Natural Hair Conditioners

Borax, Conditioner, Citric Acid
Posted by Lisa (Lafayette, La) on 09/03/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Francisca from France: I believe I remember you commenting on the condition of your hair once, and have been thinking about you since I found this great remedy for my own hair - I was suffering slight hair thinning, and began using borax instead of commercial shampoos and rinsing with citric acid for the last 6 months or so. I read that borax opens the hair shaft and leads to a feeling of greasiness after the hair is dry, not to mention leaving it in a vulnerable "open" state. Hence, the rinsing with approx. 1-2 teaspoons of citric acid (find it in the canning section of Walmart), mixed with roughly 2 cups of water, to close the hair shaft back up. Then I thought, what if I add some conditioner while my hair is in that vulnerable, open state? So I tried it, and it worked!

My protocol: I mix approx. 2 Tablespoons Borax in a pint of water. Pour over head. Let sit for minute or so. Rinse with plain water. Hair shaft is now in "open" state. Massage good, heavy duty "repairative" conditioner into hair from ear level down, since scalp area is not damaged. Let sit for 2 or so minutes while shaving legs, finishing shower, etc. Meanwhile, mix my citric acid rinse in my little plastic coffee canister, pop lid on and shake to dissolve. Pour half of this over head, from scalp to conditioned ends. I believe this helps "seal" cuticle of hair while conditioner is still in there. Then I rinse well under running water, getting all conditioner out, then use the other half of the citric acid mix to pour over conditioned part of hair AGAIN. Rinse again with plain water. End of procedure. I have been doing this for a few weeks now, and my hair, which is bra strap level, is looking like it did 20 years ago, actually shiny and manageable! (I am now 48). I am thrilled with this, and wanted to share. Thanks!

Posted by Robyn (Walla Walla, Wa) on 08/01/2012

You might try a zinc supplement to get back your darker colored hair. Sometimes it is a lack of zinc that is causing the lightening of natural pigment.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Bill (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 04/15/2012

I don't boil it. I just melt it in my hand and massage it in. I work in/near refineries and that coupled with cleaners I use at home, damage my hair. I like to leave it in for at least an hour, then when I shower, I first rinse it out with ACV (which also clears the scalp to reduce/eliminate dandruff). If possible, try to reduce the number of times a week you wash your hair. (my stylist-a good one says every 4 days to allow natural oils to protect the hair- she practises what she preaches) When in an operating refinery I have to wash every other day, and oil/vinegar once a week, otherwise I can get away with every 4, sometimes 5 days between shampoo. Use good quality shampoo as well. the stuff advertised is largely recycled deep-fryer fat and only gums up your pores.

Dishwashing Liquid for Hair Growth in Toddler
Posted by Minnesotagrandma (Near St. Paul, Mn) on 04/02/2012

I read the article about Dawn and decided to try it. I had very thick, fine hair as a younger person but the past few years it seems that my hair just wasn't growing or as thick. I had some original Dawn and tried it....... I've used it for about a month now and my hair is growing and feels thicker. I do use a conditioner but my hair is not stripped or dry like one would expect. I filled an old shampoo bottle with Dawn and keep it in the shower. No more expensive salon shampoos for me!!

Faster Hair Growth
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 03/12/2012

An, I had heard of lemon juice in hot water to detox the liver and being great for the skin, never heard about the cayenne pepper though! I tried it but I got diarrhea and a coated tongue, maybe I should have stayed with half a lemon instead of a whole one? I only did it for maybe a week, first half a lemon and then a whole lemon but I didn't see any changes in my skin, maybe it was too short but I couldn't put up with the diarrhea anymore, it didn't seem right.... Maybe it was a detox sign, no idea!

Faster Hair Growth
Posted by An (Baltimore, Md) on 03/11/2012

I would recomend cut out all sugar, gluten, and red meat products for at least 60 days. Add raw vegetable juice, drink hot water with lemon and a pinch pf cayenne pepper in the morning. You will see your hair and skin will look good. If you are taking Biotin, remember it should be taking with regular Vit B complex and B12.

Faster Hair Growth
Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia, Australia) on 03/09/2012

Right, well I have been experimenting with castor oil for a month now, and one of the things I've been doing with it is rubbing it into my scalp 2-3 evenings per week. I leave it on overnight (putting a towel on my pillow so it doesn't get it oily) and shampoo it out in the mornings and condition, etc as normal. I mix it with a little sweet almond oil as it's very thick and gloopy, but olive oil or any cold-pressed oil would be fine. You don't need much!

I've been doing this because my hair is very thin, especially at the crown, where my scalp can easily be seen. Apparently it's meant to thicken hair, promote new growth and grow hair faster after a couple of months' use.

So after 4 weeks.. There's been no new regrowth alas but it has made my hair feel a little thicker and stronger. The biggest thing has been the growth, which isn't really what I was after! I got my roots coloured blonde at the hairdresser the same day I started with the castor oil, which ended up being a complete waste of money because after two weeks of using the castor oil treatment I had regrowth of about an inch. Doh! :)

Faster Hair Growth
Posted by Steve (Las Vegas, Nv) on 01/25/2012

I've had excellent results regrowing my hair using a laser therapy pen. The 660nm wavelength stimulates ATP withing the hair cells and scalp. NASA and Russian scientists have done a lot of research on hair growth and wound repair with lasers.

Faster Hair Growth
Posted by Lina (Fairfield, Iowa, Usa) on 01/25/2012

I too tried taking biotin for faster hair growth. Perhaps I saw some results, but not much. Now I am taking a vitamin B complex, coenzyme vitamin B's, to be exact, and this seems to be getting results. Plus, I like getting the full range of B's, not just biotin.

Faster Hair Growth
Posted by Cat (Tauranga, New Zealand) on 01/25/2012

Does anyone have any tried and true remedies for faster hair growth? I have fine, blonde hair that breaks off easily on the ends (due to some bleaching which I've now stopped) but my rate of hair growth is also very slow and wonder if there's anything that would speed it up and maybe thicken it. I'm 46 years old, consume a lot of organic foods, rarely ever eat processed, weight 55kg, very clear skin, drink alcohol only occasionally, don't smoke etc etc.

At the moment, I'm taking Folic Acid, Evening Primrose capsules, Fish Oil, Spirulina, Kelp and tissue salts. I have previously taken Biotin but found it did nothing except cost me money. I have also started using Castor Oil mixed with Organic Coconut Oil (which I use for pulling) and massaging it into my scalp... I'm yet to notice a difference... Any other answers would be appreciated. THANKS (great website)!!


General Feedback
Posted by Kellie (Syracuse, Ny) on 01/18/2012

Thanks guys! I tried the baking soda trick but it wasn't working. I appreciate your tip though. I finally got it out.. Along with some of my color, with dish soap and several shampoos. :( I also brought it back to the store and hopefully won't ever be making that mistake again!

General Feedback
Posted by Carly (Seattle, Wa - USA) on 01/16/2012

Kellie - Petroleum the same stuff they make gasoline out of if I am not mistaken.

The first ingredient in anything it what it contains the most of, and so on. The first two or three ingredients listed are are the most important. (They are all important, but the first few are the very most important! )

I would trash it. Yuck.


General Feedback
Posted by Susan (Thomasville, North Carolina Usa) on 01/16/2012

Use baking soda mixed with water after you shampoo, run the baking soda mixture thru your hair then do a final rinse. This will remove any product from the hair leaving it clean.

General Feedback
Posted by Kellie (Syracuse, Ny) on 01/16/2012

I was searching your site and found that coconut oil was good to use in your hair so I found a product in my grocery store called Blue Magic Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner. The ingredients in it are: petrolatum, coconut oil, and fragrance. I am a white woman and believe this product is supposed to be for a black woman's hair! It feels so disgusting and I was wondering if you could give me some tips on what might finally get this out of my color treated hair. Thank you in advance!

Egg Yolk, Olive Oil
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 01/08/2012

Hi Linda, thanks for all the explanations! Anyway, in a few months we will be in our house and then I can do whatever I feel like more easily! For the time being I am going to try it for a shorter time and see what happens.

You are right saying that one shouldn't use anything on our body that one wouldn't eat, meaning, wherever you use it it should be of good quality and free of preservatives! I have discovered two health food shops here in Zug, not big ones but I suppose they must have mayonnaise! The mayonnaise I have at home right now, Thomy, doesn't seem to have anything too suspect anyway! And maybe when I am at home I try just with the egg yolk and the olive oil which right now are a bit difficult to take to the pool! Although.... I could because I can mix them and take in a small jar! The trouble with this system at home is that one showers or takes a bath and then has to shower again but well, if it gives me beautiful hair..... Worth trying! Thanks!

Egg Yolk, Olive Oil
Posted by Linda (New Haven, Connecticut) on 01/07/2012

Francisca, I always shampooed lightly, rinsed well, towel dried & then added the mayonaisse to my daughter's hair, gently rubbing it in throughout the hair end-to-end.

Then I just put a shower cap on her so she could run around the house & play without getting the mayonaisse on the furniture, etc.

After an hour or so I would use a small bit of baby shampoo to wash out the extra mayonaisse that hadn't absorbed into the hair shaft.

Did mine today and it feels great. This deep conditioning lasts quite a while. I seem to remember doing it only every month or so on my daughter's waist length hair.

By the way, if you are going to use a store bought mayonaisse be sure to check the ingredients to be sure there is nothing artificial in there. You don't want to absorb (or eat, for that matter) anything unhealthy.

I used to just make my own mayonaisse so I knew what was in it. Tasty too!

Egg Yolk, Olive Oil
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 01/07/2012

Thanks Clarity and Linda. Actually my hair is not dry, as a rule. It got very dry because I had a too light perm, as it was almost my daughter's wedding the hairdresser insisted on redoing it and it dried my hair out big time. That was a few months ago. Now it was getting better but I decided to try washing with baking soda and that was the reason why it was looking so dry and lifeless. I dyed it a few days ago, so I had to use their cream but today I washed it only using my fingers and water, like someone suggested here. It is till drying to I don't know what it will look like. Right now I always wash my hair in the pool, so putting something in and waiting for a few hours isn't an option but when we move, at the end of May I might try. Do you first wash the hair before applying the mayonnaise or the egg yolk and olive oil? At home I wash my hair in the bath so a bit annoying to have to wait a long time but I might try it, leave it on for less time and then rinse before I get out of my bath. Right now I go to the sauna before showering so I might just take a tube of mayonnaise with me and if there isn't anybody around rub it in my hair and sit in the sauna for a bit.

By the way, the fact that someone does something and has lovely hair doesn't always mean the world as you can just have good genes. Too bad I don't have them.... So maybe these methods will help me!

Egg Yolk, Olive Oil
Posted by Linda (New Haven, Connecticut) on 01/07/2012

When my daughter was younger I would put homemade mayonaisse in her hair to deeply condition it as she had hair down to her waist.

As it contained egg & oil it was a natural conditioner. I left it on her for an hour or so as Clarity did and it did wonders for her hair. Smooth, shiney & incrediably strong.

I've not thought about it in years & think I'll treat myself to a mayonaisse conditioning this weekend!

Egg Yolk, Olive Oil
Posted by Clarity (Los Angeles, Ca) on 01/06/2012

To Francisca.... My grand-mother would mix and egg yolk with a few drops of Olive oil, apply to dry hair, wrap the head so you maintain your own body heat for a couple of hours, then rinse with cold water. Depending how dry your hair is, reduce or increase the Olive oil. The protein in the egg will rejuvenate the hair. Can be used for natural or dyed hair.

General Feedback
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 01/04/2012

I have shoulder length hair, dyed. I am trying to bring my hair into better condition. Although I have enough hair it is quite thin (has always been) and has no life! Right now I have a perm to give it a bit of volume. After using a herbal mix oil for a while it has stopped falling and it looks healthier so I decided to try to go without shampoo. I have now washed it twice with baking soda but it looks dry and it doesn't shine anymore. In between washes (I wash it twice a week) I rub my scalp with the herbal mix oil. Some people seem to have a very good result with the baking soda.

Maybe I could use the baking soda once a week and the other time only wash the scalp with my fingers as some people suggested here lately? I did use a bit of rinse aid because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to comb my hair after washing. Any suggestions? Does it get better after quitting the shampoo for a while? Or doesn't it work in dyed hair?

Honey and Rosewater
Posted by Pavi (Bangalore, India) on 10/05/2011

Hi. I just wanted to know whether applying honey on your hair is good becoz I have heard that applying honey turns your hair grey...

Honey and Rosewater
Posted by Pavi (Bangalore, India) on 09/26/2011

Hi dear , thank you for sharing such a wonderful tip but can you be more precise about the quantity of water that is to be mixed with rose water and honey. My hair is between straight and curly. I want STRAIGHT HAIR but without damage to my hair.. Please do reply.

Pure Crude Oil
Posted by Doddie (Lawrenceville, Georgia) on 08/21/2011

Over washing and blow drying also destroys the hair. Cut back on washing your hair every two weeks or just when you cannot stand it any more. Hair grows from the inside out.

Cedarwood, Juniper, Rosemary, Flower Water
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 07/19/2011

I have found this recipe for a hair tonic in one of my books but I am not sure whether it is good to use spirit for the hair. The recipe is as follow: 50ml of surgical spirit (or flower water if the hair is very greasy but mine is not), not carrier oil or lotion, 10 drops of Cedarwood essential oil, 10 drops of Junpier EO and 15 drops of Rosemary EO. Anyway has ever used such a tonic? I don't know whether to try it or not.....

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Barbara (Union City, Tn) on 05/16/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I totally agree. I have been rinsing my hair with ACV for years and years and I have never noted any bad side effects. The ACV helps control my dandruff and it brings out the red highlights in my hair.

Posted by Jane (Portland, Or) on 05/16/2011

I think the Borax would be fine for a Relaxer. Relaxers are as harsh as permanents, color etc. And if anything it would hopefully give your relaxed hair a more healthy shine and bounce. Good luck!!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Virgodee60 (Las Vegas, Nevada, Usa) on 02/16/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Years ago I owned two Edgar Cayce books that I loved and cherished. The Sleeping Prophet and a very well known when whose title slips my memory right now. Does anyone know what it could be? Very famous book. Well anyway, I think I still have the Sleeping Prophet. It had a remarkable remedy for hair thickening in it which I used for years and worked every time.

This was suggested by Cayce as he was sleeping and gave out this cure. The first one was the crude oil. The one I used was a combo of castor oil, olive oil, I'm not sure if it was cod liver oil or mineral oil, that's what I would like to look up and confirm. Also you would use white iodine after the applications of the oils. Sectioning hair and dabbing on with a cotton ball. My aunt would apply it to my scalp every weekend, fri. , sat. and sun. dab on the white iodine after each application. Washed my hair sunday night. My hair not only got thicker and thicker, but grew very well. Kept this up for a full year until I just got tired of having it done. Has anyone ever read this? I'm trying to remember which book it was I read it in. Can anyone help me. I'm going to check my Sleeping Prophet today and it was chaptered thickening hair or something like that.

So if anyone knows or knows the combination please let me know. Thank you


Pure Crude Oil
Posted by Michelle (Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa) on 02/14/2011

Pennsylvania Crude Oil is "taken fresh from the oil wells in Pennsylvania. This is real crude oil with no refinement. " .... As stated on a website selling it. They also mention Edgar Cayce as having recommended it in and another place saying it was in his book, "Drugless Therapy. " Had to research it, sounded so strange. I wouldn't use it, but I believe sometimes instinct draws us to what we need. Supposed to be good for hair loss.

Pure Crude Oil
Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, Tx, Usa) on 12/05/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Sorry for not reading this before! Yes - it is NOT oil that is used for the car!! It is Pennsylvania Crude Oil, Google it and you can find out about it! It is an Edgar Cayce remedy that I have always used, however, for the past two months I have also supplemented with a formula that includes Lactated Pepsin, Black Snake Root Extract, Essence of Wild Ginseng, Atomic Iodine, Extract of Liver, and Grain Alcohol - ( you can Google that also) and it has healed all of my previous hair problems! I still do the Crude oil and Vaseline about 3x a month though, and I now also use a "violet ray" on my scalp to bring even more circulation. All three of those things though has turned my hair beautiful! I no longer take my Armour Thyroid pill that I have taken for years, because of the Iodine in the formula. I have never been able to grow my thin hair past my shoulders and now I have! I have no split ends, my hair is nice and smooth and it is so much thicker!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tasha (East Coast, Usa) on 09/10/2010

I did try the spray bottle also. The problem is that unless its directed close to the scalp, it goes everywhere. It looks like fine mist, but unless you spray in the shower- your bathroom will smell of vinegar. I also want to note that ACV is great but I actually much prefer white vinegar. The results seem even better. The vinegar doesnt seem to dry my hair out even though I use it on my strands as well as my scalp. I rinse in vinegar nearly every day. It doesnt seem to cause much fading of my red hair color either, but maybe thats because of the PH.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 09/03/2010

Hi Tricia, many thanks for your kind words. Actually I have stopped posting the book reviews because I didn't think that there was much interest.... As far as the ACV goes I have just remembered that like you I also have a spry bottle with ACV and water which I use to clean mirrors and so, that will be handy for my hair too! I will surely Google Lorraine Massey. Normally speaking I don't need to wash my hair more than once a week and I have just read in a book of mine that you should only wash the scalp, not the rest. Nowadays we only use natural shampoos and I am starting to rinse it with beer and then water. It gives volume and the hair becomes very soft. I also brush it with my head upside down and then straight up at least twice a day, like someone suggested here a while ago and that has made my hair look fuller and thicker while keeping it a lot cleaner. I have must finished reading a little book with a lot of beauty tips, if there is interest I will post a review on this site (the problem is that I don't think you can find the reviews again)! Funny you say you keep the ACV in the bathroom, I keep the spray bottle with the diluted one but also a bottle with the normal stuff as I use it in my bath, to wash my fact, against yeast infections, everything and anything!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tricia (Ireland) on 09/02/2010 84 posts

Hi Francisca, I enjoy your posts and reviews. I had awful problems with my hair after giving birth which I blamed on hormones. It took me two years and many hairdresser visits(I usually only go once every 2-3 years) to realize it was SLS. Curl fell out. Colour wouldn't stay and it felt like I had a wire brush rubbing on my scalp. So now I rarely shampoo my hair unless I'm going to get a colour put in. I use a protocol devised by Lorraine Massey called "no poo". I 'wash' my hair each day but only use a non-silicone conditioner - no shampoo. Google her. It's a great system. Once or twice a week, before breakfast I spray my dry hair and scalp with ACV/water - have brekkie and clean up - then shower and condition. Normally I only leave it on half an hour or so but a couple of times I realize at the school gates that I forgot to wash it out. Doesn't look good but it has never done any damage. The spray bottler is non waste and I'll use it for cleaning too. I spray it on my brass bathroom taps just for a min and then scrub with an old toothbrush to get rid of the green stuff that accumulates on them. And it gets rid of the soap residue my family are determined to leave in the sink. It's great stuff to have in the bathroom.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 08/28/2010

The spray bottle is a great idea as I always waste a lot because I don't know where I am throwing it. But do you do that as a rinse after washing your hair or with it dry?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tricia (Ireland) on 08/28/2010 84 posts

I do this too for scalp as much as hair. I use a spray bottle to get it into the scalp and then comb it through my hair. Less waste. I find it amazing that although I can normally only use a comb on my curls when I have conditioner in it, I can comb the ACV mix through without any bother at all.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tasha (East Coast, Usa) on 08/27/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar is WONDERFUL for hair especially frizzy/curly hair. I mix 1/3 ACV or White Vinegar and 2/3 water in a bowl. First thing I do is dump this over my head. I let it sit while I wash up, rinse at the end and follow with a tad of conditioner. I have fine curly hair and its usually a hit or miss as far as how my hair day goes. I havent had a bad hair days since I started doing this. Hair is smooth, shiny, FULL and just plain gorgeous.

Banana and Olive Oil
Posted by Laila (Tysons Corner, Virginia) on 07/25/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Natural conditioner for the hair... heard this on a Dr. Oz show.

1/2 Banana (mashed) and Olive Oil (enough oil to cover your hair) = for conditioning hair (maybe once a month or as needed).

Leave on for 30 minutes. Shampoo twice or more to remove oil.

Posted by Linda (Waynesboro, Ga) on 11/16/2009

I'm an African American Female and I use a relaxer in my hair every 6 to 8 weeks. Will the ACV and borax affect the relaxer? Thanks

Fenugreek Powder With Yogurt
Posted by Palak (Delhi, India) on 09/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Use fenugreek powder mixed with curd/yoghurt before washing your hair .. acc to your hair length .. I must say , after washing my hair reflected like mirror .. itching on scalp reduced and my hair neva felt so soft .. I use this mask once a week due to time constraint .. but its sage enough to use everyday .. I hope you will try it and may it work for you the way it did for me !!! best of luck :)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pauline (Sebring, Florida) on 08/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

to Laurie from SudburyOntario- My hair was very fine and wouldn't even hold a hair clip it would drop out. This is what I did, massage the scap real good with olive oil then massage the olive oil into the hair all the way to the ends. you can leave it on for 30 minutes or a little longer the longer the better. Then shampoo and condition, then mix half Apple Cider Vinger and half water pour this through the hair and leave it in do not rinse, just wrap a towel around your head leave it on about 5 minutes then take the towel off and let your hair air dry. When the hair dries you won't smell the vinegar. The olive oil will make your hair grow and make it thick and the A/C/V will clean out any chemicals like hairspray, spray gel, hair mousse.

Now for the nails, I use olive oil but you have a choice to use olive oil, castor oil or petroleum jelly, all three are good for the nails. If you use olive oil or castor oil use a cotton ball and wet it good with the oil and rub it into the nails and cuticles real good. for the petroleum jelly use a small amount on nails and cuticles. Make sure you do this before going to bed. Use rubber gloves for cleaning bathrooms,dishes and gardening, water is not good for the nails. Remember nothing works overnight! It will take a few weeks for this to work. You will see a difference as the weeks go by. It sure did work good for me, I know it will work for you too. Good Luck!


Posted by Molly (Austin, Tx) on 08/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have very long, thick and dry and damaged hair. And until now the only way I could get my hair the least bit soft was with lots of Apple Cider Vinegar. However yesterday I covered my hair (dry) with lots of mayonnaise and kept it in there for about 15 minutes then washed it twice (to get the smell out) and conditioned as normal. It SERISOUSLY like I have a new head of hair, its so bouncy and soft and shiney, but not in a greasy way, I HIGHLY recommend this, especially to people like me that spent their teenages years dying their hair constantly!

Borax, Baking Soda, Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Traci (Atlanta, GA) on 07/02/2009

Sorry I've never done this so I have no measurements or ingredients but I thought it may be of interest to anyone looking for a natural way to color hair. I was shocked last weekend when my friend told me she was actually completely gray headed now as I looked at her blond/reddish hair. She said she uses henna but that the apple cider vinegar mixed with baking soda washes it out so she switched to using the vinegar alone and it's all good. Sorry those are the only details I have right now (I am presently unable to contact her), I just thought anybody could look into it if interested.

Argan Oil
Posted by Francine Case-Shore (Playa Del Rey, CA) on 04/26/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using an oil from Morroco that is made from argan, indigenous to Morroco. It is amazing, there are a few products out there with this oil. I cannot tell you how my damaged hair has repaired itself, this oil will not make your hair oily and speeds up the drying time.

Soap Nuts
Posted by Dianna (Austin, Tx) on 03/14/2009
5 out of 5 stars

i just noticed that you don't have soapnuts listed on your site.

soap nuts are actually berries, you can use them for laundry (yay! no perfumes, dyes, soap, etc.) and they work great for this. i even get good results from using them in cold water. also if you make the liquid you can use it for many uses around the house: dishwashing, counters and surfaces, spot treatments of very dirty clothes before washing with the whole soap nuts, carpet cleaning AND hair washing!

also if you use the liquid for washing your pets - fleas don't like it!

it makes your hair very shiny and soft and thick.

if you are interested - google soapnuts - there is a LOT of info out there.

btw - the 'brand' i have is maggies - which is sold at my food co-op. although they may seem expensive upon first inspection - $17.99 for about 50 berries - you can re-use them in the laundry up to 5 times! and then 20 of them will make 32 ounces of cleaning liquid - and you can even do this 2 or 3 times if you save the berries after cooking them.

so a box could work for like 50 loads of laundry! and we wash in cold water - if you use hot or warm water it takes even less of the soapnuts.

this is a wonderful find for anyone who is allergic to conventional detergents. they even clean my boyfriend's very dirty and greasy car working on clothes!

EC: Thanks, Dianna. We are going to cross-post this to the Earth Clinic Planet site as well!

Beef Bones and Olive Oil, Carrot Juice
Posted by Dave (Center Valley, Pa) on 02/28/2009

What exactly do you mean by this? Did he rub carrot juice on his head and on his face or did he drink it or what ? Thanks, Dave

Fenugreek Seeds
Posted by Raniya (Syracuse, NY) on 02/04/2009

if you live in the USA you can get fenugreek at any supermarket, wegmans, price chopper and sams club, or any chinse or indian stores

Coconut Oil
Posted by Leeloo (San Jose, CA, USA) on 01/18/2009

I posted a question earlier, but it seems like everyone else's got answered except mine. I thought it was an overlook so, I'm re-posting my question. Hopefully, I'll get an answer from Ted.I'm very interested in your answer so Thanks in advance!

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