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DIY: Herbal Hair Rinse

jackimay January 27, 2016

Written by Jacki May

While I have steered clear of conventional hair products for a while, I distinctly remember worrying about how I would keep my mane soft and healthy without conditioners when we made the switch. Thankfully, an herbal hair rinse is just the right thing.

First, let’s start with the herbs.

  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) — anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent. This makes it a great addition for those who have slightly oily hair. It is also helpful for those with dandruff.
  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis) — an anti-inflammatory herb that is soothing for the scalp.
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) — like calendula, is added to help the scalp.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarius officinalis) — stimulates hair growth and is antiseptic, helping those with dandruff.

This recipe is a mainstay in our home. There have been times when I forgot to get the next batch infusing, and I have used essential oil instead, and I will include that blend at the end.

Herbal Hair Rinse


  • 32 oz. apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • 1 part yarrow
  • 1 part calendula
  • 1 part chamomile
  • 1 part rosemary


Step 1: Combine all the herbs in a large mason jar (I use a half gallon).

Step 2: Pour the entire bottle of apple cider vinegar into the jar over the herbs. Keep the bottle ACV jar, as you will return the herbal vinegar to the bottle.

Step 3: Shake to combine and let sit for 4-6 weeks, shaking occasionally.

Step 4: After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs and bottle the vinegar. Label with ingredients.

How to Use

I like to use 1 part herbal rinse to 4 parts water, but those with dry hair or sensitive scalps can use 1 part herbal rinse to 6 parts water. I keep a cup in the shower just for this.

Once you are ready, pour over your hair and let sit for a minute or so (yes, the smell is strong but it goes away), then rinse out.

I use it once a week…mainly because I only wash my hair once weekly. I find that too often, it can be drying (the astringent property of yarrow and the vinegar base).

Essential Oil Hair Rinse

You will keep the 1:4 ratio of ACV to water (or 1:6) and add 3 drops of rosemary essential oil* and 2 drops of tea tree essential oil. These two essential oils stimulate blood flow to the scalp and are very cleansing.

*Rosemary essential oil is contraindicated for those with epilepsy.

A full 32 ounces will last you quite some time since you only use about 2-4 ounces at a time. The herbs are easy to grow in your backyard, and many of you may have yarrows growing wildly.

How many of you have tried an herbal hair rinse? What do you add?

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Jacki May is a mama for 4 girls, a wife to her better half, clinical herbalist, doula, and natural living enthusiast and advocate. Her family is in the process of saving up for a yurt and land in order to homestead, teach classes, and live their dream. She can be found outside or at Patchouli Herbs & Apothecary and Raven & Oak


  1. Wondering if you use shampoo. I used a non-soap shampoo for a while but it wasn’t all that natural. Would love to keep the natural oils while cleaning scalp.


    • I use either a shampoo bar or castile soap. I love the shampoo bar because it come in very little (to none if bought locally) packaging so it has very little waste! We purchase our bar soap from either Mirasol Farms or Rocky Top Soap Shop, both of which are on Etsy.


  2. […] is great for both culinary and medicinal purposes. I use Rosemary in my apple cider vinegar hair rinse, in my Green Power salve, and infuse it in oils for muscle rubs. It helps stimulate blood flow and […]


  3. […] and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). Using ¼ cup each, in raw apple cider vinegar makes a great hair rinse. Infuse for 4-6 week then […]


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