Now that I use all Natural Soap I find myself researching the origin or history for the different essential oils used in soap making.
I learned about one of my favorite scents; lavender. The Lavender Comfrey Soap that I use is made from Bulgarian lavender which is known world wide for its healing benefits as well as its clean, sweet floral fragrance.
Lavender essential oil is known to be a analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, and antiviral as well as a bactericide, decongestant, deodorant, and fungicide. Lavender has been used for centuries for healing the likes of acne, athlete foot, indigestion, migraine relief, healing burns and insect bites. stiff joints and sore muscles, sunburns and more. It has also been used as a disinfectant and insect repellent.
A great treat for me is to soak in a bath with all natural Lavender scented Bath Salts
The Goat Milk Soaps that I use is handmade with 50% olive oil and fresh pasteurized goats milk. The best thing about this soap is that it is naturally moisturizing and gentle to your skin.
It has been said that Cleopatra use to bathe in milk. I am sure that there are many woman who followed Cleopatra using milk in her bath as well as some men although they might not admit to take milk baths.
Milk contains a natural presence of lactic acid as well as alphy hydroxy that are known for softening and removing dead skin cells.
By far the most interesting research was for the essential oil used in Tea Tree Soap.
The mystique of this oil can be traced back to folklore of the Bunjalung Aboriginal tribe. Elder tribesmen told travelers of miraculous lagoons with healing waters that were thought to be a gift from their god. Scientific study revealed that the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia (commonly known as Tea Tree) had fallen into the water to create a naturally antiseptic bath.
Tea Tree Soap makes a great medicinal soap for cuts and scrapes as well as a multi-purpose antibacterial and facial soap for every day use. My son uses it for acne.