Since learning that the roots of red campion can be a substitute for soap, I have been curious to try them out as such. The thing is, though: I have found no source which shows me how to make the soap, apart from vague instructions to boil in water. Oh, and apparently, the soapy water can be used to wash laundry.
Now, as I do like to experiment, I decided to cover the root
in water in the pan and boil till the water had reduced to half its volume. Then I used the resultant liquid to wash my hair – once it had cooled down.
Did it work? Mm, to clean my hair probably not. Of course, it would have eliminated dust, odours and such but I doubt the hair got a thorough clean. On the other hand, the next morning, my hair had a luxuriant thickness to it. So, I’ll give the experiment another try as a hair conditioner and see if the result is replicable.