Health, Safety & Practical Guidelines - Precautions To Take Before Making Neno Natural's DIY Hair Recipes
Before making any of my hair recipes please take the following precautions.
Seek A Doctor's Advice If You're Pregnant
Don't use essential oils if you are pregnant or breast-feeding because many essential oils are known to stimulate the uterus and their effects can be passed on to a baby.
Using an essential oil that stimulates the uterus means you may go into premature labour which can mean a miscarriage if it is too early.
Even just inhaling the smell of certain essential oils can be enough to do this! I cannot emphasise this point enough.
Test For Allergies With a Patch Test
Before using any of the products you make do a patch test! This is especially important if you have sensitive skin.
Signs of an allergic reaction
When you're working ensure the surface is clean, clear and leaves plenty of room for you to manoeuvre. To sanitize the surface I recommend you don't use a commercial detergent get a big bottle of cheap vodka or clear (white) vinegar. Use the vodka to sanitize your equipment too.
If you’re trying to be “green” then you’ll want to avoid disinfectants with chemicals like chlorine, chlorhexidine or triclosan.
Alcohol (ethanol) is a very sanitary, chemical-free cleaning agent. Personally, I clean the surface using a regular detergent then I wipe it down hard with the below vodka blend.
Neno Natural's Vodka Blend
To make a good smelling surface cleanser pour vodka into a spray bottle (dark glass preferred) and add a few drops of lemon essential oil (great fragrance) or tea tree essential oil (has antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties) or peppermint essential oil (has antibacterial properties).
For every 30 ml (1 oz) add a total of 15-18 drops of essential oils (this is a 3% dilution - only suitable for a cleaning product). You can use one or all of the three essential oils I recommend.
Ideally, don't use tap water or bottled water. Use
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It goes without saying that if you're going to be heating "chemicals" especially with essential oils you need to be in a well-ventilated room. Essential oils are flammable and very potent. If you feel light headed or faint stop what you’re doing and get some fresh air.
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