow it to sit longer if you prefer a stronger mixture. Be careful not to let any of the leaves fall into the herbal water, or else you will need to fish them out once you’re done working. Transfer the herbal mixture you made into your liquid castile soap and blend together. That’s all you need to make the shampoo!
Depending on whether you’re making this as a gift for someone or for yourself, you will need to label the shampoo to ensure you know exactly what herbs went into the mix. You may also want to make a list of ingredients and place it on the bottle as well, since this will let everyone using it know what’s inside.
If you enjoy gardening and you have plenty of herbs on hand, then this will be a really easy project, but if you don’t have herbs around, you can likely find fresh options at your local grocery — or you may consider growing your favorites! Planting and growing them takes little time and is well worth the effort, especially if you keep garden maintenance as a serious focus of your domestic needs.

By Ella Andrews


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