Traditional natural bar soaps are made from herbal fats and herbal oils or their fatty acids which are reacted with inorganic water-soluble bases. The main sources of fats are olive oil and cocoa oils, while palm, coconut and palm kernel oils are the principal oils used in soap making.
Herbal Soap Production is not very complicated. For the production, you need a formulation, raw materials and mixing vessel, but the formulation and productıon methods of herbal bar soap are important. If you have not a good formulation, you cannot make healthy and efficient production of any herbal bar soap.
Dried comfrey plant herbal soap to help heal the skin. It is very effective for acne and poison ivy rash, while not being too harsh. It will not dry the skin out but will help to heal the skin. You can also use the leaf, although the root has more healing properties.
Plantain is one of my favorite herbs for herbal soap is plantain. Not the banana relative, but the herb (or more often weed) found in your yard. It is thought to be very healing, even more so than aloe vera. It is demulcent like marshmallow root, but also has a nice green color that doesn’t fade quickly in soaps.
Mint is good and almost all of the mints are antibacterial, making them a great choice for soap making. There are several different types of mint, some having more of the characteristic minty smell than others. I like peppermint and spearmint, but also chocolate mint, and my newest favorite – grapefruit mint. It smells just like the peel of the grapefruit and lends a nice quality to soap
Rosemary, perhaps is one of the most useful herbs in herbal soap making. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. It is also full of antioxidants. Rosemary Oil Extract, or ROE, is sold as a preservative for soap and other body care products.
Rose petals are very soft and they can lend a softening property to soap making. Using rose petals in herbal soap can not only soften the skin but also provides gentle exfoliation. Rose petals contain a lot of Vitamin C, which is also beneficial to the skin.
Oatmeal, is used extensively in herbal soap making. While it is not an herb, I thought it deserved a mention. Oatmeal provides exfoliation while soothing and softening the skin. You can use rolled or old fashioned oats, whole or ground oats, or you can make oat “milk” by soaking the oats in water and then draining the liquid. Use the liquid as your water portion in making soap.
Herbal Soap with Lavender is just about the best soap making herb. It’s light and clean scent is popular for a reason and it provides a sense of comfort. It is antibacterial and can help to heal wounds. Lavender is also well known for its relaxing properties and uses as a natural sleep aid. Use it whole in your herbal soap for a gentle exfoliating property or powdered for even gentler action.
Chamomile is soft and fragrant. It’s a gentle healing herb and is very soothing. It can also help to remove bacteria on the skin, although not as well as lavender.
Calendula is often called pot marigold, calendula is not in the marigold family, but is in the aster family. Calendula is very healing and can help to remove redness from the skin. Many herbs turn dark after a few weeks in the soap, but calendula herbal soap will hold its color very well for a long time.
Lemon Balm when it’s dried, lemon balm loses some of its lemony scent, but it still works very well in soap. Lemon balm is thought to be antiviral and can help to kill germs when you wash with it. It provides a dark green color and a bit rougher exfoliation than lavender or chamomile, while not abrading the skin.
At the end each plant to be fascinating. After all, herbs have been used medicinally and for pure enjoyment for thousands of years. I, therefore, love using herbs in my homemade soapmaking. Whether you are a die-hard cold-process soap maker, hot-processor, or just like to do a little melt and pour for fun every now and then, you can include herbs in your soap making projects for medicinal purposes, color, exfoliation, or as a decoration to the top. 10 Best Herbs for Soap making
Herbal soap are also used topically to fight against inflammation and help heal wounds faster due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. This makes it great for acne, eczema, and other skin conditions. Yarrow has tiny white flowers they can be dried and used on top or within soap. Leaves and flowers can be used in an herbal oil infusion and/or tea for the lye water in your soap recipe. Herbal soap can also used topically on scars and wounds as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory herb that is high in antioxidants. The flowers are very pretty on top of soaps and can give added medicinal properties in a tea infusion. I also like to use the petals mixed in soap for a pretty texture and visual appeal. It can also be infused through oil, giving your soap a slight golden color. Peppermint is something that is easy to get a hold of or grow making it a fun herb to add to soaps. Like other herbs, make sure that you steep the leaves before use so they do not “bleed,” making brown spots in your soap. Peppermint is often used as an exfoliant in soap, but paired with peppermint essential oil, it can create a very invigorating start to the morning. Lemon Balm Lemon balm is one of my favorite plants. It doesn’t have showy flowers, but it just looks pretty. Actually, it looks a lot like mint when it is growing, but has a more uniform domed appearance. Recent studies have shown the benefits of lemon balm on cold sores due to the calming, relaxing, effect on the nervous system – making it beneficial for those wanting a calming aromatherapy soap, whether they get cold sores or not. much more simple. Nettle Nettles are high in vitamins and minerals. Its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties make it excellent for skin and hair. Nettle is anti-inflammatory and is calming for your skin, making it great for acne! It can be infused in oil to give a pretty green color to your soap.