The skin on your baby’s head is just as delicate as the rest of his body. Treat it gently and keep it clean by making your own baby shampoo at home. Work in small batches, as it doesn’t take a lot to clean that tiny head. You can use any of these recipes on your own hair, too, for a cleansing, pampering, all-natural treat. Be sure to get pure castile soap, in flakes or liquid. form. It should be made of 100% vegetable oil. Olive oil is preferred.
Chamomile and Castile
4 ounces castile soap flakes 1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers 4 cups water Heat the water to boiling and pour it over the chamomile flowers. Let it steep for about half an hour. Then strain it through a fine cheesecloth to remove all the residue. Mix in the castile soap flakes and shake the mixture gently. Keep it in an airtight container.
Herb and Aloe Vera
1 cup dried herbs of choice, such as chamomile, lavender, rose petals, or lemon balm 4 cups water 2 tbsp. pure aloe vera juice 1/2 cup liquid castile soap Heat the water to boiling and pour it over the dried herbs. Let it steep for about half an hour and strain. Stir in the aloe juice and the liquid soap. Keep it in an airtight container and shake gently before use.
For a Dry, Itchy Scalp
This recipe may also help reduce cradle cap. 1/2 cup liquid castile soap 1/2 cup pure aloe vera juice 1 tsp. jojoba, avocado, or sweet almond oil Mix all ingredients in a bottle or jar. Seal and shake the jar well to combine. Apply it to the scalp and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Shake well before each use.