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Learn to Make a Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo

Hair health and hair loss is something many of us struggle with.  This Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo can help restore the health of your hair.

Rosemary has been used for centuries, and mint for the last 50 years, in the treatment of hair health and excessive hair loss.   There are many store-bought shampoos out on the market today, but you are never too sure exactly what is in them.  Most have the smell of Rosemary and mint, but they have a lot of extras too.  This homemade Rosemary Mint shampoo has just the right amount of rosemary and mint essential oils needed to give you the benefits for healthy hair and scalp without a bunch of added ingredients you do not need.

About the Ingredients

Castile Soap: 

Castile soap is vegetable-based soap with no animal bi-products or synthetic ingredients. It was originally made from olive oil from the Castile region of Spain, hence the name. Castile soap is non-toxic and extremely biodegradable making it a great product that is safe to use for so many things.

Vitamin E: 

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that contains antioxidants.  These antioxidants can help reduce the effects of free radicals in your body caused by environmental stressors.  This is also true when used topically on your hair.  Vitamin E may also reduce the negative effects of UV damage to your hair, as well as the daily stress and damage our day to day hair routine can cause.

Almond Oil: 

Almond oil is full of Vitamins, proteins, and fatty acids, known as omegas.  All of these are why almond oil is so beneficial in making hair strong and healthy.  Almond oil improves the shine and luster that the environment can damage. 

About the Essential Oils

Essential Oil Benefits

Rosemary:

  • Rosemary helps to increase circulation to your scalp which stimulates the follicles, promoting hair growth and regrowth.
  • Rosemary is also very well known for its anti-inflammatory properties.  This helps in hair health by soothing an inflamed or irritated scalp.
  • In addition to helping promote hair growth, Rosemary can also help treat and prevent dandruff by moisturizing a dry flaky scalp.
  • Peppermint

    • Peppermint has only recently (the past 50 years) been for the treatment of hair loss.  Because of its vasodilating properties, it may stimulate circulation and promote hair growth and regrowth.
    • Peppermint also has anti-inflammatory properties, so like Rosemary, it may help sooth an irritated scalp which will increase the health of your hair.

    Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo Recipe

    Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup castile soap
  • ¼ t almond oil
  • ¼ t Vitamin E
  • 20 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 20 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops Tea Tree oil (optional)
  • Squeeze bottle or bottle of your choice
  • Instructions:

    1. Combine Coconut milk, castile soap, Vitamin E, and almond oil in a container with a pour spout.
    2. Mix thoroughly
    3. Add Essential Oils
    4. Mix thoroughly
    5. Store in the container of your choice

    Rosemary Mint Shampoo Uses:

    Shampoo

    This Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo can be used 2-3 times per week for those with sensitive skin and 3-4 times for normal skin.  Wet your hair thoroughly, apply shampoo and lather completely.  I like to let it sit in my hair for a couple minutes and then rinse completely with warm water.

    Gifts

    As with any homemade product, the Rosemary Mint Shampoo can be used as a stand-alone gift or part of a basket of handmade goodies.  A nice bottle and a pretty label will turn it into a gift.  You can download some printable labels here:

    Quick Tips

    1. Storage:  Store your shampoo in the bottle of your choice.  Your bottle does not have to be super fancy.  You can even use an old shampoo bottle.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
    2. Although there is Vitamin E, which helps with preservation, there is coconut milk in this recipe.  I would give the shampoo a shelf life of 3-4 weeks.  You can half the recipe if needed.
    3. If you are finding that your hair is a little to heavy after rinsing you can rinse with apple cider vinegar (think of this as your conditioner).

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    If you like this Homemade Rosemary Mint Shampoo, try it with my Lemon, Rosemary, and Mint Lotion Bars to start your day in an uplifting way.  Get away from the unknown chemicals and additives that store bought products contain and get back to more natural ingredients.  Take back control of what you put in AND on your body!

    How to Make a Sugar Body Scrub that is perfect for Spring!

    Spring is here so it is time to get out of hibernation mode, slough off our "winter coat" (literally) with this Springtime Sugar Body Scrub, and get ready for the outdoors again.

    I like to use sugar body scrubs as part of my morning routine.  Most mornings I like to wake up and shower even if I am just going to workout because it helps me to feel more energized.  The sugar body scrub adds to my “wake up feeling”.  Its gentle abrasion removes old dead skin cells and exposes fresh new skin making me feel brand new and ready to start my day.  The great thing about a sugar scrub is that it is gentle enough to use several times a week!

    Sugar body scrub benefits

    Sugar is great for physical exfoliation of the skin.

    Physical exfoliation is a process which uses abrasive material (anything from a loofah to different size granules, such as sugar, salt, or nut shells) to physically scrub on your skin manually removing old dead skin cells. Removing dead skin cells ensures open pores, reduced appearance of wrinkles, and brightens your complexion by removing the dead cells that keep your skin looking dull.

    Sugar is a natural humectant

    A humectant is something that it helps the skin to maintain moisture by retaining water molecules.  Most lotions have some type of humectant but not all are natural.  Some synthetic humectants can actually cause dryness in the under layers of skin making your skin appear duller after continued usage.

    Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid

    Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, or an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), which helps break apart old dead skin cells.  It makes your skin appear brighter and healthier by removing the helping to remove the old dead skin cells that are leaving your skin so dull.

    Using Essential Oils

    Essential Oil Benefits

    Lavender

  • Lavender is the go-to essential oil for de-stressing and relaxation.  It has been shown to have great benefits when it comes to relieving anxiety.
  • Lavender has antibacterial properties which can help with the treatment of acne.  Lavender will get in to your pores kill the bacteria present, as well as, prevent bacteria from growing.  This can help minimize future acne outbreaks and treat current acne.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of lavender make it a great addition to your skin care routine.  It can reduce redness, puffiness, reduce acne scarring, and soothe the damage from sunburn.
  • Rosemary

  • Rosemary has both antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which are both great for treating acne, eczema, and dermatitis. 
  • Rosemary has also been shown to improve elasticity and hydration of your skin.  Combining rosemary with coconut oil may help reduce stretch marks!
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, Rosemary can be used topically to help alleviate joint and muscle pain.
  • Although not skin care related, rosemary has been used for centuries to help with memory and mental clarity.  With 2 of my 3 children still in diapers I can use all the help I can get when it comes to keeping my thoughts focused and clear!
  • Lemon

  • Lemon has antimicrobial properties which help reduce, treat, and prevent acne.
  • Lemon is also known for its anti-aging properties due to the anti-oxidant power of Vitamin C and citric acid (which lemon is full of).  Anti-oxidants fight the effects of free radicals, which have been shown to speed up the aging process, on you skin. 
    • Lemon may cause photosensitivity (sensitivity to the sun).  Avoid using lemon if you will be in direct sunlight all day (i.e. going to the beach for the day)

    DIY Sugar Body Scrub Recipe

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Melt coconut oil to just barely liquid (allow to cool some if too hot or it melts some of the sugar losing some of its abrasive property)
    2. Combine Coconut oil and sugar
    3. Mix thoroughly
    4. Allow to cool completely (heat destroys the therapeutic properties of essential oils)
    5. Add Essential Oils
    6. Add a color (optional)
    7. Mix thoroughly
    8. Store in the container of your choice
    9. Add a label (optional)

    Sugar Body Scrub Uses

    Body scrub

    I use a body scrub 3-4 times a week when I shower.  You can use the scrub before you wash or after, it is all personal preference.  If you use it before you wash you will wash away most of the coconut oil so you will not have as much of the moisturizing benefits, but you have still removed old skin cells leaving your skin brighter and more capable of absorbing your after-shower moisturizer.

     If you use the sugar body scrub after you wash, there is no need to moisturize post shower.  Your skin will absorb the coconut oil from the scrub leaving your skin so soft a happy.

    Hand scrub

    Leaving a jar by the sink is great for washing stubborn smells and yuck, from cooking, kids, or whatever other grubby things we do, off your hands.  Because our hands are pretty tough you can use a scrub more often on them.

    Gifts

    Sugar body scrubs make amazing gifts.  They are fast, easy, and inexpensive to make, making them the perfect gift to give.  Put your scrub in a nice jar, add a label, and you have a personal hand-made gift.  You can download some printable labels here:

    Quick Tips

    1. Store your sugar body scrub in an airtight container to avoid it drying out.  Your jar does not have to be super fancy, but because you can reuse it you may want to find a decorative jar for aesthetics only.  Because I have small children I stick to plastic.
    2. Avoid getting a lot of water in your scrub as this will allow bacteria to grow.  Although, if you use your scrub as fast as I do, this will not be an issue. 
    3. Your scrub should stay good for a couple weeks on the counter or over a month in the refrigerator (if I am being honest, I still use some that I have leftover from Christmas gifts and have no issues, but err on the side of caution)
    4. You can use refined or unrefined coconut oil.  They work the same, but I prefer refined, or unscented, because it minimizes the amount of essential oils I need to use to get the scent I want.  Unrefined coconut oil has a very strong coconut odor.

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    If you like the sugar body scrub, try it with my energizing body wash to start your day in an uplifting way.  Get away from the unknown chemicals and additives that store bought products contain and get back to more natural ingredients.  Take back control of what you put in AND on your body!