Health and Beauty Products


Hair cleansing tonic

1 c. water
1/2 c. cider vinegar
2 tbsp. hair conditioner

Shake well to mix.  Use once a week after shampooing to eliminate build-up from hair products.

Toothpaste

1 drop flavored oil (clove, cinnamon, peppermint, etc.)
Baking soda
Glycerine
Hydrogen peroxide
Dash of stevia for sweetening (optional)

Put the oil into a small container with tight lid; add a small amount of soda to absorb the oil and mix well.  Add more soda, then pour in glycerine to make a smooth paste; mix well.  Add enough more soda to make the paste thicker than commercial toothpaste, then add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, stirring and adding more peroxide as needed to bring it to the right consistency.  Store in a plastic container up to 2 weeks.

Another Toothpaste Recipe

Found this one in the book The Zero-waste Lifestyle by Amy Korst. I still think I’d want to get some hydrogen peroxide into it, and would possibly eliminate the spearmint leaves and flavour in favour of clove:

1 tbsp fresh or ½ tsp dried, crumbled spearmint leaves
¼ c. cold water
½ tsp. cornstarch
½ tsp. olive or sunflower oil
2-4 drops pure spearmint essential oil, to taste

Place the mint leaves and water in a small saucepan and bring just to a boil over high heat.  Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and oil and stir until smooth.  Pour the minted water through a strainer into the cornstarch mixture; discard the leaves.

Pour the water and cornstarch mixture back into the saucepan and add the essential oil.  Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.  Once boiling, the mixture will thicken.  Spoon into a clean container and use like regular toothpaste.

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