Making Changes and Finding Solutions
By Yvonne Grimes- Student Article of Purple Dragon Health, purpledragonhealth.com
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I recently went on a diet that does not allow you to use oils at all, no coconut, avocado, argon, nothing. I was looking through all of my shampoos and found every one contained some kind of oil. I was getting a little panicked until I realized, hey, I make stuff with herbs, let me whip something up!
For an 8oz bottle of shampoo you will need:
1 16oz bottle of purified water + 4 oz
1 cup of rosemary leaves (needles)
1/2 cup of nettle
3 oz of liquid castile soap
1/4 tsp of jojoba oil (its not really an oil, its a wax!!!)
1/4 cup acacia gum (you can substitute xanthan or guar gum if you prefer, it is used to thicken up the mix)
20 drops peppermint
1 clean and empty dispenser bottle
1 6×6 piece of cheesecloth
First, pour the 16oz bottle of water into a saucepan and add the rosemary and nettle. Turn on low and let it steep for about 3 hours (or longer if you want).
Next, pour the 3oz of soap into the empty bottle. Add the peppermint and jojoba oil. Set this aside while you prepare the thickening mixture.
Take another saucepan and add the 4oz of water. Bring this to a boil and slowly add the acacia gum, stirring constantly. This is kind of like making gravy, stir constantly and quickly and it will dissolve. Once done, set aside to cool. You will have about 2oz of thick liquid left.
When the thickening mixture is cool, add it to the bottle with the soap.
After you have steeped the rosemary and nettle herb, line a funnel with cheesecloth and pour the contents of the saucepan into your bottle, straining out the herb with the cloth lined funnel. A lot of the water will have evaporated and you should be left with about 3oz of herb infused water.
This makes an 8oz bottle of good smelling, great feeling natural shampoo. I used rosemary because it brings out highlights in a brunette, but you can substitute chamomile if you are blonde or want blonde highlights.
NOTE: if not thick enough for your preference, you can strain the herb and use that to mix the acacia gum straight in, without the extra water.
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