Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Basil Lime Soap!

I made a new soap today. It was made with Basil and Lime essential oils. I used parsley powder (again-it's one of my new favorites for colorant along with turmeric and clays. I made the whole soap a light green and worked in a darker green swirl. I just peaked at it and it's in gel phase so it's hard to see. I will upload a picture from my phone.

Basil essential oil has an herbal, sweet and slightly spicy aroma. It has a slight scent of licorice, but it is kind of subtle. Historically, basil has been used for respiratory problems, insect bites, fevers, blood circulation, and some skin conditions. A lot of gardeners like to use basil in their soaps and gardens because it repels insects. Basil is also said to aid with fatigue, depression, alertness, wasp and mosquito bites, concentration, headaches, head congestion and migraines. Is also used to help repel insects.

Basil also has anti-depressant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-spasmodic properties. Bring on the basil!!!!

Lime essential oil. Hey limey!!! No scurvy here. Lime is a very refreshing, uplifting smell. It is also anti-septic, anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
Since lime has  astringent-like properties, lime essential oil can help skin conditions such as an oily complexion, acne, boils, and warts.... but there is a flip side to this. Lime and other citrus-based essential oils increase your photo-sensitivity to sunlight.  This means that some superficial damage could occur if you were to use this on your skin and go outside right away, especially if you have fair skin. 

Mentally, lime has a restorative and tonic effect on the whole person.  As well, it is noted for having anti-rheumatic properties and increase metal alertness and assertiveness. 

Basil Lime Cold Process Soap. The right is in gel phase still. It will be a light green soap with a darker green swirl. All green colorant is made with parsley powder.

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like a fantastic combination. There is nothing like the smell of fresh basil.