recipe for natural clarifying shampoo

In recent times I heard a lot of times the word clarifying shampoo, shampoo that use a lot of women, for deep cleansing. I read that it can remove deposits that remain as a result of inadequate washing, using the wrong shampoo for a certain type of hair, using additional hair supplements such as masks, conditioners and balms. Since I have been trying out natural cosmetics in the last few weeks, I decided to try make my own clarifying shampoo and adapt it to the needs of my greasy hair.


The recommended usage is once or twice a month so as not to damage the protective layer of hair serum, and its hair benefits are numerous. All the layers of dirt are removed from the hair, making the hair easier to comb, shinier and healthier. Since I have been trying out natural cosmetics in the last few weeks, I decided to try make my own shampoo and adapt it to the needs of my greasy hair. I have tried several recipes, and these two proved most effective. Ask how it can be made? The shampoo can be made from ingredients which you most probably already have at home, if not, they are easily available in almost every store.  So, the ingredients which you will need for the first recipe are:  one tablespoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and a glass of warm water.

bakingsodaIn a bowl or a bottle (or a bottle) put a tablespoon of baking soda and add warm water to it. It is essential that the water is indeed warm in order to achieve the full effect of the baking soda. This combination doesn’t foam, but if you like soap put a sip of apple vinegar in the bottle too. Close the bottle, and make sure to mix and shake the contents very well. Leave the mixture to sit for 5 minutes after which it will be ready for use. I use this homemade shampoo the same way i did before, apply it to wet hair and massage through hair. In the beginning I let it sit on hair for a few minutes but then realised the results were better if I left it sit for about 15 minutes on my hair. I definitely recommend this shampoo to all women who have problems with their hair due to build-ups after using all kinds of inadequate hair products.


The second recipe requires even less ingredients, and they are only lemongrass and one cup of boiling water. Add lemongrass to the boiling water and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. After this procedure, you can remove the grass from the water, and once the mixture has cooled, it is ready for use. It is important to say that the ingredients listed in these recipes are also often the ingredients in regular shampoos, especially lemongrass. The small dose of acid in it, and also in apple cider vinegar, removes grease and other impurities that accumulate on the hair without damaging the actual hair.

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fruit and vegetable preparation

Every day the media bombards us with the information concerning the much needed consumption of vast amounts of fruits and vegetables, abundant with all sorts of nutrients. If you have decided, like I did, to finally say no to all the fast food restaurants and pastry shops, and give a healthy lifestyle a go, it’s a good thing to get acquainted with the fruit and vegetable preparation processes, so that none of the vitamins nor minerals would not be lost. After all, those are what got us turned to a healthy diet in the first place.


Vitamins and minerals make an integral part of a diet, so by inadequate processing and storage of the fruits and vegetables most of them can easily be lost. Here are a few pointers you should hold on to, if you want to keep all those nutrients in place.

When you come home from a grocery store or a marketplace, fruits and vegetables need to be taken out of the plastic bags that they came in because those don’t allow the food to „breathe“ properly. Shelf life of fruits and vegetables that we put in the refrigerator can be extended for a few days if wrapped in plain newsprint to absorb possible moisture, but also to allow the airflow. Naturally, one should keep in mind that not all fruits and vegetables are conserved equally. We should never put a potato or an onion intothe refrigerator, but tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, pineapple and softer foods alike, with a higher water percentage,should always find a way into one.


Most of the fruit and vegetable nutrients are lost due to the thermal treatment. However, that doesn’t mean that the only solution should be going full out raw. There are some tricks as to how we can serve deliciously prepared vegetables to ourselves and to our dearest, all the while not impinging the vitamin and mineral quantities.

The best way for vegetable treatment is to steam the dish, which completely preserves the nutritive values, but often we are not able to consistently apply such a method of treatment. If we boil the vegetables we should look out for the amount of water we put into the pot.  It takes just as much water as to cover the vegetables and to allow for an evenly cooked dish. By pouring out the excess amounts of water afterwards, we are also pouring out all the nutrients that dissolved from the vegetables, especially the delicate vitamin C.

While frying, the vegetables need to be dipped in the hot oil for the shortest amounts of time possible. The only vegetables that grease does well are carrots and tomatoes. By adding oil to the carrots, a larger amount of beta-carotene is extracted, essential for the skin and eye health. Only 2% of beta-carotene is extracted from a raw carrot, and the number tenfolds with thermal processing. The same goes with the tomato. A boiled tomato contains 30 times more lycopene than a raw one.

Most of the nutrients are lost due to the process of food conservation. Specifically, due to this process 6% of tocopherol, 42% of beta-carotene, 35% of retinol and 83% of vitamin B-1 is lost, whereas by freezing the fruits and vegetables only 25% of vitamins is lost.


Fruit is still best consumed fresh because each of the processing models, for example, cakes, compotes and syrups, adds a large amount of sugar, which in turn nullifies its benefits.

Fruits and vegetables are definitely an integral part and a foundation to a healthy diet, but in the selection one should keep in mind the ways in which the contained nutrients can be best utilized.

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