A scalp scrub does wonders for your hair. Scrubbing the scalp helps to remove buildup, exfoliate, and promote healthy hair growth.

You can make a scalp scrub by adding salt to your regular shampoo.
It can be that simple.

I tried infusing herbal ingredients into the salt to see what happens – and the results have been amazing!

It’s such a great recipe to make – and you can make this using simple kitchen ingredients!

Making Infused Salt

Salt is the base, the physical exfoliant. We’re going to saturate it with an herbal vinegar, and then dehydrate it. It’s just like making flavored salts for cooking with! 

Vinegar is the ultimate hair care ingredient – it has a low pH, it promotes healhty scalp. It’s anti-fungal, helpful for dandruff. It’s rich in plant acids, which helps to exfoliate the scalp, remove buildup which helps hair growth.

AND it’s a vehicle for beneficial botanicals. Vinegar is a strong solvent – that can extract out water-soluble nutrients, and minerals that enhance hair health.

  • Peppermint invigorates the scalp & increases circulation.
  • Orange peel is cleansing.
  • Hibiscus is stimulating & antioxidant rich.

Scrubbing with salt

You can add  herbal-infused salt to your favorite shampoo. I probably wouldn’t premix a whole bottle of shampoo… I would mix some up before shampooing. 

But, personally, I  like to use it just like a body scrub – straight onto the scalp… without any shampoo. 

It feels really good!

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Orange-Mint Scalp Scrub


  • 2 cups Salt 
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 1/3 Apple cider vinegar
  • Peel from one orange 
  • 1/4 cup or big handful of fresh mint, or 4 tbsp dried mint 
  • 2 tbsp hibiscus (dried tea)
  • 1 tbsp oil – coconut, grape seed, or see recommendations
  • optional: 6 drops sweet orange essential oil, 4 drops peppermint essential oil


Start by making the herbal vinegar for the salt infusion
Peel an orange…

Take a handful of fresh mint, or about 3 tablespoons of dried mint… 

And two tablespoons of hibiscus tea. All of this goes into a bullet blender.

Top everything off with apple cider vinegar and water – just to the point where it covers the ingredients. 

Blend it for several minutes. 

And then strain over the salt, so that there’s no herbal pulp in the salt (otherwise it will be hard to wash out from your hair) 

This is my favorite strainer – its a super-fine mesh!

Dehydrate the salt at 120 for about an hour or two – depending on how thick it is. Spread the salt thin so it dries more quickly. 

You can do it in the oven, at the lowest setting with the door left cracked open so its not too hot. 

Once dried – add the oil, mix well and then store it in an airtight container. 


To use: wet your hair in the shower. Scoop out a handful of salt, and massage onto your scalp. Just like you would use a body scrub. If you want, use it with shampoo – find what feels good to you. Rinse off thoroughly. Scrub once per week. 

Will keep for 6 months. But make sure you don’t use wet hands to scoop out the salt. And I still recommend using it up in a month or two so that’s as fresh as possible. 

Blonde hair? I’m not sure – but the hibiscus could potentially tint your hair… might be fun. Or leave it out if that’s a concern. 

Enjoy! – Militza Xx

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