Homemade Shampoo with Essential Oils

Lavender flowers and jar

 

Today, shampoos contains chemicals like parabens, phthalates, petroleum byproducts, and SLS, which provides that satisfying foam while depositing chemicals onto your scalp.

The evidence of these chemicals is on your head. Oily hair, dandruff, itching, inflamed scalp. You may think that your shampoo is helping these conditions, but it may be the culprit initiating these troublesome symptoms in the first place.

Many who are worried about the chemicals in their beauty products have vowed to go all natural. But natural paraben- and SLS-free shampoos can be pretty costly and don’t necessarily address deep down issues causing dandruff or oily hair.

Authentic essential oils added to homemade shampoos is the solution you’ve been looking for. Homemade soaps eliminate all those harmful chemicals from your shower routine, and essential oils bring their health benefits while also making your hair smell like a field of lilacs or citrus sunrise.

Solve your hair maladies for good using these trusted all-natural shampoo recipes.

Homemade Essential Oil Shampoo Ingredients

Depending on your hair and personal preferences, you can use a variety of ingredients to make your shampoo.

Most simple recipes use liquid castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s. This soap is organic, fair trade, and non-GMO project verified. You can get this soap in numerous scents (scented naturally using essential oils), but the basic, unscented soap will probably work best with your own essential oil mixture.

Some people choose to use castile soap alone to wash their hair, since it’s an all-in-one natural soap, but many find that it makes their hair dry and dull. Adding these other ingredients to your shampoo will help you get the results you want.

The second most important ingredient, if you choose to add to your castile soap solution, is coconut milk. Most recipes call for canned coconut milk, but others recommend homemade coconut milk if canned milk isn’t providing your desired results.

Some recipes move straight from these two main ingredients (castile soap and coconut milk) to adding essential oils. Others recommend a few other steps, especially if you have dry hair.

You can add a small amount of olive or almond oil to soothe frail, dehydrated hair. Others suggest adding honey, coconut oil and vitamin E oil for a more gentle mixture.

Here are two recipes you can follow, depending on how simple or complex you want to make your homemade shampoo with essential oils.

Simple Homemade Shampoo Recipe

  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
  • 20 drops of essential oils
  • For dry hair add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)
    (Recipe courtesy of Wellness Mama)

Complex Homemade Shampoo Recipe

  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp vitamin E oil
  • 40 to 50 drops essential oils
    (Recipe courtesy of Shalom Mama)

Essential Oil Combinations to Try

When creating your essential oil shampoo, there are a few things to remember.

Never put essential oils directly onto your scalp. Essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut, jojoba or olive oil first to protect your skin.

If you aren’t sure if you or your family members are allergic to any essential oils, test them before using them in your shampoo. Place 1 to 2 drops of diluted essential oil on the inside of your elbow and wrap the area for 24 hours. If your skin isn’t irritated, you should be fine to use that oil.

These shampoo recipes aren’t tear-free, so be sure to keep the soap out of your children’s eyes when they wash their hair. If the solution gets in someone’s eyes, rinse them with cool water for 15 minutes. If irritation still occurs, see a doctor.

Essential oils have many uses, from simply smelling delicious, to relaxation, to fortifying damaged, dry hair. Feel free to experiment with scent mixtures to find your favorite combinations. And remember, less is more when it comes to powerful oils. Be conservative with the amount of drops you use at first and add more later if the solution isn’t strong enough for you.

Some popular essential oils and their uses for shampoos include:

Chamomile: Use for fine to normal hair. Chamomile gives golden highlights and sheen to your hair, conditions, soothes inflamed scalps, and helps scaly scalps.

Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is an antiseptic and can be used for dandruff treatment.

Lavender: Good for all hair types, it helps balance natural scalp oils, soothes the scalp and calms hair, promotes hair growth, and can be used to treat itchiness and dandruff.

Lemon: Use for oily hair and treatment for dry scalp and dandruff. Gives golden highlights and helps balance your scalp’s natural oils.

Lemongrass: Helps oily hair by slowing down scalp oil production.

Peppermint: Use with dry hair. Peppermint promotes growth by stimulating circulation.

Rosemary: Good for oily hair, dandruff treatment, and promoting hair growth.

Tea Tree: Can be used to treat a dry scalp, dandruff, and lice. Good for oily hair.

Thyme: Thyme is antiseptic, stimulates blood flow, and invigorates the scalp to help with hair loss.

Ylang Ylang: For oily hair, dandruff treatment, and stimulating hair growth. Oil is soothing and antiseptic.

 

Conclusion

Your scalp will need a few weeks to adjust to your natural shampoo. It’s important to be patient as the natural oils are redeposited onto your scalp and your hair soaks up all the healthy ingredients you are now feeding your locks.

Your natural essential oil shampoo will allow you to wash your hair less. And once you see the shine and vitality that your hair will get from all-natural soap, you’ll never use grocery store shampoo again!

 

Sources : http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/idascorner/ingredients/ingredients-faqs/essential-oil-faqs/essential-oils-used-in-hair-care  and Nature’s Sunshine Products

18 Essential Oil Bath Recipes

Lavender spa

Purchase Essential Oils found in these recipes.

One of the benefits of essential oils is you’re able to add them to a bath with some salts as you relax at the end of a long day.  We hope you enjoy these essential oil bath recipes submitted by Nature’s Sunshine (NSP) Facebook Fans.

Take a hot and relaxing bath using these essential oil recipes.

 

The ultimate, relaxing, detox bath!
Add to Bath:1/4 tsp Core

1/4 tsp essential shield
1/2 tsp eucalyptus
1/2 tsp pine needle
A few drops of frankincense

Mix with 2 cups kosher salt and 1 cup Epsom salt

~ Jessica Yuhas

 

Sore and tight lower back muscles:
4 cups Epsom salt
5 drops Recover EO (Essential Oil)
5 drops Core EO
5 drops Helichrysium EO
Pray over the oils before putting in bath and while stirring the oils and salt in the bath water.

~ Lisa Taylor Hutchinson

 

For an amazing bath, relaxed muscles and calming of the soul.
10 drops lavender
10 drops core
10 drops breathe deep
5 drops tei fu essential oil

Mix with 2 cups epsom salts , 1 cup coarse sea salt and 1 cup baking soda. Add to warm bath and soak neck deep.

~ Nora Weigl

 

Add to your bath for achy muscles and relaxation:
5 drops frankincense oil
5 drops orange oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup Epsom salt

~ Cyndee Landreman

 

For a relaxing, detox bath soak, use:
5 drops lavender
5 drops Breathe Deep
1/2 c Epsom salts, 1/2 c baking soda, 1/2 c white vinegar

~ Susan Presley Kinningham

 

5 drops of lemon
3 drops of geranium
1 drop frankincense

~ Andrea Rosario

 

1 C Epsom salt
10 drops red mandarin
8 drops lavender
4 drops frankincense

~ Kayla D Pike

 

1 cup Epsom salt
10 drops peppermint
3 drops frankincense
10 drops roman chamomile
10 drops lavender
Mix drops with Epsom salt then add to bath water. Smells wonderful!

~ Deedee Edwards Mast

 

1 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup baking soda
5 drops Peppermint EO
5 drops Tea Tree EO
10 drops Eucalyptus EO
10 drops Rosemary EO

~ Jennifer Anderson

 

1 -2 cups Epsom salt
10 drops Ylang Ylang
10 drops geranium and/or 10 drops patchouli eo
Smells great and is soothing, calming and uplifting.

~ Denise Beyers

 

1 cup Epsom salt
10 drops breath deep
10 drops lavender
10 drops peppermint
10 drops lemon.
Relaxing and smells amazing.

~ Myra Burke

 

1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup Dead Sea salts
1/2 cup baking soda
10 drops lavender
Relaxes body while body soaks in nutrients from the salts.

~ Wendy Nelson Wells

 

1 cup Epsom salt
1/2 baking soda
10 drops of refuge

~ Jenn Pfeiler Noel

 

1c Epsom salt
½ c baking soda
5-8 drops Refuge Oil Blend
3 Drops frankincense Oil
Shake in jar. Mix into warm running bath water.
Relax and enjoy!

~ Monica Chitwood

 

1 c epsom salt
1/3 c sea salt
1/3 c baking soda
Dissolve the above in boiling water.
1/2 tsp ginger
1 c Apple cider vinegar
Peppermint or lavender essential oil.

~ Debbie Moranz- Sullivan

 

 Bath RECIPE for immune support and to assist your body systems:
2 cups Kosher Salt
1 cup Epsom Salt
1/3 tsp core essential oil
1/3 tsp. eucalyptus essential oil
1/4 tsp of Essential Shield essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a mason jar. SHAKE. Fill tub with warm water, and pour well blended contents over torso while you are lying in tub. You can add 2-4 small bottles of Peroxide to bath water. This is a POWERFUL RECIPE – if you feel any sensitivity, or irritation swirl salts into water. Can do 2- 5 days in a row.

~ Nora Weigl

 

For a Luxurious Balancing Bath- mix
1 cup Epsom Salt with 20 drops of Changes Blend (more or less to your liking)
2 drops Rose
Swirl mixture into the bath water as it’s running. Light some natural candles. Your favorite music and Escape to Balance and Happiness. Great for Men too.

~ Diane DeScala- Maiorisi, Cnhp

 

1 cup Epsom salt
1 cup baking soda
5 drops lavender
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops grapefruit

Use as a detoxing bath when sore, tired, or just needing a few minutes away from the kids!

~ Kacy Ross


 

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