Did you know that it's possible to grow the ingredients for a soap-like agent in your back yard? Soapwort is an herb that is native to southern Europe and southwest Asia and contains saponins, which makes a gentle cleansing agent that foams and cleans just like soap. All parts of the plant contain this magical ingredient, but the roots are where it's most concentrated. Learn about how to make your own soapwart root soap and shampoo after the jump!
The recipes that I found suggest that soapwart is more like an herbal rinse than a lustrous shampoo. So don't expect your hair to be up to par with salon, or even drug store brand shampoos. It can also be used for washing clothes and linens as well.
What You will Need:
- 2 cups of distilled water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried soapwart root. If you don't have any soapwort plants at your disposal, most health food stores carry it.
- 2 teaspoons Lemon Verbena - for a nice lemon scent.
How to Make it:
1. Boil distilled water and then add soapwort root
2. Cover and allow to simmer for 20 minutes
3. Remove from heat, add lemon verbena and replace the lid
4. When cool, strain into a bottle and keep refrigerated.
(image: Botanikas Wedniz)