Monday, November 15, 2010

Homemade Shampoo

I'm always looking for ways to make things myself instead of having to buy it . One thing that my body hasn't agreed with fully is regular shampoo. The reason is because my hair is very oily, well I thought it was. When I use regular shampoo (organic, natural, or not) my hair is very oily by the next day and nasty oily by the 2nd day. I don't mind taking a shower everyday if I want, but don't like taking one because I have to.

The last time my commercial shampoo ran out I promised myself I would try to make my own shampoo and try to rid myself of the shackles of daily hair washing. I reviewed all my personal books and found a wonderful recipe by Rosemary Gladstar in her book "Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health." This book is full of easy herbal recipes that help you keep healthy by using natures most natural form, plants. I would totally recommend this book for anyone who is interested in a do it yourself health lifestyle, but I digress. Let's diving into the shampoo making.

Before I go into the recipe you should know that I view recipes as a guideline and meant to be customized. I'll write the main recipe, include my modifications, and end with the results. The best part of making your own things at home is you can customize it to exactly what you want:

8 oz. water
1 oz herbs (dried or fresh)*
3 oz liquid castile soap
1/4 tsp. jojoba oil (rosemary oil if you have really oily hair)
25 drops pure essential oil*
*I'll give you reasons why I chose the herbs and oils that I used, but you should check out Rosemary's book for further details on the specifics on uses of other herbs and oils.

Step One: pick some herbs. I chose dried rosemary, sage, and fresh yarrow leaves primarily because I have them already. Rosemary is great for oily hair and helps with Dandruff treatment and promotes hair growth (I can use that!). Sage is good for all hair types and is good for dandruff treatment. Yarrow has drying properties. I chose little handfuls of each.

Step Two: Cover herbs with water and boil. Cover and let simmer for 20 mins. Of course longer doesn't hurt either as I'm sure there are plenty of distractions as your house as with mine. I just figure it pulls more of the good stuff out the longer it sits.

Step Three: Strain the tea into a large glass measuring bowl. This way you know how much liquid you actually have. This will be the basis on how much castile soap and essentials oils you put in. I ended up with 2 cups of tea so I doubled the recipe.

Slowly add the castile soap while stirring. Then mix in the rosemary oil and essential oil. I used 25 drops of lavendar, 15 drops of patchouli, and 10 drops of Tea Tree oil. All of these oils have oil, and itchy scalp fighting properties and plus they smell so good.

Pour into a container with flip-top lid. Shake before use.

Since this is a tea based shampoo it doesn't last forever. I made this once before the it lasted me a good month or more and smelled as fresh as ever. Honestly I'm not sure how long it does last, so make it as you need it. Also, I have found that my hair does wonderfully with a baking soda rinse (1 tablespoon baking soda to 16 oz water) everytime I use the shampoo and a monthly cider vinegar rinse (1 tablespoon vinegar to 16 oz water). I suppose this method of shampoo is considered "no poo", but I really don't know much about it so I won't talk about it. Feel free to leave comments explaining more about "no poo."

I would also love to hear what other herbal and essential oil blends people use for homemade shampoo or how this recipe works for your hair.


  1. Very cool. I love all of the anti dandruff properties. My question is, how thick is it and how is it in the suds department? I only ask because with my short hair I end up using half the bottle of thin shampoos just to try & keep it on my hair. lol It sounds like it smells supper yummy! We are planning on a garden soon so I will have to add those herbs to my list :)Also, do you prefer any brand of essential oils? Daisy

  2. It's pretty runny since it's mostly water. After I shake it up I to a squirt on the top of my head and a couple more all around my head. It's suds up very nicely! While you're waiting for your garden to grow you could always order some herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs ( They also have essential oils and other great things.