Most of the hygienic products available to us today are, sadly, hazardous to our health, containing Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), among other things. Furthermore they are almost always impossible to make at home – and thus to achieve self-sufficiency one must learn, or rather re-learn, what was once known to all of us.
Using hand-picked (or even better – grown by yourself!) natural ingredients can be extremely beneficial to your overall well-being. Black radish, for instance, which is going to be used to make a shampoo in just a moment, stimulates hair roots and enhances blood circulation in your scalp. It also regulates the dryness/oiliness of the scalp, making your hair healthier and stronger after each use.
Natural hygiene is surprisingly easy and fun, too. I want you to find out for yourself and try this recipe for an all natural home-made black radish shampoo. All you need is a few simple ingredients and 10 minutes of your spare time.
- 2 black radishes
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 egg yolk
This will make enough shampoo for a single person with medium length hair or two people with short hair to wash once. Although you have to take into account that not all radishes will give exactly the same amount of juice. Basically you want to have approximately 50 ml of black radish juice mixed with lemon juice and egg yolk.
First, you need to grate the black radish. This is actually the only part requiring some effort, as the black radish is rather hard and dry. With a little patience and a little strength put into this you should be done with it in a few minutes.
Second, you need to separate the juice by pressing the grated black radish placed in a fine strainer repeatedly, until there’s no more juice to obtain. Alternatively you can use clean cheesecloth to squeeze the juice.
Third, squeeze one half of a regular-sized lemon.
And lastly – after separating the egg yolk from the egg white, put all the obtained ingredients in a glass jar (avoid plastic containers as, aside from their general harmfulness, citric acid might react with them) and mix them together thoroughly.
Important note: you should use the shampoo within 24 hours. If you want to store it, you need to keep the black radish juice separately in a refrigerator to avoid spoiling and add the other ingredients right before use.
I can tell you that the one from the photos above turned out great and cleansed our hair very well. It smelled totally different from all the mass market shampoos, too – so not quite like a hallway of a chemicals factory, although I have to admit it’s not an instantly pleasant smell and takes some getting used to. It evaporates after you hair is dry though and leaves only a hint of lemon – not bad at all!
Natural shampoos such as this one are much less aggressive as they do not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), so it may feel like they are cleaning your hair less thoroughly that a regular shampoo. Do not deceive yourself, though, as after only a short period of time (usually a couple of weeks) the skin on your scalp will regain its natural balance and, no longer tortured with SLS and/or SLES, produce less oil over time. You’ll find that your hair remains exceptionally clean and healthy even if you don’t wash it every day.
Remember: like all natural remedies and natural hygienic products, natural home-made black radish shampoo will benefit you increasingly over time, therefore I recommend you use this, or a similar recipe, on a regular basis for the best results.