Tuesday, November 20, 2012
homemade hair products for normal hair
This is a tingly treat for the scalp for all types of hair. It stimulates the scalp without drying.
3/4 cup Distilled water
1/4 cup Shampoo concentrate (or use 1/2 cup unscented shampoo and increase salt to 1 tsp.)
1/2 tsp. Table salt
2 tsp. Jojoba oil
1/8 tsp. Peppermint oil
1 drop red food coloring (optional)
To Make This Herbal Shampoo: Warm the water and pour into a ceramic bowl. Add the shampoo concentrate and stir with a wire whisk until well blended. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir until well blended. Pour into a bottle and close. Makes 8 1/2 oz.
Here's a quick, inexpensive and easy packaging idea; Removing labels off empty glass jars. Relish jars, olive jars and baby food jars all work well. Spray paint the lids with a granite spray. Shampoo packaged in a cobalt bottle or a brushed aluminum bottle always present well. Or, place your herbal shampoo in decorative bottles. For an added touch, write the recipe on a little card and tie the recipe onto the bottle with ribbon or raffia.
7 drops Eucalyptus Peppermint Oil
3 drops Lavender Oil
4 drops Rosemary Oil
6 drops Thyme Oil
4 oz. Soap Stew
Mix together really good in a blender and shake up before each use
Chamomile Fields shampoo
a.. 4 bags of Chamomile tea (or 1 handful of fresh Chamomile flowers)
b.. 4 tablespoons pure soap flakes
c.. 1 1/2 tablespoons glycerin*
Let the tea bags steep in 1 1/2 cups of boiled water for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and with the remaining liquid add the soap flakes. Let stand until the soap softens. Stir in glycerin until mixture is well blended. Pour into a bottle. Keep in a dark, cool place.
Jan Hanson's watermellon shampoo bar
12 oz. Coconut Oil
19 oz. Olive Oil
12 oz. Castor Oil
16 oz. water
6 oz. lye
Pour when both mixtures have reached 100 degrees. When you see a trace, add 1 oz. Watermelon FO. Pour into mold. This will take longer than normal to set up. Leave in the mold for 2 or 3 days. Cut when firm. Cure for about 6 weeks.
4 oz of castile soap with any scent is that available - plain, peppermint, eucalyptus.
½ oz of rosemary - stimulates the hair follicles and helps to prevent premature baldness
½ oz of sage - has antioxidants and keeps things from spoiling and is antibacterial
½ oz of nettles - acts as a blood purifier, blood stimulator, contains a large source of nutrients for hair growth
½ of lavender - controls the production of sebaceous gland oil and reduces itchy and flaky scalp conditions
2000 mg of MSM - provides organic sulfur to your scalp, which improves the health and strength of your hair. It also helps to drive herbal nutrient into the skin and follicles where they can do the most good.
One empty 8 oz plastic bottle, or any other empty shampoo or soap bottle.
Mix the herbs in a mason jar, which has a lid. Boil 2 cups of distilled water. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of the mixed herbs into the boiling water. Pull the boiling water and herbs off the stove. Let the herb mixture sit for 30 - 40 minutes. Put the 2000mg of MSM into the herb mixture after 30 minutes of cooling. After 40 minutes and the MSM is melted, strain the herbal mixture into a bowl.
Pour 2 to 2 1/2 oz of strained herbal tea into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Now, pour the 4 oz of castile soap into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Cap the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.
The shampoo is now finished and ready for use. Use this as a base for all of the shampoos you make. You can add different herbs as you learn what these herbs do and how they help your hair. You can vary the ingredients according to your taste. But now you have a shampoo that has no additives that can harm you.
The types of herbs you'll put in your homemade shampoo will depend on your hair type. If your hair is "normal", then you can use whatever herbs you may choose. If your hair is oily, on the other hand, you should use dried Nettle leaves, Sage, Peppermint or Spearmint, Burdock, Tea Tree, Rosemary, or Lemongrass. You can use one or more of these recommended herbs.
Soapwart Shampoo By: Pioneer Thinking
Suitable for all hair types. Soapwart (Saponaria officinalis) contains saponins which is similar to soap. It lathers when agitated.
Lemon Verbena for a citrus fragrance and catnip to promote healthy hair growth
a.. 2 cups distilled water
b.. 1 1/2 tablespoons dried soapwart root (chopped) (most health food stores would carry this)
c.. 2 teaspoons Lemon Verbena or 2 teaspoons Catnip
Bring water to a boil add soapwart and simmer, cover for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, add herb then allow mixture to cool. Strain the mixture keeping the liquid. Pour into a bottle. Makes enough for 6-7 shampoos. Must be used within 8-10 days. Store in a cool dark place.
Did You Know
Distilled water - is water that has been treated by boiling and condensation to remove solids, inorganics, and some organic chemicals.
Soapwart - In traditional medicine, the roots are used to treat certain skin diseases. The leaves are rich in natural surfactants which form a natural lather that is ideal for cleansing the skin. Soapwort extracts are also used in cleansers, make-up removers, and shampoos.
Storage: Most recipes require refrigeration since they don't contain preservatives. Shelf Life is approximately 1 week.