Homemade Shampoo with Essential Oils

Lavender flowers and jar

 

Today, shampoos contains chemicals like parabens, phthalates, petroleum byproducts, and SLS, which provides that satisfying foam while depositing chemicals onto your scalp.

The evidence of these chemicals is on your head. Oily hair, dandruff, itching, inflamed scalp. You may think that your shampoo is helping these conditions, but it may be the culprit initiating these troublesome symptoms in the first place.

Many who are worried about the chemicals in their beauty products have vowed to go all natural. But natural paraben- and SLS-free shampoos can be pretty costly and don’t necessarily address deep down issues causing dandruff or oily hair.

Authentic essential oils added to homemade shampoos is the solution you’ve been looking for. Homemade soaps eliminate all those harmful chemicals from your shower routine, and essential oils bring their health benefits while also making your hair smell like a field of lilacs or citrus sunrise.

Solve your hair maladies for good using these trusted all-natural shampoo recipes.

Homemade Essential Oil Shampoo Ingredients

Depending on your hair and personal preferences, you can use a variety of ingredients to make your shampoo.

Most simple recipes use liquid castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s. This soap is organic, fair trade, and non-GMO project verified. You can get this soap in numerous scents (scented naturally using essential oils), but the basic, unscented soap will probably work best with your own essential oil mixture.

Some people choose to use castile soap alone to wash their hair, since it’s an all-in-one natural soap, but many find that it makes their hair dry and dull. Adding these other ingredients to your shampoo will help you get the results you want.

The second most important ingredient, if you choose to add to your castile soap solution, is coconut milk. Most recipes call for canned coconut milk, but others recommend homemade coconut milk if canned milk isn’t providing your desired results.

Some recipes move straight from these two main ingredients (castile soap and coconut milk) to adding essential oils. Others recommend a few other steps, especially if you have dry hair.

You can add a small amount of olive or almond oil to soothe frail, dehydrated hair. Others suggest adding honey, coconut oil and vitamin E oil for a more gentle mixture.

Here are two recipes you can follow, depending on how simple or complex you want to make your homemade shampoo with essential oils.

Simple Homemade Shampoo Recipe

  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
  • 20 drops of essential oils
  • For dry hair add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)
    (Recipe courtesy of Wellness Mama)

Complex Homemade Shampoo Recipe

  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp vitamin E oil
  • 40 to 50 drops essential oils
    (Recipe courtesy of Shalom Mama)

Essential Oil Combinations to Try

When creating your essential oil shampoo, there are a few things to remember.

Never put essential oils directly onto your scalp. Essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut, jojoba or olive oil first to protect your skin.

If you aren’t sure if you or your family members are allergic to any essential oils, test them before using them in your shampoo. Place 1 to 2 drops of diluted essential oil on the inside of your elbow and wrap the area for 24 hours. If your skin isn’t irritated, you should be fine to use that oil.

These shampoo recipes aren’t tear-free, so be sure to keep the soap out of your children’s eyes when they wash their hair. If the solution gets in someone’s eyes, rinse them with cool water for 15 minutes. If irritation still occurs, see a doctor.

Essential oils have many uses, from simply smelling delicious, to relaxation, to fortifying damaged, dry hair. Feel free to experiment with scent mixtures to find your favorite combinations. And remember, less is more when it comes to powerful oils. Be conservative with the amount of drops you use at first and add more later if the solution isn’t strong enough for you.

Some popular essential oils and their uses for shampoos include:

Chamomile: Use for fine to normal hair. Chamomile gives golden highlights and sheen to your hair, conditions, soothes inflamed scalps, and helps scaly scalps.

Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is an antiseptic and can be used for dandruff treatment.

Lavender: Good for all hair types, it helps balance natural scalp oils, soothes the scalp and calms hair, promotes hair growth, and can be used to treat itchiness and dandruff.

Lemon: Use for oily hair and treatment for dry scalp and dandruff. Gives golden highlights and helps balance your scalp’s natural oils.

Lemongrass: Helps oily hair by slowing down scalp oil production.

Peppermint: Use with dry hair. Peppermint promotes growth by stimulating circulation.

Rosemary: Good for oily hair, dandruff treatment, and promoting hair growth.

Tea Tree: Can be used to treat a dry scalp, dandruff, and lice. Good for oily hair.

Thyme: Thyme is antiseptic, stimulates blood flow, and invigorates the scalp to help with hair loss.

Ylang Ylang: For oily hair, dandruff treatment, and stimulating hair growth. Oil is soothing and antiseptic.

 

Conclusion

Your scalp will need a few weeks to adjust to your natural shampoo. It’s important to be patient as the natural oils are redeposited onto your scalp and your hair soaks up all the healthy ingredients you are now feeding your locks.

Your natural essential oil shampoo will allow you to wash your hair less. And once you see the shine and vitality that your hair will get from all-natural soap, you’ll never use grocery store shampoo again!

 

Sources : http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/idascorner/ingredients/ingredients-faqs/essential-oil-faqs/essential-oils-used-in-hair-care  and Nature’s Sunshine Products

12 Ways Aloe Vera Juice Might Make You a Healthier Person

I personally enjoy 2 oz. of Aloe Vera Juice in my morning glass of unsweetened cranberry juice. I also have an additional 1 to 2 oz. later on during the day as well, added in my water. It does have a taste, but I have gotten use to it. After you start to feel how much the Aloe Vera Juice helps you, the taste will totally be worth it!

Directions: Add 2 to 6 oz of Aloe Vera Juice daily to water, juice or even the into protein shakes.

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~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

 

Aloe Vera Juice

 

But, how does it taste?!

That’s often the first question people ask when considering whether to add aloe vera juice to their diet.

Maybe you’ve heard stories about mothers who use the juice to get babies to stop sucking their pacifiers.

All I can say is that tolerating the unusual taste of aloe vera juice is definitely worth it!

And it’s probably even a good thing. Beware of companies that claim their juice doesn’t have an unpleasant taste. The process for removing the taste can leave the juice with only 10 to 15 percent aloe vera.

And sky’s the limit when it comes to the benefits of drinking aloe vera juice on a regular basis:

  • Regulates Digestion
  • Get Lots of Vitamins and Minerals
  • Maintain Dental Health
  • Supports Cholesterol Levels Already in the Normal Range
  • Promote Hair Growth

That’s just the beginning!

The benefits are practically endless, and impossible to summarize in an article like this.

1. Stay Regular

Along with cleansing the body, drinking aloe vera can also improve digestion and colon health, which for many people can make many health problems better. As they say, “the road to health is paved with good intestines.”

2. Consume Lots of Vitamins

vitaminsAloe vera juice is a vitamin storehouse.

Vitamin A.

Vitamin C.

Vitamin E.

Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12… aloe vera juice has them all!

3. Hydrate

Drinking aloe vera juice can keep you well-hydrated and feeling great. And staying hydrated can ward of thirst that leads to hunger and fatigue.

4. Absorb Minerals

Aloe vera juice contains lots of minerals that your body needs every single day. Calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron… these are just a few human staples aloe vera juice can provide in spades.

5. Support Blood Sugar Levels Already in the Normal Range

Since aloe vera juice can support blood sugar, drinking it regularly can be good for many.

 

longhair6. Stimulate Hair Growth

Want longer hair?

Try drinking some aloe vera juice! The juice can help moisturize and maintain the right PH balance.

 

7. Protect Those Pearly Whites

Aloe vera juice is rich in the vitamins and minerals that promote dental health by protecting your mouth and gums. You’ve probably even seen toothpaste that contains aloe vera.

8. Supports the Immune System

Rich in vitamin c, a few shots of aloe vera juice can help support the respiratory system.

9. Cleanse the System

Stress and the crappy food we eat can leave our bodies full of harmful toxins that every once in a while should be removed.

fortressIt’s vitamins, minerals and other trace elements that help keep the body clean.

10. Fights Free Radicals

We’ve hardly talked at all about antioxidants.

But aloe vera juice has those too… the antioxidants that can fight off harmful free radicals.

Drinking aloe vera juice regularly will give you a good chance of boosting your immunity to sickness.

11.Supports Healthy Skin

Some experts say drinking aloe vera juice is a great way to control skin issues.

Along with hydrating the body (which is key), the nutrients in aloe vera juice may support healthy inflammation.

12. Support cholesterol levels already in the normal range

By reducing triglycerides, aloe vera juice can be great for supporting healthy cholesterol levels.

 

Conclusion

There was a time when people had to make their own aloe vera juice to enjoy the many health benefits of this amazing concoction. Today, aloe vera juice is much easier to find.

Just in case you still think the juice isn’t right for you, let’s review the list of benefits one last time:

  1. Stay Regular
  2. Consume Lots of Vitamins
  3. Hydrate
  4. Absorb Minerals
  5. Support Blood Sugar Levels Already in the Normal Range
  6. Stimulate Hair Growth
  7. Protect Those Pearly Whites
  8. Supports Immune System
  9. Cleanse the System
  10. Fights Free Radicals
  11. Supports Healthy Skin
  12. Supports Cholesterol Levels Already in the Normal Range

 

~Dan Bischoff

Dan is a fanatical health nut who religiously takes supplements every day. And when he’s not taking supplements, he’s reading just about every health article he can find. He’s addicted to NSP’s Nature’s Harvest, Ionic Minerals, Relief Formula and Chlorophyll ES.

Original post: http://blog.naturessunshine.com/en/12-ways-aloe-vera-juice-might-make-you-a-healthier-person/

 

Q & A with NSP Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Matt Tripp to discuss Nature’s Sunshine’s newest products.

Q: “Microbiome” is one of the natural health industry’s latest buzzwords. What is it and why is it important?
A: Outside of the lab, organisms rarely live in isolation, but instead live in complex communities; this relationship is referred to as symbiosis. The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, 90 trillion of which are bacteria and fungi that live on us and in us and perform needed or harmful activities. Some of them help with digestion or help extract vitamins or nutrients from food. Others can cause serious illness when not kept in check. Over the past 10 years or so, researchers have discovered that some gut bacteria – when not kept in check by a healthy microbiome – can produce enough endotoxins to trigger a host of problems. For example, endotoxins in the bloodstream have been associated with blood sugar imbalance and weight management issues. If you think of the gut being its own ecosystem, that’s a good analogy for a microbiome.
The health of the microbiome is directly linked with energy levels, immune system health and more. So it’s vital to keep the gut healthy for overall wellbeing.
Q: What steps can a person take to properly care for his/her microbiome?
A: Maintaining a healthy microbiome begins with diet as what we eat can influence the balance of gut microflora. Eating a high-fiber, low-carb diet with lots of vegetables and plenty of protein supports healthy glucose levels, staves off hunger and sugar cravings, and supports pancreatic health. Certain fermentable fibers such as inulin (onions are a good source) give the gut bacteria a vital food source while protein nourishes the body and helps with satiety without overworking the pancreas.
Next we can support the microbiome with key nutrients:
Berberine is a constituent found in a few plants that not only helps support the microbiome, it helps support already-balanced blood sugar levels.
Probiotics (friendly flora) taken daily help maintain the levels of good bacteria in the gut. NutriBiome™ Bacillus Coagulans is able to survive the acidic environment of the stomach, unlike most strains that can lose up to 95% of their viable microbes.
Love and Peas® Sugar Free is a high-protein, low-carb meal replacement powder that allows us the health benefits of nutritious protein, including a feeling of fullness without animal products, gluten, dairy or sugar.
Q: Does cleansing help the gut stay healthy?
A: Yes, periodic cleansing can help remove accumulating waste and toxins from the body, including the microbiome, which is important to helping maintain a healthy balance.
The body is home to two large groups of firmicutes and bacteroides bacteria. Firmicutes extract more energy from food, which is largely unnecessary in today’s western society. Further, some produce potentially harmful endotoxins. These should be eliminated.
New CleanStart® Mild is an effective cleansing program that features psyllium, triphala Ayurvedic fruit blend, bentonite and magnesium. It works in several ways:
supports the body’s natural, everyday cleansing of waste and environmental toxins
provides 5 grams of fiber per serving to help gently move contents through the digestive system for elimination
supports the body’s natural processes of detoxification of the liver, kidneys and bowel
helps maintain energy levels and supports well-being
helps support repopulation of the microbiome with Bacillus coagulans
For best results, consult your physician about using a CleanStart® program two or three times a year for cleansing benefits.
Q: What else helps with toxins?
A: Our new Detox Basics formula was designed to help with DAILY detoxification. Cleansing is only advised from time to time, but we can nourish the body with important nutrients (included in Detox Basics) every day to provide needed detox support:
Milk thistle for liver detoxification support
Berberine for gut health support and to combat endotoxins
N-Acetyl-Cysteine to help upregulate critical cytochrome P450 enzymes, which help process potentially toxic compounds including drugs
Turmeric and Vitamin C to support the immune system
Bacillus coagulans produces lactic acid in the gut, which changes the microenvironment to support healthy microbiome balance
Eating cruciferous vegetables also helps because they assist in hormone balance and in the breakdown of toxins and excretion of heavy metals.
When we clean up the gut and resupply the “good guys,” we give our microbiome the best chance to not just survive, but thrive.
Q: What makes new NutriBiome Bacillus coagulans unique?
A: Bacillus coagulans is a unique, gut-friendly, spore-forming bacteria. Studies show that this strain provides relief from digestive upset, including occasional diarrhea, bloating and gas. It helps detoxify the microbiome and supports immune health. Interestingly, Bacillus coagulans is a heat-stable spore, so it’s got a higher survival rate in the stomach’s acidic environment than most probiotics. That makes Bacillus coagulans highly versatile and portable. I think people will really love it.

REMOVE, REPAIR, REPLENISH…
Take care of your microbiome with world-class
quality products from Nature’s Sunshine.~ Note from Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman; I am an Independent Distributor for Nature’s Sunshine Products. (NSP) If you have any questions on the products, please contact me.

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