Considered the ‘Queen of Herbs’, turmeric is a potent antioxidant that functions as a protectant of skin cells. Thus, it helps combat free radicals, reduces trace wrinkles, heal scars and alkaline spots as well as boosts skin moisture. Nowadays, turmeric-based products can be found in almost all forms of health products, from supplements, creams, toothpaste, lotions, shampoo and even in soaps. Making turmeric soap is a great way to treat various skin disorders. The good part is that it is natural and often does not cause any skin reactions as chemical-based soaps do.
Most commercial soaps leave a ‘clean’ feeling by putting emphasis on the ‘fragrance’ factor. However, many people are still naive about the truth. Most cosmetic soaps contain harmful ingredients that can clog your pores, causing skin rashes, irritation and allergies. The mineral oil and petrochemical compounds that are combined in these soaps could worsen existing skin problems. In addition, chemical-based soaps cause hardening of toxins and strip too much body oil. These aggravate the clogging of the skin and later on, result to negative effects in the form of acne, rashes and even serious skin infections.
Curcumin, the main active component in turmeric has been shown to offer a wide array of therapeutic effects, particularly for skin diseases. Today, turmeric has been globally acclaimed for its therapeutic and cosmetic use. When using soap made from turmeric, it may leave your skin smooth, soft and glowing. It can also improve skin complexion, reduce hair growth on the body, slow down cell damage, and maintain youth by minimizing wrinkle and fine line formation on the skin surface as well as an external antibiotic to prevent bacterial infection.
You can find different types of turmeric soap in the market, often combined with natural elements such as tamarind, sandalwood, aloe vera and other ayurvedic herbs. Making homemade herbal soap using turmeric is easy to do. The method is simple and non-toxic so there’s no need to use gloves or protective clothing.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOMEMADE TURMERIC SOAP
When making homemade turmeric soap, you need to prepare 6-oz. hydrogenated soy, 6-oz. palm kernel, 4-oz. sunflower oil, 2.2-oz sodium hydroxide or lye, 6-fl oz. water and 1-teaspoon turmeric powder.
In a beaker, pour the lye into the water (NOT water into lye) and stir until the lye and water are mixed. In a separate container, combine the fixed oils on the beaker and warm it over a stove or inside a microwave. After that, pour the lye solution into the fixed oils and mix well.
Mix the lye solution and fixed oil together until it forms a light trace. This means that the solution is well blended enough and thickened to form a stable emulsion. Upon light trace, combine the turmeric powder and blend the soap solution until you achieved final coloration. The soap usually turns into a bright red-orange liquid. Pour the raw soap into the soap mold and allow it to sit until it is firm. The next morning, cut the turmeric soap and keep it to let it get some good air circulation. Let it cure for a number of days to harden before using.