In my every evolving effort to simplify my life and use personal care items that are as close to natural as possible, I have come across a few recipes made from healthy food lists that have replaced some of my store bought personal care items.
I thought other indigo adults would appreciate this information, as it seems that a lot of us are very, very effected by toxins and chemicals in the environment. I like making my own personal care products (and household cleansing products) out of basic ingredients because I know DEFINITELY what is going into my body.
So here we go…
1. Instead of shampoo… 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of Aluminum Free Baking Soda.
You would think that this really wouldn’t do anything, but surprisingly, it does. I have been using this formulation for about a month and I am happy to say that my hair is clean and smells good (neutral… no smell, really). It’s not greasy either.
After I pour it on, I work it into my scalp and then leave it on while I wash my body.
The only downside is that I have to mix several cups of the solution because I have long, thick hair and I end up using more than half a cup on each washing. Maybe I could be more conservative, but I want to make sure it’s working.
My brain is used to shampoo and suds, so it’s not convinced that my hair is clean until it dries and looks good. Easy to manage and style, too (I still use product to protect my hair if I am going to use a hot iron or blow dryer).
After the shower, I also take some of the baking soda/water and splash it under my armpits. B.O. is not a problem for me, and use a salt rock in addition to this, but I find that I am less stinky, even after a couple days without a bath. (I recently took a trip and couldn’t shower for three days but I smelled great!)
2. Instead of Conditioner… 1 cup water with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar.
Surprisingly, you may want to go easy on this solution because I have found that it will make your hair oily if you use too much of it.
Just like conditioner, go for the ends of the hair.
You may not even need this step. I often just use the baking soda/water solution and that seems to be enough.
If the vinegar is too heavy, try white vinegar, or lemon juice or lime juice work well and are lighter. Lemon juice also lightens the hair.
Honey mixed with water may also work. Or you can use coconut oil afterward as a conditioner and to prevent fly-aways.
3. Instead of Toothpaste…
* 5 tablespoons of coconut oil (Wilderness Family Naturals)
* 5 tablespoons of baking soda (Bob’s Red Mill)
* 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt (Hain)
* 3 drops of organic cold-pressed lemon essential oil
* 3 drops of organic steam-distilled peppermint essential oil
I haven’t tried this one yet (still waiting for my store-bought toothpaste to run out) but it looks good. It has some of my favorite ingredients in it, like coconut oil, sea salt and essential oils. I prefer Young Living essential oils because they are medical grade and I can’t think of another brand that is as good in the U.S. (If you need any YL oils, I can get them for you… I’m a distributor as well, but I mostly just distribute them to myself, haha…)
Anyhoo, if you liked these recipes… You will probably like the following links, which is where I found a lot of this information for myself.
(Apparently moms and indigo adults and children have a lot of needs and interests in common!)
~ Indigo Leslie ~