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This information is taken from http://www.beauty-cosmetic-guide.com/aloe-vera.htm

Aloe Vera is an ancient herb used since more than 3000 years for curing different akin and related ailments. Among the many plant ingredients that are in use today, the Aloe Vera is one of the most versatile. It is an ancient botanical discovery. Although it is considered to be a member of the lily family, the Aloe Vera is very much like cactus in appearance. It is a native of the arid region, but is now being cultivated in many parts of the world. Like a cactus plant, it is fleshy and succulent and yields a thick gel-like juice.

This plant has a unique moisture retentive ability and powerful healing properties. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks used Aloe Vera extract to heal cuts and wounds on the skin. Ancient records also mention its value in suppressing pain. What appears to be an important feature is its effect on skin cells, as it helps the regeneration of new cells.

One of the main properties of Aloe Vera is its ability to seal off the loss of moisture from the skin. Thus, it is an ideal moisturiser and has been used with much success on dry, dehydrated and mature skin. Cleansing gels, containing Aloe Vera, have helped to restore health to acutely dehydrated skins and soothe sensitive conditions.

Another quality of Aloe Vera, is its action on the dead epithelial cells on the skin surface. Aloe extracts help to soften these dead cells, aiding their removal from the surface, leaving the skin smoother. The removal of dead cells improves the functions of the skin. It also has an astringent action and tightens the skin, thus protecting it from early ageing. It has also shown remarkable results on sun-damaged skin, with its moisturising, softening and healing actions

Some more info.

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    • Aloe Vera is a good way to treat hair loss. Many people use various products that contain aloe Vera for maintaining thick and healthy hair.
    • One can apply aloe Vera gel on the whole scalp and hair so as to treat hair loss.
    • Actually, aloe Vera includes the enzyme which is beneficial in stimulating the new hair production.
    • It has properties of anti-inflammatory which are helpful in fighting against Androgenetic Alopecia.
    • Aloe Vera protects the hair and scalp from any type of hair problems. A number of people consider that there is no such type of item that can be very useful to prevent hair.

Some of the recipes that I have found on the internet, there are plenty of them and they have various ingredients and suggestions for creating them.

To make your own olive oil and aloe shampoo, get together the following ingredients: ½ cup natural liquid castile soap, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice. In order to make this recipe work, you’ll also need to create what is known as an herbal infusion. This can be done by taking ½ ounce of dried flowers of your choice and pouring one cup of boiling water over them.

These next ones are taken from a forum website.

  • 1/2 cup natural shampoo base
    1/2 cup aloe vera gel
    3/4 tsp. avocado oil
    3/4 tsp. jasmine essential oil
To Make This Organic Shampoo: Mix together all ingredients. Place into a clean container preferably with a screw on lid. Let mixture set for a few hours to allow to thicken and the scents to take hold. Work into hair as usual and allow to sit for several minutes. Rinse as usual and style.
Made into an organic shampoo, it not only holds the aphrodesiac qualities of the original mixture, but it makes hair sensually soft and luxurious. It moisturizes and smells incredible.
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  • 4 oz of castile soap with any scent is that available – plain, peppermint, eucalyptus.
  • ½ oz of rosemary – stimulates the hair follicles and helps to prevent premature baldness
  • ½ oz of sage – has antioxidants and keeps things from spoiling and is antibacterial
  • ½ oz of nettles – acts as a blood purifier, blood stimulator, contains a large source of nutrients for hair growth
  • ½ of lavender – controls the production of sebaceous gland oil and reduces itchy and flaky scalp conditions
  • 2000 mg of MSM (Organic Sulpher) – provides organic sulfur to your scalp, which improves the health and strength of your hair. It also helps to drive herbal nutrient into the skin and follicles where they can do the most good.
  • One empty 8 oz plastic bottle, or any other empty shampoo or soap bottle.
Mix the herbs in a mason jar, which has a lid. Boil 2 cups of distilled water. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of the mixed herbs into the boiling water. Pull the boiling water and herbs off the stove. Let the herb mixture sit for 30 – 40 minutes. Put the 2000mg of MSM into the herb mixture after 30 minutes of cooling. After 40 minutes and the MSM is melted, strain the herbal mixture into a bowl.
Pour 2 to 2 1/2 oz of strained herbal tea into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Now, pour the 4 oz of castile soap into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Cap the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.
The shampoo is now finished and ready for use. Use this as a base for all of the shampoos you make. You can add different herbs as you learn what these herbs do and how they help your hair. You can vary the ingredients according to your taste.
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  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
    2 tablespoons rosemary leaves
    2 tablespoons sage leaves
    2 tablespoons thyme leaves
    1 cup boiling water
    1 cup castile soap
Directions:
This shampoo is appropriate for all hair types.
Add herbs to boiling water. Remove from heat. Cover. Let steep 20 minutes.
Add soap. Strain into a container.
Let stand overnight before using.

* Disclamer* Please take care when using any of the recipes found here as they may cause a reaction. Again please use caution.
thank you

So Im back on my shampoo kick, this time aloe vera gel has sparked my interest. It all stems from a dream I had, so I’m researching natural shampoos and the herbs and other additives that will benefit my hair. This is what I’ve come across so far.

What’s in my shampoo?
A basic recipe or template for a shampoo most likely includes the following kinds of ingredients:

   

  • Surfactants: Also known as surface active agents, surfactants are necessary for the lathering, cleaning and degreasing effects of a shampoo. Because of these degreasing effects, surfactants have the potential to be drying and irritating, so it can be a delicate balance to create a shampoo that cleans the hair without stripping away beneficial components. Shampoos usually contain a cocktail of surfactants, artfully combined to strike the right balance.
  • Examples include: decyl glucoside, sucrose cocoate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, sodium lauroamphoacetate
  • Water: Along with surfactants, water is part of the basic foundation of shampoos and liquid cleansers, which are more than 50% water.
  • Preservative: Preservatives, whose main function is to prevent microbial growth and to ensure shelf life, are required for the formulation of shampoos. When it comes to preservatives, none are truly benign, since the main purpose of a preservative is to prevent growth of microorganisms and keep products fresh. However, preservative systems are a necessary component of personal care products, in particular water-based ones such as shampoos.
  • Examples include: potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate and alcohol.

  • Active and Other Ingredients: These are the ingredients that nourish and beautify – making your hair shinier, smoother, softer, thicker and more manageable. Natural actives include herbal extract, vitamins, amino acids and proteins, and antioxidants. Other ingredients, such as thickeners, humectants, pH control agents or chelators, may be added to stabilize the formula.
  • Examples include: aloe vera gel, antioxidants, herbal extracts, vitamins, proteins, amino acids and fatty acids.

  • Fragrance: Along with functionality, fragrance is one of the key attributes that makes personal care products stand apart from each other, and fragrance has a very strong influence on our personal product choices.
  • Color: In basic shampoos, color is added for decorative purposes only and is unnecessary for functionality.
taken from http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com

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