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All Purpose Healing Salve ~ SOAP!

August 19, 2013 41 Comments

All Purpose Healing Salve ~ SOAP!

 

Some Things Are Best Left to Unexpected Inspiration

It was a scheduled All Purpose Healing Salve day. Two dozen jars were filled, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil were ingested (a daily goal) and all was going swimmingly until I ran out of soap at the kitchen sink. I ran downstairs to get my bottle of Dr. Bronner's to use as a refill and the "magic" soap took hold...we were on to something! 

 

The ORIGINAL All Purpose Healing Salve Recipe can be found {HERE}.

Crafted with pure plant essence, super healthy coconut oil and emollient olive oil you can look younger, dress a wound, calm a child, alleviate allergies and SO much more! 

Back to the unexpected inspiration...

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SOAP!

What could be better for you than pure soap (Dr. Bronners), hand processed coconut oil, olive oil and Lavender, Lemon and Melaleuca EOs all whipped up into an emollient, healing soap? With whipped soap there's no cooking or melting involved of any kind. Just a bowl and a hand mixer, that's it!

The base of the salve and the soap is organic virgin coconut oil and olive oil. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer with antibacterial properties. Olive oil has lots of anti-oxidants, including Hydroxytyrosol with anti-inflammatory properties.

I'm a recent devotee of the coconut oil shown in the photo, it makes the most incredibly smooth Healing Salve...it's a beautiful sight and such a pleasure to use!

The following is an excerpt from the Tropical Traditions website to help you understand what makes this oil so special...

This Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is a truly unrefined coconut oil. This coconut oil is made on Mt. Banahaw and surrounding areas from organic coconuts. Coconuts are used fresh (within 24-48 hours of harvest) from small family farms on Mt. Banahaw and other rural places in Quezon Province, the coconut capital of the Philippines. Only the highest quality coconuts are hand-picked from each harvest. The volcanic soil of Mt. Banahaw makes these organic coconuts some of the most nutritionally rich coconuts in the world! Testing done in independent laboratories on coconut oil antioxidants reveals higher levels of phenolic antioxidants than other coconut oils. The fresh coconut meat is shredded (wet milled), and then cold-pressed using the water from inside the coconuts to make coconut milk. The milk is then allowed to sit for about half a day, while the oil naturally separates from the heavier water. The oil is then filtered from the curds (coconut solids). No chemical or high-heat treatment is used, and this oil contains no trans fatty acids. We do NOT mass produce this oil. It is made by families who are coconut farmers using old-fashioned traditional methods that have been used in the Philippines for hundreds of years. Our coconut trees and family producers are certified organic according to strict USDA standards. The families who produce the oil are also trained according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards and re-certified each year. This high-grade Virgin Coconut Oil has a long shelf life due to the high antioxidant properties. The Gold Label Standard is our highest standard for Virgin Coconut Oil.

Find Gold Label coconut oil {HERE}.

RECIPE

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I should warn you this isn't a sudsy soap, it's a creamy, emollient blend of oils with a little castile soap added. All of the oils have cleansing properties of their own, your skin will come away feeling clean AND moisturized and healthier for it. I've "washed" my face with coconut oil for years, believe me...it cleans :)

  • 2 cups Coconut Oil - high quality is important
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dr. Bronners Liquid Castile Soap or any other organic liquid soap of choice.
  • 40 drops Lavender
  • 30 drops Melaleuca
  • 20 drops Lemon

Whip the coconut oil first on low speed...you'll want it nice and smooth, there will still be small lumps though. Add the olive oil, then the soap...blend slowly on low speed. Add the EOs next and blend once more.

One of the challenges with whipped soap is what kind of container to use. If you want to keep it in the shower, it's best to find a BPA Free plastic containers. My favorite are the plastic canning jars by Ball.

I love how moisturizing this soap is, there's no need to slather lotion on after a bath or shower! But the healing properties of the soap are the real stars. Lavender soothes and heals, Lemon cleanses and disinfects while Melaleuca is antibacterial and anti-fungal! The soap is safe for kids and babies, just be careful of a slightly slick bathtub afterward.

The End!

 

1 cw round 150

 




41 Responses

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Tammi I wish it was as easy as looking up a formula but it’s not! I rely on experience and reading about different natural remedies. In this case, I multiplied the drops as if I was making the Salve.

Michele Iglesias
Michele Iglesias

May 10, 2017

Hi Rebecca, I use about 10-15 drops per Tablespoon.
I’m anxious to see what Rebecca says.

TammiA
TammiA

May 10, 2017

Hey Rebecca! I have a question. How so you determine how much EOs to put in your different “concoctions?” Is there a rule of thumb or something you could share with us?

Katharine
Katharine

May 10, 2017

This looks great! Can’t wait to try it for me and my baby son, who loves anything with lavender oil :)

Kim Roman
Kim Roman

May 10, 2017

I just tried this. Thank you, I wanted something to replace my body wash – I’m switching over to natural products. A couple notes, it didn’t “whip” up as shown (yes my coconut oil is a good brand) and I think it could be used in a pump. I used what was left over in the bowl to clean up after making it and it feels nice. If you’re using this in the tub or shower you will need to be careful as it is slippery. Kim – Square Foot Gardening 4 U

heather thelin
heather thelin

May 10, 2017

I was always told to keep any citrus EO in glass containers, because they can actually start to break down the material of plastics. I am fairly new to using EO’s so any advice would be appreciated :) just wondering if mixing it with these other ingredents dilutes it enough so that it is safe to store in plastic? Im looking forward to trying this recipe, thanks for sharing!

Janna
Janna

May 10, 2017

Do you think lemon juice could be substituted for the lemon oil? Love your website and recipes!

Keith or Becky
Keith or Becky

May 10, 2017

Would this be too thick to use with a container that uses a pump?

Michele
Michele

May 10, 2017

I have been looking for an “EASY” cleanser/moisturizer. THIS IS IT!!

Thanks.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Janna, it’s just not the same thing – the health properties are quite different and the juice is acidic as well. If you don’t have Lemon EO, you could leave it out :)

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

In a perfect world, I would use glass everywhere but in the shower I have to make the exception.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Kim…I just addressed the “thin” issue in a post above. Regarding a pump type bottle…that would work too – Ive actually used a thinner recipe in a pump bottle to keep at my bathroom sink.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Kim, if you’re in a warm house, over 76 degrees…the coconut could get thin on you. Stick it in the refrigerator and let it harden up a bit.

Kim Roman
Kim Roman

May 10, 2017

I just tried this and it didn’t “whip”. The consistency seems as if it will be able to used with a pump as longs as its got strong suction.

getty reddy
getty reddy

May 10, 2017

Coconut oil liquifies at a very low temp…mid 70s F regardless of brand, organic status, or “virginity” classification. I wonder, too, if whipping it will maintain the thick texture even when it has passed the melting point. Incorporated air might evenyually fizzle out and return the whole shebang to liquid like broken whipped cream. Refrigerating the required amount for a short time will bring it to a semi solid and workable state, like shortening. Too long in the frige will make it rock solid and unworkable. I am willing to try it.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Kris, it’s probably hot where you live? If it’s Nutiva brand cold pressed CO from Costco, it will hold solid under 76 degrees, liquify over 76.

Kris Coplan
Kris Coplan

May 10, 2017

I bought the Organic Coconut Oil at Costco and it is an oil-liquid. I thought it was a solid? Can I still use it for this?

Keith or Becky
Keith or Becky

May 10, 2017

Rebecca, could you share the “thinner bathroom sink” recipe as well? Thanks!

Kamala
Kamala

May 10, 2017

I would love to use this, but I have a question. Is there another oil that could be substituted for the coconut oil? Sadly, I bought a gallon bucket of Tropical Traditions and it gives me hives and makes me eyes swell. I’m so sad. Paleo wraps (made out of coconut) do the same thing, so I’m assuming it isn’t the brand, but just that I’m allergic to coconut.

Kris
Kris

May 10, 2017

I can’t wait to make this soap! I kind of live in a remote area of Montana (West Yellowstone) and we don’t have a lot of places to get supplies at a reasonable price, therefore I shop a lot on Amazon and other websites. I am going to order today the coconut oil and while on the Tropical Traditions website I noticed Organic Coconut Cream Concentrate. What do you know about the Coconut Cream- sounds like is really cool stuff.. like a coconut butter. I am wondering if you have made anything with it yet such as a butter cream like I often see in the stores but made with oils.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Deborah, my coconut oil stays in a soft state in my house…that’s how I measure it :)

Prairie Chik Canada
Prairie Chik Canada

May 10, 2017

My Daughter recently started the oil Cleansing method on her face and getting very good results but doesn’t like the smell of the castor oil I bought for her. I went to L**H (famous handmade cosmetics store) and got a sample of their oil based cleanser that she really likes but it is pricey! So glad to have this recipe. I will be making this with her before school starts!

Also, I am planning on giving homemade salves for Christmas presents. Lining up jars along the counter, dropping in chosen EO blend for the receiver into the jars and then filling up with warmed mixture should be a simple way to get several gifts made at once. Is there anywhere on your blog that indexes all your salve blends in one tidy little place? And if not, that would be very helpful (hint, hint).

Also, any essential information I should be adding to the labels? best before dates, allergy alert, etc.?

Deborah
Deborah

May 10, 2017

Newbie here, is the coconut oil measured in the semi-soft state out of the tub or liquid state when warmed or does it matter? Would love to try it and other recipes but am unsure when the recipe gives amounts whether it is liquid or solid measurements. I love the T.T. coconut oil and don’t want to ever waste any of it, as we use it mostly for eating.

Deb Cook
Deb Cook

May 10, 2017

my concern is the mass quantities of eo’s – why so much???

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

To make the soap thinner, add a little more olive oil. You need to do this slowly, just a little at a time to find the right consistency, not too thick – not too thin. If left to sit, you will occasionally need to give the pump bottle a gentle shake, the olive oil likes to sit at the bottom.

Dar
Dar

May 10, 2017

How much of the soap does this recipe make? I def want to make this as a Christmas gift, just need to know how big of a jar I should buy. :)

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Essential Oils

faria raheel
faria raheel

May 10, 2017

what is the abbreviation EOs ??? im confused

Sallie
Sallie

May 10, 2017

I LOVE this recipe and have been using it since you published it. I was oil pulling this morning and as I spit into the trash can I thought about this coconut oil going down the shower drain. Darn, I really want to keep using it but I also do not want it stuck to the pipes in my plumbing. I am so sad!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I just got an order of Coconut Cream today…and made the most amazing coffee drink with it!! Tropical Traditions has page on their website with ideas :)

Thanks goodness for Amazon ;)

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Sharon, essential oils are pure plant essence with natural healing properties, fragrance oils are synthetics and truly not very safe for use IMHO.

Sharon
Sharon

May 10, 2017

I just made this soap to “try” I usually make like a half or third “batch” to “try” to see whether I like it or not, so I just heated my coconut oil a little in the micro……like 30 seconds…it whipped up so smooth and creamy and now after having added the other ingredients I have a “try it” batch for me to try! Also since I didn’t have the plastic containers you mentioned I just used a jar which I had purchased a fragrant candle in which is now history…those jars are very nice to put the “try it” batches in. I DO have a dumb question about oils though…what is the main diff between EOS and the fragrance oils you buy like at Wally World? Thanks for all your great recipes and ideas!!!!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Congrats on your decision, it’s a good one for your health too! I’ve been using coconut oil in the shower years and never had a issue with the drain. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees remember :) Something to be careful about though is a slick tub!

Dawn
Dawn

May 10, 2017

I haven’t tried the soap yet but was wondering about the drain comment. Is there an issue with this clogging? My husband ans I have decided to make 2014 our year of going green and chemical free. We have started making our laundry detergent, dish washer detergent, felted wool balls for the drier, and cleaning products. Love them and feel so great about it we are ready to try our soaps and shampoos. Any ideas for doggie soap? Thank everyone who has inspired us, and the recipes that make it so easy!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Approximately 2 1/2 cups worth of soap once it’s whipped up :)

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I have the best diy tub and shower cleaner! It’s my sisters brilliant formula and it works like a charm:

Equal parts white vinegar and blue dawn in a spray bottle. Swirl to blend, spray bath or shower down then let the cleaner sit for 15 min. No scrubbing needed, it’s the best!

KK
KK

May 10, 2017

Rebecca,
How do you clean your “slick” tub after using this soap? I’ve used oils for other things & my bathroom sink always shows that I have:/ Do you know what’s good to cut thru the build up?
Thanks for all your input!:)
KK

Barbara
Barbara

May 10, 2017

Just to let you know that I ready that using the microwave is not good to use for anything it changes the chemical compound of what you put in it. I avoid the microwave as much as possible.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I would make a small batch and see what you think, I’ve never tried it but I’d love to hear your results!

Mary
Mary

May 10, 2017

Do you think adding aloe to this would work ok?

meaghan
meaghan

May 10, 2017

To remedy the thin aspect, try adding a couple of tablespoons of shea butter.. it will thicken up and moisturize the skin.

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