House­hold SOAPS

Mak­ing your own herbal soaps is as easy as it is plea­sur­able. What's more, their nat­u­ral fra­grances will in­still a sense of calm.

Herbs & Superfoods - - Using Herbs In The Home -

Keep your house­hold free of germs by mak­ing your own an­tibac­te­rial soaps. Glyc­er­ine soap is the eas­i­est type of soap to make at home. Its most no­table at­tribute is that it’s translu­cent, and its most fa­mous form is the en­dur­ing Pears brand, first pro­duced in 1789. You can buy glyc­er­ine blocks from your local phar­macy, Bin Inn or from the Eco­s­tore.

Pre­pare a soap mould (shal­low plas­tic con­tainer, small dish or a thor­oughly cleaned tuna tin), by spray­ing it with rub­bing al­co­hol. Heat glyc­er­ine in a covered bowl over a pot of sim­mer­ing water, or place it in the mi­crowave for one minute, covered with plas­tic wrap. Stir to en­sure all the glyc­er­ine is melted.

Leave to cool, then add es­sen­tial oils for fra­grance and an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties. Oregano oil is ideal for an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties; for fra­grance, try com­bi­na­tions of patchouli and orange, vanilla and rose gera­nium, or lemon es­sen­tial oils.

Pour the liq­uid glyc­er­ine into your mould. When the mould is half full, em­bed clean sprigs of herbs of flow­ers in the soap for a beau­ti­ful ef­fect. Con­tinue fill­ing the mould with glyc­er­ine, then spray the top of the soap with rub­bing al­co­hol to elim­i­nate bub­bles.

The soap will har­den in a few hours. If it’s dif­fi­cult to re­move from the mould, freeze for up to half an hour.

To make a liq­uid soap, you’ll need: 10 ta­ble­spoons finely grated castile soap, 8 ta­ble­spoons boil­ing water, 2 ta­ble­spoons crushed laven­der buds, 2 drops laven­der oil and 2 drops oregano oil. Place the soap and boil­ing water in a heat-proof bowl then place the bowl over a saucepan of hot water to melt, stir­ring fre­quently un­til smooth. Us­ing a mor­tar and pes­tle, crush the flow­ers to a fine pow­der. Take the bowl out of the saucepan and stir the flow­ers and es­sen­tial oils into the soap. Cool, then pour into a hand-soap dis­penser.

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