The soothing effects of Essential oils!

After mucking around in the dirt (in the garden or cleaning out the chicken coop) I can find nothing more soothing and calming then taking a bath or shower with one of the following liquid bath soaps. When I'm aching all over and my muscles refuse to do one more stretch either one of these following soaps  will soothe away the ache and leave me refreshed.


These following recipes call for store-bought Glycerin soap, but if you have the time you can start from scratch too.

You do not need to set up a science lab to make the following liquid soap recipes. Everything you need should be available in your kitchen. Although you might want to use a quaint little cauldron, pottery and crocks the best to use for soap making are glass and stainless steel.

Equipment needed!

  • double boiler or a heavy pot or saucepan
  • long handles spoon
  • container or recycled shampoo bottle

A word about essential oils:

  • Essential oils are the pure undiluted and, mostly. steam-distilled oils from flowers, herbs and trees.
  • They are volatile which means that they will evaporate quickly.
  • Most essential oils have germicidal, antiseptic and preservative characteristics.
  • Caution: Do not use undiluted pure essential oils on the skin (with one sole exception to this rule and that is Lavender oil) because these oils can cause severe skin irritations and may even be toxic.
  • Also When buying Essential Oils this is what you have to look for:No Additives - No Pesticides - No Carrier oils - 1st Distilled - Undiluted Essential Oils. With other words you want the best, only 100% Pure Essential Oils for Aromatherapy will do.
  • Aromatherapy essential oils can be bought in a variety of sizes (1/6 oz, ½ oz, 1 oz, 4 oz,8 oz & wholesale 16 oz and 176 oz bulk containers).

Base liquid bath soap!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh lemon balm leaves & stems 1/3 cup dried 
  • 1/4 cup dried linden or lime tree flower (available at health-food stores also comes in individual tea bags use 4 of those)
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
  • 1 cup glycerin soap (finely grated)
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ or sweet almond oil (available at health-food stores make sure you check the best before dates on these oils as they go rancid fairly fast)
  • 1 tablespoon borax
  • 1 cups strong infusion
  • 3 cup distilled water

Methodology:

Infusion: To make an infusion is easy, its just like making tea.

  • Pour 1 cup boiling water over the  lemon balm, lemon zest and linden flowers (or tea bags) and let brew or steep for 1/2 - 3/4 hour.
  • Strain out the herbs from the infusion.
  • Combine in double boiler the grated soap, wheat germ oil add the distilled water gradually while stirring. Add borax and keep stirring until the soap is totally melted and smooth, stir in  infusion and remove from heat. 
  • Let cool then bottle.


Remember that essential oils are volatile and will dissipate if bottle is kept open. Try to use small containers or shampoo bottle so that it wont sit around for too long before it's used up so you get all the benefits of the essential oils

Once the base soap is totally cooled

Refreshing liquid bath soap!

add to 1 cup of Base Liquid Bath Soap then shake well... and again shake well before using

  • 20 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops Tangerine essential oil

Sore muscles liquid bath soap!

add to 1 cup of Base Liquid Bath Soap then shake well... and again shake well before using

  • 10 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of Roman Camomile essential oil (rem: Roman not German camomile)
  • 5 drops of Bergamot essential oil
  • 5 drops of Geranium essential oil


For the Gents: liquid bath soap!

add to 1 cup of Base Liquid Bath Soap then shake well... and again shake well before using

  • 10 drops Spruce essential oil
  • 8 drops Sandal wood essential oil
  • 5 drops German Camomile essential oil
  • 4 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops  Peppermint essential oil

For the Ladies: Floral liquid bath soap!

add to 1 cup of Base Liquid Bath Soap then shake well... and again shake well before using

  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops Neroli essential oil
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

katiem2, nice to see you. Always glad when you come for a visit.

Love and peace to you

Zsuzsy


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Zsuzsy Bee, Love this essentials oil hub, I use the soothing effects of Essential Oils often as it affects us in so many wonderful ways. Thanks and Peace :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Karen, how are you? Always glad when you stop in for a visit. You can get thyme oils that are mainly for culinary uses and not therapeutic grade.

Hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Karen Ellis 6 years ago from Central Oregon

This is fascinating. I recently did an article (another site) about thyme essential oil, and how they've found it cures staph infections. They said it had to be theraputic grade, not sure how that differs.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hello sweetpeasmommy, glad you stopped in. Let me know what you think once you have a chance to try the recipes.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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sweetpeasmommy 6 years ago from Dayton, OH

This is a very well written and informative hub! I look forward to trying some recipes!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Nellieanna thank you for stopping by. I guess have been lucky as I have not come across chiggers yet (and hopefully never will) your cure however confirms how wonderful lavender really is.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

ZB - I must tell you a true story. Several years ago my husband and I returned from the ranch, unpacked & in a short while began to have angry whelps or bites around our waists & various other areas where clothing had held tightly against our skin. I began to notice these looked & felt just like the chigger bites I used to get as a kid after playing outside in the grass, - but this made no sense. Nevertheless, I became more and more convinced, though we went to the doctor who had no clue but pooh-poohed my theory and gave us some ineffective ointment to apply.

Thinking back to our last days at the ranch, I remembered I was taking issue with a stand of wild horehound (which I harvest for cold treatment) near the cabin and began to visualize that they may have started looking for other quarters and found the SUV in which I kept some of our supplies nearby and was in and out of it all the time.

So with the growing certainty that they were somehow chigger bites, I went online asking about how to treat the bites and get rid of the pests, with little or no results. I even called a professional exterminator, whose only suggestion, in the unlikely event that they were chiggers, was that we'd have to move everything out of the house, top to bottom (a 2-story house) and have a total extermination done while we took up residence elsewhere. That wasn't a possibility. Meantime online reports I was reading described people moving out of houses, only to find the chiggers moved with them. It was discouraging.

But I kept studying chiggers' life cycles and learned that the adults don't bite animals. The adults are vegetarian. It's the larvae, which are like miniature adults, who bite. Each one has only one chance to find and get animal nourishment. When they find flesh, they inject a tube in from which to inject a powerful enzyme/digestive juice and then suck out the baby-food they created. One successful bite and they drop off and wait for the next phase in which the nourishment is used to produced an adult chigger who will happily eat grass and create more larvae. Normally this only occurs outside for obvious reasons.

Their dormant stage in late fall was beginning at the ranch while we were packing to leave and they must have found warm places to sleep in the hatchback while open. They would wake up from dormancy in the spring, produce larvae and the cycle would begin. But when we unpacked into our warm house, it triggered awakening so they began to emerge here and do their thing.

They prefer small animals for their meal but we were the available animals here, so they started to feast on us. It seemed endless - they were obviously recycling and reproducing. Then out of the blue - I found one online article saying that they are repelled by lavender oil!!!!!!! I had some! Maybe, I thought, I could starve them out!!!!!!! If they couldn't get their bites, they wouldn't be able to develop into adults or start new cycles! So for a period of time, each day after we showered, we ran a small tub of water, added some drops of pure lavender oil, rolled around in it to make sure to coat every part of our skin, air-dried and became living chigger-deflectors! And it worked. It didn't take too long before we weren't getting bitten any more. If we tapered off the lavender for a short time, we might get a bite or two - but we kept going on with the lavender until there were no more instances and there have been no more to this day!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya G, how are you? Still busy, busy? So glad you were able to come over for a visit. Lavender is my all time favorite scent.

Hope everything is going well for you and the family.

take care

Zsuzsy


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GPAGE 6 years ago from California

Zsuzsy Bee.......oh I LOVE this! I'm a big fan of lavender and other oils......thank you for this fantastic hub! I'm forwarding this to a few good friends. Thank you! Best, G


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Samboiam, thank you for dropping by and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

I am bookmarking this hub. Very informative. Thanks for sharing.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi lctodd1947, nice to see you. Always glad when you come for a visit.

Love and peace to you

Zsuzsy


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Your hubs are wonderful and full of useful information. I am glad that I found your work because it is just that, work and great at that.

Thank you for sharing.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hello green tea-cher thank you for dropping by and for commenting.

I have a fabulous wholesale health food store not far from me where I can get all my "essentials" etc. The ones I use a lot of like lavender, Camomile ... I buy in large bottles

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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green tea-cher 6 years ago

This hub is ahhhhhhsome! Great recipes. Do you get your essential oils from a Health Food Store?


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Wordscribe, its the best fun when I can muck around with my concoctions. Usually once a month I make up a few batches of lotions and soaps for family and friends. When I lived up north I had a fairly nice clientele now I just do more for fun.

Let me know what you think of my soap recipes when you get a chance. The first one (sore muscles) in my all time favorite.

greetings Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Varenya, hope you get a chance to experiment with the recipes real soon.

regards Zsuzsy


wordscribe41 6 years ago

What up, Z? I'm all over your base liquid bath soap recipe, I love making my own concoctions. Fabulous number you have here, you never disappoint. Talk soon, Laura


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Varenya 6 years ago

Wow, I love this hub! From some time, I also like to take care of this very fascinating matter and there are informations in this article that are really interesting, especially there are some "recipes" that I would really like to experiment!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Paradise nice to see you. Always glad when you come for a visit.

Love and peace to you

Zsuzsy


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Wonderful recipes, great info, thank you!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Support Med.thanks for taking a look and for commenting. Lavender is my all time favorite too.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Thanks for the info. Have tried a few essential oils, Lavendar is my favorite, and I like the scented candles, the aroma perks me up when I'm feeling blah. Very informative.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Prasetio30 thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Katrina glad you came for a visit and thank you for commenting. The lavender soap is my all time favorite I use it daily. (actually I use a lot of lavender in just about everything)

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Missmaudie thank you for taking a look and for commenting. I have been into making my own soaps and lotions for almost twenty years and can find nothing more relaxing then mixing and using the essential oils.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Anglnwu thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

this is great information. I know that essential oils have a lot of benefit for health. And you peel it well. Nice advice and very complete. thank you very much.


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

Oh, all of these concoctions look excellent! I especially like the lavender, r. chamomile, bergamot, geranium combo. Yum!


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missmaudie 6 years ago from Brittany, France

What a great hub.I have lots of essential oils but have only ever used them for massage or dropped into bathwater, never to make soap like this. I'll have to get mixing, thanks for the recipes;


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Good interesting informaton. Love your layout and your explaination. Well-done.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Gramarye thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Tony nice to see you. Always glad when you come for a visit.

Love and peace to you too

Zsuzsy


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Great hub, I'm going to try some of these ideas.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

What a delightful Hub. I love aromas and would like to give these soaps a try sometime soon. Thanks for sharing the advice and recipes.

Love and peace

Tony


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Perfectly put Patricia rose. I agree with you 100%. I love the relief and relaxation the essential oils can give me.

thanks for dropping in

regards Zsuzsy


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patriciarose7 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a great hub! I love essential oils and they help soothe the body mind and soul after a long hard day at work or any stress that comes into your world or you want to jump into a warm bath with some of the essential oils....what a relief!

I think that aromatherapy is another great tool to help any human being relax.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

AARON99 thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hello Al, always glad when you drop in for a visit. The experimenting is the best part of soap making. (don't do like I did when I first started make enormous batches...and if something smells bad don't add extra oils into it, usually it will keep smelling bad) My first batch of soap eventually became shampoo for the dogs because none of my kids (then early teenagers) wanted to smell like a "chemical plant gone wonky" those were their words not mine... I feel a hub in my bones.

Oh! one more thing keep accurate notes of what you have mixed so you can repeat it... nothing more frustrating then when you find the million dollar scent that everyone loves and wants and you do not remember what you did and mixed.

Take care

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Susan, it is expensive to get all the essential oils when you first start up but because you are using only drops at a time the bottles last a long time. You need to store them in a cool dark place. The once I use more of like lavender I buy in a larger bottle. I have been dabbling in aromatherapy for many, many years and I make bath soap, moisturizing lotions and such for family and friends. When I started out with aromatherapy I only bought the 10 basics now my essential oil drawer now has over 60 types. I truly believe that the cure for every sickness can and will be found in our herbs, flowers, trees, vegetation...

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Pamela thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


AARON99 6 years ago

Very informative hub on this topic. Keep writing.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Extraordinaire, Zsuzsy! Not only they are accessible but easy to prepare as well. I am bookmarking this hub. I´ve got to experiment with these natural soaps. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing, dear friend!

Thumbs up!

warmest regards and blessings,

Al


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Susan Carter 6 years ago

Good information, but it sounds kind of expensive to have all the ingredients you listed to make the bath soaps. I'm way too lazy to do it the long way. I try to buy organic or no preservative products to avoid the hassle, but keep the product good for my skin. Thanks for the information, though. I never really knew much about oils before.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Nice hub with a lot of good advice.

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