Making Herbal Soap
Making herbal soap is something that is gaining more and more popularity. Many people love the subtle scent herbs provide a soap, as well as the beneficial skin properties it adds. Most herbs are good for the skin, having either anti-inflammatory properties, moisturizing properties, soothing properties, and rejuvenating or repairing properties. This is the reason why most spas use herbal soaps or herbal oils for their treatments.
If you use the melt and pour method of making herbal soap, you won't have to use lye, which means you lessen the synthetic chemical quantities of the soap. This will add to the soap's mildness, which means it will be safe to use on small children, people with very sensitive skin, or people who have skin problems like eczema, contact dermatitis, rashes, etc.
Since it employs the easiest method, making herbal soap is very easy and can be done quickly so you can enjoy the benefits of herbal soap on the same day you make it! The recipe for making herbal soap is as follows:
- 1 block of glycerine (grated)
- 4 tsp. dried herb of your choice or 8 tsp. chopped fresh herbs (if fresh, use flowers and/or leaves)
- distilled water
If you're using dried herbs, steep the herbs in ½ cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Set aside.
Put your grated glycerine into a soap pot, make sure it is more or less evenly distributed in the pot.
Pour in enough distilled water just to cover the glycerine. Place the pot over the stove and heat until the glycerine is completely melted. You will have to stir the pot to aid the process.
Once it is completely melted, remove the soap pot from the stove. Next add your herbs. If you're using dried herbs, you can include the water you steeped the herbs in.
Stir in your herbs till there is a more or less even distribution.
Afterwards, pour your mixture into your soap molds. Once it hardens, you can use your herbal soap!
Some people like adding scent to their distilled water by adding a few drops of fragrance oil into the water. You can also choose to make herb water by distilling water with herbs in it. This process takes a while so you will have to do this at least a day before making herbal soap. Some popular herbs to use when making herbal soaps are lavender, mint, eucalyptus, jasmine, and many more!
If you own an herb garden or if herb gardening is one of your hobbies, and you have a lot of extra herbs around your house that you don't know what to do with, then why not try making soap? This recipe showed you how easy it is. Plus it should be a great way to flex your creative muscles and create homemade presents!