Ground Avocado Pit Soap/Shampoo

Story from my daughter in Montana – “It was really fun! This guy said he pawned his trumpet 🎺 earlier today but he heard Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong that I put on through the door and so he came in and gambled $20. He won $1400 and gave me $100! He said he only needed $400 to get his trumpet back and that he would’ve never stopped in if he hadn’t heard my music!”

A friend gave me these great ideas for natural make-up: Beet juice for the lips. The ash of one burnt almond for eyeliner. And here is Avocado Pit Shampoo!

I did a blog on the avocado pit smoothie. But avocado seeds can be added to your soaps and shampoos to use as an exfoliant, and to eliminate dandruff.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Avocado Pit Shampoo


1 avocado seed

2 c. water

8 oz.water

3 T. aloe vera

3 T. castile soap

1/2 tsp. coconut oil

20 drops essential oil of choice – I used rosemary today, or fresh herbs:

2 tsp. dried rosemary

2 tsp. dried rose petals


Wash and dry your avocado seed. Grate (The color will turn orange ) and put into a pot with the water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 30 min. Strain into a bowl, cool and pour into a bottle with the rest of the ingredients, shaking often. Shake before using.

Word of the Day – champu- shampoo

Tip of the Day – You can use this forever. You never have to use commercial shampoos. I’ve been using my natural ones for years and years.

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Bee’s Nest Remedy

You know when I got stung the other day, I didn’t realize that loud, anxiety-producing sound was bees nesting in the cracks of the cement foundation where I’m camping. I googled it to find that ordinary dish soap might get rid of them. While W, my friend and gardener was lighting a fire to smoke them out, I started pouring my home-made dish soap on them and into the cracks. There were hundreds, dying rapidly, wow! I used two whole home-made bottles over the course of three days, but it appears every last bee is gone, yay!

Recipe of the day – Bee’s Nest Remedy Soap

1 c. purified water
3 Tab. liquid Castile Soap
1 tsp. glycerin
5-8 drops Essential Oil (either lemon, lavender, rosemary or geranium)
Directions: Use a brown bottle and pour all ingredients through a funnel. Shake well before using.

Word of the Day – ansiedad – anxiety

Tip of the Day – I don’t like killing animals, but it seemed worth it to avoid another bee sting in the mouth, or other areas, just three feet away from where I sleep!

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Ceiba Facial Cleanser

The kapok, ceibo or silk floss look like magnolias mixed with casablanca lilies mixed with hibiscus, or with a hibiscus center. So beautiful! And we better pay attention, because that particular tree may flower for another five years!

Recipe of the Day – Ceiba Facial Cleanser


  • 10 drops Vitamin E
    (helps with aging skin and sun spots)
  • 1 c. Witch hazel or Castile soap
  • 10 drops Tea Tree oil
    (helps clear blemishes and reduce redness)
  • 1/4 c. Green Tea
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
    (leaves your skin youthful and glowing)
  • 1/4 c. Honey
  • 10 drops ceiba oil

Directions:  Mis all other and store in a dark-colored bottle. Shake before using.

Word of the Day – cara – face

Tip of the Day – You can do this with Palo Santos oil, instead of Ceibo, another magical, healing tree!

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DIY Hand Soap

I asked my my young airbnb guests some typical polite questions: “Did you sleep well? Did the dog barking wake you up? How was your night on the town?”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “Oh, I got in at 3:30, “the young woman said. “And me, 9,” said the young man. His eyes were clear, his smile bright, so I didn’t even consider that he meant 9 a.m. “9:00 this morning. First I went to a party until 1, then another until 3:30, at which point I couldn’t find a taxi. And I didn’t want to pay for another hostel. So I thought I would walk to your house. I walked a long, long time (We’re an hour’s walk to town.) And then a bus came by, so I got on it! “At which point his eyes lit up. “Only it didn’t go to Cucanama Bajo. It went to Loja.” Eyes fell. “So I rode the bus to Loja, then rode it back, and got a few hours sleep for $3, then came to your house and slept until now!”(noon.)

Wow. He said the parties in Germany are much longer. In his town, you meet your friends at 8 or 9 p.m. Then go home and have a couple beers. Then go out starting at 1 a.m. and on into the night and the next day. Wow.


Recipe of the Day – Hand Soap

1 c. purified water
3 Tab. liquid Castile Soap
1 tsp. glycerin
5-8 drops Essential Oil (either lemon, lavender, rosemary or geranium)
Use a brown bottle. Shake well before using.

Word of the Day – dormir – to sleep

Tip of the Day – You can use this soap in the washer, for the dishes, and as a shampoo, too!

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Tip of the Day –

Two Natural Shampoos

When my hair started getting dry here, I went back to using my own shampoo, instead of the “Natural” ones here from the health food places. Wow. What a difference coconut oil makes. I’ve been using this one for years; occasionally trade off for another, and always go back to the most simple. And it’s wonderful! My hair’s so soft! And now my friend is using it, too! The shampoo part starts at 2:35 on this video. Its SO great to know that Ecuador has all these ingredients.

Recipe of the Day – Shampoo

Recipe 1: Kombucha Shampoo

1 dark-colored bottle to keep heat out of the essential oils. It will destroy their effectiveness.

1/2  c. liquid Castile soap

1/2 c. Kombucha, or tea infusion if desired

1 Tab. vegetable glycerin

Shampoo1-2 drops Coconut or other Essential Oil

a couple drops Divine Love Elixir 72 Flower Infusion (optional)


(For 8 oz.)
Mix equal parts of liquid Castile soap to equal parts of an herbal infusion or Kombucha. Add the  essential oil, glycerin and shake well.

A little goes a long way for me. I’ve varied the amounts on the measurements of soap base, ACV, infusions, and EO’s.

Recipe 2 :


-1 c. Baking Soda

-1 qt. water

~1 tsp. peppermint castile soap
~1 tsp. aloe vera gel
~some dried flower infusion if I have some around (tea, basically)
~a few drops essential oil (I used peppermint and lavender this time.)
Shake before using.

Word of the Day: Champu – shampoo

Tip of the Day: I learned this from the Shaman, Sylvia – she loves to take many showers, often, to wash away, not only dirt, debris and bugs, but energies, “stuff” from other people. “The Dirt of the Day,” is not just soil, but the effects and essences of other people, even passersby.That’s why it feels so great to take a shower.

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