:: Make Your Own: Peppermint Tea Shampoo ::
Well, it was a sad day early this Spring when I realized my massive rosemary shrub was not going to make a comeback after the harsh winter we had. I had been making Shampoo with Rosemary for so long, my very first thought was “Oh no!!! What will I make shampoo with!?”
When the time came for a new batch to be made, I turned to a bag of loose peppermint tea I had bought from a local country shop. I also double the amount of baking soda for summertime. This changes the cost breakdown just a bit from the Rosemary Shampoo I’ve always made so let me give you the breakdown here and we’ll move on to the recipe…
At 1 cup of baking soda per gallon of shampoo, that’s $.44 (costco’s 13.5 lb bag of baking soda is $5.99 yielding enough for 13 batches!)
At 1/2 bar of castile soap per gallon, that’s $.55 (I buy Walmart’s 3 bar pack of Kirk’s for $3.28)
At 6 tsp of xanthan gum per gallon, that’s $1.62 (to avoid shipping, I buy Bob’s Red Mill xanthan gum at Whole Foods for $12.99)
At 1/2 cup loose peppermint tea, that’s $.38 (I bought a .30 lb bag for $2.26 from a privately owned local country shop.)
That brings the total for Peppermint Tea Shampoo to $2.99/gallon!
Peppermint tea is invigorating to the blood flow on the scalp which encourages hair growth. It smells beautiful; I was tempted to add some essential oils but it wasn’t necessary with the great aroma!
What you’ll need:
Loose Peppermint tea (or lots of tea bags)
1/2 bar castile soap
a funnel, and shampoo dispensing containers
Fold and staple 1/2 cup loose peppermint tea inside 2 coffee filters.(this idea came from my genius and gracious friend Lora.- she gets me! – it beats making them from cloth or buying tea bags for loose tea!) Bring to a boil and set aside. In a separate bowl, grate 1/2 bar castile soap into 2 cups of hot water, stir until dissolved.
Add enough water to the tea to equal 1 gallon. Add 1 cup baking soda and stir until dissolved. (If tea isn’t warm enough to dissolve baking soda just warm on a burner.)
Add tea mixture to blender container. To each blender-full, add 1 heaping tsp xanthan gum and blend. (This process assures your shampoo will have no lumps and all the xanthan gum will be fully incorporated – making your shampoo nice and thick!)
After blending, place in a large container that will hold full gallon of shampoo.
Fold in melted castile soap.
Use a funnel to fill your containers and cool completely before capping! I love the amount this recipe makes – it’s a beautiful thing to have refills in the linen closet already on hand!
Meanwhile, I’m still missing my rosemary shrub! Now I have a tiny one but it’s potted; I will bring in during winter months from now on!