Here is a simple natural homemade teeth whitening recipe.
- 5 drops of Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda
- You can add a drop of peppermint oil to add a minty flavor and better taste.
- Mix the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together in a small dish.
- Brush your teeth normally using the mixture.
- Let sit on your teeth for a few minutes before rinsing.
- Rinse well.
- Repeat daily until you notice a brighter, whiter smile.
- Stay away from tea and coffee as these drinks will stain your teeth fast and reduce teeth whitening effects.
In India and Nepal, there are trees that produce a nut (actually, it’s a berry, but for some reason people call them nuts) with natural cleansing properties. These “Soap Nuts”, as they are called, can be used to make laundry detergent, hand soap and shampoo – all without any harsh chemicals or artificial dyes. Making shampoo from soap nuts is super easy. Grab a handful of soap nuts and toss them in 3 cups of water. Boil for 30 minutes, then let the solution cool. That’s it. Use it as you would shampoo.
It’s especially good for individuals with sensitivities to dyes and fragrances. Works as a baby shampoo, too. Be sure to make the solution fresh each time. There are no preservatives in these. But you can get several solutions from the same nuts. You can find soap nuts at Bubble & Bee.
These conditioners are for use after shampooing. Apply them to freshly washed, damp hair.
Green Tea Conditioner
Steep 2 bags of green tea in 2 cups of boiling water. After the tea has cooled, remove the tea bags. Pour the green tea through your hair. Let it sit for 3 minutes before rinsing with cool water. Expect your hair to have a faint green tea scent.
Mix equal parts of honey and water. Work the mixture through your hair. Rinse with warm water. You may need to rinse your hair twice to remove all of the honey. This conditioner yields hair that is soft and silky.
Honey and Banana Conditioner
Mash a banana together with a half cup of honey. Apply the mixture to damp hair. Allow it to sit for about half an hour, then rinse your hair thoroughly.
Pour a beer through your hair, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. The proteins and sugars in the beer will help strengthen the keratin in your hair and give it shine. However, your hair will smell like beer, which can be a definite drawback.
Steep 2 mint tea bags or a handful of fresh mint in 2 cups of boiling water. After the water has cooled, remove the tea bags or strain out the mint. Use the mint tea as a refreshing hair rinse.
Yogurt – The lactic acid in yogurt is a godsend for frizzy hair. Dry hair can look frizzy and dull and be prone to breakage. Make your own yogurt hair mask by whisking one egg until frothy. Then blend in ½ cup of plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Apply to damp hair in sections. Leave on for at least 15 minutes then shampoo and condition as usual. The lactic acid in yogurt will smooth and hydrate your strands.
Avocado Deep Conditioner
- 1/2 mashed ripe avocado
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 3 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil
Combine ingredients and apply to hair, focusing on the ends. Cover your hair with the paste and seal in your body heat with plastic wrap. Leave on for at least 10 minutes or as long as you like, then wash with a mild cleanser i.e. soap nut & rinse.” Your hair will be shiny for days!
Oil Hair-Conditioning Treatment
- Small amount of jojoba, olive, or coconut oil
- Herb mixture of choice (optional)
- Essential oils of choice (optional)
- Warm the oil to 100-105 degrees in a double boiler. If using, add herbs and essential oils.
- Dampen hair. For long or thick hair, use 1-2 teaspoons of the oil mixture, and for fine or short hair, use 1/4 teaspoon of the mixture. Massage oil into the scalp and work through the strands, covering all hair completely. Cover hair with a shower cap or plastic bag and if possible sit in the sun or by the woodstove. Heat facilitates the process. Leave the oil in for an hour or two, and then, shampoo and rinse.
Vinegar rinses relieve itchy scalp, dandruff, and dull hair and restore the scalp’s natural acid mantle. They are best for normal and oily hair, rather than dry. Use white vinegar for blondes, apple cider vinegar for brunettes, and red wine vinegar for red-heads. Leave the rinse on for at least five minutes if you are going to rinse it out. You can, however, leave it on and any smell will disappear once the hair is dry.
- For blondes, calendula and chamomile
- For dark hair, nettle and marshmallow; or make up your own
- Apple cider vinegar
- A few drops of essential oil/ other herbs as lavender, sage, rosemary, etc.
- Distilled water
1. Fill a quart jar half way with herbs. Cover with vinegar and cap tightly. Place the jar in a warm spot for 2-3 weeks, shaking daily.
2. Strain the vinegar and add essential oils. Store in a plastic bottle.
3. Dilute the rinse with distilled water. For oily hair, dilute one part rinse with four parts water. For dry hair, dilute one part rinse with six parts water. After shampooing and rinsing, pour vinegar rinse slowly over hair, massaging it into the scalp. Rinse with water.
Benefits Of Flaxseed Hair Gel
- Dirt cheap (Aveda has a flaxseed hair gel that costs about $22.00 for an 8.5 oz bottle!)
- Leaves the hair soft, shiny and moisturized
- All natural
- Promotes hair growth
- Nourishes dry brittle hair and scalp
- Gives great curl definition
- Provides excellent hold with no crunch, flaking, or hair breakage
- Drys Fast
If any of the above sound good to you, then read this recipe below. You will be blown away by how great it treats your hair. So, here it is….
Flaxseed Hair Gel With Honey
1/3 cup flaxseeds
2 cups water
1/2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp olive oil or shea butter
10 drops essential oil of your choice, but cirtus ones are more antibacterial (optional)
How You Prepare It
- Add the flaxseeds to a pan of water over high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Stir continuously and gently when the mixture starts to boil. Reduce the heat when the mixture turns thin and, foamy.
- When the flaxseeds remain suspended in the mixture instead of sinking, turn off the heat and drain the mixture through the strainer into the bowl. (At this point – rinse your pot right away because if you try to clean it later it will be much harder to do.)
- Add honey and any essential oils such as ylang ylang or lavender, if you desire. I used orange blossom oil and it didn’t have the frangrance of a strong orange, but a more faint orange citrus, clean frangrance. I love it. At this point, add the olive oil or shea butter.
- Combine everything. Your gel should be about the consistency of thick egg whites.
- Pour the mixture into a container. Your gel is now ready to use. You can store in the refrigerator to make your mixture last longer, or you can leave it out and make sure you use it up in about a week or two.
- Aren’t you proud of yourself? Congratulations, you just made your own hair gel and saved money, have a better natural product and you did it yourself.
Helpful Hint: I did not use whole flaxseeds, but I used the ones that had been milled and it worked just fine. Just make sure to strain it with something like old pantyhose or something similar to ensure all the particles are strained and not swimming around in your wonderful gel.
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Do It Yourself: Homemade Natural Hair Gel with Flaxseeds