Herbal Blend Recipe: Make Your Own Herbal Shampoo


The Magic of Hair! It becomes a part of our identity. It is the easiest way to shape-shift ourselves in the blink of an eye.  It’s an example of expressing Art in our persona. In many ancient cultures hair was believed to be like extra feelers to our surrounding, like cat whiskers. Providing us with extra sensitivities to nature and energy. It is thought that, hair carries the memories of those years while growing and when you cut your hair it loses part of that memory or connection. Whether you are protecting your hair for sacred traditions or just because you care to have a healthy nourished head, taking care with natural herbal shampoos and rinses can be as easy as making a cup of tea.


For starters it’s a good idea to know what your scalp needs. Is it Dry, Oily or not as thick as you would like? Does your scalp tend to be oily? If so, you might want to use some sage or mullein for drying. In the PNW we see lots of folks with dry and itchy a good suggestion would be calendula, comfrey or marshmallow. If you are looking at trying to stimulate hair growth, lots of folks have used Rosemary and Burdock Root with success. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a doctor may look at the Kidney’s for nourishing and to stimulate the growth of hair.


This is my favorite Herbal Shampoo Recipe, Mountain Mama. I add a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar for nourishing the scalp and also to be a preservative in the recipe. After washing my hair with Mountain Mama I do an herbal rinse with our Scalp Soother.


Here’s what you will need:

2oz Total Herbs for Mountain Mama

.25oz-Lavender Flowers

.50oz-Comfrey Leaf

.25oz-Calendula Flower

.25oz-Rose Petals



Or your choice herbs for your scalp type: A few Suggestions to use or mix depending on your blend-

Comfrey Leaf

Calendula Flower

Chamomile Flower

Rose Petals

Lavender Petals

Sage Leaf

Mullein Leaf

Marshmallow Root

Rosemary Leaf

Aloe Vera


Burdock Root

Fenugreek Seed

Ginger Root


-Almond Oil 7-10 oz container

-Apple Cider Vinegar

-Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Liquid Castile Soap

-Essential Oils of Choice for Mountain Mama

Doug Fir





Mountain Mama Herbal Shampoo:

2oz Dr. Bronners Lavender Castile Soap

4oz Herbal Infusion. (See Below for instructions on Herbal Infusion)

¼ teaspoon almond oil

20-60 drops essential oil blend

15 drops-Doug Fir

10 drops-Cedar

15 drops-Rose

1oz Apple Cider Vinegar

Essential Oils- Essential Oils can be very strong to the skin, make sure that you are always mixing them with a carrier oil, or liquid.   

To Make Mountain Mama Herbal Shampoo:

  1. Make an Herbal Infusion:  
    1. Put 2oz of Mountain Mama Herbal Blend in a quart jar
    2. Pour almost boiling water over the herbs and fill to the top of quart size jar.
    3. Close up and let them steep over night
    4. Strain out herbs
  2. Add 4oz of Herbal Infusion to, 1oz of Apple Cider Vinegar, 2oz Castile Soap, and 1/4 tsp Almond Oil. Stir everything together.
  3. Add Essential Oil Blend
  4. Label and Date. Keep in Fridge for keeping fresh longer.

To Use: Pour a little in your hand and then wash scalp and hair.


Learning to make your own natural products is a fun evolution to bringing balance to your life. On your person and in your home. We understand that not everyone likes to make his or her own products. We take great pleasure in creating products for you if you are interested in learning how to make all your own herbal products get signed up for THS Make Your Own: Herbal Product Series. In this 4 month, hand-on, program we will dive into making an assortment of products for your hair, skin, body and home. Space is limited. Secure your spot today!


To set up an herbal consultation with me email: info@theherbshoppepharmacy.com

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Amanda Furbee

Amanda’s interest in herbalism began at an early age but it wouldn’t be until 2010, when she moved to the Pacific Northwest, that her relationship with medicinal plants blossomed. The move from the east coast to the west coast would be more than a change of scenery, it brought her closer towards the wonderful world of herbalism. Ambitious to start learning she found a golden opportunity working at Portland’s first all organic herbal supplier, The Herb Shoppe. Her experience was even more fulfilling than she had hoped for, feeling invigorated Amanda knew this was a step in the right direction. 

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