Calendula is considered helpful in treating inflammation and promoting wound healing. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties calendula is useful for dry skin and also encourages the fast healing and renewal of the skin. Applying calendula topically is effective for diminishing inflammation and promoting the healing of wounds, burns, eczema, diaper rash, and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Chamomile can have many healing effects on the body. It reduces irritation of skin and also calms it. The anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory components of chamomile soap make it an excellent choice for any skin type. It is a therapeutic option for skin troubles like acne, pimples, swelling, psoriasis, and eczema.
A topical form of orange oil, such as soap, when used on a regular basis, may help protect the skin from sun damage and lighten age spots. Continued use of soap with orange oil has been reported to have an effect on problems such as lack of libido, erectile dysfunction and a lack of sexual interest. Reputedly orange, lemon and grapefruit oil acts an antidepressant, soothing the nerves and easing stress.
Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound, commonly used in crystal form, which gently exfoliates skin and smoothes uneven skin. Regular use of Epsom salt can help relieve stress and leave your skin feeling recharged.
Lavender has been used for centuries to make soaps. The use of lavenders essential oil in soap allows its aromatic scent to be enjoyed. Lavender blossoms are also used, and there rewards are substantial. Like most all of our herbs and essential oils used lavender has antimicrobial agents, and is a useful treatment for sunburns, and insect bites. Lavender soap can also be a useful calming aid for anxiety or excessive energy in children and toddlers (our lavender soap is not tear free).
Lemongrass use in soap tightens and smooths the skin, and eliminates body odor. When used in soap making your skin will enjoy the touch of nature. Lemongrass has a unique scent, and creates a smooth texture. Lemongrass is known for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Lemon verbena has been used to treat fever, congestion, asthma, insomnia, intestinal problems, stress, and even depression. It is used to treat Candida as it has properties that help eliminate the fungus.
Oatmeal has many uses in skin products; it can be used in some forms to exfoliate. It may also be used to help balance ph and allow your skin to remain at its natural state. The natural chemicals in oatmeal allow it to act as a saponin, working as a natural cleansing detergent.
Peppermint is widely used in soap making, due to its aromatic and antimicrobial properties. When used on skin, it can cause surface warmth, which relieves pain beneath the skin. Peppermint is remarkably refreshing and its aroma therapy components are found to be enjoyable for soap use.
Pine essential oil’s most important health benefit is treating various skin problems. Other benefits of pine include aromatherapy agents. It gives an energizing feeling and hence it is effective in removing mental stress. It gives you a balanced, smooth, renewed and shinny skin and hair.
Tea tree oil, which is antimicrobial, greatly reduces odor and fungal growth due to bacteria on skin and clothes. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that helps heal cuts and bruises. Management of skin aliments with tea tree oil products has the advantage of being less harsh on skin than chemically based antibacterial agents.
Raspberry leaves have polypeptides, flavonoids, and tannins. The mixture of these compounds helps promote skin regeneration which helps smooth the skin and reduce the signs of aging. When used in teas and other herbal remedies raspberry leaves are extremely beneficial during pregnancy. The raspberry leaves used in our soaps and lotions, are grown in my backyard raspberry patch, doesn’t get any more local than that.
While Calendula is a power packed healer, in my opinion is no match for comfrey. Research seems to bear out the claims for the healing properties of comfrey leaf. In one major European study, comfrey proved effective at relieving both pain and swelling in patients. In another study with over 300 participants showed that comfrey leaf treatments of varying types (ointments, salves, soaps, compresses and other topical applications), were very effective in treating eczema, dermatitis, viral skin infections and ulcers of the lower leg. Comfrey can also make a wonderfully mild astringent great for ulcers and sores. The comfrey used in our soaps and lotions, are grown in my backyard herb garden, doesn’t get any more local than that.
The benefits of Yarrow can be attributed to its properties like anti inflammatory, anti rheumatic, anti septic. Hastens the healing of infections – aids healing, due to its anti-inflammatory quality. Externally, the yarrow herb has been used, and is reputedly very effective, for helping to heal bruises, burns, cuts, swelling, ulcers and wounds on the skin or body surface. This is usually carried out using poultices made from the whole plant, yarrow leaves, or powder produced by grinding up dried yarrow tops. Infusions are also used to wash the skin to help deal with skin conditions, for example eczema. The yarrow used in our soaps and lotions, are grown in my backyard herb garden, doesn’t get any more local than that.
Oatstraw’s calming qualities strengthens nerves and encourages a restful night’s sleep. In Europe, oat straw is a long-trusted additive to soaps and skin conditioners. Oat straw is also well known to help the body in the management of healthy skin, hair, and nails. Recently, there have been some articles written claiming oatstraw may help with erectile dysfunction.