Rosemary, lavender, peppermint shampoo!/¡Shampoo de Romero, lavanda, hierbabuena!

shampoo foto 1 rosemary lavender glycerin

I finally did it, I made a shampoo, with some of my favorite herbs – rosemary, lavender, and peppermint.  This should get the scalp and singin!  It turned out to be a rich amber brown and it felt heavy when I applied it.  I disappointedly realized why many shampoos have alcohol in them.  But it washed out well, and when my hair dried, it was kinda fluffy (I still need to find a solution for the frizz).  It is a great body wash too, since all of these are great skin herbs.  Peppermint is the key, a great summer herb because it is cooling for blood circulation in the skin.  It gives you this cool inside feeling, to put up with NYC summers!

Making herbal medicine is an interesting process, like alchemy, as in days gone by, turning something into something else, equally as valuable (not to buy into the hierarchy of material value).  But instead of using chemicals and making gold, and all the complicated extraction process that implies and entails, this alchemy process is about using herbs in combination with each other to make less processed, more something which is at the same time more simple and more deeply profound.

So this was my process with herbs to make an herbal shampoo – I put in some rosemary and lavender in a nice jar of vegetable glycerine, shut the lid tight, covered it all with brown paper bags to keep the sun out, and let it sit on the window sill for about 10 days, gently turning the jar top to bottom morning and night to keep the mixture up well.  I had never used glycerine as a menstruum, or dissolvent, as it is called.  A menstruum is a liquid (oil, alcohol, water or glycerine) into which one puts herbs to draw out their medicinal power to make herbal medicine.  See the pics above, which give you a good idea.  Now, according to James Green in The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook  A Home Manual, “(G)lycerine, the sweet principle of oils, was discovered in 1789 and came into use in medicine and pharmacy around 1846.  It is a liquid obtained by the hydrolysis of vegetable or animal fats or fixed oils.” (186) Sounds western-biased, as we now know, for example, that Native people in the Amazon and Mexico were using rubber by 1300, just sayin.  Although Green does give credit usually to Native American contributions.

So, being a vegetarian, I used vegetable glycerine, and it seems to have worked well to draw out the rosemary and lavender essences.  I added peppermint essential oil, because it just seemed right to get the scalp and hair dancing.

Por fin lo hice, un shampoo, hecho con algunas de mis hierbas favoritas – romero, lavanda y hierbabuena.  Debe poner el cuero cabelludo a cantar!  Resulto ser un color carmelita rico.  Cuando initialmente me lo puse, se sentia pesDo y tristemente me di cuenta porque muchos shampoos tienen alcohol.  Pero se juago bien, y seco ligero y plumoso😆😆(quiero encontrar una solución a hacer mechudo).  Además sirve muy bien para lavar al cuerpo, como todas estas hierbas son buenísimas para la piel.  La hierbabuena es clave, una hierba veranal buenísima porque le quita el calor a la circulación de sangre en la piel.  Te da un sentido frio adentro, para soportar los veranos neoyorkinos.

Hacer medicina de hierbas es un proceso bien interestante, como alquimia de los tiempos pasados, convertir a algo a otra cosa, egualmente valioso (para no compar esa herarquia material de valor).  Pero en lugar de usar quimicas y hacer oro, y todo ese proceso complicado de extracción que incluye, este proceso alquimista es uno de usar hierbas en combinación para logar algo a la vez más sencillo, y mucho más profundo.

Entonces, este es mi proceso con las hierbas para hacer un shampoo herbal – puse romero y lavanda en un jarro chevere de vidrio lleno de glicerina vegetal, le puse la tapa bien cerrada, la cubrí con bolsas carmelitas de papel para que no entrara el sol, y la deje sentada al lado de la ventana por como 10 dias, turnandola lentamente dia y noche para mantener la mixtura.  Nunca habia usado glicerina como menstruo, o disolvente, como se llama.  Un menstruo es un liquido (aceite, alcohol, agua or glicerina) al cual le pones hierbas para que saque el poder medicinal para hacer medicina herbal.  Vea las fotos ahi arriba, cuya te dan una buena idea del proceso.  Ahora, James Green en The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook  A Home Manual o El manual dela quien hace medicinal herbal  un manual casero, escribe, “Glicerina, el principio dulce de los aceites, fue descubierto en 1789, se comenzo a usar en medicina y asuntos farmacologicos alrededor de 1846.  Es un liquido que se obtiene por el hidrolísis de aciete vegetal o animal o aceites fijos.” (186)  Suena un poco euro/eeuu-centrico, y como ahora ya sabemos, por ejemplo, los Indígenas de la zona amazonica y de México usaban el caucho en 1300, pa decirlo.  Aunque Green muchas veces sí les da credito a las contribuciones Indígenas.

Entonces, como soy vegetarianx, use glicerina vegetal, y parece que sirvio bien para sacar las esencias del romero y de la lavanda.  Y le agregue aceite esencial de hierbabuena, porque me parecio bien para que baile el cuero cabelluro.

Como cupo esa piña organica grande en esa jarra medicinal chevere? How did that big organic pineapple fit into that nice medicinal jar?

Como cupo esa piña organica grande en ese jarro medicinal chevere? How did that big organic pineapple fit into that nice medicinal jar?

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