How to Make Soap

Hey, last Wednesday I made soap with my grandma.  It was fun and easy so I thought I would share about it here.  I am going to spend some more time playing around with soap making and perfecting the process but this is what we did on Wednesday.

What you need:
– A Soap Base: Clear Glycerin Soap Base ($10.25 for 2lb) or Shea Butter Glycerin Soap Base ($10.74 for 2lb).  The shea butter will be white so when it is dyed the colours will mix unlike the clear glycerin.
– Some non-bleeding colour blocks from brambleberry.com for about $1.60.  There are also some on amazon but I haven’t tried any of them.
– DoTERRA Essential Oils if you need help getting these use the contact form above.
– A Soap Mold.  We used these “100% handmade” and flower molds.  There are other options available on amazon including some basic shapes.
– Dried plants or flowers (not necessary)
– Microwave or Stove
– Microwave Safe Container
– Spoon

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What you do:
– Cut about two blocks (or pieces of cake as I think of it) off of the soap box.
– Put those pieces into a microwave safe container.  The pieces should only fill about half of the container.
– Put the container in the microwave for 45 seconds until the soap base is liquid.

– Next add a few thin shavings of the colourant of your choice.  Mix and then add some more colour shavings into the soap if it is not dark enough yet.
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– Now you get to add whatever essential oils you want.  You can add either a single oil or mix them.  We put 5-10 drops in each time.  We were trying to figure out how many drops were ideal on Wednesday.  If you are going to do layers you can change the essential oils up each time.
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– At this point if you want to add dried plants or flowers cut them up small and mix them in.
– Pour the liquid into the soap bases.  Depending on what you want the soap bases to look like you could either fill them up all the way or fill them up only part way so you can do layers.
– With the rest of the space in the soap base you repeat the process switching up whatever colours and oils you want.  Before adding the next layer to the soap mold be sure the top of what is already in there has hardened.
– Now let that the mold is full, let the soap harden.  We let the soap harden for a few hours.  It probably will not take that long.  I wanted to be sure the bottom as well as the top had hardened.

There you go!  That’s how you make soap.  Here are pictures of our finished products.
Purple has rosemary essential oil.  Pink has clary sage essential oil.  Pink has citrus bliss blend.  On the bottom on pink and dark green is blue which is peppermint essential oil.  The dark green is rosemary and spearmint.  The green and white is coriander and wild orange essential oils.

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Let me know what you think in the comments.  If you make some soap post a picture using the hashtag #MbMBSoaping

-Maggie

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The Beginning of a New Journey

Hello!  It’s been a long time since I made a blog post but I’m going to explain why by going into what has been going on with my health and has started a new journey for me.

A little background information on my health.  I have a genetic mutation called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) specifically the A1305C variant.  I have ADD and a learning disability similar to dyslexia.  I also have mild scoliosis.  I’ve had difficulty breathing occasionally for a while now, but I do not have asthma.  Braces were a nightmare to me which lead to me to having minor TMJ.  Also. because this is the internet and you all don’t necessarily know these things, I’m 5’10” which actually helped lead the doctor to my diagnosis.

*Jessie Sprano freaking out about her height giph* (could not be found)

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My family and I are also on a natural path.  The world was created with everything we needed.  America in particular is turning to synthetics too much just because they’re new.  So many of them have a long list of side effects that are real.  When I say synthetics, I am talking about genetically modified organism (GMOs) and pharmaceuticals.   Just because our first choice is organic non-GMO food and natural alternatives to medicine doesn’t mean we wouldn’t or don’t ever eat junk food and take pharmaceuticals.  Of course, there is a time for pharmaceuticals and with how crazy our life is at the moment avoiding junk food is hard.  My mom is a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, which means her job is to teach people how to live naturally.

Whenever I say “us” or “we” it’s because my family is also on this journey with me because genetics.  🙂

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In the fall, I started experiencing problematic symptoms that lead us on this journey.  I say problematic because now that I know my diagnosis I can see I’ve had symptoms for a while.  My symptoms which I started to experience in September were high anxiety levels and insulin resistance.  At the time, I had no idea what was going on with my body.  The insulin resistance added to my anxiety and my anxiety was worse because my sleep was off because of my anxiety.  After going to the doctor, I learned that my memory was not up to normal standards either.  My official symptoms are: general anxiety, insulin resistance, memory impairment, insomnia, and headaches.  There were days when I just couldn’t do anything, still are sometimes.  After 6.5 years of drinking coffee one sip would make me shake and have panic attacks.

I, of course, did the normal thing and got a couple rounds of blood work done.  I also had an MRI (that was an experience, I’m also claustrophobic).  The blood work shown numerous things and the MRI showed that I had inflammation on my executive and cognitive function.  I was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS).  The big thing here is CIRS.  Essentially, POTS means whenever I stand up my blood pressure changes significantly and most of the time I get a head rush or feel like I am going to faint to some extent.

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CIRS is basically saying I don’t detox toxins like a normal person.  Both of my parents are carriers for this gene and are affected by it (and thus my sisters too).  The diagnosis of CIRS led us to finding water damage in our house.  We have an old house.  It has been through many hurricanes being in Myrtle Beach.  The mould was the worst in my room.  None of the mould was visible in our house which means it is not as bad as it could have been.  As a home-schooler I spend a lot of time in my room as you can imagine.  To remediate our house, we have had to move out.  We all have moved around several times and have all lived under different roofs until recently. The remediation part of redoing our house is starting to end so we will get to stay there again soon.  Our house does need to be remodelled because of its age.  That will be happening this summer.  To remediate we had to get everything out of our house and into storage.  As much of that stuff as possible will be staying in storage since the remodel will be happening this summer.

Thank you for reading this.  It has been a crazy 7-ish months.  If you have any questions about this (because I know it’s confusing) either comment below (everyone will be able to see) or go to the about page where you can fill out a contact form (only I can see).  If I get a lot of questions I’ll answer them in one Q&A blog post, if I don’t I’ll put them in the next post about my health journey which I hope won’t come out too long from now.

Thank you for reading.

What’s your health story?

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