University of North Carolina researchers found that when Diethanolamine (DEA), a chemical used as a thickening agent in most shampoos, is applied to the skin of pregnant mice, it interferes with their offspring’s normal brain development.

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DEA blocks absorption of the nutrient choline, which is essential to brain development.

Additionally, the most common chemical compounds in shampoos are straight-chain alkyl benzene sulfonates. Benzene is a chemical that is responsible for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), oftentimes the precursors to leukemia and many types of cancers.
Most conventional shampoos contain 1,4-dioxane, a highly toxic carcinogen. According to the California Environmental Protection Agency, 1,4-dioxane is known to cause cancer and may cause kidney, respiratory, and neurological toxicity. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has also stated that 1,4-dioxane is a groundwater contaminant.

Homemade Rosemary Shampoo to Nourish and Stimulate Hair Growth

Ingredients:
  • 6 oz Aloe Vera Gel
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 10 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 15 drops Rosemary Oil
  • 10 drops Geranium Oil
  • BPA free plastic dispenser bottles
Directions:
  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Store in a bottle