Test all essential oils on the skin before use to make sure that you won't have a reaction to the essential oil. If you do, discontinue use of that essential oil.
Sample of blends for Hair Conditioner :
- 1 tablespoon Jojoba carrier oil
- 3 drops Rosemary
Directions: Mix the Jojoba and Rosemary in a small bowl (tiny condiment bowls work great for this). Wet your hair with warm water and then apply the conditioner. Let it sit on your hair for 15-30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as normal. Jojoba and rosemary are helpful for dry hair. The rosemary is also said to be helpful in aiding dandruff. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has moisturizing properties for skin, but also for hair? It just may be the secret aid of dry, damaged, brittle hair.
Here is a formula that takes under a minute to make and you can easily customize it with essential oils of your choice.
¼ cup aloe vera gel
½ of a lemon
3-5 drops essential oils of your choice
Mix the aloe vera gel with the juice of half a lemon. Add the essential oils.
Apply to freshly shampooed hair. Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
For a Basic Detoxifying Body Wrap
- 1 cup of salts (Mineral, Epsom or Sea)
- 3 cups of water (Spring or purified)
- 1/2 cup Aloe Vera
- 3 tablespoons of oil (Shea, Olive, Sunflower or other oil) or 1/4-1/2 cup of glycerin.
To treat stress, muscle aches or to add a lovely smell you can also add:
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of essential oil or aromatherapy oil
- A chamomile or other herbal tea bag to the water while you are heating it.
Heat the water on the stove in a large pot on medium heat (with tea bag if desired), dissolve salt, add the other ingredients, stir to combine. Remove from heat and allow to cool (to temperature of very hot bath). Pour the very warm solution into a small ice chest or bucket. You want the solution to be very warm but not enough to cause burns so make sure it cools.
Uses of Castile Soap
Shampoo: Use castile soap as a stand-in for a harsh detergent-based shampoo. Just mix castile soap with water at a ratio of 1:3.
Laundry detergent: You can make your own laundry detergent with simple, common ingredients. Save tons of money and do the environment a friendly favor.
Mopping solution: Use 2 or 3 tablespoons of castile soap in a full bucket of water, and mop your floors to a sparkly new luster.
Dish soap: Make a dishwashing soap (for hand washing) or a liquid hand soap (for washing hands) by simply mixing a 1:1 ratio of castile to water.
Soap dispenser refill: You can refill your foaming hand soap dispenser with 1 part castile soap to 4 parts water.
Body wash: You can use castile soap as a gentle yet efficient bath soap/body wash. dilute it in a 2:1 ratio of castile:water.
Dog shampoo: ! Use the same ratio listed above for an awesome DIY doggie shampoo.
10. Veggie wash: Make a simple veggie wash for cleansing all your produce. Add 1 tablespoon castile soap to 2 cups of water, and keep the mixture in a squirt bottle near the kitchen sink.
Natural Liquid Dish Soap Recipe
- 1 ¾ cups boiling water
- 1 Tbsp borax
- 1 Tbsp grated bar soap (use castile bar soap, homemade soap, Ivory, or whichever natural bar you prefer)
- 15-20 drops essential oils, optional
- Heat water to boiling.
- Combine borax and grated bar soap in a medium bowl. Pour hot water over the mixture. Whisk until the grated soap is completely melted and mixed in.
- Allow mixture to cool on the counter for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally. Dish soap will gel upon standing.
- Transfer to a squirt bottle, and add essential oils (if using). Shake well to combine.