2021.07.14 2024.07.05 2024.07.05 article Amenoum How to properly wash your body. general body, skin, hair, teeth, wash /authors/Amenoum.html#credits How to wash yourself and stay healthy Intro You are an living ecosystem. You body contains 10 times more microbes than its own cells and your body cannot function without them. This does not include only good bacteria but bad ones too. Even pathogens - we all got them, they just do not cause disease in healthy individuals. Most of the food you think you eat is actually eaten or processed by your gut flora first, your body simply cannot use the food without it being previously processed by these microbes. For a healthy immune system, it is important to maintain a diverse eco-system. All the microbes living on you and inside you have a function. If you sterilize your gut you'd starve. It is illogical to believe that sterilizing your skin or any other part of your body will have no consequences. Skin Your skin is porous and it will absorb smaller molecules. To wash your skin and remain healthy, use only water - your skin and your microbes don't need anything else. And if you use only water to wash your skin, you skin will not be absorbing toxic chemicals, so you will stink less and you won't need to wash so often, or use perfumes to mask bad smell - although, to me, industrial perfumes don't smell good at all, they stink. In any case, you should avoid substances that sterilize your skin - removing the thin protective dirt layer and all microbes residing in it. It is much better to wash yourself with water that has dirt in it than washing yourself with industrial soaps and shower gels. Hair If you use only water to wash your hair, it will still be oily. This is not so bad for hair (it's probably good in small amounts) but you might not feel good if it feels greasy. But there are couple of ways to avoid greasy hear and remain healthy. Using urine While I wouldn't recommend drinking it to satisfy thirst, washing hair with urine is much healthier than using industrial shampoos. The simplest procedure is to soak your hair in urine and massage it a bit (the same way you do with shampoos), let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with water. You can find a list of benefits and more details on the web. Using ash Ash is alkaline and it dilutes oily substances. Collect some ash (from burning firewood or charcoal) in a bucket, then fill it with water. Leave overnight (one to two days) for the ashes to settle at the bottom. You can then use that water (filter it with cotton cloth if necessary) to wash your hair the same way as you would use a shampoo. It may even produce foam as shampoo does. You can also use this to wash your clothes, apparently, it acts as a fabric softener too.
Great replacement for a fabric softener is alcoholic vinegar. It's not only good for cleaning and softening your clothes, but will also keep your washing machine (if you use one) clean - free from mould, dirt and deposits of hard water such as calcium carbonate (CaCo3) scale.
Added chapter Thickening the shampoo. Thickening the solution Solution produced from ash may be good but it won't feel like shampoo, it's as viscous as plain water and some might see that as a problem. Fortunately, there are natural thickeners that can be used to make it feel better. Adding salt might help (in the amount of 2% shampoo content, but not more, as some sources claim) but it won't help much. For real thickening, xanthan gum (produced by fermentation of glucose and sucrose), Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) powder or Aloe Vera gel may be used.
Okra powder

Slice okra pod into smaller pieces and thoroughly dry. Grind into a powder (you can use a coffee grinder) and mix with your solution to make a shampoo.

Aloe Vera gel

Slice the plant leaves to extract gel. Mix it in a blender.
Another alternative may be the locust bean gum or carob gum (guma sjemenke rogača), which has affinity for hair and positive influence with its coating and protective effect, although some also claim it's high molecular weight has undesirable effects in cosmetics (however, this can be resolved with hydrolysis of the gum). The production is more complicated though. First, the skin is removed from seeds by acid or heat (thermo-mechanical) treatment. De-skinned seed is then split and gently milled. The germ and endosperm are further separated by sieving. The endosperm can then be milled (eg. by roller operation) to produce the final gum powder. Alternatively, the gum can be extracted from the seeds with water (dissolving seeds by heating), precipitated with alcohol, filtered, dried and milled, to give a very pure "clarified" locust bean gum.
Acid treatment

Dilute sulphuric acid at elevated temperature is used to carbonise the outer skin which can then be removed by a combination of washing and brushing or by a roasting process (roasted skins literally peel off). The carob bean gum produced from the carob splits by this process is whitish in colour and has higher viscosity.

Thermo-mechanical treatment

In this process, roasting of carob kernels is generally carried out in rotating furnace where the seed coat pops off from internal portions of the kernels. The endosperm halves or carob splits are obtained after mechanical processing and are recovered from the roasted seed coat or husk and the crashed germs. The isolated endosperm halves are then milled and sieved to obtain fine particle size powder of bean gum.
To achieve optimal solubilisation, water with added gum should be heated to ≈85° C. Viscosity of the shampoo will depend on the concentration of gum - more gum, more thickening. Teeth A need to brush teeth with something that's not food apparently depends on diet. Wild animals do not need to spend much time cleaning teeth because they spend a lot of time chewing food rich in fiber. Chewing sticks, barks and grass after big meals helps too. But, most importantly, they do not eat cooked food, overall - they don't consume food and drinks rich in refined sugar. How often do you need to brush teeth will depend on genetic factors and how good you are with your microbiome. Industrial toothpaste is definitely not the best solution to use to clean your teeth, it is even likely to be harmful, especially if it is sterilizing your teeth and mouth. You can simply brush your teeth using toothbrush only (with or without water), but if you need something more, you can mix one of the following ingredients with water to brush your teeth with: baking soda, coconut oil, sea salt, essential oils, hydrogen peroxide (not recommended if you have artificial fillings) and natural soaps. Just rinse your mouth afterwards, like you would do after using toothpaste. Chewing something natural after a meal or eating fruit (eg. an apple), like other animals do, helps too, and can be a good alternative, if not better, than brushing. It is also good to know that mouths are not made primarily for talk, rather as entrance for food. Some might disagree with that, but the fact is - exposure of teeth to air is accelerating decay and may introduce other problems. While it may have some benefits during development, opening of mouth in adult animals is generally correlated with feeding, not with long conversations. So if you sterilize your teeth and talk much, you're not only depriving your microbes from food, you are cheating those expecting food when they sense open mouth. It is thus better to talk while you eat (like your ancestors probably did) than in between meals. Added chapter Dental plaque Dental plaque Dental plaque is the community of microorganisms found on a tooth surface as a biofilm, embedded in a matrix of polymers of host and bacterial origin. You have probably been taught that it is inherently bad and should be removed. However, plaque is natural and contributes (like the resident microflora of all other sites in the body) to the normal development of the physiology and defenses of the host. Thus, it is not inherently bad, even if may often become bad at some point for general (polarized) population.
My theory is - they become bad because you use sterilizing toothpaste. Toothpaste cannot remove plaque, but if you remove all food from teeth then these microbes have nothing to eat, so they start eating what's available - ie. your gums (after all, they are made of meat). This is equal to starvation - if you don't eat food, your organism (eco-system) will start burning your fat reserves, but when it runs out of these [and you die], microbes will start eating your body (it's called body decay). Even if it doesn't remove all microbes, toothpaste removes a lot of their comrades, so your microbes might not be happy about that either. Even if not consciously, you are communicating with your microbes through your actions. When you use toothpaste you're saying to plaque microbes - hey, I just died, you're welcome to eat me. Therefor, leave some food for them - not too much (if you are afraid they might become greedy), but not too little either (if you are afraid they might eat you).
As I have stated elsewhere, how healthy your microbiome is for you generally reflects how healthy you are for your host (Earth). If you are an aggressive meat-eater you shouldn't be surprised your microbes are too. Your health depends on your character much more than what you eat, although these matters are generally correlated. Conclusion Industry has taught you that you need to fight for your health. And do so constantly, using industrial products. This is a lie, especially if you are interested in long-term health. If you are interested in long-term reliance on your eco-system to keep you healthy (generally achievable over generations) - aim to decrease the frequency of conscious physical care for your body and externally provided help overall. And do not sterilize your living environment either. During strong evolution, this may bring benefits even during current incarnation (due to accelerated evolution, current incarnation may effectively span multiple generations). It's a matter of choice - do I trust my microbiome to keep me healthy or pharmaceutical industry to keep me alive (not healthy) so they can profit from me? The more you trust pharmacy the less you show trust in your microbiome (the more you harm it) and the less it will trust you, so it will treat you just like a pharmaceutical industry treats you - as a resource, not someone to live with in symbiosis.