Unleash the Benefits of Aloe Vera Natural Soap
Posted on November 06 2015
Facts About Aloe Vera Natural Soap
Aloe vera natural soap is enriched with all sorts of healing ingredients. The ancient plant of immortality has been used in medicinal practices for centuries, aloe vera is famous the world over for its soothing, rejuvenating properties.
Revered by the ancient Egyptians, aloe vera use was first recorded in the first century AD; in Ayurvedic medicine, the plant is also popular and goes by the name kathalai.
In fact, aloe vera has been used in traditional medicine around the world for as long as history has been recorded in written form, and it’s just as popular in modern society – extracts are added to a multitude of skin treatments, cosmetics and bathing products, like aloe vera soap and shampoo.
Aloe vera is also consumed orally for a range of purposes and available in juice form at health food stores, with many individuals extolling the virtues of the juice as a health-boosting tonic.
So, what makes aloe vera such a renowned medicinal plant? Rich in glycoproteins and polysaccharides, aloe vera has a range of applications in alternative medicine, especially in the repair and growth of skin and the relief of inflammation.
6 Natural Properties of Aloe Vera:
Reduces blood sugar levels
In research, aloe vera has been found to have some efficacy in reducing blood glucose levels in diabetic patients when taken orally. It is also thought to help lower blood lipids in cases of hyperlipidemic.
Aloe vera has also been used for centuries as a natural way to treat sunburn. The cooling gel helps ease the symptoms of sore, tight skin and has been used successfully in tests involving first and second degree burns.
Relieves gastric symptoms
When taken in juice form, aloe vera is used as a dietary supplement to provide relief from gastric conditions like stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. Some people consume the juice as an all-round health and wellbeing aid or as a natural remedy for constipation.
Moisturizes the skin
Applied to the skin in cosmetics, natural soaps or even in its raw gel form, aloe vera is moisturizing. Its emollient nature can help relieve dry, itchy skin and also promotes skin healing from conditions like psoriasis.
Using aloe vera gel topically is reported to have benefits for inflammatory joint conditions and muscle aches, with relief also reported in some instances of osteoarthritis when the gel has been massaged into the limbs.
Repels acne bacteria
Naturally antimicrobial, aloe vera helps kills the bacteria responsible for acne breakouts, also reducing the appearance of pimple scars with its skin lightening qualities. Deeply nourishing, aloe vera also helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles and other blemishes for a youthful complexion.
Removes dead skin Aloe vera contains enzymes that help remove dead skin, revealing brighter fresh skin beneath. Used on the scalp, aloe vera also prevents dandruff and promotes hair growth by removing excess sebum and unclogging follicles.
Making Soap For Sensitive Skin - via Soaping 101
Now you know about the benefits of aloe vera, try working the plant extract into your skincare routine for a healthier complexion. You can cultivate your own aloe vera plant at home, harvesting the gel for use as a cooling, soothing skin treatment, or purchase readymade aloe vera cosmetics or skincare products. Take a closer look at our Fresh Aloe Vera Natural Soap or have a go at making your own natural aloe vera soap at home with our simple recipe.
Fresh Aloe Vera Natural Soap recipe:
- 14.9 oz olive oil
- 13.4 oz olive oil
- 10.5 oz cocoa butter
- 2.5 oz shea butter
- 9.6 oz aloe pulp/aloe gel
- 6.7 oz lye
- 9.9 oz distilled water
- Safety goggles
- Rubber gloves
- Wooden or plastic soap mold
- Cucumber peeler
- Large stainless steel or enamel pot
- Weighing scales
- Hand stick blender
- Two 3 qt size plastic pitchers
- Two thermometers Two wooden spoons
- Measuring cup, 2 or 3-cup size
- Freezer paper
- An old blanket or large rag
- Piece of cardboard cut to fit the mold as a lid
1) Before you begin, gather up your soap-making ingredients and equipment and put on your safety goggles and protective gloves.
2) Line your soap mold with freezer paper and set aside.
3) Prepare the aloe vera if you’re planning to use pulp by stripping away the outer thorns with a cucumber peeler. Place the pulp in a dish and use a fork to mix roughly and keep the chunky texture. Alternatively, use your stick blender to mash up the aloe vera into a smoother gel-like consistency. Weigh and set aside.
4) Next, measure out the distilled water into one pitcher and the lye into another. Add the lye to the water, stirring continuously.
5) While the mixture heats up, weigh out the oils and butters and melt in a pot on the stove. Let the mixture cool to about 100 degrees F.
6) When the lye mixture has reached the same temperature as the oils, pour into the pot of melted oils and butters and mix until you reach a light trace. At this point, add the aloe vera pulp or gel and continue to mix – you can switch to your stick blender to reach a heavier established trace more quickly.
7) When the mixture reaches a medium to heavy trace, pout into your soap mold. Cover the mold with the lid and blanket and leave for at least 24 hours before removing the coverings and letting the soap air.
8) After a few more hours, remove the soap from the mold and let it cure for at least two weeks on a drying rack. The longer the soap cures for, the better quality it should be; Soap.Club cures handcrafted soap for six weeks to achieve the best results.
We hope you enjoyed making our Aloe Vera Natural Soap at home – leave us a comment below and let us know how you made out? Alternatively, feel free to share your soap-making tips and tricks and don’t forget to check back to the Soap.club blog regularly for more great cold process soap recipes.
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Please Note: Every week, Soap.Club receives incredible recipes from our members and guest soapers. Due to volume and time restraints, Soap.Club is not able to test each recipe. All recipes are to be used strictly as a guideline. Since the recipe requires lye, it is very important to make sure you check you lye measurements. Soap.Club cannot guarantee the results and we strongly recommend that you stick to small batches at first. Please give us your feedback. We would love to hear for you.