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Shampoo often contains harsh ingredients that can damage your hair and even lead to allergic reactions. Making your own hair cleanser at home can help to protect and nourish your hair and scalp, while also reducing your exposure to harmful chemicals found in commercial shampoos. Here are three natural alternatives to shampoo.

Egg

Egg is one of the best alternatives to shampoo, as eggs are natural cleansers that can help to repair and strengthen damaged hair. Eggs are packed with nourishing proteins that can even help to reduce hair loss and stimulate regrowth. Whisk one or two eggs in a bowl to create a smooth mixture, then apply the eggs to wet hair, massaging gently into the hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly with tepid water to remove all traces of the egg. Never use hot water, as this will cause the egg to set.

Tea

Tea won’t create a lather, but it makes an excellent liquid cleanser that leaves your hair feeling soft, looking shiny and smelling great. Black tea, green tea, redbush tea and even herbal teas such as chamomile can all be used as a shampoo replacement. Add two or three tea bags to a pint of boiling water and allow to steep for ten minutes. Squeeze and remove the tea bags, then leave the liquid to cool. Pour the tea on wet hair and massage vigorously into the scalp. Rinse out with cold water for extra shine.

Soap Nuts

Soap nuts make an effective cleanser that can be used to remove build-up from hair products. Soap nuts need to be prepared in advance, so they’re not a quick fix, but they will leave your hair feeling soft, smooth and silky. Add seven or eight soap nuts to five cups of water, place in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-20 minutes. Use a blender to liquidize the mixture until smooth, then allow to cool. The mixture can then be used in the same way as regular shampoo.

Shampoo contains ingredients that can damage hair and cause skin reactions, but there are natural alternatives for keeping your hair clean. Using natural products will also help to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. Egg, tea and soap nuts are three of the best shampoo alternatives.

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Treating Common Foot Issues: Aches And Pains

First things first: If you think you have a foot injury, go to a doctor. Only a doctor can pinpoint the problem and recommend treatment. You could be experiencing anything from a fracture to a sprain to arthritis, and each one requires a specific treatment plan.

In general, however, if you’re feeling aches in any part of your feet, such as your heels, arches, or balls, you can try a few steps to relieve the pain.

Rest your feet.

No matter what the source of your ache, you will need to rest your feet. It may feel inconvenient or even impossible to stay off your feet for any length of time, but it’s worth making it a priority now, before the issue worsens.

Ice and elevate.

Next, you can ice the area to help relieve the ache. Depending on the injury, elevation can also be helpful.

Soaks.

Alternatively, try soaking your feet in warm water for 5-10 minutes. Epsom salts have an added soothing effect, while arnica helps improve blood flow.

Pain relievers.

Over-the-counter pain relievers can work wonders for all types of aching feet. However, if you’re experiencing severe pain that OTC painkillers do not work for, you may need a different form of medication from a doctor.

Stretches.

Try to stretch the part of your feet where you’ve been experiencing pain. If you’re experiencing pain in your toes or toe joints, for example, there are toe-specific stretches that you can do to help the problem.

Check your footwear.

Uncomfortable or unsupportive footwear is often the root cause of foot pain, so you might need to re-examine your choice of footwear. You can also use special inserts or orthotics to help relieve the pain; these are useful for people with flat feet, for example.

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