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The secret of a healthy mane | Homemade organic shampoo

But something not everyone knows is that shampoo was in fact originated in India, and is derived from the word, ‘ champo’ in Hindi, meaning to massage. Traditionally, a shampoo is made by boiling saponin-rich soapberries or soapnuts with various herbs and fruits to get a lathery liquid that is used to rinse the hair along with various health benefits. This has been exploited by the industries and alternated with harmful chemicals to counter the high cost of using natural ingredients. Therefore, rinsing your already brittle hair with a fragrant mixture of Diethanolamine (DEA), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate(SLS), DMDM hydantoin, Diazolidinyl urea and whatnot, can be less appealing indeed. Not to forget the number of dolphins and whales they are killing in the name of lustrous hair.

Now, the cosmetic industry cannot be closed overnight. But something we can do is to substitute the chemical-based Shampoo with the traditional plant-based ones, with actual health benefits and of course, happy dolphins. So, here are a set of homemade shampoos my grandmother had been using during her prime days.

Homemade plant-based kajal for healthy eyes and thicker eyelashes

Having a history of more than 5,000 years, kajal is an adornment worn by babies and old women alike. It is a black dye obtained from the soot of the lamp-lit by ghee, which is mixed with butter or oil and applied to the eyes. It gives a sharp and mysterious look to one’s eyes and has numerous health benefits, if organic. Kajal of course is commercialized and the lead used in the chemical ones can be pretty harmful to the eyes. Which completely contradicts its purpose.

Nevertheless, an organic kajal has many health benefits and equally different methods of preparation. Let us learn about one such method, which involves a key ingredient, i.e., Honagane or sessile joyweed ( Alternanthera sessilis ).