Herby Hair Care

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The first step to having healthy, strong and shiny hair is a good nutrient rich balanced diet combined with an effective cleansing and conditioning routine.
Hair ‘types’ are usually divided into four categories:Dry, Greasy, Normal and ProblemHowever, herbal trichologists believe that all hair is normal and that problems should first be dealt with by looking holistically at a person, which means looking at their ‘lifestyle’
Too many spicy foods, fats and sugars can be the cause of greasy hair, and synthetic shampoos can create dry hair. Stress, hormonal changes,lack of sleep, too much sun, chemical hair treatments, rinses and dyes all cause hair problems too. It is always better to opt fora shampoo that is free from Parabens and SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)

Hair Types: The Best Herbs and Essential Oil

1a) Dry Hair: Herbs… Burdock root, comfrey, elderflowers, marsh mallow, parsley, sage, stinging nettle, calendula, oat straw

1b) Dry Hair: Essential oils… Frankincense, palmarosa, sandalwood

2a) Greasy Hair: Herbs… Calendula, horsetail, lemon juice, lemon balm, lavender, mints, rosemary, southernwood, witch hazel, yarrow, elderflower

2b) Greasy Hair: Essential Oils… Bergamot, cedarwood, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lime, petitgrain

3a) Normal Hair: Herbs… Rose, rosemary, thyme

3b) Normal hair: Essential Oils…  Cedarwood, lavender, orange, rosemary

4a) Dull hair: Herbs… Ginseng, horsetail, nettle, rosemary, sage

4b) Dull hair: Essential Oils… Melissa, rosemary

5a) Scalp Irritation: Herbs… Catmint (Leaves and flower tops), chamomile, comfrey

5b) Scalp Irritation: Essential Oils… Lavender, juniper, rose, tea tree

6a) Dandruff: Herbs… Burdock root, chamomile, garlic and onion bulbs (powerful but a pongy!) goosegrass, parsley, rosemary, southernwood, stinging nettle, thyme, elderflower,sage

6b) Dandruff: Essential Oils… Cedarwood, patchouli, rosemary, sage, tea tree

7a) To Dispel Lice: Herbs… An infusion of quassia chips, poke root, juniper berries, with a tablespoon of cider vinegar…to be applied at two week intervals

7b) To Dispel Lice: Essential Oils… Tea Tree

Soapwort Shampoo

This doesn’t make a lather, but remember the lather doesn’t equal cleansing power!

  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) finely chopped soapwort root or a handful of leaves and stems
  • 1 large handful of herb suitable for your hair type (see above list)
  • 1 pint of boiling water

Pour the boiling water over the soapwort and herb and infuse for 30 minutes.Strain and use when cool. This makes about half a cup (125 ml) and shold be enough for average length hair.

Don’t do what my aunti did, and strain the liquid down the sink! haha

Dry Shampoo

  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) Powdered orris root
  • 2 tbsp(30 ml) Powdered arrow root

Mix together. part hair in narrow regular bands and sprinkle the powder along each row. Leave for 10 minuets to absorb any grease and then brush out vigorously and thoroughly until your hair is shiny!

Aromatherapy Shampoo

  • 60 ml (2 fl oz) unscented natural shampoo
  • 60 ml (2 fl oz) spring water

Combine all the ingredients together in a clean bottle and shake well. Use within one week or if stored in the refrigerator use within one month.

For Normal Hair: 20 drops lavender essential oil and 10 drops rosemary essential oil

For Dry Hair: 20 drops sandalwood essential oil,10 drops palmarosa essential oil 1 tbsp vegetable glycerine

For Greasy hair: 20 drops cypress essential oil, 10 drops juniper essential oil, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Herby Shampoo for Specific Coloured Hair

Dark Hair: 1tsp dried lavender1 tsp dried rosemaryhalf tsp whole cloves

Blonde Hair:1 tsp dried calendula1 tsp dried chammomile1 tsp chopped lemon peel

Red Hair:1 tsp dried hibiscus1 tsp dried calendulahalf tsp ground cinnamon


Main Ingredients:

  • 125 ml (4 fl oz) spring water2 tbsp unscented natural shampoo
  • Your selected herbs pertaining to your hair colour

Bring the water and herbs to a boil in a small covered pot. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to steep for at least 30 minuets. Strain, and pour into a clean bottle. Add the unscented shampoo and shake well. Use within one week or if kept in the refrigerator use within one month.


Hello and Welcome!


Hello my name is Risha and I run a small family business called Parsley Sage which specialises in pure natural hand crafted bath and body care products. This is one of two blogs that we have, our Parsley Sage UK blog will keep you informed of what’s new, any special offers, as well as news additions to our range or products.

Here at the Herby Hot Spot you are welcome to share any remedies and recipes that others can make at home from simple kitchen ingredients, or perhaps you have some simple soap recipes you would like to share? The list is endless, so get those creative juices flowing and have fun!

If you have a video of yourself singing any songs about herbs, such as Scarborough Fair or Lavender Blue  then feel free to post them here!

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