Before all these modern beauty product were known to the world, our ancestors used to make their own natural compounds. Natural homemade shampoos, conditioners, soap and masks, free of chemicals. No wonder they had beautiful natural hair and skin. It is time for us to the same and put these natural ingredients to use. Many people ask about how to make natural stinging nettle shampoo. This extraordinary herb that Ancient Greece used in many medicine and beauty recipes has a lot of benefits to our health. So lets get know stinging nettle and how exactly can it benefit us.
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is a beneficial perennial that treats several conditions. In medieval Europe, it was used as a diuretic (to rid the body of excess water) and to treat joint pain. Nettle has fine hairs on the leaves and stems that contain irritating chemicals. Its hairs, or spines are normally very painful to the touch. When they come into contact with a painful area of the body, however, they can actually decrease the original pain.
Medical uses of nettle
This plant might seem like something to stay away from, but it has a long medicinal history. Its one of the natural ingredients that has a number of helpful health benefits. Perhaps its most popular use is turning the leaves into stinging nettle tea. Our ancestors used it to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. They also used it as a beauty ingredient to make hair and body masks. Today, nettle is used to cure urinary problems, urinary tract infections, hay fever and prostate. Preliminary animal studies indicate that nettle may lower blood sugar and blood pressure. However, scientists need more research to determine whether this is also true in humans.
So, apart from medicine uses, how can we use this plant to make a stinging nettle shampoo at home?
Stinging nettle shampoo
Today, we’re going to talk about how to make a stinging nettle shampoo. Nettles have been shown to stimulate and encourage hair growth. This native plant can be picked in the spring or summer and used fresh or dried. It makes an amazing tonic for hair as it contains vitamins A, B, C, D, and K. It has everything that our strands need to grow naturally and healthy.Try making your own nettle shampoo by following these simple steps:
You’re going to need:
- Organic Nettle Shampoo (500ml)
- 1-2 Table Spoons Panthenol Solution
- Stinging Nettle Extract (25ml)
- 2-3 Vials Vitamin B Complex
- Castor Oil (50ml)
Combine the ingredients together and store in a glass jar to avoid interaction with the herbs. Use this shampoo to improve the condition of your hair and prevent thinning. As a result, new growth should be visible after about a month. However, if you want the best results, keep using for the next 3-4 months.
You’re going to need:
- 8 oz Nettle-infused water.
- 3 oz Dr. Bronner’s liquid hemp Castile soap (unscented).
- 3 tbsp aloe vera juice.
- 1/4 tsp jojoba or sweet almond oil.
- 25-35 drops of essential oil like peppermint and rosemary.
- 1 oz of dried stinging nettle leaves.
- A pot, stir stick, clean bowls, and a shampoo container.
First, you need to infuse the water with nettle. For 8 oz of water, you will need 1 oz of dried nettle leaf.
- Pour boiling water over the nettle and allow it to steep for 4 to 10
- Strain through a cheesecloth or jelly strainer bag into a clean bowl.
Next, add in the Castile soap while stirring until combined thoroughly. Now stir in the oils, aloe vera juice, and the EOs and keep stirring to mix all the ingredients together. Pour into the shampoo containers and shake thoroughly. Put a label with the name of the ingredients and date of making. Don’t forget to shake well each time before using, since the ingredients will separate naturally.
- These shampoos have a fairly short shelf life (1-2 weeks). So, it is better to make small batches and store them in the fridge in order to keep them fresh.
- You will start seeing results within a month of use, and for best results keep using for 3 to 4 months.
Common ingredients in natural homemade shampoos
Natural homemade shampoos can help speed and restore hair growth and are inexpensive to make. In addition, they are free of harmful chemicals. These chemicals cause damage to the hair shaft and
prevent growth and might also harm the hair follicle. There are so many natural ingredients and essential oils to use if you want to make good and healthy natural homemade shampoos. here are some of the ingredients that are good to use in making your own shampoo. Note that I’m not giving a recipe here. I’m just mentioning some common ingredients that people use for making natural homemade shampoos.
- Coconut milk
- Liquid Castille Soap
- Essential Oils: Like peppermint, lavender, rosemary, orange, Lemon, Patchouli, Thyme, Clary Sage, Cedar oil, Chamomile oil, Tea Tree Oil and many other essential oils that give hair a natural refreshing smell. But also help stimulate hair growth.
- Castor Oil
- Stinging Nettle