If you’re trying to use more natural health and beauty products, chances are you’re already familiar with castile soap. This vegetable-based soap has so many uses…from home cleaning solutions to gentle cleansers for your hair & skin.
Many people swear by it as an all-natural shampoo, but what if your hair needs a little extra pampering? This herbal shampoo recipe, which incorporates dried herbs or flowers steeped in water, will allow you to give your hair the extra attention it needs, while still being all-natural and totally earth-friendly.
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You can find dozens of beneficial dried herbs and flower available for purchase, if you know where to look. You’ll find everything under the sun online at Mountain Rose Herbs, and you can usually find a pretty good selection at most health food stores. Which herbs or flowers you choose, however, is entirely based on your individual hair needs.
If your hair is need a good boost of shine and luster, burdock root or elder flowers would make a great choice. For those with itchy and dry scalps, you can turn to calendula or chamomile flowers.
You can also choose herbs or flowers based on your hair color (color-treated or not). For instance, dandelion and mullein are good choices for blondes, and can even add highlights to darker hair. For brunettes, try sage or black walnut.
Once you’ve decided which flowers or herbs are right for your hair, here’s how to make your custom herbal shampoo.
adapted from About Home
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1/3 cup dried herbs or flowers
- 1/4 cup castile soap
Start by bringing the cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan, and remove from heat. Place the herbs or flowers into a fine-mesh sieve, and place the sieve into the recently boiled water. Allow the herbs to steep in the water for 30 minutes, or longer if you prefer.
Put the castile soap into a jar or other container. Remove the herbs from the water, and pour the herb-infused water into the container with the castile soap. Swirl or stir to combine.
Transfer your herbal shampoo into a sealed bottle that’s suitable to use in the shower or bath. I used a little squeeze bottle I had lying around. Keep in mind it will seem thinner in consistency than most commercial shampoos, but I assure you the results are great!
If your hair tends to be on the dry end of the spectrum, or if you have issues with scalp flakiness, you may want to add additional oil to your shampoo. A couple of tablespoons of avocado, coconut, or olive oil should do wonders! :-)