#1 COCONUT MILK SHAMPOO
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 2/3 cup castile soap
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Add 10~20 drops of essential oil: lavender, lemon or rosemary (optional)
This will make enough for 20 washes. Shake well before each use.
What Makes Coconut Milk So Special for Shampoo? According to Nenonatural, it’s packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, calcium selenium, sodium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. It’s also a good source of proteins and natural oils.
How does coconut milk help hair? It:
- Helps to protect hair from the loss of protein.
- Boosts hair’s body/volume and shine by replenishing hair fibres with oil.
- Helps to repair damaged hair
- Helps to detangle hair.
- Helps to soften hair.
- Treats a dry flaky scalp.
- Helps to treat hair loss – not scientifically proven but some claim tis so!
- By protecting hair and the scalp, it helps hair grow.
#2 EXFOLIATING FACE WASH
DIY Natural says “this facial cleanser is simple, yet effective. Oranges contain a very high percentage of Vitamin C and antioxidants. It is sweetly refreshing and helps to ease inflamed skin. The orange peel will gently exfoliate skin leaving you glowing and ready to start your day.”
- 30 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 1 tsp ground orange peel or orange peel powder
- 8 oz liquid castile soap
#3 NATURAL DISHWASHER
Dr. Axe says “if you can wash the dishes by hand with it, you can make your own soap for the dishwasher, too. I like to make a citrus version, as it not only smells amazing but lemon is a great antibacterial and antifungal agent. Just mix 8 ounces of Castile soap with 1 cup of water and 3 teaspoons of lemon juice and shake gently.
To use, add 1 tablespoon of the above mixture into the “open” compartment of your dishwasher and add 1 cup of white vinegar to the “closed” compartment. If you have hard water, add a little more vinegar.”
#4 LAUNDRY DETERGENT
- 1 cup castile soap
- 1 cup baking soda
- 2 cups warm water
- ⅓ cup salt
Natural Living Ideas suggest to “dissolve the baking soda and salt in the two cups of warm water. Pour into a gallon container, add the liquid Castile soap and fill to the top with water. Use 1/4 of a cup per load so this recipe is good for about 64 loads!”
#5 CLEAR CONGESTION
According to Prevention, “a little bit of the right soap and some steam can create a powerful decongestant. A tablespoon of castile soap that includes eucalyptus or peppermint oil in a bowl of hot water can help clear congestion. Drape a towel over your head and the bowl to help contain the steam.
Both eucalyptus and peppermint oils can help ease cold and flu symptoms. Eucalyptus has long been used to clear congestion and loosen phlegm, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Many medicines, lozenges, rubs, cough syrups, and vapor baths include eucalyptus for this reason. Similarly, peppermint oil, the main ingredient in menthol, is a good decongestant and cough soother.”