Along with our herbal recipe articles, we get questions like, “How do you make a herbal hair rinse?”.
So, this herbal recipe post from our Ballarat herbal dispensary is just for you!


This herbal hair rinse contains nutritive herbs that feed your scalp, promoting the growth of stronger and healthier hair. It will also help to strengthen hair naturally and improve its shine.

You can modify this recipe slightly with the addition of one of the following two herbs:

  • Chamomile: tends to lighten hair, making it good for blondes or for people looking to add highlights to their hair.
  • Sage: tends to darker hair, making it good for darker hair colours.

This rinse can be used in between other washes or replace shampoo on occasion, it’s entirely up to you.

Herbal Hair Rinse: What You Need

  • ¼ cup dried organic nettle leaf
  • ¼ cup dried organic horsetail
  • ¼ cup dried organic calendula
  • 3 tbsp dried organic basil
  • 3 tbsp dried organic lavender
  • 3 tbsp dried organic rosemary
  • 3 to 3 ½ cups organic apple cider vinegar
  • A large glass jar with a lid
  • Cheesecloth

You can get these ingredients in our Ballarat herbal dispensary.

How Do You Make Herbal Hair Rinse?

  1. Put all the dried herbs in the jar, and thoroughly mix the herbs.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar to the jar, and fill until 2cm from the top. Put the lid on the jar firmly, then shake well.
  3. Store in a cool, dark location for 2-4 weeks. Shake the jar every second day.
  4. Top up the jar with vinegar to the same level as needed.
  5. After the 2-4 weeks strain the herbs out. Store your herbal hair rinse in a clean glass jar somewhere cool and dark.

How To Use This Herbal Recipe

  1. Clean your hair as you usually would. Mix equal parts herbal rinse to water into another jar or container using the following ratio:
    • ¼ cup hair rinse and ¼ cup water for short hair
    • ½ cup hair rinse and ½ cup water for medium-length hair
    • ¾ cup hair rinse and ¾ cup water for long hair
  2. Tipping your head back, slowly pour the herbal rinse through your hair.
  3. Tilt your head from side to side, and use your fingers to work the rinse through your hair as you pour to help it reach all areas.
  4. You can then choose to leave the herb rinse in or wash it out briefly with water. Use the herbal rinse once a week or even every day according to preference.

Tip: Do not mix the prepared herbal vinegar with water until you use it, as it will decrease shelf life.
Adapted from a recipe by Katie Wells.

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