Why I Make my Own Herbal Soap
I’ve always had sensitive skin… So much so, that as a child, I was plagued with severe eczema that sometimes burned and took over my entire body. I’m not sure exactly what caused my childhood skin ailments, but I do know that eczema is no longer a major concern in my life. I did continue to struggle with eczema into my early twenties, with varying degrees of severity, but in 2011, I made a few life-changing decisions that completely transformed everything I thought I knew about my own health… I made the shift to greener living.
After years of using just about anything on (and in) my body, I chucked away all of my cheap, scented bath and body products in exchange for natural remedies… preferably ones I could make at home with normal household ingredients, because let’s face it: For us creative folks, making stuff is half the fun!
How to make your own herbal soap:
Here is what you will need:
- 6-7oz plain glycerin soap (I used olive oil infused glycerin from Micheal’s craft store)
- organic nourishing oil of your choice (such as virgin olive, coconut or jojoba)
- your favorite natural essential oil from a health food store (NOT unnatural scented oil!)
- raw oats
- dried herbs of your choice (I used my home-grown lavender leaves)
- two cooking pots of similar size (a stoneware bowl and one small pot will work too)
- a soap mold (I’ve successfully used muffin tins lined with muffin papers as well)
If you bought your herbs pre-ground, you can skip this step.
Enjoy naturally healthy, moisturized skin!
I pretty much ONLY use this type of soap on my skin and body. By changing my diet and beauty habits to more natural options, I’ve reduced my eczema to no more than a couple of tiny dry patches each winter, but I do still tend to have naturally dry skin. I’ve found that any time I run out of my natural home-made soaps and use “normal” store bought soaps, my skin becomes like a desert!
This recipe is perfect for dry, winter skin, because it gives your skin everything it needs: gentle, mild cleansing, nutrients AND exfoliation from the oats and herbs, soothing moisturization from the olive oil, and a hint of spring time with the floral essential oil! Perfect for February’s Eve rituals!
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