Make Homemade Herbal Soap: Lavender and Rosemary Soap Recipe

Rosemary and lavender fight skin blemishes in this homemade soap.
November/December 1997
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Herbal soaps can have many health benefits in addition to their pleasing scents.

Sensible, sensual cleansing with herbs: Soaps for blemished skin

Blemished skin is marked by chronic pustules, blackheads, and whiteheads, all of which can cause scarring. Blemishes can be a problem at any age, but during the teenage years they often flare up because an increase in hormone production stimulates the skin’s oil glands. When excess oil and a buildup of dead skin cells clog the pores, pressure builds and bacteria flourish. Swelling and infections damage the skin.

A thoughtful regimen of appropriate skin care, healthful diet, and exercise can make a world of difference. If your skin problems are persistent, consult a dermatologist. The following soaps will gently support your return to trouble-free skin.

Lavender and Rosemary Soap

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) each have a mild yet stimulating effect on skin. Both are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and beneficial for treating wounds, blemishes, boils, dermatitis, fever blisters, and more.

Begin this soap by making an infusion of fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves. To make an infusion, pour one cup of steaming hot water over three tablespoons of dried or fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves (proportioned as you like) and steep for ten minutes.

Ingredients
• 3 cups glycerin soap base
• 1/4 cup lavender flowers/rosemary leaves infusion
• 1 1/2 teaspoons lavender oil
• 1/2 teaspoon rosemary oil
• 1 teaspoon pulverized dried rosemary (optional)

Combine melted base and herbal materials. Stir until blended, then pour into molds and cool. This soap is very pleasing—so try not to give it all away! Store some in a linen closet for yourself and your family.

Read the original article: How to Make Homemade Herbal Soaps.