Natural Rosemary Mint Shampoo Recipe

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Homemade Natural Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe - Great for Troubled Scalps and Seborrheic Dermatitis

Looking to kick your commercial shampoo that contains sulfates and parabens? Then you’ll love my natural rosemary mint shampoo recipe. This all natural homemade shampoo recipe is suited for dry to normal hair and is an excellent alternative if you suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis or other stubborn skin and scalp ailments. Unlike traditional shampoos, this natural shampoo is a cream shampoo and a small amount will go a long way. Use it as often as you like and share some with your favorite pooch too!

Natural Homemade Rosemary Mint Cream Shampoo Recipe

Natural Cream Rosemary Mint Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

4 oz. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Liquid Castile Soap (or organic unscented Castille Soap)
.3 oz. refined shea butter
.3 oz. liquid lecithin
.25 oz. argan oil
.2 oz. macadamia nut oil
.15 oz. neem oil
2.5 ml rosemary essential oil
2 ml peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the shea butter in a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat at reduced power in the microwave or a double boiler just until melted then weigh out the soy lecithin and stir into the melted shea butter. Weigh out the liquid soap, macadamia nut oil, argan oil and neem oil and stir into the shea butter and soy lecithin.

How to Make Natural Homemade Cream Shampoo

Now using graduated plastic transfer pipettes, measure out and the essential oils. Mix well and set aside to cool completely. You can hasten this process by placing the container in the refrigerator. Once the shampoo has cooled and thickened whisk with a fork until the consistency of the natural cream shampoo is smooth then spoon into your container of choice.

To use simply scoop a small amount into your hands and massage onto wet hair then rinse. Follow with an apple cider vinegar hair rinse made from equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. Follow with your favorite conditioner if desired.

For your furry friends, use this shampoo up to once a week on your dog’s coat to gently cleanse his coat and calm skin irritations.

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DIY Herbal Bath – Natural Herbs For A Home Spa Experience

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Seven Relaxing Herbs to Add to Your Bath-Time Routine

Guest post by Ashley Hamilton-Myers, Mother and Baby Health Blog.

For most moms, the bathroom is a sanctuary: the one room where you can lock the door, fill up the bathtub, and settle in for a few minutes of peace, away from the chaos on the other side of the door.

Natural Herbs for a Relaxing Bath - 7 Herbs for Creating a Custom DIY Bath Recipe

When you do find time to slip away into this magical oasis, you want to make the most of your experience. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on expensive relaxation products, much of what you need to transform your ordinary bathtub into a five-star spa is located in your kitchen cabinets—for less than half the price!

1. Chamomile – Tea connoisseurs have long known the soothing effects of a warm cup of chamomile tea. The herb has been used for a variety of purposes from stomach cramps to burns to migraines. Two of chamomile’s main chemicals are chrysin (an anti-inflammatory) and glycene (an amino acid used to relax nerves). And just as you might add honey and lemon to your tea, you can add these ingredients to enhance the aromatic effects of the chamomile in your bath.

2. Rosemary – The fragrance of rosemary is enough to make any hungry group of kids run to the kitchen for roasted chicken and vegetables, and it can also make any stressed mom run for the bathtub. Rosemary has many healing properties and is found in a variety of herbal remedies, including arthritis and sore throats. When steeped in water, the aroma of this sweet-smelling herb helps soothe sore muscles.

3. Bay Leaves – Any simmering pot of vegetable soup needs a bay leaf or two, so why not include them when simmering in the bath? Bay leaves contain the chemical eugenol, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The leaves also act as an astringent, which will help cleanse your tired body.

4. Ground Almonds – Almonds are packed with nutrients. The carrier oil derived from these nuts soothes dry skin and combats wrinkles. When crushed and added into a bath, almonds help inflammation, easing the tension from overworked skin. Plus, you’ll come out smelling like a cookie!

5. Lemon – Lemons have a variety of uses in both aromatherapy and overall wellness. Each part of the lemon has different properties to help with asthma, gastrointestinal distress, and even arthritis. The terpenes in lemons have a calming effect on the body, and the acids in lemon juice have excellent cleansing properties, so you can use the leftovers to clean out the tub.

6. Lavender – Lavender is on the rise as an ingredient in haute cuisine, but it is better known for its aromatic properties, often mixed with chamomile, as both produce a relaxing effect that aids in sleep. The soft purple blooms also contain oils such as linalool that combat acne and scarring.

7. Rose Petals – While rose petals are edible, most of us don’t have a stock of them in the kitchen cabinet. However, you may find them in your garden or purchase them inexpensively (once those long stems are disregarded). Rose petals have moisturizing essential oils that will soften the bathwater and hydrate your skin.

There are two methods for including herbs in you bath.

If you don’t want the herbs in the bathtub with you (they can be messy to clean up and clog drains), prepare your brew beforehand. Place one cup of the herb(s) in a gallon of water. Slowly simmer on the stove top for 15-20 minutes. Strain the infused water before pouring the “tea” into your bath water.

If you prefer to steep with the herbs, there are a number of cost efficient ways to keep the herbs from destroying the drain. Place one cup of the herb(s) into the bottom of a pair of pantyhose. Tie a knot in the open end, and submerge the homemade sachet. (Cheesecloth or another tightly-woven fabric will work too.) Try both methods to see which you prefer, then start mixing and matching your favorite herbs to create a unique bath time experience.

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For great prices on the finest quality, certified organic bulk herbs, visit Mountain Rose Herbs.

Rosemary Dill Hand Soap Recipe

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Recipe from Glenbrook Farms.
This handmade soap recipe is great for using in the kitchen to rid hands of stinky garlic or onion smells.

Ingredients:
4 oz Sweet Almond Oil
6 oz Coconut Oil
12 oz Olive Oil
10 oz Palm Oil

12 oz Distilled water
4.4 oz Lye granules – USE WITH CAUTION
1 T Ground rosemary
1/2 T Dill c/s
1/2 T Coffee grounds
1 T Rosemary essential oil
Instructions: Follow basic soap-making instructions. Measure water and add lye to the water. Safety glasses and rubber gloves are a must. Allow this to cool to 100 degrees F. Measure out oils, reserving 1/2 ounce of the sweet almond oil. Set the sweet almond oil to the side.
Gently heat oils together. Add the essential oil to the reserved 1/2 ounce sweet almond oil.
When the oils have cooled to 100 degrees F then slowly add the lye solution to the oils, stirring constantly.
Of course you have your safety glasses on and your rubber gloves!
Stir mixture until it traces, which means it has thicken and you can run a line of mix across the top of the solution and it stays. This will remind you of pudding. Now quickly add the sweet almond oil with the essential oil in it. Add the rosemary, dill, and coffee grounds.
Pour into your mold and cover with a towel to keep heat in.
In 24 hours you will have soap.
Un-mold and let cure for 3 weeks. Makes six bars.
Caution: Lye is very dangerous and so is the raw soap. Keep children and animals away while you make soap. Store lye out of reach of children and animals.
Visit Glenbrook Farms for Organic Herbs, 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, and soapmaking supplies.

Rosemary Honey Hair Conditioner Recipe

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The extremes of heat and cold we endure throughout winter can make even the greatest of hair look and feel like straw. This nourishing rosemary honey hair conditioner recipe blends honey for shine; olive oil for moisture and essential oil of rosemary to stimulate hair growth.

Rosemary Honey Hair Conditioner Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Honey.com.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup warmed olive oil (2 Tbsp. for normal to oily hair)
4 drops essential oil of rosemary
1 tsp. xanthum gum

Instructions:

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight fitting stopper or lid.

Apply a small amount at a time to slightly dampened hair. Massage scalp and work mixture through hair until completely coated. Cover hair with a warm towel (towel can be heated in a microwave or dryer) or shower cap; leave on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes. Remove towel or shower cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water. Dry as normal and enjoy shinier, softer and healthier hair the natural way.

You can buy organic essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.