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My Rosemary Hair Conditioner and Muscle Rub

6 Jul

After four days of camping, swimming, walking and being in the hot sun, my hair was in need of a good moisturizing treatment and my achy legs needed a soothing massage.

Homemade Hair Conditioner

My Rosemary Hair Conditioner

This hair treatment makes my hair so soft and smooth that I can’t stop touching it.   It’s a welcomed change from the curly frizz I had to live with the last few days!   Rosemary essential oil is known to be beneficial to the health of your hair and its scent is uplifting and energetic.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 teaspoon Olive Oil

5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Hand Towel

Small plastic trash bag 

  • Place Olive oil and Rosemary oil in a small bowl.
  • Wet your hair and apply the oil mixture onto your hair with your fingers.   Work the oils into your hair, especially the ends.
  • Wet the hand towel with hot water, wring out and wrap around your hair.
  • Place the small trash bag over the towel and secure
  • Leave on for 20 – 30 minutes
  • Remove the bag and towel and shampoo your hair thoroughly…you might have to wash it twice…leave out the conditioner, you won’t need it.

 

My Muscle Rub

Both my husband and I use this muscle rub all the time. My husband calls it “my miracle stuff”. He’s a paint contractor and does a lot of climbing up and down ladders, bending and reaching every day. He’s pretty tuckered and sore when he gets home. In addition, he had back surgery several years ago and is susceptible to backaches from time to time. 

With all the walking we did on our vacation, my legs were soooo stiff. I couldn’t wait to give them a good massage with my muscle rub. I keep one bottle of it upstairs in our bathroom closet and another one downstairs in a kitchen cabinet, so I can grab it whenever we need it.

Homemade muscle rub

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

5 drops Wintergreen essential oil

2 drops Lemongrass essential oil

Amber glass bottle 

  • Pour the Olive oil into the glass bottle and add the essential oils. Cap and turn bottle several times to mix. 

TO USE:

Turn bottle a couple of times to mix. Open and apply several drops to the area and massage towards the heart. Wash hands thoroughly. Store in a cool, dark place. 

Note:   I use a 15ml (1 tablespoon) amber glass bottle with a dispensing orifice reducer (built-in dropper).   You can find amber bottles at a health food store or online.  There are also bottles that come with a squeeze dropper (pictured above) that you could use also. 

Benefits

Wintergreen essential oil contains 85% – 99% methyl salicylate which is the same component of aspirin for relieving pain. It is also known to have a cortisone-like affect that relieves pain quickly. Wintergreen and Lemongrass essential oils have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-rheumatic properties. Olive oil is useful for dehydrated, sore or inflamed skin. Aromatherapist have been using it for centuries to alleviate rheumatic pain. 

Emotionally, Wintergreen is calming and soothing which can be beneficial when coping with pain. 

We all get aches and pains from time to time…it’s apart of being alive. You can however, help your body recoup more quickly by using this natural muscle rub.  Try it, and like me, you’ll want to make several bottles around so it’s available when you need it.

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My Lavender Shampoo and Lavender and Rosemary Leave In Conditioner Sprays

5 Jun

I started making my Lavender Herbal Shampoo and Lavender & Rosemary Leave In Conditioner Sprays two years ago while studying about Aromatherapy. Both are easy to make and don’t contain any unusual or hard to find ingredients. The results are shiny, soft and clean hair without the chemicals found in store bought products.

Lavender Herbal Shampoo Spray

This Lavender Herbal Shampoo Spray is so easy to make and thoroughly cleans my hair. I also use it to shave my legs and underarms while I’m showering.  

The main ingredient is Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap. Itis organic and highly concentrated.  The consistency is like water because it doesn’t contain thickeners (which is one reason why I used spray bottles).   It comes in 2 oz bottles up to a gallon jug and costs between $3.00 and $60.00  I get mine at a local health food store, but I’ve also seen it in the health food section at our Kroger store.

I didn’t have any Lavender soap at the time of this posting, so I added a picture of it with the other ingredients so you can see what it looks like.

Here’s what you’ll need to make 1 – 2 oz bottle   (These small bottles are easy to use, don’t take up a lot of room in the shower and the perfect size to take with you traveling or camping)

2 1/2 Tablespoons Dr. Bonner Lavender Castile Soap

2 Tablespoons Herbal Tea (below) or distilled water (tap water doesn’t keep well and spring water harbors bacteria)

3 Drops Lavender essential oil

2 oz spray bottle washed out with hot soapy water (you can get these at Walmart for 97cents)

  1. Add herbal tea (or distilled water) and essential oil to bottle. Shake to mix.
  2. Add Castile soap and turn bottle several times to mix.

To use:   Wet hair, shake bottle and spray all over hair.   Work thoroughly into hair.   I leave it in until I’m done with my shower and then I rinse it out.

Herbal Tea:

The herbs used in this tea are known to be beneficial for the hair.

Steep 2 teaspoons of dry Rosemary, Lavender, Nettle and Sage in 1/2 cup of boiling distilled water.   Cover and let set overnight.   Strain through a wet coffee filter.  

Note:  You don’t have to use all of these herbs if you don’t want to go buy such a small amount.  Of all of them,  I would recommend using dried Rosemary because it’s great for hair and because I’m planning on sharing a tasty Grilled Potato Recipe that uses Rosemary.

Lavender & Rosemary Leave In Conditioner Spray

I don’t like the hair conditioners on the market. They’re too slicky…yuck!   This conditioner leaves my hair soft and shiny after blow drying.

Here’s what you’ll need to make 1 – 2 oz bottle

2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel (it’s the clear cosmetic gel, not the aftersun gel or gel you drink. You can find it at Walmart and health food stores. Mine cost $6.00)

3 Tablespoons Distilled Water

1/4 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Vitamin E capsule

7 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Rosemary essential oil…oops, I left it out of the picture…my bad

2 oz spray bottle washed out with hot soapy water

  1. Mix all ingredients together and pour into the bottle.

To use: Shake and spray all over wet hair. Comb through and style as usual.

I like to put labels on the products I make and yes,  I get to do something creative using my computer too!

Labels help reduce the effects of light exposure on the oils.  They also cover up the sticky glue left from removing the product label and they look good too.   I like to put the labels on with 2″ packing tape.   It helps make them water proof.

Below are the labels I created for the shampoo and conditioner in a PDF format.  Feel free to use them.

Lavender Shampoo and Lavender and Rosemary Conditioner LABELS


Upcoming POSTS:  My skin care recipes:  Lavender Facial Cleanser Spray, Aloe Face Mask and Aloe & Jojoba Moisturizer

Special POST coming…

I’ve been working on a post draft about my Lavender First Aid Ointment I think you’ll find interesting…I need a couple more days or so before I can finalize and post it.  STAY TUNED!

Well, Peg’s Gotta Do something creative  for desert tonight…hmm, what’s it going to be?

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