Monday, January 2, 2012

Herbs and Beauty -- Blackberry Soft Soap

You might think the next few posts are either a cooking class or a craft class. Actually, I plan on passing on recipes for all things to do with your beauty products so you can make your own at home. Some will use herbs you are able to grow your self and others will be herbs form outside of your geographic area.  For those you might need to take a trip to your local health food store or order online. Have fun!

1 handful of blackberry or eucalyptus leaves
2 pints of water, rainwater if possible
5 T. grated castile soap

Put the leaves in a pan, pour in the water, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and leave to infuse for 2 hours.
Strain the infusion, discard the leaves, and return the liquid to the pan.
Bring to a boil and beat in the grated soap, beating until it has dissolved; then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Pour into bottles, cover and label; store in the refrigerator. Use as a soft soap in your bath or as a gentle hand cleaner.
Makes about 2 pints.

You might also like to visit my cooking blog at An Herbal Bedfellow.

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