Monday, September 14, 2015

Calendula and Vervain - the perfect marriage!

Calendula (also knows as marigold) has been used world wide for it's herbal healing properties -- the petals are anti-bacterial and can heal skin infections and wounds. Hindus use these flowers as necklaces and to adorn temples due to their holy attributes to promote health.

Vervain is an ancient herb which was used in the Mediterranean region by Druids, Romans and Greeks, and on through the ages. You can order an "infusion de vervain" from any French cafe. Vervain "is recommended in upwards of thirty complaints, being astringent, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, etc. It is said to be useful in intermittent fevers, ulcers, ophthalmia, pleurisy, etc., and to be a good galactogogue." (

When these two herbs are combined they add up to super healing properties for the skin, as well as having calming and soothing effects. My new soap will incorporate these two herbs, along with rosemary and lemon oils, olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and sodium hydroxide to bind the fats with the water. The chemical process that makes soap means the moisture in the fats will stay on the skin, even as the water pulls away any impurities or dirt. Manufactured soap uses detergents which dry the skin, this soap just uses the natural chemical process so you don't even need moisturiser afterwards, your skin will love you!

 Coming to my Etsy shop in November.

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