First, let’s get acquainted with our skin…
As you may or may not know, the skin is the largest organ in the body. It is alive and breathing and it can be clearly seen from its appearance how it is being treated. Along with using the right substances externally, good skin depends on making sure you sleep, exercise, eat properly and know how to relieve yourself from daily stress.
The skin is made up of millions of cells and is responsible for many important functions. It protects inner organs from UV rays and other foreign matters; eliminates waste and regulates the temperature of the body through perspiration and is uber sensitive to pleasure and pain. We signal our feelings others via the skin too – blushing when embarrassed and paling when terrified, seemingly brightening when relaxed and ashen when sad.
The skin is made up of three layers – the epidermis, dermis and fatty layer. Healing soaps work at the level of the epidermis. The epidermis is where new cells form and rise from – at the top old cells fall away. Skin cells have a life-cycle of twenty-eight to thirty days with adverse internal or external conditions can hasten it.
If you know how to properly treat the skin – in both a preventive and corrective manner, an imperfect epidermis layer can regenerate and practically renew itself. Avoiding exposure to UV rays, extreme weathers and temperatures are all examples of preventative measures whereas proper cleansing of the skin falls under corrective measures. The following herbal soap recipe is also a great preventative/corrective measure that cures and cleans the skin on a deep level which in turn improves the external look.
What Tools Do You Need?
- A one-quart double boiler
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Stirring spoons/sticks
- Plastic soap molds
- Candy molds/ plastic food containers that can hold about two cups of material
How to Create A Simple Base
The following recipe starts with a prepared glycerin soap base which has already been melted and is therefore ready for the herbal ingredients
A good-quality glycerin soap base or pure, unscented glycerin soap can be purchased from a store that stocks natural products
What is great about the glycerin products, is that they already contain all the essential soap ingredients and all that remains to do is to add herbs
If you purchase a glycerin base then you need to melt it in a double boiler over a medium heat
After that, according to the recipe, you add the herbs and stir
Then, you pour the liquid into molds and allow it to cool
Once the soaps have cooled, you are left with wonderfully healing, beautiful herbal soaps that are translucent and contain glimpses of healing herbs.
What is great about the soap base is that it is practically impossible to ruin it and is quite reasonable in its pricing.
Best of all, you really don’t have to wait very long for your soaps to be ready- within an hour they’re set.
Those lucky enough to have herbs growing in their garden can gather them from there and use them in their soaps. Otherwise, they can be bought in a natural food store.
A Couple of Recipes
- Tea Tree Antiseptic Soap
This is a wonderful soap for keeping grubby hands at home bacterial-free, as well as for washing wounds. It will help prevent illnesses from spreading and wounds from becoming infected.
The tea tree actually grows in Australia and the highly antiseptic essential oil is extracted from the leaves via steam distillation. It provides a gentle way of treating skin ailments can help treat athlete’s foot and is also great when used as deodorant.
2 cups glycerin soap base
2 tablespoons tea tree oil
What To Do
Combine the melted base and the oil. Stir until they are blended, pour into molds and allow to cool.
- Lavender & Rosemary Soap
With their mild, stimulating effect on the skin, lavender and rosemary come together to create an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory soap that is great for treating the skin that is afflicted with wounds, blemishes, dermatitis and more.
This soap is created by infusing fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves. An infusion is made by pouring a cup of boiling hot water over three tablespoons of fresh or dried lavender flowers and rosemary leaves (the proportions as you desire) and steeping for ten minutes.
3 cups glycerin soap base
1/4 cup lavender/rosemary infusion
1 1/2 teaspoons lavender oil
1/2 teaspoon rosemary oil
Optional- 1 teaspoon pulverized dried rosemary
What To Do
Combine the melted based and herbs. Stir until blended, pour into molds and allow to cool.
Rivkah Abrahams writes for Ajudaica.com blog. She loves and appreciates natural cosmetics and interested in finding ways to do it herself.