I came up with this recipe, because of my love of everything citrus. In the 1980’s I remember insisting on having red grapefruit for breakfast, and I love it to this day. Litsea Cubeba is a beautiful citrus, also known as May Chang. The aromatic fruits are almost spherical in shape and green in colour, turning red then dark brown upon ripening. When dried, these small fruits look like large, dried black peppers and provide the source of the essential oil, although oil can be extracted from the flowers, branches, bark, roots and leaves too. The oil derived from these parts of the plant do not have the same odor as the fruits.
The plant has a long history of use in Chinese herbal medicine, where it was used to treat asthma, back pain, chills, digestive problems, dysmenorrhoea, headaches and muscular aches and pains. It was also used to treat cancer tumors since it was believed to have carcinostatic properties.
Recent research in China investigated the ability of the essential oil to regulate cardiac arrhythmia when compared to the beta-blocker, Propranolol. The results were encouraging and showed that Litsea cubeba reduced artificially induced arrhythmia from 15 minutes to 6.5 minutes, compared to the drugs performance 15 mins to 0.6 mins.
The multipurpose calendula plant is
is used to prevent muscle spasms, start menstrual periods, and reduce fever. It is also used for treating sore throat and mouth, menstrual cramps, cancer, and stomach and duodenal ulcers.
Calendula is applied to the skin to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation) and to treat poorly healing wounds and leg ulcers. It is also applied to the skin (used topically) for nosebleeds, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, inflammation of the rectum (proctitis), and inflammation of the lining of the eyelid (conjunctivitis).
You can’t go wrong trying this soap😊.
40% olive oil
30% coconut oil
10% hemp butter (you can use Shea if you don’t have hemp)
5% castor oil
**per 500g of oil
15g grapefruit eo
15g Litsea Cubeba eo
1T white kaolin clay
1T powdered goats milk (optional)
Calendula petals (as you like)
Combine oils & lye. Mix to emulsification, add clay, milk, petals, and scent. Mix to a light trace.
Split into 2-3 batches
Add yellow mica to one batch
Add bazooka Jo (pink) mica to second batch
Add TD & Phyllis Diller (iridescent) mica to third batch.
I did alternated colors and swirled with a chopstick. I then added petals to one side on the top of the soap.
I hope you enjoy this soap as much as I do😊.