So today I decided to give this a go and it was so easy and literally all it is, is ‘melt and pour’! I know this is the simplest method but hopefully I can use this to experiment with different fragrances. You can also add vitamins to this but I thought I would keep it easy considering it was my first attempt.
What You Need
- Melt and Pour Goats milk soap mix
- Organic Honey
- silicone Mould
- Some colouring
- Bowl and spoon
Use 0.5KG of Melt and Pour Goats milk Soap mix and cut into squares. Place into a bowl and melt down. You can either do this in the microwave or oven a pan of water on the hob.
Add the honey into the melted soap mix. Use 4 tablespoons of this depending on how strong you want this you made need slightly more or less. The quality of the honey you use will have an effect on the end fragrance. I used organic honey to keep this soap natural and also get the strong sweet smells.
Use the spoon to mix the honey and the Goats milk Soap mix in a bowl. Make sure you don’t let this mixture set as when I made this it set quite quickly.
Pour the soap mix into your chosen mould. If you have lumps in the mixture (which you shouldn’t have) you can pour through a sieve into the mould.
Leave anywhere between 30mins and 2hours for the soap to set in the mould. This will depend on how deep the mould. Once set, turn is out and leave for a further hour to harden.
Ever since my first exams I have been intrigued as to what powers healing stones have.
My family brought my first one on the run up to my exams hoping it would calm my anxiety symptoms. In all honesty I didn’t understand at the time what I was meant to do with this stone but now I want to find out what properties they may have.
As a Student Paramedic I am a firm believer that medicines have a cause and effect on the body in a good way and can change someone’s situation from unlikely to survive into a much more comfortable zone. This addresses the physical aspects of illness but what about the mental healing of a person. This is something we are not taught and is classed as an alternative medicine; however, I am a firm believer that in conjunction with medical help, patients also need a strong mental force to aid healing.
I am interested in how this healing can be done in a spiritual way and what healing stones can do for someone who may need help.
Shea butter is a thick solid and creamy texture and containing around 60% fat is mostly used for its moisturising properties. It derives from the seeds of the fruit of the shea tree and could be likened to a super-food for the skin.
High in vitamins A and E shea butter can be used as a natural treatment for eczema and other conditions causing irritation of the skin. It can reduce the itching symptoms by as much as 79% and may be an ideal natural treatment for those suffering with chronic allergies of the skin.
- Reduces inflammation
When using shea butter as a cream it is said to help manage arthritis and its painful symptoms by reducing inflammation in the joints.
Application of shea butter to the site of a bite or sting will not only reduce the inflammation but is said to have some antiseptic properties, helping further with the healing process and reducing the chances of infection.
- Improves hair condition.
Containing high amounts of natural oils shea butter can reduce the appearance of split ends and the dehydration affects the sun has on your hair.
- Relieving muscle pains
Applying shea butter directly to the site of injury or muscle pain may help to relieve the associated inflammation. Historically, in Africa it is said to have been mainly used for this purpose long before it hit the western culture.
Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the argan tree and is said to have many healing properties and alternative uses. Although some of these have never been scientifically proven it doesn’t mean these natural ingredients won’t work for you.
Although argan oil has not been scientifically proven to treat skin conditions such as eczema or acne, its anti-inflammatory properties may be beneficial for those suffering with conditions such as this. It may be used to calm down the skin and reduce the pain and irritation.
- Moisturising the skin
Argan oil reduces oiliness of the skin through its sebum reducing capabilities. So for those who have naturally more oily skin this may be beneficial when used as a soap or scrub.
This is not supported by any major scientific proof and would need to be researched more however due to the anti-oxidant characteristics of argan oil it may decrease would healing times when taken in a tablet form. This could be especially useful oil for those who have a weakened immune system through either illness or harsh treatment, or for the elderly who may struggle to heal after injury.
Argan oil has a property to increase the elasticity of the skin and therefore reduce the effects of ageing on the skin, making the skin feel light.
- Reduces stretch marks
Again, this healing technique is due to the increased elasticity of the skin and can be helpful to pregnant women where stretch marks are likely to feature. Rubbing directly onto the site on the skin is the most effective way to use obtain the oils through the skin
Welcome to my blog, where I will be sharing of my experiences of my discovery of the natural world, and peel back the fast-paced society that we now live in. Breaking life down to its core, to show off the natural world. On a journey to discover what we can do with the elements we were first given, embrace a more natural and homemade life and to see the worlds most untouched patches.
My aim is to educate myself in what I can do to make my life more homemade using natural ingredients and get the most of the health benefits the earth has handed us. Although I am studying as a Student Paramedic, I do believe that treatments other than medications should be used in conjunction to treat patients and their wellbeing.
Starting by looking into homemade soaps and the health benefits of using natural ingredients over some harsher chemicals that are used in the cosmetics industry; by the end of my research I will hopefully be able to make my own. Eventually I hope to expand to review methods being used currently to make our world more sustainable with the aim to retain some of its natural beauty.