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Our Favorite DIY Shampoos To Try At Home

There’s something so satisfying about working shampoo into a thick lather in the shower. Covering your whole head in big, foamy bubbles just feels so—clean. But, as good as it feels, that shampoo probably isn’t doing you any favors.

While you might not realize it, your traditional shampoo is actually coating your scalp in artificial fragrances, parabens, and other potentially harmful chemicals every time you lather up. Suddenly, it doesn’t seem so clean anymore.

There is good news, though: You can replicate that fresh feeling without all of the funky additives by making your own shampoo. Doing so allows you to control exactly what goes into every batch, since most recipes only call for a few common ingredients anyway. Here’s everything you need to know about trying DIY shampoo at home—plus easy recipes to get started, including conditioners and hair masks, too.


Whether you buy the cheapest bottle you can find at the drugstore or a fancy brand from a high-end salon, odds are, you probably couldn’t list (or even pronounce) any of the ingredients. If it smells nice, foams up, and leaves hair feeling clean, that’s good enough—right?

Not so much. The unfortunate reality is that most conventional products contain all kinds of potentially harmful ingredients. Take sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS, for example. Research has linked it to skin irritation, organ system toxicity, and even environmental pollution. According to the Environmental Working Group, more than 300 shampoos contain this foaming agent.

And SLS is only one of several potentially harmful ingredients in conventional rinses. Many formulas also include propylparaben, a preservative that could cause allergic reactions or even disrupt the endocrine system.

The vast majority of store-bought brands also contain “fragrance,” a vague ingredient listed on more than 1,000 shampoo bottles. Because manufacturers aren’t required to disclose what scents and chemicals make up each fragrance, it’s nearly impossible to figure out what’s really lurking inside—and anyone with allergies or sensitive skin knows how dangerous this could be.

On the other hand, making your own shampoo gives you complete control over what formula you use. Instead of artificial additives and impossible-to-pronounce chemicals, these DIY hacks rely solely on natural emollients, essential oils, and household staples in order to clean your hair. Plus, homemade shampoo usually costs a small fraction of the price.


You don’t need a degree in chemistry to make your own shampoo. In fact, most of these ideas call for ingredients you probably already have at home—and none require more than a few minutes of work to get the final result.

Herbal Shampoo

This four-ingredient recipe works for all hair types—from fine and straight to thick and curly. Coconut milk and jojoba oil moisturize, while liquid soap removes excess dirt and oil. Even better, this shampoo gets its fresh scent from essential oils instead of artificial additives.


¼ cup organic coconut milk
¼ cup peppermint liquid soap
20 drops rosemary essential oil
½ teaspoon jojoba oil


Combine everything in a squeeze bottle or jar and shake well to mix. Apply to hair and lather up from roots to ends for 30 seconds, then rinse. The shampoo will stay good for up to one month.

Hemp Shampoo

Though hemp isn’t a common ingredient in beauty DIYs, it’s an essential component of this shampoo. Hemp oil naturally hydrates and containsceramides, a type of fat that keeps hair strong, shiny, and healthy. Plus, it’s non-comedogenic—meaning those with sensitive skin don’t have to worry about breaking out on the neck or shoulders.


2 cups liquid castile soap
2 teaspoons hemp seed oil


Combine ingredients in a jar with a lid, then seal and shake well. Let sit for 24 hours before using. Shake before each use, and use as you would any shampoo—lather, rinse, and follow with conditioner. Each batch lasts indefinitely.

Dry Shampoo

Woke up late? Roommate hogging the shower? Don’t want to spend an hour blow-drying your hair? Grab this simple dry shampoo that makes it easy to go a few days without washing. It absorbs all that extra grease and oil, leaving you with a shower-fresh look even if it has been days since your last wash.

Blondes can stick to plain cornstarch or arrowroot flour, but brunettes should also add in cinnamon or cacao powder until the mixture matches their hair color for seamless coverage. If you like, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a subtle scent.


1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot flour
1 to 2 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder orground cinnamon (optional)
2-3 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)


Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Store in a recycled salt shaker or mason jar (just poke a few holes in the lid for easy application). Sprinkle on your scalp, then brush through hair to absorb oil in between washes. This mix will last indefinitely.

Baking Soda “No ‘Poo”

The “no ‘poo” method calls for washing hair with nothing but plain baking soda. Advocates say cleansing the scalp with baking soda (a base) and conditioning with apple cider vinegar (an acid) balances the hair’s pH. To try it for yourself, follow the baking soda up with the apple cider vinegar hair rinse detailed below.


2 tablespoons baking soda


Wet hair, then scrub scalp with baking soda, avoiding the drier parts of the hair shaft and the ends. Rinse well with water, then follow up with an apple cider vinegar rinse (see below). Let hair air dry.


Like peanut butter and jelly or ketchup and mustard, you just can’t have shampoo without conditioner. For strong locks, you’ll want to follow up any DIY shampoo cleanse with a good moisturizing treatment, like any one of these three conditioners.

Shea Butter Conditioner

Packed to the brim with hydrating ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil, this conditioner will leave your tresses shiny and healthy. Antioxidant vitamin E oil repairs damaged follicles, while vegetable glycerin acts as a humectant, pulling in moisture from the environment and sealing it into each strand.


1 cup shea butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil


Heat shea butter in a double boiler until it just begins to melt, then quickly remove from heat. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Let cool for a few minutes, then whisk until you get a creamy texture. Store in a squeeze bottle or glass jar with a lid. After shampooing, work the conditioner from roots to ends, leave it in for a minute or two, and then rinse thoroughly. Use within one month.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Follow up a simple baking soda shampoo with this minimalist treatment. Apple cider vinegar brings the hair’s pH back into balance as well as stripping product buildup and providing a natural exfoliant (goodbye, dandruff!). Just don’t forget the lavender essential oil—it covers up the strong vinegar smell.


1/2 cup distilled water
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
3 to 5 drops lavender essential oil


Mix ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Use less ACV for dry hair, and more for oily hair. Add lavender until the desired scent is achieved. In between or following shampooing, shake the bottle, spray this ACV rinse all over wet hair, and work through from roots to ends. Rinse out and let hair air dry. The rinse will stay good indefinitely.

Leave-In Conditioner

Straightening, curling, dying, blow-drying, even braiding—any kind of styling can damage the hair. Help strengthen and repair each strand with a leave-in conditioner. Using this moisturizing DIY formula as little as once a week can bring new life to frizzy, dry hair.


½ ounce jojoba oil
¼ ounce vegetable glycerin
10 drops rosemary oil
2 ounces distilled water


Combine ingredients into a spray bottle, shake well, and spritz all over hair, avoiding the roots so they don’t get too greasy. Add more water if your hair is fine, or less if it’s thick. Comb through. Use within one month.


Though a simple shampoo-conditioner duo does the trick on most days, your hair needs a little extra TLC from time to time. Enter these two simple conditioning masks. Both will leave you with luscious-looking locks in as little as 10 minutes.

Yogurt-Honey Hair Mask

The same healthy fats and proteins that make yogurt so good for the body also make it wonderfully nourishing for the hair. Plus, the lactic acid helps banish dry, dead skin cells on the scalp. And adding in moisturizing coconut oil and honey only makes the mask work even better.


2 tablespoons plain yogurt (regular or Greek)
¼ teaspoon coconut oil, melted or whipped
1 tablespoon honey


Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl. Massage mask into scalp, working it from roots to ends. Wrap hair in towel, and leave on for a minimum of 20 minutes to one hour (the longer, the better). Then, rinse well and wash hair with shampoo and a finishing conditioner.

Chlorella-Avocado Hair Mask

Eating your greens isn’t the only way to soak up their nutrients. Now, you can try masking with them, too. A trio of verdant ingredients—powdered chlorella algae, aloe vera gelly, and fresh avocado—bring vitamins and reparative proteins to this hair treatment. Plus, the mid-mask, green-hair look makes for great selfies.


2 tablespoons chlorella
2 tablespoons aloe vera
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1/4 avocado


Mash all ingredients together in a small bowl. Massage into hair, completely covering from roots to ends. Leave on for 10 minutes, then wash out with shampoo and rinse well.

With these DIYs in your beauty arsenal, you’ll be looking (and feeling!) like a hair model in no time.

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Recipe makes 2oz

Apply approximately a quarter size amount to shoulder length hair by sections and work into hair from root to tip spending extra care with ends. Cover hair with shower cap for at least an hour and ideally overnight. Shampoo and condition well to remove oils with non SLS shampoo and conditioner. (See recipes above)

Dry damaged frizzy hair repair serum

Moringa oil – 0.40 oz

Sea Buckthorn oil- 0.25 oz

Castor oil- 0.25 oz

Argon oil- 0.30 oz

Coconut oil- 0.20 oz

Avocado oil – 0.20 oz

Shea Butter melted. – 0.20 oz

Olive oil – 0.10oz

Almond oil – 0.10 oz

Mix these oils into a 2oz bottle, and shake well before using.

Add your choice of these essential oils perfect for hair repair for an extra boost:

  • Rosemary,
  • Neroli
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Sandalwood

Try it once a week for a month and see the difference after one time!

What do you use for healthy hair?

Happy 2009! Here’s to Your Health!

Here’s to your health in 2009!

Well, its the beginning of a new year and I’m psyched…I’m always excited in the beginning of anything. Its trying to keep it going and actually finishing something that’s hard to do, for me, anyway.

It seems by all indications that the coming year will be one of the most challenging in a generation. Even more troubling, so many events seem so far beyond our influence that we get overwhelmed and give up before even starting. When it feels like we have no control over our own lives, that’s the time to really focus on the things that we can influence.

Where do we start?
That’s easy…ourselves, and in particular, our health.

Since it is the beginning of a new year, one of our most powerful opportunities is starting over, and after years of setting and failing to keep our resolutions, even tho’ you may think you’ve got problems with disciplining yourself, its much more likely that your aren’t completely clear on what means the most to you.

So grab a pen and make a list of those things that mean the most to you, if they need changing or not, and get a plan going. Make it clear, concise, and simply detailed so nothing can stop you from reaching your goals. Try not to set them too high or you might be setting yourself up for disaster. Just start small, and increase by tiny increments so it won’t be that difficult to keep going.

I found some really great health tips that will help you feel fit and boost your confidence in keeping to your goals.

1. Help boost your fitness with ‘good foods’.
By now, we’ve all heard about “good cholesterol” and “bad cholesterol”. HDL being the “good” that helps reduce the risk of heart disease and limits damage of LDL “bad cholesterol”. To help boost your HDL try a diet high in monounsaturated fats like: olive oil, nuts, avocados and olives. Try pine bark extract also known as pycnogenol as it can lower blood glucose levels, and blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, its also an antioxidant. Don’t forget to add 2/3 cup of fresh berries daily, try it for at least two months ( a Finnish study showed that this help raise HDL and reduces high blood pressure). Also add some grape juice to your diet and it can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. Grapeseed extract can help to lower cholesterol too. For more energy, try adding whole grains to your diet and how about some chia seeds…Oprah says they’re great! (, suggested by Dr. Oz)

2. Keep on Moving!
Even if you have to sit at a desk all day, try little exercises that keep you moving when you have a minute. Try neck rolls, arm rotations, leg lifts (also help abs), and foot and ankle rolls. Anything to keep your blood flowing and body pumping! Regular exercise, even if its non-strenuous, can help get you out of a rut and increase metabolism and energy levels. Exercising acts directly on the central nervous system to increase energy and reduce fatigue, while benefiting almost all parts of you, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

3. Try Swimming!
Its been studied and found that low-impact water exercises can ease pain and improve overall health, especially people with hip, knee or joint problems, people with osteoarthritis or back pain. Exercising in water can strengthen and stretch while lightening the body-weight load on joints. Plus, anything in water is more fun!

4. Boost your Metabolism by Sweating!
It’s been said that over 24% of Americans are dealing with metabolic problems that can increase their risk for coronary heart disease and many others. Fast & quick bursts of high intensity exercises, as opposed to longer, moderate exercise, can help reverse metabolic syndrome (per a recent Norwegian study). But before you go for it please consult your doctor before changing your workout and the American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week for metabaolic syndrome sufferers.

5. Feeling Depressed?
It’s also been said that low levels of vitamin D (the “sunshine vitamin”) can make you feel down or depressed. Plus, adequate levels of vitamin D are also absolutely vital for calcium absorption and bone health. You can add these foods to your diet to help as well: Omega-3 fatty acids from foods like, salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, scallpos and cod liver oil too. So, don’t forget your vitamin D, your omega-3’s and believe it or not join a social network like Facebook or Linked-In or something of the like. A new study shows that people we don’t even know can make us happier. Happiness is “catching” and most people are influenced by the moods of those around us, we can spread happiness to everyone………like a virus!!! (Only a really good one 🙂

Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful and prosperous new year!

Make Your Own Hair Products Recipes for Naturally Healthy Hair

Looking for a natural alternative to harsh chemicals and colorings?
Want an all natural conditioner?
Have dry hair or split ends?
Tired of limp and dull hair?
Have dandruff and can’t seem to get rid of it?

Try these easy and fun recipes to add some spunk and fun to your hair routine……your hair will love it and everyone will wonder how you got it to look so healthy, shiny and fantastic!


HAIR COLORING — a natural way to go

An equal portions of SAGE and RASPBERRY leaves can be use to darken hair. Use decoction as a hair rinse. For an even darker color use walnut shells.
Use CHAMOMILE leaves in a decoction, and use as a hair rinse. This will leave your hair refresh with a lustre shine.

A pinch of SAFFRON infused in HOT WATER, will also make a good finishing rise to bring out the darker shade of blonde.

Infuse 4 sticks of dried CINNAMON in 100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) of boiling WATER. Leave to cool before using on freshly washed hair. This will leave a trace of spice high lights.

For Dry and Fly-away Hair. Just scoop out the yogurt, work into hair and scalp, sit for 5 minutes and rinse..walla!
— — A rich, dark, deeply, nutritious conditioner that works well on dry, chemically process hair as it leaves the hair shiny and smooth.
50 ml (2 fl oz) AVOCADO or ALMOND OIL
STEP 1/ — Beat together the molasses and egg yolks until they form a stiff paste
STEP 2/ — Add the avocado and mix again. Apply to the hair, working the mixture through the hair from the scalp to the ends.
STEP 3/ — Leave on for 20 minutes then wash out, shampooing twice before drying.

50 g (2 oz) COCONUT OIL
50 g (2 oz) COCOA BUTTER
30 ml (2 tbsps) ALMOND OIL
15 drops NEROLI essential
STEP 1/ — Melt together the cocoa butter and the coconut oil in a small saucepan, remove from heat and add almond oil
STEP 2/ — When slightly cool add the neroli oil. Rub a little into the ends between washiings. This can can be use as an intensive hair conditoner when needed. Place a little of the mixture at the root of the hair and work your way down. Cover for 20 minutes and wash out.

HAIR POMADE — A natural hair shiner that keeps the hair fresh smelling.

50 ml (2 fl oz) ALMOND OIL
25 ml (1 fl oz) CASTOR OIL
20 drops NEROLI essential oil
10 drops LAVENDER oil
10 drops LEMON oil
STEP 1/ — In a jar mix all the oils together and shake well
STEP 2/ — Use by apply a few drops to the hair and brush it in, or sprinkle some onto a bristle brush and brush into the hair.

50 ml (2 fl oz) OLIVE OIL
10 drops SANDALWOOD essential oil
STEP 1/ — Gently warm the olive oil in a small saucepan, and add drops of sandalwood essential oil and stir throughly
STEP 2/ — Apply and massage into the hair. Cover, wrap and leave on for 20 minutes before shampooing twice with a mild shampoo.

HAIR RINSES — These rinses helps restore the correct pH balance to the hair and scalp. They also remove mineral deposits left in the hair by hard water.

# Fresh ELDERBERRIES make a beautiful shine .
Simmer with water for 15 – 20 minutes, before straining off the juice. Apply to the hair before washing, leave on the hair for 15 minutes then shampoo as normal.
# Add 5 ml (1 tsp) of cider vinegar to your final rinsing water, is also a good way to restore and correct pH balance, leaving your hair gleaming.
# Add 5 ml (1 tsp) of domestic BORAX to 3-4 litres (6 pints) of warm water.
# You may also add 5 ml (1 tsp) of CIDER VINEGAR to restore pH balance and 6 drops of CHAMOMILE essential oil to fragrance the hair.
# Make a herbal infusion based on 15 ml (1 tbsp) of chopped fresh MINT leaves, – 15 ml (1 tbsp) of fresh ROSEMARY leaves, and the juice of 1 LEMON mixed with 300 ml (1/2 pint) of HOT WATER. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and use as a final rinse.
# Make a herbal infusion with 15 ml (1 tbsp) chopped fresh ROSEMARY mixed with 250 ml (8 fl oz) HOT WATER. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and add the juice of 1 LEMON JUICE 30 ml (2 tbsp) of FLAT BEER. Mix well and apply to the hair as a final rinse after washing.
# — Juices of 2 LEMONS mixed with an equal part of WATER. Comb through wet hair after washing, and leave on 15 – 20 minutes before rinsing.
# Make an infusion of 25 g (1 oz) SAGE LEAVES in 3.4 litres (6 pints) of almost boiling water. Steep for 2 hours. Leave on the hair for 20 minutes before rinsing out.
# Mix 1 cup of strong black coffee with the freshly squeeze juice of 1 LEMON. Leave on the hair for 30 minutes after shampooing before rinsing out.
# Save the water from BEETROOTS use as a natural plum coloured hair dye. Use sparingly and use gloves to avoid purple hands.# Use a glass of a RED WINE as a final rinse.

1 oz Chopped SOAPWORT ROOT ,
8 fl oz HOT WATER ,
MIX –Place the chopped soapwort root and camomile flowers in a bowl and pour on the almost boiling water. Stir well. Cover and leave to infuse overnight. In the morning, strain and add the drops of sandalwood oil. To use, wet the hair and massage in a small amount of the mixture. Rinse.

A useful way of cleaning the hair. This method works best on short to medium-length hair, by absorbing dirt, sebum and general grime from the scalp and hair.
50 g (2 oz) powder ORRIS ROOTS.
25 g (1 oz) SEMOLINA or GROUND RICE.
10 drops LEMON OIL essential oil.
10 drops NEROLI essential oil.
STEP 1/ — In a large bowl mis the orris root and the semolina together.
STEP 2/ –Sprinkle in the essential oils, and stir the mixture well.
STEP 3/ –Transfer to screw top bottle, store and use.
STEP 4/ — Tip head upside down and rub small amounts into the scalp of the hair, and brush outward from the scalp towards the end of the hair. This will leave the hair feeling clean,fresh, soft and sliky.

A soothing cream that helps heal knicks and cuts to the skin. Wonderful for a mans’ bristle beard or a womans’ softer leg hairs.
175 g (6 oz) COCONUT OIL, — 50 ml (2 fl oz) WITCH HAZEL, — 90 ml (6 tbsp) ALMOND OIL, — 1/2 CUCUMBER peeled, — 4 drops LAVENDER essential oil, — 4 drops SANDALWOOD essential oil,
STEP 1/ — Melt the coconut oil slowly over a low heat in a small saucepan,
STEP 2/ — Remove from heat, and stir in witch hazel and almond oil,
STEP 3/ — Whizz the cucumber in a blender and then through a fine sieve,
STEP 4/ — Add 15 ml (1 tbsp) of the juice mixture together with the sandalwood and lavender oil,
STEP 5/ — Mix throughly and place in a screw top jar,
STEP 6/ — To use, stick your fingertips into the mixture and apply to the skin. After shaving wipe all traces from the skin with a warm cloth or water. (note : the recipe contains fresh cucumber extract, which means it has a limited time life and should be kept in a very cool place).

STYLING LOTION —This styling lotion was popular during the war years.

50 g (2 oz) SUGAR
250 ml (8 fl oz) boiling WATER
30 ml (2 tbsps) flat BEER
15 drops LEMON or NEROLI essential oil
STEP 1/ — Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water and leave to cool. Add the beer and essential oil
STEP 2/ — Apply to wet or dry hair after shampooing, and set in rollers (left over lotion can be kept in a plastic spray bottle, and use between washings).

1.2 litres (2 pints) strong NETTLE TEA
250 ml (8 fl oz) BIRCH INFUSION
STEP 1/ Make a tonic with a handful of young nettle tops 1.2 litres (2 pints) in water for 2 hours. Also make another strong tea 45 ml (3 tbsps) of dried nettle leaves
STEP 2/ –Make an infusion with the birch leaves. Add 15 ml (1 tbsp) to 1 cup of almost boiling water, and leave for 30 minutes.
STEP 3/ — Mix the 2 infusions togther. Strain, and pour into bottles
STEP 4/ Apply to the scalp for 2 -3 times weekly, or use as a final hair rinse. DO NOT WASH OUT.

try these easy and fun recipes anytime for fabulous hair and you can smile knowing you did it all natural!

thanks for reading!

What Are Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils?

Many companies that sell pure essential oils will tell you that they are THERAPEUTIC GRADE. Most of them (about 98%) are not completely truthful, even though they may be pure, they may not necessarily be therapeutic grade and able to be used internally. So if you are unsure, do not under any circumstances ingest any essential oil unless specified by a professional.

I found this while searching for therapeutic grade from (a fantastic resource for aromatherapy information)

What makes an essential oil therapeutic grade?

You know that essential oils are distilled from plants and that they have powerful healing properties.
You know that they are used by massage therapists, for aromatherapy, and even cooking!

But did you know that only 2 percent of essential oils sold in the United States are true Therapeutic Grade?

Standards have been developed by the Association French Normalization Organization Regulation and adopted by the International Standards Organization to distinguish true Therapeutic Grade essential oils from inferior oils merely used for fragrance. This is a growing concern as demand for essential oils increases due to health-conscious consumers desiring to ward off today’s stressful lifestyles–thus diminishing the supply.

True Therapeutic essential oils are immune-system stimulating, anti-viral, anti-infectious, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-tumoral and even anti-fungal.

Gas Chromatography Purity Testing
Gas chromatography is the scientific method employed to differentiate imposters from the real McCoys. It measures whether basic components of an essential oil occur in a precise percentage. If only two primary constituents do not meet precise percentages, the oil cannot be AFNOR or ISO certified–although the oil may qualify as Grade A. Gas chromatography can also identify oils that have been synthetically manipulated. At Mountain Rose Herbs, we go the extra mile and request the use of a 50-meter column during gas chromatography testing. Most U.S. labs utilize a 30-meter column, which is adequate for vitamins or minerals–but is certainly not adequate for the chemical complexity of essential oils. An oil’s purity can be affected by myriad environmental factors: geographical region, altitude, climate, soil, growing conditions and harvest method and season. Even the time of day the plant is harvested can affect the oil’s purity! Producing genuine Therapeutic Grade essential oils is indeed a fine art. We do painstaking research at Mountain Rose Herbs, insisting on knowing harvest location, methods utilized to extract the oils, and data reports assuring the oil’s character.

Proper Steam Distillation
The distillation method also affects an essential oil’s purity–and Therapeutic Grade oils mandate preserving as many of the plant’s compounds as possible. Therapeutic Grade essential oils must only be distilled in stainless steel cooking chambers at lowest possible pressure and lowest possible temperature. Extremely high temperature and high pressure, or contact with chemically reactive metals such as copper or aluminum can quickly destroy delicate compounds. At Mountain Rose Herbs, we even insist on knowing how the vats are cleaned!

Every essential oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade. The essential oils we stock are obtained by steam distillation of the plant’s volatile oils. And our oils are derived from the first distillation–never the second, third or fourth! The only exception to this rule is our Lavender 40/42, which is a blend of many different lavenders; and absolutes, which are extracted by alcohol. These oils may not suitable for therapeutic aromatherapy, however they are deliciously intoxicating as a fragrance or perfume.

No Additives
The primary components of 98 percent of all essential oils in the market are synthetic. They should not be used for therapeutic applications, and they potentially carry risks. Only pure essential oils should be used for therapeutic purposes. At best, synthetic oils may not produce desired therapeutic results–at worst, they could possibly be toxic.
Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils are 100% pure, natural plant oils. They are free of added water, alcohol, carriers or other diluents. No chemical solvents are added during distillation, and nothing is added to the oil after distillation. A very large selection of oils offered through Mountain Rose Herbs are certified organic through Oregon Tilth Certified Organic. Although organic certification is an intensely painstaking process that a few of our suppliers are still striving to attain, any oils we stock that are not yet certified organic are guaranteed to be free of pesticide and chemical residues. Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils are wholly suitable for aromatherapy, cosmetics, cooking and body application.

Therapeutic Grade means the essential oil delivers as many of the fragile and original aromatic compound as possible. This starts with choosing the right species of plants, and giving them exactly what they need to thrive, including uncontaminated soil. Also, to guarantee the quality of essential oils, they must be produced equal or to exceed the ISO (International Standards Organization) standards.

Therapeutic grade essential oils are always more expensive than their non-therapeutic grade doubles, so something as simple as checking for the LATIN NAME listed on the label and their price comparison will surely help decipher the dilemma of looking for the right essential oil.

Using Essential Oils for Healthy Hair

Have you ever noticed that some people no matter their age have healthy, shiny hair all the time? Ever wonder their secrets?

Part of aging may be to lose a bit of the young glow and luster in your hair, but using un-natural processes on your hair will accelerate its demise such as overwashing, harsh chemicals, excessive blow drying or heating, and unhealthy diet.

Ok, so we can’t all be perfect,
but here’s a list of the best natural essential oils that can aid in getting that perfect glowing crown of hair you’ve always dreamed of:

Essential Oils for Healthy Hair

Basil: (for Oily hair, & promotes hair growth)

Clary sage (good for All types of hair, great for Dandruff treatment)

Roman chamomile (good for all hair types, esp. dry hair, great for Fine to normal hair. Gives golden highlights, also It’s good for dry and itchy skins, and is a brilliant skin cleanser. It’s also very good for reducing facial puffiness and improving the elasticity of the skin)

Bay (energizing hair tonic),

Jasmine (wonderful for dry hair & skin, nurturing & conditioning),

Juniper Berry (great for all hair types),

Lavender (great hair tonic for all types, esp.Normal hair. Scalp treatment for itchiness, dandruff, and even lice!)

Lemon(great for oily hair and strengthens hair & brittle nails, best on Oily hair also Gives golden highlights; can be used in treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands)

Lemon Verbena (great hair tonic),

Linden Blossom(promote hair growth),

May Chang (good for oily skin& hair)

Melissa (useful for greasy skin and hair & reputed to counteract baldness)

Myrrh: great for Dry hair. also a good Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands

Nutmeg (strengthens and a good overall hair tonic)

Patchouli: (good forOily hair. also a good Dandruff treatment)

Peppermint (good for Dry hair. and Promotes hair growth…also A good skin cleanser that helps remove blackheads, peppermint’s cooling action can relieve itching and help with sunburn, also very effective for greasy skin and hair.)

Rose (wonderful for Fine hair. Soothes scalp and emotions too 🙂

Rosemary (great overall hair tonic and best for Oily hair and Dandruff treatment; also promotes hair growth)

Sage (Gives dull hair back its shine)

Tea Tree (wonderful for Oily hair. good Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands. The anti-viral, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties of this oil makes it one of the most useful and popular oils in aromatherapy. It has been known to boost the immune system and is very good for all skin & hair conditions and all skin & hair types)

Ylang-ylang: wonderful aroma and esp. great for Oily hair and a good Dandruff treatment)


Add a custom blend of these or mix & match for your hair type in macadamia nut or jojoba oil (maximum 10 drops essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil) and apply to scalp, or use as an addition to an unscented hair conditioner will improve the condition of the hair and scalp.

Essential Oils for the Different Types of Skin

Your skin is a reflection of your inner vitality. For your skin to be the best it can be, it needs natural nutrients to stimulate cellular activity and to protect against external aggressors. By eating right, getting appropriate fresh air and exercise and using natural ingredients for your skin, you will not only look beautiful, but feel great too!

Essential Oils for Types of Skin

SKINCARE (General) Lavender, rose, rosemary camphor, cypress, geranium, chamomiles, rosewood, geranium essential oils and hydrosols

ACNE: Tea tree, Manuka, Helichrysum, lavender, spike lavender, thyme linalool, rose geranium, tea tree, Petitgrain, grapefruit, sandalwood, Vetiver, mints, basil, German chamomile, atlas Cedarwood, rosewood, Palma Rosa, thyme, Cajeput, Niaouli, Yarrow Hydrosol

ASTRINGENT: Grapefruit, yarrow, rosemary, lime distilled

BLACK HEADS: Coriander, thymus vulgaris, peppermint, lemongrass

CHAPPED/ CRACKED SKIN: Myrrh, patchouli, sandalwood, Vetiver, Cajeput, roman & German chamo, lavender, Calendula infused oil.

CHILBLAINS: Black Pepper, Cinnamon leaf, clove bud, ginger, lavender. (ie, circulatory stimulants to promote warming.)

CLEANSING: Sweet Basil, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, Niaouli, peppermint

COMBINATION SKIN: Geranium, Rosewood, Ylang-ylang, Rose Geranium Hydrosol, Neroli Hydrosol

COUPEROSE (Thread veins, congested capillaries)Lemon, Helichrysum, cypress, rose, lavender, parsley, roman & German chamomiles, geranium, calendula infused oil, Helichrysum or neroli hydrosols.

DEVITALIZED SKIN: Eucalyptus globulous, myrtle, neroli, basil juniper, lemon, lemongrass, Niaouli, peppermint, pine, orange, oregano, rosemary, spearmint, geranium, grapefruit

DRY ACNE: Petitgrain, lavender, spike lavender, clary, rose geranium

DRY SKIN: Carrot seed, Cedarwood, clary, jasmine, geranium, lavender, orange, Palma Rosa, rose, roman chamomile, rosewood, neroli, Petitgrain, Mandarine petitgrain, Vetiver, sandalwood, ylangylang, carrot seed, lavender, rose or neroli hydrosol, Calendula infused oil.

ECZEMA: German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Bergamot, Carrot Seed, Atlas Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Juniper, Myrrh, Palma Rosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Teatree, Yarrow, Ylangylang. Calendula infused oil, Cranberry Seed Oil

HYDRATING: Palma Rosa, sweet orange, Mandarin, tangerine, rose, most hydrosols, esp. Neroli

INFECTIONS: German chamo, Manuka, eucalyptus, lavender, myrrh, roman chamo, rosemary, spikenard, tea tree, thyme linalool, calendula, Palma Rosa, Niaouli, laurel, myrtle, rosewood

INFLAMMATION: Helichrysum, st. johns Wort infusion, carrot seed, Cistus, galbanum German & Roman chamomiles, clary, myrrh, myrtle, rosewood, angelica, yarrow, Helichrysum, Witch hazel or Chamomile Hydrosols

ITCHING: Jasmine, heli, lavender, peppermint, roman chamo, Lavender or Witch Hazel hydrosol

LARGE PORES: Myrtle, lemongrass, rose, Cedarwood

MATURE, AGED SKIN, WRINKLES:Carrot seed, elemi, Cistus, frankincense, galbanum, fennel, geranium, myrrh, patchouli, rose, Clary, rosewood, sages, cypress, fennel, lavender, neroli. also Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract,
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NORMAL SKIN: Atlas Cedarwood, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, roman chamo, rose, rosewood, ylangylang, angelica, all hydrosols

OILY SKIN: Roman & German chamos, Cedarwood, (atlas, red, texas) geranium, Clary, lavender, Ylang-ylang, lemon, peppermint, Niaouli, Cajeput, cypress, calendula infusion, frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood, juniper, Melissa, yarrow, coriander, Petitgrain, lime distilled, grapefruit, thyme linalool, Lavandin, spike lavender, rose

PIMPLES, blemishes: Tea tree, Manuka, Lemon Myrtle, German Chamomile, Helichrysum italicuum, thyme linalool, Cajeput, oregano (spot only) Niaouli, rosemary

PSORIASIS:(extremely difficult to treat) Bergamot, Helichrysum, Cajeput, carrot seed, German or roman chamomile, Lavender, Juniper, Sandalwood, Tea tree Calendula infused oil, Cranberry Seed Oil

PUFFINESS: Oregano, Spanish marjoram, cypress, peppermint, rosemary, fennel, celery, clary, roman chamo

REGENERATION: Frankincense, lavender, neroli, patchouli, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, teatree, Helichrysum, elemi, Vetiver, spikenard, caraway, Palma Rosa, Spanish sage, Clary, lavender, galbanum, myrrh, myrtle, calendula, carrot seed, Cistus,

REVITALIZING BASAL LAYER Carrot seed, Rosewood, Niaouli, tea tree, orange, calendula

ROSACEA: German chamomile, Helichrysum italicuum, rosewood, Helichrysum hydrosol

SENSITIVE SKIN: Roman & German chamomile, rose, Palma Rosa, Helichrysum, neroli, rosewood, carrot, angelica, jasmine, Neroli, Chamomile or Yarrow Hydrosols

SCARS: Helichrysum (in a base of Rose Hip Seed Oil), carrot seed, lavender, petitgrain, galbanum

SKIN TONER: Calendula infused , lemongrass, chamomiles, lavender, neroli, orange, rose, frankincense, Petitgrain, lemon, hydrosols


(1). Cleanse face with gentle cleanser to suit skin type, using a cotton ball or a washcloth.

(2). Steam face with head over bowl of steaming hot water for 2 minutes.

(3). Apply moisturizing, purifying face mask.

(4). Bath or shower with a few drops of relaxing essential oil
or invigorating oil in the water. You may also put used herbal tea bags, or cucumber or potato slices over your eyes to remove the bagginess around the eyes. Relax totally for 10 minutes.

(5). Pat body dry with thick warm towels. Apply body lotion all over while skin is still moist. Take special care of feet, knees, elbows, and neck.

(6). Remove mask with warm water and spray or splash face with mineral water.

(7). Apply eye-soothing gel (if you are going out) or night eye cream (if you are going to bed) around eyes and on lids.

(8). Apply moisturizer to face if going out, or your favourite night cream/oil if not.

(9). Apply hand cream and a nail cream around cuticles

Basic Skin Care

A daily routine of skin care requires no more than ten minutes and requires only three simple steps each evening and morning:

(1). Cleanse

(2). Tone

(3). Moisturize

Night care

(1). Cleanse: Remove any makeup with cleansing cream or a natural makeup remover. Wash with mild soap or other cleanser, rinse, and pat dry.

(2). Ton: Apply an acid-containing solution to restore the pH balance and protective shield. For dry skin, use a mild freshener-toner. For oily skin, use an astringent preparation.

(3). Moisturize. Splash on cool water or mist with a spray bottle. Blot, but do not dry completely-moisturizer magic relies more on retaining moisture than in providing it-then smooth on a few drops of your moisturizer.

Day care

(1). Cleanse lightly to remove night time accumulations, refresh your face with a few splashes of water, and pat dry.

(2). Tone by applying a freshener or astringent.

(3). Moisturize around your eyes. If your face is excessively dry, mist or splash with water, blot, and then lightly cover with moisturizer.




A Helpful Glossary of Aromatherapy Terms

How many times have you come across a description of a specific essential oil you are interested in only to find that the language used to describe its effects are just as foreign as its uses.
I’ve compiled a list that should help decipher any of those terms you should come across.


Glossary of Aromatherapy Terms

ABORTIFACIENT: Induces childbirth or premature labor.

AEROPHAGY. An excess of air in the alimentary canal that is relieved through burping or flatulence.

ALTERATIVE: Gradually improves the nutritional state of the body.

ANALGESIC: Relieves or reduces pain.

ANAPHRODISIAC: Reduces sexual desire.

ANESTHETIC: Numbs the nerves and causes a loss of sensation.

ANTHELMINTIC: Expels or kills intestinal worms.

ANTIBACTERIAL: Kills bacteria.

ANTIDEPRESSANT: Reduces or prevents depression.

ANTIDIARRHOEIC: Relieves diarrhea.

ANTIDOTE: Counteracts a poison.

ANTIEMETIC: Counteracts nausea and stops vomiting.

ANTIFUNGAL: Kills fungal infections.

ANTIGALACTAGOGUE: Reduces the production of milk secretion of nursing mothers.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. Reduces inflammation.

ANTILITHIC: Prevents formation of stones or calculus.

ANTINEURALGIC: Stops nerve pain.

ANTIPHLOGISTIC: Counteracts, reduces, or prevents inflammation.

ANTIPRURITIC: Relieves or prevents itching.

ANTIPUTRID: Stops putrefaction.

ANTISCLEROTIC: Removes deposits from circulatory vessels.

ANTISCORBUTIC: Preventative for scurvy.

ANTISEPTIC: Inhibits the growth of and kills bacteria.

ANTISPASMODIC: Relieves or prevents spasms, cramps, and convulsions.

ANTISUDORIFIC: Reduces perspiration.

ANTITOXIC: Counteracts poisons.

ANTITUSSIVE: Relieves coughs.

ANTIVIRAL: Weakens or kills viruses.

APERIENT: A gentle purgative of the bowels.

APERITIF: Appitite stimulant.

APHRODISIAC: Arouses sexual desires.

BALSAMIC: Softens phlegm.

BRONCHODILATOR: Expands the spastic bronchial tube.

CALMATIVE: Mild sedative or tranquilizer.

CARDIAC: Stimulates or affects the heart.

CARDIOTONIC: Tones the heart muscle.

CARMINATIVE: Expels gas from the intestines.

CEPHALIC: Problems relating to the head.

CHOLAGOGUE: Increases the flow of bile.

CHOLERETIC: Stimulates the production of bile.

CICATRIZANT: Helps the formation of scar tissue; healing.

COAGULANT: Clots the blood.

CYTOPHYLACTIC: Protects the cells of the organism.

DECONGESTANT: Relieves congestion.

DEMULCENT: Soothes irritated tissue, particularly mucous membranes.

DEPURATIVE: Cleanses and purifies the blood and internal organs.

DETERSIVE: Detergent. Cleanses wounds and sores, and promotes the formation of scar tissue.

DIAPHORETIC: Causes perspiration.

DISINFECTANT: Kills infections and disease producing microorganisms.

DIURETIC: Increases the secretion and elimination of urine.

EMETIC: Induces vomiting.

EMMENAGOGUE: Promotes and regulates menstruation.

EMOLLIENT: Softens the skin, and soothes inflamed and irritated tissues.

ESTROGENIC: Similar to estrogen.

EUPHORIANT: Brings on an exaggerated sense of physical and emotional well-being.

EXPECTORANT: Promotes the discharge of mucous from the lungs and bronchial tubes.

FEBRIFUGE: Reduces or prevents fevers.

FIXATIVE: Holds the scent of a fragrance.

GALACTAGOGUE: Promotes or increases the secretion of milk in nursing mothers.

GERMICIDE: Kills germs.

HALLUCINOGEN: Induces hallucinations-an imagined or false sense of perception.

HEMOSTATIC: Stops hemorrhaging.

HEPATIC: That which acts on the liver.

HYPERTENSOR: Raises the blood pressure.

HYPNOTIC: Induces sleep.

HYPOTENSOR: Lowers the blood pressure.

INSECTICIDE: Kills insects.

LARVICIDE: Kills the larvae of insects.

LAXATIVE: Promotes the elimination from the bowels; a mild purgative.

NERVINE: Calming and soothing to the nervous system.

PARASITICIDE: Kills parasites.

PECTORAL: Affecting the respiratory system.

PURGATIVE: Promotes vigorous elimination from the bowels.

REGENERATOR: Promotes new growth or repair of structures or tissues.

REJUVENATOR: Assists in promoting a youthful appearance.

RELAXANT: Lessens or reduces tension, and produces relaxation.

RESOLVENT: Reduces swellings.

RESTORATIVE: Restores consciousness and/or normal physiological activity.

RUBEFACIENT: A local irritant that reddens the skin.

SEDATIVE: Calms anxiety and promotes drowsiness.

STIMULANT: Excites or quickens an activity in the body.

STOMACHIC: Strengthens, stimulates, and tones the stomach.

SUDORIFIC: Promotes or increases perspiration.

TONIC: Strengthens and revitalizes the body or specific organs.

TRANQUILIZER: Calms the nerves.

VASOCONSTRICTOR: Constricts the blood vessels.

VASODILATOR: Dilates the blood vessels.

VERMIFUGE: Expels intestinal worms.

VULNERARY: Assists healing of wounds and sores by external application