How to Make Your Own Herbal Shampoo

It seems as though more than ever things that we commonly use as products for our faces, hair and bodies are turning up with proven carcinogens as ingredients. Because so many people are becoming aware of the threats that carcinogens have on life over a long period of time, many people are switching over to a holistic and alternative lifestyle that facilitates natural herbs and remedies to sustain most of their basic living functions. As more people come into this green way of living, resources must be available on how to easily switch current products you use for natural replacements that will be less damaging to your health for the long-run.

There are plenty of ways to live a life closer to nature. You can make your own soap which won’t be bleached or treated with synthetic ingredients for shelf-life and other things. You can switch over to biodiesel. Rather than inhaling the fumes of gas every time you pump and polluting the air you can recycle used restaurant grease as a fuel source. In this particular case of study, however, how to create your own herbal shampoo will be addressed.

Herbal shampoos have been being used for centuries – oils and fragrant lotions have been being put in people’s hair since the days of Jesus. Celts would wash their hair in water with soaking herbs. Since humans have cared about how they smelled, shampoos have been herbal – until recently. Recently is when the majority of toxic garbage started making its way into modern shampoos. Within the past hundred years, humans have started putting horrible things on their heads. Sodium laurel sulfate is just one among many harmful chemicals found in today’s shampoos – it’s also frequently found in car wash soaps and floor degreasers. Given knowledge like this, it’s obvious why one would be inclined to use an all-natural means of washing their hair. A short list of other chemicals that are commonly found in ordinary, grocery-store bought shampoo include:

Chemicals in Regular Shampoo

Propylene glycol/glycol: this is a petrochemical. Petrochemicals are chemicals derived from petroleum.

Cetearyl alcohol: an emulsifier that comes both synthetic and naturally derived. Emulsifiers allow oils like the petrochemicals to absorb into hair.

Methylparaben/propylparaben: these are preservatives to keep the shampoo’s shelf life up.

Distearate: yet another petrochemical found in shampoo.

Isopropyl alcohol: alcohol helps carry synthetic oils well and is cheaply acquired by manufacturers.

As quite notably listed, there are a lot of unnatural things going into your hair on a regular basis when you shampoo with store bought products. Luckily we can all evade the harmful toxins of uncaring manufacturers and tycoons. Creating your own shampoo is easy and can be an enjoyable ritual that helps you attune with nature and appreciate the healing wonders that it yields without bastardization and chemical isolation necessary. Below is an original recipe on how to make herbal shampoo using several common and well known spices and herbs. Simply follow the instructions listed below for an effective and all natural hair shampoo solution.

Herbal Recipe Ingredients

Get 5 oz of castile soap – plain in fragrance ideally

.6 oz of rosemary which prevents baldness and stimulates the base of the hair

.6 oz of sage which has antioxidant properties as well as being antibacterial

.6 oz of nettles which carry nutrients to the hair

.7 oz of lavender because it eliminates itchy and dandruff-ridden problems with the scalp as well as controls sebaceous gland oil production

2000 mg of MSM which is Methylsulfonylmethane, is a conditioning agent that also provides your scalp organic sulfur. This is necessary for strong hair

A 10 ounce plastic bottle

Making the Herbal Shampoo

First mash the herbs together with a mortar and pestle. Get them as fine as you can.

Boil 2 cups of purified water.

Add four tablespoons of the herbs to the pot and then let the pot cool for 40 minutes.

Put 2000 mg of MSM in the water after a half hour of cooling the pot.

Once the MSM is entirely melted, give the pot 40 more minutes of cooling.

Strain the herbal concoction into a large measuring cup.

Pour three ounces of the mixture into your plastic bottle, then add the castile soap.

Cap the bottle and shake vigorously.

Shampoo is ready to be used.

There are no unnatural additives in this concoction and you will know that your hair is getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy and attractive. Every ingredient is naturally occurring including the MSM which may have a weird name but is still naturally derived from plant extracts. Using plants that you can literally pick from the outdoors, this recipe includes all of the essential vitamins and minerals that your hair has come to expect from other shampoos and conditioners without being poisoned with preservatives and harsh petrochemicals that can actually cause baldness over long enough exposure. If you haven’t yet felt the effects of a natural remedy and are considering this one, all of the supplies you will need can be ordered online or found either through florists, grocery stores or spice stores. Whether you’ve been advised to avoid harsh synthetic chemicals by a doctor if you’re simply pre-empting disease from starting later on in life by making wiser life choices, herbal shampoo is among the easiest alternative products to make because it doesn’t involve any chemical processes or special equipment or materials. It also works quickly to counteract the effects of damaging shampoos and conditioners that you’ve used in the past such as split ends and brittleness.

An average timeframe to expect to see significant differences in the way your hair feels and grows, use this herbal shampoo in a rinse and repeat method for roughly a month. Immediate effects will be apparent such as deodorization of your hair though the long-term effects of using an herbal shampoo will astound you. You’ll never enjoy fuller, richer and shinier hair than with herbal shampoo that you can make in the comfort of your own home.


  1. watcher Reply
    June 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Been searching for a home made shampoo. This article has definitely been the most well written and informative of the dozen or so sites I have visited. Thank you very much.

  2. lori cook Reply
    August 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    This was a fantastic article. It was well written and the recipe for the shampoo sounds great. I think it was extremely helpful to understand where the toxic chemicals come from in the shampoo. Thanks.

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