Author Archive: Erica Jimenez

Homemade Eco-Friendly Shampoo And Conditioner

So I’ve written a post on my first blog with a recipe for DIY shampoo and conditioner. Both happen to be eco-friendly and extremely inexpensive as well which is always a plus!

Here is what I did: For shampoo, I just put 1 tablespoon of baking soda for every 1 cup of water. For conditioner I did 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for every 1 cup of water. I combed through my hair after putting in the conditioner. These amounts could be altered depending on hair type.  After rinsing the conditioner out of my hair I apply virgin coconut oil to it and then in the shower I usually wash the rest of my body and before rinsing my hair I comb through again. Cool water on the rinse is best. I do this process probably every week.

If I decide that I’m going to blow my hair out, I do not apply the coconut oil in the shower. In those 7-10 days, sometimes while in the shower, I will apply a little coconut oil in my hair and then rinse it out as well. A couple of times a month, instead of applying just coconut oil after washing, I will deep condition with the following homemade recipe: avocado, egg, extra virgin olive oil and virgin coconut oil. Some people who are used to washing their hair with normal shampoo who want to try this process may have to go through a transition period. Our hair is normally used to being stripped from the sulfates and chemicals in the shampoos so you may need to go through a few weeks or months of awkward oily hair to see that it actually works.  


Here are some changes that I have made after seeing the results over the last several months. I actually started doing this in March of this year. Ive kept the baking soda and water as my shampoo. It does lather well and my hair does get squeaky clean.

One thing I’ve started doing is putting coconut oil in my hair before washing it. I do use it in between washes as well, but because I had a very dry scalp, I decided to part my hair and put the oil on my scalp. If I do this before showering and then wash my hair with the baking soda and water in the shower, I’ve noticed my scalp isn’t dry and I have no dandruff.

Another change I’ve made is the apple cider vinegar step. This may work for you so feel free to leave it in, but I found that it is too drying on my hair so I leave out that step. I still love using the homemade avocado conditioner. I’ve noticed that the avocado has to be just ripe and putting it in the blender with the egg and oils seems to make it smooth with no residue from the skin being left in your hair.

If you have thought about trying more natural, eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners but they seem too expensive, this is definitely something you should try! I’ve started making several other products right at home and I’ve been able to decrease the toxicity in my house and enjoy more natural alternatives that are so much healthier for me and my family. Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this! Until next time!



Skin Care – Skin Allergy Home Remedies

Allergic Reaction: What To Do?

Allergies can be cured at home by natural means. Some of the home remedies for allergy are mentioned here.

If a person is having a rash due to some allergen, a paste of avocado is good to be applied. Another remedy for the rash is to melt 3 tablespoons of potato powder in a glass of water and then poured into a jug of water. Repeat with more jugs and fill your bathtub. Sit and relax in it.

Green tea with honey is also a natural remedy for the allergies. Green and black tea is the same plant which has an antihistamine in it. Ginger is also a tested remedy for allergies. Peel an inch of ginger, add to 2 glasses of water and bring it to boil for 3 times on low heat. Drink that water. This is the best solution for allergies.

Ginger is also thought to be a decongestant. Vinegar is good for bug bites. Itching caused by the bites can be lessened by using vinegar. One can pour a little vinegar in bath water. Or it can be diluted with water and applied on the bite using cotton or cotton gauze.

Both vitamin E and vitamin B5 are effective in treating different allergies. Vitamin C is also a popular nutrient that fights against different allergies and improves the immune system of the body. Allergies of the nose, skin, and intestine can be lessened by using few drops of castor oil mixed with some fruit or vegetable juice or simple water and taken on empty stomach.

Lemon squeezed in lukewarm water and added with honey can be useful in treating allergies. But the persons who are allergic to citrus food should not try it. Bananas are also thought to be a treatment for allergies related to digestive system, skin rash, and asthma.