It is very important to be a bit cautious when it comes to what you put on your body. Many of us want to avoid extra stress or simply just don't want to put in extra time at the grocery store looking at all the countless products trying to find the perfect one. This usually leads to eating whatever everyone else is eating or even washing with whatever is being sold at our local stores.
The problem is that many of these food items and products use harmful chemicals and ingredients that are damaging to our health. Some will dry out our skin, some will include toxins that can harm our cells and others can lower testosterone or other key hormones. The foods we eat meanwhile are often ‘empty calories’, which do nothing but spike our blood sugar, hurt our insulin sensitivity and add fat to our waistline – all without giving us any usable or useful nutrition in return!
So it might be a little ‘fussy’, but you have every reason to be cautious regarding what products you want to use. It might take a little longer, it might be seen as being difficult… but if it makes you healthier, better looking and happier, then isn’t that worth it?
Of all the potentially harmful products out there, store-bought shampoo may be one of the more destructive. This contains a large number of potentially destructive ingredients that can may cause us some harm.
Making your own organic shampoo meanwhile is far kinder to your hair, skin and health. Making your own shampoo is even kinder to the environment and to the animals that are often used for testing.
In fact many of the synthetic, astringent-based shampoos that you find in stores actually go overboard when it comes to their effectiveness. Yes, these shampoos will remove bacteria from your hair in an attempt to make it less greasy, but they will also risk stripping your hair and scalp of its natural moisture. The result is that you end up with a scalp that is dried out, while your hair might be coarse and prone to splitting.
Think about it: when we evolved in the wild we never would have used such products! Our hair is designed to be able to take care of itself and a good shampoo should do nothing more than gently help this process.
What's even more scary is the harmful and even dangerous chemicals used in many conventional shampoos. For example, did you know that many shampoos contain estrogen? This is particularly bad for men, as increasing estrogen can lower testosterone. That leads to weight gain, loss of muscle mass, low mood, low libido and a range of other potential issues. This is pretty bad when you consider that most men today already have low testosterone (on average, men have 20% lower testosterone today than they did 20 years ago) and this is even something of an epidemic for women!
So with all that in mind, how can you go about side-stepping these issues and creating your own organic and natural shampoo to use instead?
There are a ton of different recipes and ingredients you can use to create your own all natural diy shampoo, many of which will not only avoid the negative consequences of store-bought shampoos but also provide extra nourishment and more benefits for the scalp thanks to their highly nutritious ingredients. Here is an extensive list of 19 different recipes, for example.
Or how about trying the recipe we have right here? This is an easy, quick and highly nourishing way to keep your hair clean that shouldn’t break the bank either. To get started, you will need:
To make the shampoo, all you’re going to do is to combine all the ingredients and then store them in a shampoo bottle or jar. You may want to heat the oil and coconut milk on a very low setting first just to get them to a nice liquid consistency and make sure to keep smelling and testing to see if you like the balance of ingredients.
Normally, you’ll use about ¼ cup of coconut milk and a ¼ cup of soap. The essential oil is to be added at your discretion, with the intention of changing the scent, as well as adding additional health benefits. Essential oils have a ton of different health benefits, some are anti-inflammatory, some are anti-bacterial and some are great for helping you to relax and feel at ease. Others, like menthol, will help to invigorate and rejuvenate you, opening up sinuses as well if you are struggling with a cold. Add about 20 drops of essential oils for this effect and try experimenting with different ones.
Note that the essential oils are additional and optional however, as the coconut milk will provide you with all of the moisturizing your hair needs and the soap will kill off bacteria. Store in a cool, dry place and shake the bottle well before each use. You’ll need about a teaspoon each time you use it. You can keep this for up to a month before you’ll want to replace the bottle.
Why not use this as a gift as well?
Not sure the above recipe is the one for you? Hair can be tricky and everyone is different so if one recipe doesn't work try another. Here is another great recipe to try:
Try both and see which you like more.
Making your own all natural DIY shampoo is an easy way to improve your health! This will prevent a dried out scalp and xenoestrogens, while simultaneously giving your scalp a nourishing and moisturizing wash that will kill off bacteria and leave you smelling and feeling incredibly fresh and clean!