Herbal Shampoo – Part 2 –

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I showed you how to make shampoo from scratch (see here).  If infusing your own soapwort to make shampoo is too much of a hassle there is a quick and very effective alternative I like to use at home.

You can use an organic shampoo base to which you can add essential oils or other herbal extracts to suit your particular needs. You can get these bases at an organic shop, decent health food store or I even saw some on ebay yesterday for around $10 for a litre. That’s a lot of shampoo for very little money.

If all else fails you could also mix a plain baby shampoo and a very strong herbal infusion (ratio 1:1).

An example of what you might like to add to your base:

You could make an infusion out of equal parts of the herbs below. Add approximately 250mls (1 cup) of this herbal tea to every litre of base. If you make smaller quanities of shampoo just use a 4:1 ratio.

Rosemary – stimulates the hair follicles and helps to prevent premature baldness

Sage – has antioxidants and prevents spoiling and is antibacterial

Nettles – acts as a blood purifier, blood stimulator, contains great nutrients for hair growth

Lavender – controls the production of sebaceous gland oil and reduces itchy and flaky scalp conditions

You could make shampoos for individual family members.
Add a little aniseed essential oil for the student to prevent head lice infestation or add sage tea to restore natural hair colour in grey hair. Find your personal combination of scents and you’ll never go back to synthetic shampoos again.

Note: Remember that these shampoos foam a lot less. Extra lather does not equal extra cleanliness, it is just something that companies add to their products but is not actually necessary. Also, it may take a while to remove the residual build up from previous products, so you might wish to use an apple cider vinegar rinse (2 table spoons in warm water) to help restore the natural PH balance of your hair. Oh, and as a bonus you will find that a lot of the organic shampoo bases have retained their natural glycerin (which is usually sold as a by product of soap making) which moisturises your hair and lessens the need for a conditioner.


If you like the idea of shampoo bases then you will be delighted to hear that you can get soap bases and cream bases and all sorts of products that help you make your own more easily. Have a wander around your local healthfood/organic stores and see what goodies you can find. And dont forget to tell us about your discoveries!!



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