Self-Sufficiency, Soap Making

Make your own shampoo…

This was a really easy recipe for making your own shampoo.  I have a recipe that actually makes it from lye, but for a good starter shampoo this one is great. 

Sorry I didn’t actually do a tutorial.  This made more than enough for Randy and I, so I didn’t go ahead and make another batch. 

Herbal Shampoo:

2 cups Distilled water

4 oz of Castile Soap (lavender, peppermint, etc.)

½ oz. (2 T.) Rosemary

½ oz (2 T.) Sage

½ oz. (2 T.) Nettles

½ oz. (2 T.) Lavender

2000 mg MSM

Mix the herbs in a mason jar, which has a lid.  Boil 2 cups 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 2000 mg 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 2-2 ½ oz of strained herbal tea into an 8 oz bottle.  Now, pour the 4 oz of castile soap into the bottle.  Cap the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.

The shampoo is now finished and ready for use.  Use this as a bas for all 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. 

**I added 4 drops of Rosemary essential oil for good measure since I struggle with thinning hair.

*MSM-an organic sulphur compound in gel, liquid, powder, cream or capsule form.  Consult your doctor before using MSM, especially if you are using medication.

*Rosemary-stimulates the hair follicles and helps to prevent premature baldness

*Sage-has antioxidants and keeps things from spoiling and is antibacterial

*Nettles-acts as a blood purifier, blood stimulator, contains a large source of nutrients for hair growth

*Lavender-controls the production of sebaceous gland oil and reduces itchy and flaky scalp conditions

The herbs came from More Than Alive.  They have a great selection of herbs I couldn’t find at other places and great prices.

The finished product!

I have been using it for about a week.  It gives my hair a lot more volume, however, it also gives it a different feel than my commercial shampoo.  I am still getting used to it.  It’s not thick like commercial shampoo, but it doesn’t take a lot and lathers really well.

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