Plant Sources to use in Soap Making
Contrary to what many people think, herbs are not used in the soap making process simply for show, to add texture or for aroma. Every plant source offers its own unique list of benefits so while one may moisturize, another may clear acne or offer natural color. The great thing about soap making is that you can choose ingredients that will be most beneficial for you, your skin type and your needs. Below are just a few recommended plant sources that you can make use of in the soap making process.
- Alkanet – This is the name given to quite a few plant varieties that all fall in the borage family. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin irritation, it is an ideal ingredient to use if you want to be making soap in shades of pink, red, blue and purple.
- Aloe – This is one of the most popular plants used in soap making. Nearly everyone is aware that aloe contains 20 amino acids as well as an abundance of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and nitrogen that offer antifungal and antibacterial effects. Aloe increases circulation, soothes skin and reduces the appearance of scars.
- Almonds – Looking for a good exfoliate source to use in soap making? Finely ground almonds will slough away dead skin and they smell great. Not recommended for anyone with nut allergies!
- Calendula – If you are looking for an ingredient to use in the soap making process that will nourish the driest skin, calendula is it! It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to promote healing of a wide variety of skin conditions. This is a preferred ingredient to use during the winter months, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors and your skin takes a beating.
- Chamomile – If you appreciate how calming a cup of chamomile tea is, your skin will certainly welcome it being used in the soap making process. Chamomile relieves acne and dermatitis while it soothes.
- Cardamom – When cardamom is used in soap making, it energizes uplifts and improves circulation. This is a great herb for someone who really struggles waking up in the morning.
- Carrots – The vitamin A in carrots is equally as good for your skin as it is for your eyes. Use it in soap making to heal eczema, psoriasis and exceptionally dry skin.
- Lavender – Not only does lavender smell delicious, it deep cleans and offers calming and healing benefits. Lavender is ideal to use in soap making from spring through fall because it’s a natural insect repellant as well.
- Lemon – There’s a reason why so many household cleaning products use lemon; it has very strong antibacterial properties and smells unbelievably clean. Lemon balm can be used in soap making to add texture too!
- Mint – Few ingredients used in soap making smell as refreshing as mint does. It also soothes itching, cures infection and promotes an even skin tone.
- Marjoram – If you have issues with oily skin, marjoram is the perfect plant source for you. Its antiseptic properties help to restore proper pH levels and reduce shine.
- Nasturtium – Most people refer to this plant as watercress. When used externally in soap making it can treat skin conditions, rashes and cuts due to its antibiotic, antifungal and antiseptic properties.
- Rose – Everyone’s favorite flower stimulates, moisturizes, reduces wrinkles, repairs damaged cells, soothes burns and heals dry skin.
- Yarrow – Whether you are recovering from an injury or if you suffer from arthritis or other chronic aches, yarrow reduces pain, heals abrasions and soothes burns. When used in soap making, it will also offer a nice yellow color that can be left alone or easily dyed over.