• 1 bar Castile soap*
• 5 cups water
• 2 tablespoons dry sage leaves
• 2 tablespoons dry lavender flowers
Grate the bar of soap on a kitchen grater to make 2 ounces (about 1/4 cup) soap shavings, and set aside.
Bring the 5 cups of water to a boil, and then add the sage leaves and lavender flowers.
Stir the herbs briefly, remove the pan from heat and cover with a lid and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain, discarding the herbs, and return the water to boiling.
As soon as the water is boiling, add the 1/4 cup grated Castile soap and stir until dissolved. When nearly cool, whip mixture with an egg beater until fluffy. Scoop into wide-mouth jars or convenient container. To use: dip fingers into shampoo and work into hair.
* Castile soap is a soap made with olive oil instead of animal fats. Originating in Castile, Spain, it is a soap that has few, if any, additives and will work up suds even in hard water. Castile soap and is mild for hair, as well as the skin. You can find Castile soap with other bar soaps in the grocery store, many health food stores, or online.