Friday, November 18, 2011

Dump the Scary shampoo

  Have you ever read the label on your shampoo, conditioner or other purchased beauty products? One ingredient you will see a lot is sodium Laurel Sulfate. Not good, chemical. Hard on your hair and scalp. I wonder what our pioneer ancestors used way back when. They had no grocery store handy and had to rely on what was at hand. I have some thoughts for you to try, using basic, safe ingredients. I know, its not the "brand" we are used to, but much better for us, and the earth. And think of the containers you will keep from tossing into the landfill.
   A very basic shampoo to get the residue of old shampoos out of your hair is
1/2 cup baking soda
2 cups water
1 tablespoon powdered rosemary
 Place in plastic shaker container, like an empty squeeze catsup bottle. Lather and rinse well, it will not "lather" like regular shampoo but will clean your hair well.
  A vinegar rinse compliments this shampoo and adds shine, try:
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups of water well mixed and worked through hair, then rinsed
  If these sound too simple, a sudsy shampoo can be made like this;
  2 ounces of castile soap(available at Amazon)
1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil
4 ounces rose water
 combine and mix well, shaking before use.
  One last recipe, a bit more involved for shampoo is:
 1 and 1/2 ounce castile soap
1/2 ounce castor oil or if on east  coast, glycerin
1/2 ounce jojoba oil
1/2 ounce wheat germ oil
1/2 ounce of cocoanut, olive or avocado oil( I am allergic to cocoanut)
a few drops of tea tree oil, and
1 cup of tea, your choice, can be peppermint, chamomile, green or a combination of chamomile and lavender.
 Mix and shake before use. This needs to be stored in refrigerator between uses.
  Funny how simple this is, and how much better for you. We all reach for the "easy" stuff, off the store shelf, but consider trying one of these at least once before you say ugh and back away. Saves money, and our planet.
  It will be Thanksgiving before my next blog, so I want to wish you all a very Happy day, spent with family and friends. This year I am doing some volunteer work and will be sending dinners out to those who are alone and unable to fix thir own, should be rewarding.

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