Body & Soul: Herbal Recipes for Homemade Organic Shampoo

Connect with spring in a mystical, healing way.

| April/May 2001

Homemade Organic Shampoo Recipes:

• Goddess of the Sun Shampoo 
• Lunar Lather 
• Prenuptial Shampoo 

Winter-blasted hair needs renewal as much as everything else does in the spring. The following cleansing and conditioning shampoos use simmered herbs and flowers plus essential oils to nourish and repair the hair. These natural ingredients also refresh the spirit and help reconnect you to nature.

The recipes below incorporate rituals derived from ancient cultures. The shampoos include a wide variety of herbs, flowers, and even weeds available fresh during spring and summer. Each ingredient is carefully selected for gentle cleansing, softening, and moisturizing properties.

These shampoos have several ingredients in common, but water is the basis for all of them. If you live in an area with low pollution, you can use water collected from spring showers; this connects your shampoo in a mystical way to the season of spring in your area. If you don’t live in an area with low pollution, use bottled spring water.

The recipes also include gentle herbal sudsing agents: soap-bark tree (Quillaja saponaria), soapwort (Saponaria officinalis), and lamb’s-quarter (Chenopodium album). Lamb’s-quarter has a venerable history of use in the Americas by medicine men and women. You can release its natural saponins, or sudsing components, by steeping it in boiling water, or by pounding or pulverizing it.

These shampoos won’t foam as much as the ones you buy at your salon or grocery store, and you’ll need to use more of them than you do a commercial product—about 1/2 cup to 1 cup, depending on your hair’s length. Use these shampoos as you would a commercial variety; massage shampoo into wet hair, lather, rinse, and repeat (up to two to three times) if necessary. Since these recipes are gentle, you may shampoo with them on a daily basis.

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