Natural Soap Recipe

Try this natural herbal soap recipe

Herbs can be used for cooking, for medicinal or for aromatic purposes. I use them for all three.

Mind, body and spirit are one.

Herbal soaps created for the enhancement of not only ones beauty, but handcrafted herbal soaps help cleanse the body, while invigorating your senses. Herbal soaps whether homemade or purchased, provide increased cleansing power, soothe and help protect the skin in a beautiful, natural way. Using pure essential oils in soap blends, along with additional almond oil, for extra moisture is always the best move

Vegetable oils are very good for your skin, providing necessary moisture while allowing your skin to breath.

Commercially made soaps usually contain animal products such as tallow or lard, as well as many undesirable chemicals and synthetics. These can play havoc with your skin, exacerbating existing conditions and causing others such as clogged pores, dry skin, rashes and more. In most cases, the glycerin has also been removed.

Your skin readily absorbs what is put on it, good or bad. It is one of the quickest ways for chemicals - or nutrients- to enter your body. Be mindful of what you put on your skin, the largest organ of your body.

Some Herbal Soap Recipes

BASIC SOAP MIXTURE

The basic recipe is used throughout, with various ingredients added. Once you have had some practice, you can create your own combinations using this recipe :



· 375g caustic soda

· 1 kg water

· 750g coconut oil

· 1,2 kg vegetable shortening

· 750g olive oil

UNSCENTED CALENDULA BABY SOAP

Steep 115g dried or semi-dried calendula flowers (pot marigold) in 115ml olive oil in a jar, sealed, for two to three weeks, then strain oil. A faster method is to steep dried calendula flowers in water and use strained infusion in place of all or part of the water called for in the recipe (Or combine both methods). This makes a very mild baby soap.

· 1 quantity basic soap mixture

· 120g calendula-infused olive oil

COMFREY AND ALOE VERA SOAP

The comfrey root gives the soap a special healing, soothing quality as well as a beautiful dark violet colour. Collect and dry enough comfrey root to produce 110g ounces of powder (about a 1 foot root). Roots must be thoroughly dry before you pulverize them in a food processor.

· 1 quantity basic soap mixture

· 60g lavender oil · rosemary oil · aloe extract

· 110g comfrey root powder

GARDEN MINT SOAP

In the heat of summer, peppermint soap is a good choice. It has a way of cooling the hottest skin and easing mild sunburn. When travelling long distances, keep a 'sniffing bar' of peppermint soap on the dashboard to keep you awake.

· 1 quantity basic soap mixture

· 120g peppermint oil

LEMON VERBENA SOAP

Add a small amount of lemongrass oil to lemon vinegar oil to fix scent.

· 1 quantity basic soap mixture

· 120g lemon verbena oil

· 15g lemongrass oil

· 30g turmeric for colour (optional)

CHAMOMILE AND LAVENDER BABY SOAP

This soap has proven very effective against nappy rash.

· 1 quantity basic soap mixture

· 15g chamomile oil

· 120g lavender oil

ROSEMARY MORNING SOAP

Rosemary works wonders as a pick-me-up first thing in the morning.

· 1 quantity basic soap mixture

· 120g rosemary oil

· 55h each powdered dill weed and rosemary

GENTLEMAN FARMER SOAP

The cornmeal in this soap gives it a rough texture, perfect for scrubbing. Follow the general instructions for making the soap mixture, then blend 2 cups of the soap mixture with the cornmeal and whip it with a wire whisk to remove lumps. Return this mixture to the soap kettle and stir in the essential oils before pouring the soap into mould.

· 1 quantity basic soap mixture

· 110g ground cornmeal

· 90g lemongrass oil

· 30g cedarwood oil

MR SPICY SHAVING SOAP This shaving soap has a high percentage of cinnamon oil, which stimulates and lifts the beard for a close shave. This soap is tricky to make as the cinnamon oil must be dribbled in quickly while stirring or it will streak the soap. This soap also thicken unusually fast, so be ready to pour it into the mould as soon as you've stirred in the oil and the optional ground cinnamon.

· 1 quantity basic soap mixture

· 120g cinnamon oil

· 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Soft Herbal Soap using dry herbs:

For use in baths or washing hands.

1 1/2 cups dried Herbs

1 1/2 quarts water

2 cups shredded pure soap (like Ivory)

1/2 cup borax

In an enamel saucepan, combine the Herbs and water. Bring to a full boil. simmer for about 30 minutes to release the oils of the Herbs. Re-heat slowly and add the shredded soap and borax. Stir while adding the last two ingredients. Boil gently for about 3 minutes. Cool. Pour the soap into covered containers of your choice.

For the strongest aroma, use Herbs like rosemary, lavender & thyme. The oils from these Herbs seem to linger on your skin longer.

I like to make these soaps into tiny soaps shaped like different things.......circles, squared, seashells..stuff like that. I then tie them up into colored netting and decorate with ribbon and silk flowers and give as gifts. They can be used to wash with or just as sachets. ( A simple way of doing this is using ice cube trays and filling the 1/3 full only. Let them set, then just simply twist and pop them out.)

Another way of using these soaps for gift giving is to get smaller (or larger) sized mason jars with the screw on lids. Fill the jar with little shapes of herbal soaps , close lid, and decorate with ribbon and silk flowers.

The best gift of all is the one you present to yourself when you use this herbal soap.

ENJOY!

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