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USDA Certified Organic Coconut Oil – a great addition to any organic soap base recipe.
Botanical Trivia: Once a pariah in the healthy living community, coconut oil has experienced a resurgence in popularity to near cultish levels for its many beneficial uses. In addition to its luscious moisturizing properties, coconut oil has been found to have antimicrobial activity, anti-free radical activity, and may even help to cure psoriasis and head lice.
On its own, Comfrey root powder adds a nice gray-purple color to soap. Combine it with alkanet root powder to get deeper shades of purple. Experiment to find your perfect shade!
Botanical Trivia: Comfrey roots and leaves contain allantoin, a compound that assists the growth of new skin cells, explaining why it has been used since ancient times to promote wound healing. Some insects also produce allantoin, leading to the rather interesting use of blowfly larvae in the healing of severe wounds and gangrene as recently as World War II.
Juniper Berry essential oil has a clean, refreshing sweet and slightly woodsy scent that blends well with other essential oils such as Cedarwood and Fir Needle.
Botanical Trivia: Juniper berries take two to three years to ripen, and have been used as an astringent, anti-septic, and for ailments of the urinary tract. There are over fifty varieties of juniper, and although only a few of them have edible berries, they’ve has been used to flavor everything from dried meats to sauerkraut to gin.
Wintergreen has a strong mint-sweet scent, one that is similar to a candy mint. Along with the mint, there is also a woody aroma, making the overall aroma almost fruit-like.
Botanical Trivia: Wintergreen oil contains menthyl salicylate, which warms skin upon contact, increasing blood circulation. Similar to the compound capsaicin, found in hot peppers, it’s also been traditionally used for arthritis, and for increasing blood circulation to areas of the body affected by poor circulation or frostbite.