Coconut Milk and Aloe Vera Hair Wash

I’ve been avoiding shampoo alternative recipes because everyone seems to have a story about their long and arduous journey to find what works for them. It seems to be the common theme among blogs I have visited. Maybe I’ll have better luck I am telling myself…

After some reading I have decided I do not want to even try baking soda in my hair due to the possible damage it causes so there is one off of my list. I just got a bottle of Aloe Vera so I started with this recipe. 

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I added a little bit of jojoba oil and vitamin e. (too much in hindsight)

I mixed this up per the recipe, poured into ice cube tray to freeze, I refrigerated half the remainder and massaged the other half into my hair and took a relaxing bath where I  enjoyed my last bath bomb. It may be my skin overproducing oil or it might be that I made the mistake of rinsing my hair with cool water, I’m not loving it today because my hair is oily, but despite that my hair is clean and feels nice. I’ll give it a fair chance before I give up on it. 

Indoor Garden

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My kitchen garden is growing beyond my means to consume it, salads, salad dressings, chip dips, herbed chickens, herbed potatoes, infused oils and all of the other things I forgot I made were not enough, The Aerogarden grows fast! It’s time to start drying. I’m going to try the paper bag method. I now regret not bringing the food dehydrator with me when I moved.

(For the paper bag method you cut and tie small bundles of herbs, make sure any damaged leaves are removed. Tightly tie them hang upside down by the stem in  a paper bags for two weeks.)

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My next grow is going to be Oregano, Savory, Mint, Chives, Parsley, Cilantro, and Genovese Basil.

Citrus Air Freshener and Carpet Deodorizer

I buy citrus regularly and I was looking up what I can do with the peels and I really like this one as it makes my apartment smell delicious as well as warms things up. I use it quite frequently.

Citrus peels (I generally use the peel of one orange or lemon but I’ve even used kumquats so I needed about 10 of them.)

10-12 cloves

1/2 stick of cinnamon

a 2 quart pot of gently boiling water

Add all ingredients, I usually break the citrus peel down to half dollar sized pieces. Boil until water is low, add water, boil until water is low. Discard.

 

And for something more modern there is also carpet deodorizer.

1 cup of baking soda

Essential oil of your choice. (I made Grapefruit Bergamot to compliment the air freshener. I added about 10 drops of each essential oil. )

Mix in bowl, add to shaker container of some sort with large holes. (I used a large prescription bottle with holes cut in the top.)

 

Additional citrus projects I haven’t gotten around to…

Drying citrus peels for sachets.

Citrus Sugar Scrub

Lemon Pepper

Citrus Multi Purpose Cleaning Spray

Lemon Extract

 

 

 

Hair Mask For Frizzy Hair

My boyfriend is trying to convince me to learn to cut hair so I could maintain his hair. He has thick hair, in fact two to three hairs come out of each of his follicles compared to my single wispy hairs. He also has long hair and I have zero confidence in cutting a straight line, but until he decides to get it trimmed professionally I will have to do something about frizz so I think I am going to convince him to let me apply a hair mask this weekend. I am thinking I will try the following recipe.

1 Tbs Almond Oil

1 Tbs Avocado Oil

1 Tbs Manuka Honey

1 Tbs Banana

1 Tbs Amla Powder

1 Egg

A few drops of essential oil(optional)

Firstly, mix the amla powder with a small amount of water to make a paste, set it aside for about 10-15 minutes then add all of the other ingredients and mix thoroughly until you have a smooth consistency.

Apply to damp hair and wrap hair up with saran wrap to make it less messy and then wrap your hair with a dryer warmed towel. Leave in for 30-40 minutes then shampoo and condition regularly then apply vinegar based hair rinse.

Lavender Hair Rinse + Skin Toner

I like this one but it’s also my first hair rinse. It sure as hell beats not using it so I’ll have to experiment with other variations later.

I believe that I read about 20 recipe websites before I made this. I also consulted several ebooks. It was one of my first creations. It’s a recipe that’s been around longer than I have so I’m not going to link credit to anyone in particular. Vinegar when used in hair can remove buildup from other hair products you may be using, it can also close the cuticle making hair look shiny and is a  natural sort of detangler. I guess I haven’t paid attention, I certainly haven’t notice more tangles. Additionally vinegar is great for an itchy dry scalp and can reduce or eliminate dandruff.

Lavender Hair Rinse Recipe + Skin Toner

water(filtered)

dried lavender flowers

lavender essential oil

apple cider vinegar

It’s a loose recipe it doesn’t have to be exact. Take about 2 cups of water and bring to a gentle boil in a pot on the stove, Add around 4-6 teaspoons of dried lavender flowers and remove from heat. Steep until the water is room temperature, stirring occasionally. This could take a couple of hours. Strain out the lavender flowers, I generally run the liquid through a couple of coffee filters to get any of the small sediment out that would gather in the bottom.

I separate liquid into two parts that are roughly 1 cup each.

To one of the parts add about 1/4-1/3 cup of vinegar. Then add around 5-8 drops of essential oil and mix well. I use this mix as a skin toner. I recommend storing this in a sealable glass container over a plastic one.

The other half of the liquid I add about a half a cup of vinegar(you can add up to a 50-50 mix of vinegar but I like a little less) 8-10 drops of essential oil and mix well. This I use as hair rinse. I pour it into a spray bottle, Spray it in my hair and massage it into my scalp after I have used shampoo/conditioner and let it sit for up to 10 minutes before rinsing.

Amish White Bread

I don’t have a whole lot of confidence with bread, especially putting so much time into something that might fail. I don’t bake breads often.

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But this day was different! So I broke out a bottle of sparkling wine, made drew open it while I stood in another room because those things scare me, and started measuring things out.

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Many hours later and I’m gonna call it a success, for a few minutes there I wasn’t sure if it was gonna stop growing. Now I have delicious mega Amish bread. I used this recipe here.  Amish White Bread