Learn how to make homemade soaps with our easy-to-follow instructions. These five healing recipes will become instant favorites, perfect for any occasion or skin-type.
It's fun making herbal soaps. Gather the herbs needed for your soothing skin-care creations from the garden, the wild, or the apothecary or natural food store.
Since I first learned how to make homemade soap 17 years ago, I’ve come to discover that it contains many wonderful healing properties. By itself it draws infectious agents, along with other unwanted or irritating substances, away from the skin. Adding healing herbs increases soap’s power to cleanse, soothe and protect in a natural, healthful way.
Some of my favorite soaps begin with a smooth, gentle base of vegetable-derived glycerin soap, which is especially kind to troubled skin and easy to blend with herbs. These qualities, and the fact that it’s simple to use, are the reasons glycerin soap base is the foundation in each recipe.
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A Word About Skin
The skin is a living, breathing part of the body, and its appearance and function will respond to the type of care given to the entire being. Adequate rest and exercise, proper nutrition, relief from emotional stress and proper external care all contribute to healthy skin, which operates more efficiently and looks beautiful.
As the largest organ of the human body—averaging 15 percent of body weight—the skin is composed of millions of cells and is responsible for many vital functions. It shields internal organs from ultraviolet (UV) rays and from invasion by bacteria and other foreign matter. It also helps eliminate waste and regulate temperature through perspiration. The skin is ultrasensitive to pleasure and pain and serves as a sensory receptor in times of possible danger or pleasure. It also signals others by blushing with embarrassment and paling with fear. Your skin appears to brighten when you are relaxed and happy. Conversely, it looks drawn and ashen when you feel sad.
The skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the fatty layer. Here, we are primarily concerned with the epidermis, for that is where healing soaps do their work. New skin cells form and rise from the bottom of the epidermis; at the top, old cells slough off. The life cycle of these cells is twenty-eight to thirty days, though the cycle can be hastened by adverse conditions such as sun- or windburn, abrasion, or lack of sleep.
With proper preventive and corrective care a troubled epidermis layer can be regenerated and virtually made anew. Preventive measures include avoiding exposure to UV rays, harsh weather, and temperature extremes (overly hot showers, facials, or saunas, for example). Corrective skin care involves repairing aging or damaged skin through proper cleansing of the skin. The herbal soap recipes listed above offer ways to prevent and correct damage ranging from wounds to blemishes so that your skin can function efficiently and, through its improved looks, reflect the beauty within.