I decided to go on an endeavor today to make a soap that in theory should help with poison ivy, but since I have not tried it, it is just in theory it should help.
I wanted to use Calendula, and Grindelia Robusta for sure but decided To add goats Milk, Manaku Honey, and Oatmeal as well.
Here is what I used.
5 ounces Avocado Oil
4 ounces Castor Oil
20 ounces Coconut Oil
20 ounces Olive Oil
5 ounces Peach Kernel Oil
5 ounces Rice Bran Oil
5 ounces Shea Butter
4 TBS Manaku Honey
4 TBS fine ground oatmeal
1/3 Cup of Powdered Goats Milk
1 ounce Grindelia Robusta Sassafras Hydrosol
Always run your recipe through A lye calculator to find the amount of water & Lye you need. You can always use different oils than I used if you want, just always be sure to run your recipe through a lye calculator. Use proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) always.
I took (2) tea mesh strainers and filled with calendula. Filled my double broiler with water and let the tea strainers sit in the broiler for about 90 minutes – 2 hours.
when I felt the calendula tea looked a nice golden yellow color, I turned the double broiler off and extracted the mesh strainers . I used a second strainer to pour my tea over it to get any loose calendula that strayed out of the tea strainers. I let the tea cool to room temperature, before measuring out what I needed for my lye. I measured out 1 ounce less then what the recipe called for so I could add 1 ounce of Grindelia Robusta Sassafras Hydrosol.
I then went outside (I have a covered porch, and I always add my lye and water together outside) and added my lye to my Calendula tea and Grindelia Hydrosol water and the water instantly turned a deep dark burnt Red color …
I went back inside and measured out and added my oils together and let them cool as I then measured out my goats milk, honey, and ground my oatmeal.
when I felt like everything was ready I added the goats milk to the oils used my stick blender to blend that altogether, then I added the oatmeal and last I added the honey. I blended all of this together before I added the lye water. When everything looked to be pretty mixed in there were no clumps looked pretty smooth I added the lye water and blended to light trace. Ended up a reddish brick color so far.
I then poured it into a wooden loaf mold and covered. Now I have to wait a few days to take out of loaf, and 6 weeks before attempting to use. I will keep you updated.
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