Herbal soaps are those which are made without any chemicals and they are in tight competition with the synthetic soaps. Nowadays people prefer herbal soaps rather than the synthetic ones because many of them are allergic to the chemicals that are present in these soaps which are available even cheaply everywhere. But in case of herbal soaps they are very expensive, but in a way which can be tolerated by many people. An easy solution which is given in response to the expensiveness of the herbal soaps is to prepare them at home which is not a tough task.
It is a proven fact that nowadays, animal fats are used for making soaps. This is a great deal of cruelty against animals and due to this reason also many people are turning towards herbal soaps. The abundant animal fats and chemicals which are present in the soaps deplete the natural oils present in our body. By using herbal soaps, the difference in the skin texture could be noticed. All the herbal soaps are made from 100% natural plant oils. These oils make the skin look much softer and smoother and thus enable to preserve its moisture content.
Herbal soaps can be made from home itself. For this process, a dried herb should be chosen. There are different herbs which are known for their varying qualities. Lavender are known for its lovable fragrance, mint for the refreshing property and coolness and comfrey for the ability to smoothen and clean the irritated skin. Other items which are essential for making herbal soaps are a soap mold, plain unscented soap such as glycerine soap and a double boiler.
The first step is to coat the soap mold with the vegetable oil and then to heat 1/3 cup of water in double boiler and lower the flame. Into the water add three to four table spoons of herbs. After it boils, take the boiler and allow the herbs to cool and settle for almost fifteen minutes. Place the pan in flame and add soap into the oil which is cut into small pieces. Now pour the melted mixture into the soup mold when it melts. Leave the mold at room temperature until it cools down and hardens. Always remember that the soap prepared will be slightly softer than the one which was melted. After it hardens, the soap can be removed.
Soap molds can be replaced by any container or even tins which are to be oiled at first. While making a new soap with herbs always check by doing a patch test whether these handmade herbal soaps create any allergic reactions. Essential oils can be added to the herbal soaps while preparing them as they will enhance various properties of these soaps to a greater extend. Lavender for the fragrance, mint for the freshness and many other oils for several remarkable properties can be used. The essential oils are special oils which have wonderful properties in different aspects and it is the reason behind their usage in aromatherapy!
Herbal soaps best suits the skin with a lot of problems like acne, rashes etc. Skin problems arise as a result of many reasons. For treating such problems, first the cause of these troubles should be understood as any problem could be treated depending on the root cause. Problems may vary from individual to individual. It may be due to sunlight's effect on the skin or a vitamin deficiency or excessive oil secretion or even an allergy resulting from the cosmetics used! It could be anything as it could vary. The soaps which are available in the market have high pH content and it is not trusted and even not recommended by skin experts. These soaps are highly alkaline mostly ranging from 7 to 10 which is too much and could be the cause of skin irritations, itching, swellings and even reddishness. The high alkalinity depletes the required oil our skin, thus making it excessively dry. This results in itching and irritations. Using these alkaline soaps frequently for years might lead to premature ageing and even would be cause of wrinkle production on the face!
For the skin to be beautiful always the experts advice three simple steps to be adopted which are cleanse, tone and moisturize. Herbal remedies are best suited for this procedure. Sesame oil, coconut oil and even palm oil can be considered to be very efficient cleansing agents when mixed with water. Rose water, glycerin, jojoba oil etc could be used as moisturizing agents and apricot shells grounded, oatmeal and almond acts as a scrubbing agents. Thus herbal soap completed all these steps in the use of single soap and thus opens the way to herbal beauty!
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