Are you now ready to make your own herbal soap? Hmmmm… Not so fast… Before we go to the step by step procedure in herbal soap making, let us first take a peek at the various herbal extracts used and the benefits that may be derived from each type of herbal extract.
The most popular in the list is the Papaya extract. The enzyme in papaya, called papain, is know to smoothen and whiten skin through regular use; hence, its popularity among Filipino women. Since the papaya fruit is the source of this extract, it is worthy to note that the green or unripe papaya contains more papain enzyme than the ripe one and is therefore, the ideal one to use more maximum effectiveness.
Carrot extract on the other hand, is rich with beta carotene which acts as an antioxidant that blocks the action of free radicals that tends to damage our cells. Since most of us are in the city and are frequently exposed to pollution and other harmful elements and chemicals in the environment, it is believed that bathing regularly using carrot soaps may help us rid of the free radicals that may cause skin cancer. In addition, carrot extract is also believed to have an anti-aging effect that gives a youth glow.
If you wish to soothe a burning sensation caused by sunburns, then Cucumber extract should be used. Why? Because cucumber is known to cool, heal and soothe irritated skin due to rashes, pimple breakouts or sunburn.
For antibacterial and antifungal properties, Tea Tree Oil extract is the answer. This particular extract has been proven to be a powerful natural antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal medicine. It is a very effective remedy against countless skin ailments and infections such as athlete’s foot, dandruff, acne, blackheads and insect bites.
Those are only some of the extracts that are commonly used, you just have to choose which herbal extract use wish to use based on the benefits that you want to achieve.