Herbal Healing

This blog is dedicated to herbal healing and other natural health remedies. In an attempt to deepen my own knowledge, I will share information on a variety of herbs, focusing largely on easy to find Western plants, as well as methods for preparing herbal medicines and natural beauty treatments. I am not a certified herbalist, licensed cosmetologist, or physician, so please use the information on this blog at your own risk! I've been an aspiring herbalist for several years, and I hope to finally get my certification sometime this year.

DIY Herbal Shampoo

This is an all-natural, chemical-free alternative that cleans your hair, but doesn’t strip it of its natural oils like most shampoos.  All of the ingredients can be founds in natural foods stores.  If your hair is exceptionally oily, you might want to replace the jojoba oil with rosemary essential oil.

  • 8 ounces distilled water
  • 1 ounce herbs (choose from combinations below)
  • 3 ounces liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 25 drops pure essential oil (choose from this list)

1.) Bring the water to a boil.  Add the herbs, cover, and let simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes.  Strain and cool.

2.) Slowly add the castile soap to the tea, then mix in the jojoba oil and essential oil.  Store in a plastic container with a flip-top lid and shake well before using!

Goldie Locks Infusion: For golden highlights, combine 2 parts chamomile, 1 part calendula, 1 part comfrey leaf.

Dark of the Nigh Infusion: To effect dark highlights, try using 2 parts sage leaf, 1 part black walnut hull (chopped), and 1 part comfrey leaf.

Desert Bloom Infusion: This is an excellent formula for dry hair. 1 part calendula flower, 1 part marshmallow root, 1 part nettle leaf.

Rapunzel’s Locks Infusion: Bothered by oily hair?  Use this astringent recipe. 1  part rosemary leaf, 1 part witch hazel bark (not extract), 1 part yarrow leaf and flower.

Essential oils for hair care

Basil - Oily hair; promotes growth

Chamomile - Fine to normal hair; gives golden highlights

Clary Sage - All types of hair; dandruff treatment

Lavender - Normal hair; scalp treatment for itchiness, dandruff, and lice

Lemon - Oily hair; gives golden highlights; treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, and lice

Myrrh - Dry hair; treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, and under-active sebaceous glands

Patchouli - Oily hair; dandruff treatment

Peppermint - Dry hair; promotes hair growth

Rose - Fine hair; soothes scalp

Rosemary - Oily hair; dandruff treatment, promotes hair growth

Tea tree - Oily hair; treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice.

Ylang ylang - Oily hair; dandruff treatment