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A Homemade Herbal Shampoo

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I never had to worry about my hair until I moved to the Southwest. In the 70's I used to buy Yucca Dew shampoo which made my hair so manageable but it was discontinued and I could no longer find it. I started using other brands with great disappointment! I have used Tea Tree shampoo but was not fond of the fragrance. If I knew then what I know now, I would have made my own! The recipe has 2 ingredients and the method is quick and easy! 

The yucca shrub grows abundantly here in the Southwest. The American Indians used the perennial shrub containing saponins for soap, the leaves and trunk fibers for starting fires, and leaves were made into cordage for basket weaving. To read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca
Follow through and I will show you how to make a herbal shampoo using the root of the yucca plant.

 
 
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Step 1: Additional Information

I have been interested in natural products, herbs, and vitamins for many years. I am not an expert on the subject of soap making and this information is based solely on my personal experience, so please do the necessary research to discover what method will meet your needs. Everyone has different types of hair because of the food and water we eat and drink and where we live. It is important to do the research on this plant because it is toxic. Some people are allergic to yucca. I would not use this product on small children. Kids have such sensitive skin. Perhaps using baking soda would be a better option for parents with small children.

I tried to use the root of a larger yucca shrub and the root was very hard and the soap did not produce much liquid. So I assume  younger plants would yield more Sapiens.  This shampoo works for cleaning, washing clothes, bathing, and as a personal shampoo. Another beauty about this shampoo is you can make it in the wild by placing a yucca leaf over a flat rock and  pound the length of the leaf with another rock to release the suds. Then rinse the leaf in the river and roll the leaf between your fingers to form a cord, bending the cord in half a couple of times and use the cord for a wash cloth filled with suds! 

Switching from a commercial product to an herbal one will be a challenging experience. This shampoo does lather nicely when you are making the shampoo, however it did not lather as much when I washed my hair. It cleaned my hair without stripping the natural oils and left it shiny and manageable. This has a natural woodsy herbal kind of smell. Not overly strong. My husband noticed a difference in the texture of my hair. He said that my hair smelled clean and natural with no perfume odor. I liked the simplicity of this recipe. I experimented with this recipe and found a way to make the shampoo in a gel form and add some colors and still keep the recipe simple.

I made some  of the shampoo adding 1 package of Knox unflavored Gelatine and some fresh rose petals to the mixture and poured the mixture into an ice cube tray, and placed it in the refrigerator.  It helped reduce the amount of shampoo that I used.  The shampoo is very good but it did not have many suds.

When I was young I used to wash my hair everyday. Not anymore. I have learned that it damages the hair. Natural oils are removed when we wash our hair too often. The body has a natural acid mantle which is a protective layer that protects the skin and is removed when using strong soaps. If you are interested in more information here is a good link: http://www.examiner.com/article/skin-anatomy-the-role-of-the-acid-mantle 

Switching is going to be a challenge for many and should be done with patience. It takes about 2 to 4 weeks for some to begin to notice the benefits of using a natural product. One should . . .  ever so often . . .  use a different product for a week or so because the body will not react the same if used over a long period of time. In some cases doctors will change the patients prescriptions so the patient does not become immune to the medication. 

Beauticians will experience negative results with hair dies and perms if the customer has well water, eats a lot of eggs, consumes certain medications, or uses a vinegar hair rinse. 

Yucca root can be purchased through a health food store in a root powder if you do not have access to the yucca plant. Soap-wart or tea tree oil can be used for making shampoo. The soap-wart has an offensive odor but a person can add different ingredients to change the odor.  There are many recipes online for homemade shampoo. I wanted mine to be as natural as I could make it and limit the ingredients. I am happy with it so far. I may add jojoba oil to my recipe later on. I recommend applying the shampoo to the dry scalp working it into the hair then add water and massage the scalp. Rinse the scalp and finish off with 1/2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar added to a 1 cup water solution.
Because this shampoo is not concentrated or does not contain additives it takes more shampoo than commercial brands. When I make this again I will reduce the amount of water I add to the blender and try to make a paste. I will also find something natural that I might add to produce a few more suds. 

Here is an awesome collection of homemade shampoos from the editor of the living Chanel:  http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Shampoo/

 





























  



MissEzmi1 year ago
Hi there! Great idea that I'd love to try! But I am a little confused on the process. If I obtained powdered yucca root, I would need to make a blend with water? Then something with gelatin and rose petals? Can you explain the construction process for me, I'm sorry.
sunshiine (author)  MissEzmi1 year ago
I have not used the powdered yucca root yet, as I can't find it in my area. If I were to experiment with it, I would make a small amount say 2 tbsp of yucca powder to 12 oz. of distilled water to make a paste. It will be slightly foamy, then I would wash hair. This is not a sudsy shampoo at all. You could try just measuring out 2 tablespoons of the powder and put it in a small plastic cup and massage it through your hair and then wet your hair and try lathering it up. Rinse thoroughly and apply conditioner. If you like it then try to improve it by adding the essential oils and other ingredients to suit your needs, fragrance, shell life and so on. It will take some experimenting I am sure. I bought some fresh cassava yuca to try and make a dry powder but I am not sure when I will do this, hopefully in a week or two. I hope this answers your question. Thanks for asking and do have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
dana-dxb1 year ago
i know what u mean i have a huge interest in natural home made organic daily needs so thanx a banch for the share
can you please tell me SHORT about why this is so good?
sunshiine (author)  nickolaiisoe1 year ago
cheap,2 ingredients, no chemicals, organic, natural, and fun to make!
thanks for commenting and do have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
awaraarawa1 year ago
Wonderful to hear that you have access to it. Let us know of your experience. I might just drive to your neighborhood and buy me a year's supply!
sunshiine (author)  awaraarawa1 year ago
LOL, I love your humor! I am experimenting using different things because yucca is good, but it is a little more work. I will be adding to this page when I have more information. I want to check into Sapindus and see if I can find it here! I am also checking out other plant/tree alternatives. Thanks for commenting and have a beautiful day!
sunshiine
awaraarawa1 year ago
Here's another natural product I grew up with.....cannot quite find any locally other than in speciality stores for a pretty penny. Same concept as listed here...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapindus

Apparently it is grown in Lousiana and Florida....but do not know anything more than what I have read on the net. Anyone seen this or know about it? With this one, all you have to do is soak to get the stuff to bleed into water and you use it. No grinding, digging, etc.
sunshiine (author)  awaraarawa1 year ago
Thank you for sharing this information with my readers! I looked at the link and it grows in my area. I will try it if I can find it! Have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
Nice! Very well documented.
You got my votes.

Makes me wish I had more hair ;-)
sunshiine (author)  masynmachien1 year ago
Yours was worth my vote as well!
sunshiine (author)  masynmachien1 year ago
LOL! This shampoo is very good even for the scalp! Thanks for the vote! Have a terrific day!
sunshiine
artfulann1 year ago
Where do you get Yucca root from? And how much does one plant yield?
sunshiine (author)  artfulann1 year ago
I got mine from the ranch here where they grow on the property!
sunshiine (author)  artfulann1 year ago
Yucca plant is available at a health food store in a powdered form. I am not sure how to answer your second question except to say you do not destroy the plant. You dig to the root and remove a top section off the root and replant the yucca. the digging actually stimulates the plant. I made shampoo from the leaf tonight. You scrape the leaf using a jagged scraper and put the scrapings into a jar with water, shake it and strain the pulp so you have a clear liquid. the shampoo is very good actually. I am still playing with the recipe. I hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Brr it is cold here hope your warm!
sunshiine
Great Idea! Maybe one day I will need to make my very own shampoo! :-)
sunshiine (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
It is great for camping! Thanks for commenting!