Homemade Shampoo Tuning In is a Lecture Series by Our Sacred Space with the intent of analyzing paradigms of development and to explore findings on the environment, sustainability, and social justice.
The 6th Chapter of the series was in collaboration with the Co-Founder of The Odd Gum Nut, Laura Christie Khanna which was attended by a hundred participants on Zoom and Facebook Live! The Odd Gumnut is a Permaculture Farm in Panchgani!
Laura started off her talk by challenging a major belief – “You don’t need all the products but they make you feel like you do because they are working for their shareholders and not you”. Most of them contain at least contain 30 different synthetic chemicals. It has endocrine disrupters, neurotoxins, formaldehyde which leads to infertility, cancer, skin rashes, and so on.
Tuning In Lecture Series
She suggested that we all watch a documentary on the topic called Toxic Beauty! She personalized her lecture even more by using the local language, Hindi!
And, she asked us to think about Bhoomi Maatha when we are using dish soap, laundry detergents, etc. They travel into our ecosystems and create massive problems of water waste. Another myth buster was how the marketing advertisements say that soaps clean 99% of germs. But bacteria are everywhere on our planet and even our own body has bacteria.
There is good bacteria that is actually useful. For example, it is helpful in our intestines. So we need to separate our minds from this marketing and remember the unique microbial makeup that is there to keep us safe. We need to trust it. It is there in our saliva, on our skin and that is protecting us. When we use these soaps we are wiping away even the good bacteria.
Homemade Shampoo Recipe
To prepare Homemade Shampoo Reetha – Soak in water for two days, it becomes soft. Strain it and compost the pulp. Shikakai – Boil it, cool it strain it. Use any jug, handfuls of reetha and soak it, that liquid alone as shampoo and dishes, add an essential oil as it has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.
The same liquid used for dishes but it mixed with hot water to remove the greasiness. It also used for mopping as well and we can add some salt and tea tree essential oil. The Reetha recipe done in two days but it has a short shelf life of 10-15 days. That is why the alternative is to make a Bio Enzyme which takes a month but lasts for years.
Bio enzyme cleans up the ecosystem even after disposal.
Recipe – One part Jaggery to 3 parts fruits peels and 10 parts of water. The bacteria of the Jaggery and yeast from the fruit peels transmute it to an enzyme. This can be used as a laundry liquid too so sticking to citrus fruit peels is better so that they don’t stain the clothes with colors. Making the enzyme in a plastic bottle is better than glass because the gases may break the glass. However, she says that we don’t have to buy the plastic, we can always find it easily and reuse it.
We have to strain the liquid after a month or three months and dilute it with water in different ratios for laundry, dishes, shampoo, etc. It can use to wash our pets as well. Reetha, Bio Enzyme, lemon juice, and baking soda, makes for an awesome foam which is a great laundry detergent. She cited The burning Lake incident in Bangalore which only caused by detergents. So using organic is obviously the right choice. Tuning In Lecture Series by Our Sacred Space has many chapters to register to visit our site.