There are many ways to detoxify your life and save some money while doing it. One of my favorite ways is by making our own personal care products.
In my poo free post, I discussed how many chemicals are in our personal care products. Some of these chemicals are known to cause cancer and other health related issues and are approved by the FDA to use in small amounts, so we get small amounts in our shampoo, conditioner, body wash, perfume, makeup, lotion, etc. adding up to a not very small amount.
Also, consider how much you spend on personal care products a month. I was spending, on average, about $30 a month on personal care products. Now I spend less than $10 a month on personal care products, if that. The upfront cost is more expensive, but if you add to your stash slowly you will have enough tomaintain your beauty in no time.
Here are some good, easy recipes for personal care products:
Poo-Free: Using baking soda and vinegar to care for your hair
Influence the color of your hair naturally:
This is not as drastic of a change as dying your hair, but it can help lighten or darken your hair as you would like. Create an herbal tea or herbal vinegar with your choice of herbs and use as a hair rinse after each shower to help enhance your hair color.
Herbs for dark hair: Nettle, rosemary, sage and thyme
Herbs for light hair: Chamomile and Calendula
You can add these essential oils to the base shampoo recipe in the Anti-Dandruff shampoo recipe or make your own herbal vinegar rinse to help color your hair.
There are some great essential oil based hair oil recipes in The Essential Oils Book: Creating Personal Blends for Mind & Body by Coleen Dolt
Herbal Vinegar Rinse:
- Fill a jar with chopped fresh herbs or half fill with dried herbs.
- Cover with warm apple cider vinegar then cap with a non metal lid
- Set the jar in the hot sun or another warm place for 24 hours
- Strain the herbs from the vinegar, add more herbs and repeat the process
- Repeat once more if a very strong vinegar is desired
- Strain through a sieve with a coffee filter inside (to remove all herbal matter from the vinegar)
- Add 2 tsp glycerine to each cup of vinegar
Add 1-2 tbsp vinegar to a 10fl oz spray bottle, rinse hair with water after shampooing and spray throughly with vinegar rinse. Do not rinse out. You can also use this as the conditioning treatment after you clean your hair.
I use a basic natural soap hand-made from local vendors. I have not ventured into the area of soap making yet. I have many friends who just use basic Dr. Bonner’s soap as a replacement for body wash. This suds well and leaves your skin clean and smooth with a loofah sponge. I use goats milk soap from the farmers market.
A few of my favorite body care recipes are this body butter, lotion bars, whipped coconut oil, herb infused bath oils, coffee sugar scrub, honey sugar scrub, herbal bath salts, dry itchy skin salve and baby butt balm.
Basic body oil to use as a moisturizer:1/4C Coconut oil (melted) 3 TSP infused oil of your choice (if you do not have this add 3 extra teaspoons of coconut oil) 3 TSP Avocado or Jojoba oil 3 TSP Sweet Almond Oil (exclude if you have a nut allergy and replace with grape seed or rice bran oil) 40 drops essential oil of your choice (I am using Frankincense and the Slim and Sassy blend by doTERRA in mine) **Note: Do not use citrus oils in a full body lotion because they can be photo toxic and cause increased rate of sun burn.
Essential Oils and Herbs to Use For Body Care:
One of the most natural and affordable skin care methods out there is the Oil Cleansing Method which is gaining followers rapidly and works for every type of skin.
You can make your own herbal toner by infusing your favorite skin care herb with witch hazel or apple cider vinegar.
By no means do you have to change all of your body care needs at once. I have slowly been making my own natural products as the store-bought options have run out. I am just too cheap to do anything but that.
There are many more natural body care ideas you can make too. The possibilities really are endless, and as some of my friends can tell you, once you start you will not want to stop! Making your own body and skin care is so much fun, and it is a great tool to help you save money and improve your health.
Keep an eye on my Pintrest boards for more natural body care ideas!
What are some of your favorite natural body care recipes or blogs?
I get my herbs and base oils at Mountain Rose Herbs because of the very high quality product and wonderful prices. I get my essential oils from doTERRA because they are the highest quality Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils on the market. I have had better results from doTERRA oils than any other brand that I have tried, and I have tried a lot.
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