Originally posted by primamateria
Have same issue bro, I use calendula cream and its awesome. May t ake some weeks to work but really helped me.
Google "calendula cream" and find out about it.
Yes! Calendula is an amazing plant. The Aboriginal Americans used it infused in deer tallow (fat) for minor skin treatment. It's sooooo easy to
grow as well. It's name is Calendula Officinalis. Some people call it a Marigold but it's not a marigold. Marigold's latin name is Tagetes.
It's good relief for minor sunburns, minor scrapes and scratches, bug bites and dry skin.
Anyway no matter if you live in apartment or a house. Get yourself some calendula seeds. They are mega cheap. You can merely toss them on the
ground or cover up slightly, it doesn't really matter with those plants. Mine self seed just by dropping seeds on the ground in winter and sprout up
again the next spring. Really tough plants and they bloom like mad. The seeds look like dark tan, dried up, scaly worms.
Calendula seeds photo
Well it might be a tad late to start this year but definitely next year. Usually they grow from early spring and don't begin to bloom until July in
my location, but never ever stop blooming until snow weighs them down and finally kills them.
They are an annual flower, but will product an abundant amount of seeds and will eventually sprout all over the place.
When it flowers, lop off the flower heads and place them on a rack in a cool but airy place and let them air dry. When they are completely dry remove
the petals from the flower head. I have a huge freezer bag full of dried petals that I keep.
You can use these in a bath "tea" bag by tying some petals in a cheesecloth and using that in a warm bath. You can put some petals into a carrier
oil like sweet almond oil and let sit for a few weeks. Then you have some really inexpensive calendula skin treatment. Almond oil soaks into the
skin really fast and doesn't leave you feeling greasy.
I would also recommend you locate someone in your area who makes soap from scratch. Usually it's called cold process soap. It's made either with
different vegetable oils and sometimes people use lard or tallow. Don't make faces regarding animal fat in soaps, when the majority of the
commercial soaps out there use tallow as a base, i.e. ingredient listing of "sodium tallowate." Soap is really a kind of salt, thus the name.
I make soap at home once or twice a year for the family. I use a combo of 8 different vegetable oils like palm, soybean, castor, almond, shea butter,
cocoa butter, coconut oil and olive oil. Coconut gives more bubbles, palm makes the bars nice and firm and all the rest have skin conditioning
The difference between commercial soap and homemade cold process soap? The commercial side of it makes the soap like it would normally be made,
usually with cow fat (tallow) and sodium hydroxide as the catalyst. Normally this would create, after the chemical reaction between the water, oils
and sodium hydroxide, typically a molecule of soap and a molecule of glycerin. The commercial industry removes the glycerin byproduct, sells it to
the lotion making factories and then has the nerve to say that soap is drying. Well DUH!! It's drying because they squeezed it out and then sold it
to you in the form of lotions and creams to cure "dry skin."
It's called cold process soap because it doesn't require any additional heat to complete the chemical process. It heats up on its own and "cooks"
in a way. It's quite interesting actually. After it's mixed up enough (I use a plastic hand blender) it goes from all liquid to a pudding
consistency, which is then poured into a plastic or wood mold, covered and left to sit for 24 hours. If you peek at it during that time, usually
around mid-way, you will see a gel-like middle and it's very, very hot. It cools off by the next morning and then it can be sliced into bars, which
is then like the consistency of firm cream cheese. It's left out to "cure" for approx 6 weeks, which by that time has NO sodium hydroxide (lye)
remaining because it reacted with the fatty acids of the fats and converted to soap and glycerin. I actually use less sodium hydroxide than what is
required, usually 5% in the calculations in the recipe. This insures no free lye remains and it's a gentle cleansing bar.
My sister-in-law has eczema and swears by this kind of soap. I saw her skin go from red, inflamed and yucky at Christmastime a couple of years ago,
turn into smoother, MUCH less red skin by the next summer when I saw her again. Another friend of mine also started using it for her skin and she
says the eczema has almost completely gone away and she didn't have to use any of her prescription cream.
I'm not telling everyone this to get sales, for I don't sell the stuff. I either only make it for family or friends who ask for a special batch. I
make them pay for the cost of the materials but that is it. I don't want to spend my entire life making soap for other people. However, there are
many of us out there that make cold process soap. I encourage everyone to seek one out. They can be found at large craft shows and there are many
cottage industries online. Or you could learn to make it yourself. It's not hard really. You just need to know more math than anything else to
create the recipes.
Do not buy the clear, "glycerin" soaps. They aren't made from scratch. Well... technically they "could" be but it's a fire hazard to do so,
due to the alcohol it takes to make it clear and an external heating source is required for the process.
And they are a bit drying to the
skin. Yeah they're cute and funky, but don't really benefit your skin. Best left as a nice smelly bathroom decoration.