Ok, I thought, I've just used up all of my own homemade shampoo, so I'll make more, this time with herbs to address her itchy scalp. I told her I'd make her some shampoo with rose petal tea, and she was quite taken with that idea.
This is the basic recipe I use.
I googled "soothing herbs for itchy scalp" and found this list:
Catmint (leaves and flowering tops), chamomile,
comfrey, lavender, thyme, yarrow
Of those, I have chamomile, comfrey, thyme and yarrow on hand; I also have some lavender essential oil. My original "recipe" calls for rosemary and rose petals, and suggests adding some tea tree oil if your scalp is itchy.
This is what I made:
I boiled one cup (8 oz) of distilled water and poured it over the herbs (about a teaspoon of each: rosemary, chamomile, comfrey, thyme; a Tbsp of dried rose petals, and a handful of fresh yarrow flowers). I put a lid on the glass jar and let it steep until the water was cool.
In a clean, empty shampoo bottle I put:
3 oz of castille soap
3 Tbsp of aloe vera gel
1/2 tsp of sesame oil
several drops of tea tree oil
I wanted to include the lavender EO but could not find it; I saw it just the other day. When I find it, I will add some to the bottle.
When the infusion was cool, I strained it through a piece of muslin and poured it into the bottle. A shake, and it is ready to use tonight.
I added a few drops of English Rose fragrance oil. It still smells like tea tree oil, but it made my granddaughter happy.
This has no "thickeners" in it, so it's about as thin as water. Just a warning so you'll be prepared when it comes out of the bottle fast!