Herbs for hair

Herbs for hair

Good Hair Days, Bad Hair Days, Crowning Glory - all signify the importance healthy glossy hair can make to our well being. The condition of your hair can be affected by any number of outside influences: stress, trauma, water pollution, food, drugs, sun, smoking and hair colourants. Increasingly we are urged to buy more and more products, some that actually remove the build up of all the other products we’ve put on our hair!! As with skin, there are many different types of hair, from lank and greasy through to dry and frizzy, all needing different treatments to ensure that healthy glossy hair of the adverts.


Many modern day shampoos are harsh and strip away the natural oils in the hair. A more gentle solution is to make your own natural shampoo, using soapwort that has been used for thousands of years to clean hair. Put  1 tablespoon of dried soapwort root, with 2 tablespoons of herbs – rosemary, horsetail, nettle, sage are all good for the hair – in a pan with 1 litre of water. Bring to the boil and allow to steep overnight. Strain the liquid, squeezing out every last drop into a sterilised bottle, add 5 drops of essential oil – lavender, sage or rosemary are all good. Store in a cool, dry place out of the sunlight. This shampoo will not lather like the synthetic detergents, so you will have to use more, around 200ml for each hair wash. This shampoo will last for approximately a week if kept in the fridge.


Any number of herbs can be used as a final rinse. I usually place a good couple of handfuls of fresh herbs in a bowl and cover with boiling water and allow to steep overnight. I then use as a final rinse , several times over a week before I need to make some more.

Horsetail – is good to make hair shiny

Sage , Rosemary and Walnut leaves are good for grey hair and will eventually increase the time between having to colour the hair

Sage & Rosemary are also good for dandruff as is Maidenhair fern

Chamomile – lightens blonde hair

Sage and calendula – add a red tones to hair

Apple Cider Vinegar -  helps many scalp conditions relieves dry itchy scalps ,including dandruff


For centuries natural oils have been used to condition hair. Olive, Almond and Argan oil are still used today in many countries, although using these oils usually requires a hair rinse to remove all the oil from the hair.

A simple hair conditioner made from ingredients found in the kitchen cupboard can be made using:

½ avocado, ½ teaspoon of olive oil and 3 drops of essential oil – lavender, sage or rosemary. Mash all ingredients together and apply to the hair for 10 minutes, then rinse off as normal.

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