Benefits of Calendula + Lemongrass for Skin
Buying handmade soap has a lot of great benefits to offer. Most of the time, all-natural items are good for the environment since they do not require large factories or facilities to produce them. Handmade soap tends to be unique since it is carefully crafted by an actual person.
In many cases, handcrafted soaps and other products are also safer to use than their mass-produced counterparts. This is especially true when it comes to handmade skincare goods.
This, along with my passion for herbalism and love for the natural world, is one of many reasons why I decided to produce handcrafted soap and other natural body products. Formulating and creating each unique recipe with the goal of creating an earth friendly product with benefits is simply empowering.
The way you treat your skin has a huge impact on your overall well-being. Being the largest organ in the body, the skin is very porous and is quick to absorb what is placed on it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of people in the US are potentially exposed to harmful chemicals absorbed through the skin.
Our most popular bar is Calendula + Lemongrass and in addition to its amazing scent, the benefits for the skin are numerous. Read on to learn more.
What Is Calendula?
Calendula is my spirit herb. Most people refer to calendula as just a flower but she's so much more. I started growing calendula about five or six years ago as a little patch near my front door. I wanted this plant to be the first thing I see each time I leave my home and the last thing before coming back inside. Since then, this edible self-seeding herbal ally has taken over several spaces in our homestead and have claimed these spaces as her own. We don't mind it. Calendula is ridiculously easy to grow and blooms readily from spring to fall.
Calendula, also called Calendula officinalis, is a type of marigold plant that has been used historically for various ailments. It is primarily used in treating skin conditions such as healing wounds, soothing eczema, and diaper rash. Some researchers have suggested that its also effective for vaginal yeast infections and fungal infections.
The extract of calendula could potentially help in treating wounds and ulcers. In animal studies, the plant’s extract was found to regulate certain protein expression that promotes wound healing. In another study, calendula extract was shown to increase the collagen presence in wounds. Collagen is a protein that is necessary in forming new skin.
Besides being able to treat wounds, calendula has also been found to reduce scarring. The properties of this plant soothes and softens the skin that allows it not only to heal quickly but also cleanly.
What Is Lemongrass?
Lemongrass is a tropical plant that is used in herbal medicine and cooking. Its oil, which is extracted from its stalks and leaves, has a pungent, citrus scent. The extract is often used in personal care products and is popular in aromatherapy for relieving stress.
In a 2010 study, the essential oil of lemongrass was found to be effective against bacteria, such as those that can cause skin infections.
In addition, lemongrass contains anti-inflammatory properties and is known to reduce redness in skin, itching and swelling. It purifies the skin by being a deep pore cleanser and it has been used to treat fungal infections.
In another study, researchers learned that lemongrass oil could effectively deter several types of fungi. One type of fungi that could be treated with lemongrass can cause ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot.
Handcrafted soap that is made using lemongrass oil is also beneficial in reducing skin oiliness. The substances present in the oil can help in controlling oil secretion from the skin.
The process and ingredients to create handmade soaps are truly what separates it from the store-bought soaps today. Not only are they eco-friendly, but they are also made with ingredients that are naturally beneficial to the skin.
At Yisrael Family Farm, we produce handcrafted soap products that incorporate all-natural ingredients. Our soaps can be found at local retail stores, but can also be purchased via our online store.