Homemade Honey Citrus Shampoo

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Homemade Honey Citrus Shampoo


Homemade Honey Citrus Shampoo - Dr.Axe

This homemade honey citrus shampoo recipe is great for your hair! It helps to balance the hair’s natural pH, it kills bacteria, restores moisture to hair, reduces dandruff and it doesn’t strip the hair of its natural oils! Try it today!

Note: Citrus essentials oils are highly concentrated and are full of healthy acidic properties! Because of this, we recommend you use glass containers when storing them so they do not eat away any of the plastic.

Homemade Honey Citrus Shampoo

Total Time: 2 minutes
Serves: 20-30


  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tbsp raw honey
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • glass bottle with dispenser


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well
  2. Transfer to a container. Mix well before each use

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  1. mark on

    Do i have to save the shampoo on the fridge or could i leave it in the shower? i know there is no problem with honey but since i add lemon and other oils could these rotten or something? thanks for your help

  2. Amber on

    I just tried this today. I added Young Living’s Bath & Shower Gel Base, however to make it suds up a little bit, so I could tell it was working into my hair.

  3. Raquel on

    I swim often and almost every day in the summer. I have not found a successful natural way to deal with the chlorine. I do have a mostly natural shampoo from the beauty supply store that is specifically designed to clean off the chlorine. I also wet my hair, put conditiooner on it and french braid it before swimming. I hate the caps. Any other helps for protecting and cleaning of the chlorine in a more natural way?

  4. Nicole on

    Can I substitute Agave for honey, or will that be to sugary? I’m also going to add Rosemary EO to support healthy hair and scalp.

  5. Stephane on

    I know that you recommend that this be stored in a glass bottle, and I understand that the essential oils can break down plastics, but is there a certain plastic that could work? I’m a little worried about making this for my kiddos to use in glass bottles. Thanks!

  6. Ashley on

    Can’t wait to try this. I’ve been using baking soda for about a year now. I only started reading it could be bad. I only wash weekly so I may have been not noticed the damage because I seldom wash. Don’t judg. Anyways I feel like my hair was drier so I’m excited to use this method.

  7. Jan george on

    I made this shampoo about two weeks ago and really like how my hair is looking and feeling. I changes containers today and noticed that it had white chucks in it that don’t devolve when shaken. Is this the honey separating? Is there a best by time frame that I should be tracking?

    Also I was wondering if I can add ylang ylang to this is it okay with the other oils?

  8. Barbara on

    Hi. This has nothing to do with this subject directly, but does to the eo’s.

    I was wondering if you had a recommendation for oils for cellulitis. I have tried so many…currently using Rosehip in Sweet Almond. It does seem to be helping a very tiny bit, but could you tell me some others? I have used so many others plus coconut oil and nothing seems to help. I really need some relief from the itching. Still “oozes” when on my feet but nothing else seems to help. Have been trying to watch what I eat…could use some recommendations there too maybe. Don’t eat a lot of meat…very rarely red meat. Waiting on a recipe using Soy from a friend. But saw where you had replied here, and thought it couldn’t hurt to ask.


      • The Oily Analyst on

        Would I have to refrigerate it if I decided to substitute aloe vera juice for water as well? Also, which would be better: aloe vera juice or aloe vera gel?

        I have DRY, curly hair. Is this shampoo ok without a conditioner? I currently use Wen, but I’m looking for a less expensive, and natural, alternative.

        I found a DIY hair gel, using gelatin, so I’ll be trying that as well, plus I’m going to try an ACV rinse.

  9. Nancy on

    i stopped using commercial shampoo about a year ago. It took a couple weeks for my scalp to get used to it but my hair is healthier than ever. No itchy scalp, no dandruff, no dry ends.

  10. Lola on

    I wanna try this recipe on my curly hair but I was wondering.. the honey wouldn’t make my hair kinda sticky due to the natural sugar in it ? And for how long can I keep this shampoo ? Should I leave it in the fridge ?

  11. Rebecca on

    That makes so much sense!! I tried using a homemade shampoo from this website this week (rosemary mint) and I was so confused as to why my hair was so greasy afterwards. Glad I decided to commit to this natural recipe… hopefully my hair will soon see the benefits!

    It is also rather weird that the shampoo doesn’t lather, but it is so helpful to know that that is simply from the harsh chemicals found in the shampoo… helps you wrap your mind around it and give it a chance!

  12. Erin on

    Will this “shampoo” be ok for oily hair? It doesn´t have any soap in it so will it clean the hair properly without that oily feeling?

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      It will cleanse the hair but your hair may feel get oily quickly after. The reason for this is because conventional shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils so your scalp continues to produce oil in excess. It takes your body a bit before it adjusts and normalizes to the oil not being stripped from your hair.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      It will not foam. The reason most shampoos foam are because they contain harsh chemicals that can strip your hair of its natural oils. It will still cleanse your hair.

      • Adriana on

        Dr. Axe my husband is using this shampoo with some Castile soup to make it foamy. His grey hair seems to be disappearing. He is very happy about it :). Do you think this is happened because of the Castile soup?

      • The Oily Analyst on

        Adriana, how much castile soap are you putting into the shampoo? I’d be interested because I’ve been looking for a GOOD alternative to Wen cleansing conditioner, since it’s so pricey! Thanks!

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