Using essential oils...
I bought this awesome book at some anarchy bookstore on Haight St. in San Francisco. It's called make your place
by raleigh briggs. I highly recommend purchasing from there or ordering it from Microcosm. Lots of affordable and natural recipes for all purpose cleaners to pms symptom remedies; shampoo recipes too. Totally worth five bucks and then some. There's a nifty chart "Choosing Herbs for Your Skin & Hair." Either the herb or the oil. I'll try to break it down since I don't think I can put table coding/don't want to because it would give me a headache. There are four categories: oily, dry, sensitive and antibacterial. Rose, and lavender have all four categories, so they're "excellent in any situation." Licorice has three out of four. It is not an antibacterial.By category (note that some appear in more than one)Oily: horsetail, lavender, lemon balm, lemon verbana, licorice, mint, rose, rosemary, sage, tea tree, witch hazelDry: aloe vera, calendula, chamomile, comfrey, horsetail, lavender, licorice, mint, nettle, orange blossom, rose, St. John's WortSensitive: calendula, chamomile, comfrey, lavender, licorice, roseAnti-bacterial: birch, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, rose, rosemary, sweet orange, tea tree, thymeI'm currently using a couple drops of rosemary, lavender and tea tree oil in my baking soda soak. I ran out of peppermint, booo. Anyway, my bf says my current combo smells awful, so I'm going to try rose and I'm definitely going to buy more peppermint.Anyone have any experience with rose?Also, if anyone has any other handy info/charts with herbs and essential oils that weren't mentioned I'd be happy to combine them. Coding a chart may be worth it for that.Megan Bell said:
teatree anticeptic helps dandruff kills bacteria and the best thing is it prevents lice
rosemry helps dandruff makes hair grow long and strong smells nice
\pepermint mint tingly feeling some say helps dandruff clears sinuses and mucouse congestion and headaches especialy sinus headaches
lavander smells nice treats mold/mustiness
jojoba best conditioner u can get
orange oil helps skin but also dissolves wax the body splash we have to remove wax is orange oil based which straight orange oil dissolves even glues caulks and tars
see what you're saying orange oil is used for makes me think i'm correct in being weary about using it, because if i don't have nasty sticky stuff in my hair then won't it just end up damaging my nice clean hair? is there a more basic (as opposed to acidic) essential oil that would make citrus oils alright to use?
any information about making shampoos is more than welcome because i really don't know where i would start. in particular i was also wondering about things you can use to smooth down baby dreads, a friend suggested aloe but i kind of wanted something more fragrant, and something that even works better