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Journey to Chemical-free and Healthier Me!

Hello dear ones who still check this page! It’s a new year and time for new goals! Towards the end of last year, you may remember I was beginning to rid our home of as many chemically produced, commercial items as possible for a more cost effective, self-sufficient, and healthier way of living. That journey continues as does the pursuit of better nutrition for our family. I’ll be sharing my findings, trials and errors, and what appears to be successes here, and hopefully you’ll find something useful from these ramblings in your own journey!

BIG, awesome new find! My home made shampoo! So much better than the honey, baking soda, and occasional vinegar treatment I was giving myself! This coconut milk shampoo not only serves as my hair washing method, it makes great body wash for myself and son! You will be seeing recipes from this mama frequently now on my blog! I am LOVING using the methods she’s already tried and proven, and finding them to work wonderfully for me too!

So, the blend I currently use:

1/4 C coconut milk, (I get the SO unsweetened in the carton on the dry goods shelf at the grocery store.)

1/3 C baby mild liquid castille soap. (I just bought a gallon jug on Amazon because we’re using it in our home made laundry and dish detergent and hand soap.)

1 tsp Almond oil (Currently I’m using the cosmetic grade NOW brand. But I think the point is to use real food, so you may try an organic, expeller pressed almond oil).

1/4 tsp vitamin E oil (found a bottle of vitamin E moisturized with the supplements at Walmart)

I combine all these ingredients directly into the jar I keep in my shower. I triple the batch and a 1lb ball canning jar will hold that much. This shampoo can last up to one month in the shower. According to Wellness Mama, you only need about a teaspoon per washing. For me, I think I probably use two teaspoons easily. I have long, thick hair though, so that may be why. It gives a satisfying sudsy lather, and feels better going on than a lot of commercial shampoos I’ve used. There is no need for conditioner because there are no harmful detergents or chemicals in this mix.

If you have some fly-aways, you can use a combo of 1 part coconut oil and 2 parts castor oil. I currently have a mix of 1 TBS olive oil and 2 1/2 TBS castor oil that I also use for my oil cleansing ritual. This amount has lasted such a long time! You just need a few drops for the ends of your hair when it’s wet, and after your hair dries, if you need to touch up a few spots, I usually do around the crown of my head, just rub a tiny amount between your palms and gently go over your hair. No oily residue, no wet look, just frizz-free, clean, great hair!

You will still have leftover coconut milk, and I love using it in our pancakes! It makes SUCH fluffy pancakes! There really isn’t that much coconut taste. (recipe to be posted.)

I’m sorry I don’t have a great closeup of how my hair is looking now. Suffice it to say, I get good feedback when I let it down.

If you try this, I hope you enjoy it! A friend recently called me to find out what I was using on my hair lately and she’s already tried and loved the recipe! Let me know how it works for you!!

Keep checking back as I continue to share other new things we’ve tried around the home to replace cleaners, hygiene products, and new recipes!

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