Oh, I love the fragrance of fresh rosemary or the strong scent of basil! What about you? I am so fortunate to be able to grow many of the herbs that are now in your bath and body products. I feel so good knowing that they are 100% natural. But even better is the thought about what benefits they bring to your skin! We are very passionate about rediscovering the traditional value of doing things yourself, doing them naturally, and enjoying the benefits.
It is hard work planting, cultivating, and growing these nuggets of gold. But so enjoyable! We did lose quite a bit of botanical 2 years ago during Hurricane Florence. But I’ve had the pleasure of planting and growing new crops. I cant wait to see what next year will bring. Whether I am making salves, lotions, handmade soap, or massage oils….herbs can make them even better due to the specific quality of the plants. Here are my favorites I use in our homemade body products. So far this summer we have grown all kinds of botanicals including Comfrey, Chamomile, Calendula, St. John’s Wort, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, Sage, Lemongrass, Ginger, Horsetail, Aloe, among other vegetables for the family.
I feel that 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.
Chamomile is renowned for its gentle actions. Have you ever had Chamomile Tea? Imagine it in a lotion as you massage stress away. Chamomile promotes relaxation and supports digestive health. Chamomile is soothing to the skin and is often found in lotions and hair products. Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt and was given as an offering to their gods. Chamomile has been utilized extensively in Europe as somewhat of a panacea which supported digestive health. Common preparations were teas, baths and sitzbaths, gargles, inhalations, and compresses. Germans refer to this herb as alles zutraut meaning ‘capable of anything. Native Americans have used this and related species since their introduction to the Americas, often utilizing the entire plant. The Aleut drank teas to alleviate gas, and also considered the plant a cure-all. Drinking the tea was a Cherokee trick for “regularity.” The Kutenai and Cheyenne got creative, the former making jewelry and the later, perfume, out of the pulverized dry flowers. There’s so much to learn from this beautiful herb!
Calendula is very healing and can help to remove redness from the skin. We use it in many of our products. It adds such a beautiful color as well.
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 in soaps.
Comfrey is added to 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.
It’s also called “Knit-bone”. Did you know that? This past summer when I broke my ankle I made a poultice of comfrey leaves. I wrapped it around my ankle for at least 30 minutes a day for a couple of weeks. I was amazed at how fast the healing had become! It’s definitely a keeper around my home with my kids and grandson. Click here to see some of the salves we make.
Perhaps one of the most useful herbs in herbal soap making is rosemary. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. It is also full of antioxidants.
These are just a few of the herbs I love.
However, I’m constantly researching and testing to find the highest quality ingredients for the products we make.
Herbs that can be safely used to enhance the benefits of your salves, oils, butter, and body balms grow all around us! You might have some growing in your own garden right now, or perhaps they grow in nearby areas.
There are so many plants that can be used to create useful medicinal or beauty products. In fact, if you can eat a plant, it is probable that it can be used in your herbal body care creations.
I am always amazed at how my herbal salves out-perform the common store-bought ones, too. So feel reassured that the products you buy from us are 100% natural and beneficial. Made just for you!