Make Your Own Natural Shampoo With Soapwort

Use this recipe to make your own natural shampoo with soapwort, a traditional organic ingredient.

| December 2013

  • "Naturally Healthy Hair," from author Mary Beth Jansenn, offers readers recipes to make their own natural shampoo.
    Cover Courtesy Storey Publishing
  • Soaproot had long been used by Native American tribes when making soap.
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Acclaimed hair designer and educator Mary Beth Janssen aims to help readers achieve harmony in both mind and body with Naturally Healthy Hair (Storey Publishing, 1999). Jansenn has long been a voice for the integration of health and beauty, and many of her recipes call for the uses of organic ingredients and forgotten knowledge. This Soapwort Shampoo Recipe, excerpted from Chapter 6, is an easy way to make your own natural shampoo.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Naturally Healthy Hair.

Soapwort Shampoo Recipe

This is an excellent all-purpose shampoo for all types of scalp and hair. It does not have tremendous lather, but it cleanses very well and has no chemicals whatsoever. Many Native American tribes used the root of soapwort to wash their hair. You may choose to infuse a couple of tablespoons (30 ml) of your favorite herbs along with the soapwort, if desired as you make your own natural shampoo.

Makes 10-12 ounces (295-354 ml)



Ingredients:

1 ounce (30 g) soapwort root
12 ounces (354 ml) of purified water
1 teaspoon (5 ml) base oil of your choice
15–60  drops essential oils of your choice, as conditions require

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