Essential Oils Blends & Recipes: Honey Citrus Shampoo

While essential oils can be used on their own with a carrier oil or diluted with water to promote healthy hair and scalp skin and to address hair care concerns, they can also be blended together to create natural hair care solutions. Here are two simple recipes that can be used for all types of hair.

Honey Citrus Shampoo for Purifying the Scalp

With the cleansing power of citrus oils and the antimicrobial benefits of tea tree oil, this shampoo is great for removing build-up. Although it’s a powerful cleanser, this shampoo is much gentler on the hair than products you’ll find in stores because it does not contain any harsh surfactants. This recipe will produce enough shampoo to allow you to wash your hair 20 to 30 times, depending on the length of your tresses.

For best results, store the shampoo in a glass bottle; acidic essential oils like lemon oil can corrode plastic, causing toxic chemicals from the bottle to enter your shampoo.

Making the Shampoo

What You’ll Need

1 c. water

5 T. honey

5 drops therapeutic grade lemon essential oil

5 drops therapeutic grade tea tree essential oil

Glass bowl

Wooden spoon


Bottle of your choosing

Step 1: Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl.

Step 2: Mix well with the wooden spoon. You want the entire mixture to be even in color and smooth.

Step 3: Use a funnel to pour the finished shampoo into the bottle.

Using the Shampoo

To use the Honey Citrus Shampoo for Purifying the Scalp:

Step 1: Shake the bottle well until the shampoo is mixed.

Step 2: Wet your hair well.

Step 3: Apply a dime to nickel-sized amount of shampoo to your hand.

Step 4: Work the shampoo through your hair, concentrating on massaging it against the scalp. You won’t get a lather with this shampoo because it is soap free.

Step 5: Rinse well.