Herbs can be a great addition to soap making. They can make the whole difference by adding scent, texture and healthy benefits. Most of them differ from each other by what they add to the mixture.
You can either pick up your herbs from a shop or gather them from nature. You can dry your herbs naturally under sunlight, or in an oven or dehydrator. You should make sure that they are thoroughly dry with no dampness left because herbs that are not dry could produce mold in your soap or the lye may rot them.
When the herbs are dry you can store them in a sealed container. You can leave them as a whole leaf or flower or you can use a spice grinder to powder them.
10 Best Herbs for Homemade Soap
Lavender (is pretty much the best herb to make soap)
Because of the sense of comfort you get from it and clean scent, lavender is pretty much the best herb to make soap. Lavender soap is antibacterial and can stimulate healing of several types of wounds. It is well known for its relaxing properties and use as a natural sleep aid. You can use it whole while making the soap for a gentle exfoliating property or powdered for an even gentler action.
Chamomile (it can remove bacteria on the skin)
Chamomile is soft, fragrant and is a gentle healing herb that has a very soothing effect. It can remove bacteria on the skin, although not as well as lavender.
Calendula (can hold its color for a long time)
Calendula promotes healing and can help remove redness from the skin. Many herbs turn dark after a few weeks in soap, but calendula can hold its color for a long time.
Lemon Balm (is antiviral and can kill germs when you use it)
Dried lemon balm may lose its lemony scent, but it still works very well in soap. Lemon balm is antiviral and can kill germs when you use it. It provides a dark green color to the soap and a bit rougher exfoliation than lavender or chamomile, while not abrading the skin.
Marshmallow Root (can soften the skin)
Marshmallow root brings out the most soothing effect in soaps. When you use it powdered in making soap, the soap becomes soothing and can soften the skin. The demulcent action provides moisture for overworked hands.
Comfrey (it will keep the skin moisturized)
Comfrey root powder is added to soap to stimulate skin healing. It is very efficient in the treatment of acne and poison ivy rash. It will keep the skin moisturized and will promote healing. You can also use the leaf but the root has more healing abilities.
Plantain (can promote healing)
Plantain can promote healing and can provide more healing abilities than aloe vera. It is demulcent like marshmallow root but also has a nice green color that doesn’t fade quickly in soaps.
Mint (have antibacterial properties)
Almost all of the mints have antibacterial properties, a fact that makes them a great choice for soap making. All mints differ one from each other with the smell. There are several different types of mint like peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, grapefruit mint etc.
Rosemary (it is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal)
Rosemary might be one of the most useful herbs in soap making. It is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal. Rosemary Oil Extract is sold as a preservative to be used in making soap and/or other body care products.
Rose (contain a lot of Vitamin C)
Rose petals are very soft and they can bring a softening property to soap making. Using rose petals in soap can soften the skin, but can also provide gentle exfoliation. Rose petals contain a lot of Vitamin C, which can also be beneficial to the skin.