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 .25oz-Marshmallow .50oz-Rosemary 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 Basil Burdock Root Fenugreek Seed Ginger Root Horsetail -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 Cedar Rose 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:
Make an Herbal Infusion:
- Put 2oz of Mountain Mama Herbal Blend in a quart jar
- Pour almost boiling water over the herbs and fill to the top of quart size jar.
- Close up and let them steep over night
- Strain out herbs
- Add 4oz of Herbal Infusion to, 1oz of Apple Cider Vinegar, 2oz Castile Soap, and 1/4 tsp Almond Oil. Stir everything together.
- Add Essential Oil Blend
- Label and Date. Keep in Fridge for keeping fresh longer.