Let’s talk soap: Baby its cold outside

It’s that time of the year again when the weather starts to change and cold and flu season is upon us. Here is a home remedy to help you thru the season.

Chest congestion rub

10 oz of veg oil

1.5 oz of beeswax

1 tbs of menthol crystals or

2 tsp of peppermint oil

Melt the beeswax over the stove or in the microwave warn the veg oil but not where it is boiling. Mix the warm oil and the beeswax together. Add the menthol crystal or peppermint oil. Pour in a push up tube or a small sterile jar allow to cool. Rub on chest as needed.

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Let’s Talk Soap: Get the most out of your ingredients

When making soap there are many ways to get more nutrients in the final bar. For example, make the most out of the liquid in the soap.  I have a customer who loves Patchouli and Orange bar soap, the issue is patchouli is very expensive. Therefore, I had to come up with a way to make it more economical.

I put dried patchouli in my water and let it sit for a few days. The plant essence will be in the water. Therefore, I get the scent and benefit of patchouli without the expense. I have also done it with peppermint, which gives the final bar a nice cooling feeling on the skin.

My last batch of soap I decided to experiment. I made a strong pot of coffee replaced some of the water with the coffee and mixed the lye and all ingredients like normal. I was able to make an awesome kitchen soap that removes odors from your hands. I even put ground coffee on top of the soap before it set up. Works great after cutting up onions or handling garlic.

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Let’s Talk Soap: Rain Water

All last week we had a whole heck of a lot of rain so I decided to make soap. Well as I was gathering all of supplies, I discovered I was out of distilled water. What to do? Then I thought hey I have access to all the free water I want…RAIN. I set up my elaborated rain collection system and waited. I collected a half gallon of rainwater. I did the green thing I saved on gas, and I helped the environment. Rainwater is naturally filtered so it does not contain minerals or harsh chemicals

By using rainwater, less demand is placed on municipally treated water. Less demand means that less energy is needed to treat both incoming water and outgoing (sewage) water.

NOTE: Collected rainwater should be drained from collection containers within seven days, to help prevent stagnation and the possibility of mosquito breeding.

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