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Soap therapy

No, I'm not talking aboutt watching "All My Children" or similar shows until you convince yourself that other people have lives which are more worthy of being called a trainwreck. I'm actually talking about making soap using essential oils and other natural things to add a little more joy or healthiness into your day.

In the past year or two, I've learned that I can tolerate bathing more easily if I use lavender (the essential oil relaxes and aids in pain and nausea control). So I've used lavender (and for a while a lavender chocolate soap) to make bathing less of a torture session (yes, it did used to be helpful, and it can be relaxing, but washing RSD foot is positively excruciating). But the soaps I've been using seem to have disappeared from the market.

So, this is when I reach way back in my memory to when I didn't have RSD and I actually wanted to do crafts and such. My teacher who did mobility, Braille and everything else blindness with me taught me how to make melt and pour soap. It was fun, but I kind of tucked it back away for a while when I got RSD.

But in the last few weeks, I've thought about it and realized I could start using my aromatherapy skills and what I remembered of soap making with the melt and pour method to make soap which meets my needs specifically.

Yesterday, Mom and I decided to try it. We made manderine soap and a lavender soap with powdered milk. And today's soap included a blend of essential oils I've used with my RSD. Time will tell how well the various soaps work.

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beginning
Jul. 22nd, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
Ooh! I'm so glad you discovered this! I figured it out maybe like six months ago when I was trying out some Lush items a friend gave me. She gave me a French Kiss Bubble Bar, and I cannot tell you how much that helps with my feet. It's absolutely incredible. It makes it nice and soft and actually allows me to use a wash cloth below my calves, which I hadn't been able to do in years. And it's also just very relaxing, which, as you know, is so helpful! Pleasant scents are wonderful when you hurt.

Lush is pricy, but if you cut the bars into smaller pieces to use multiple times, you can stretch them out. I've gotten about six uses out of that one bar already by just using a bit at a time.

When I was in Illinois, I picked up four small bottles of very gentle bath salts that have also been amazing. They're just called "Soap Shakers" from the Soap Shoppe. I can't find a website, but I will try to look around some more. They were only a dollar a bottle and they are lasting really well.
puppybraille
Jul. 22nd, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Wow... That does look amazing, all of the essential oils in that, or at least two of them are good for pain relief. That's getting bookmarked... Thanks!
3kitties
Jul. 22nd, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
soap, etc.
You were right. This did make my day. Tomorrow I shal make soap and drag out the oils before starting Hebrew...

I use various bath salts from Mountain Rose Herbs... There is a link here. Their salts are very good for relaxing, very rich in magnesium which I find is great for pain help. I am getting great melt and pout bases from Brambleberry.
beginning
Jul. 22nd, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, it can be pricy – between the cost of the item and the shipping, it can run like $12-13 or so – but usually what I do is order a couple at once, and that helps save me in the long-run since the shipping cost is lower. If you can spare the money on it, I would seriously consider trying it once and seeing how it goes. Or, maybe you can figure out a way to make it yourself, since you seem to be much better at that than I am. :)

I was almost positive there was a Lush store in the Twin Cities area, which would help you avoid the shipping issue altogether, but apparently not. There's a list here, though, in case you're ever in any of those cities.

Actually, if you'd be comfortable sharing a shipping address or you have an Amazon wishlist you can add it to, I'd love to treat you to a bar. :) No offense whatsoever if you're not!
puppybraille
Jul. 28th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Sorry it took me so long to replhy... You totally did not offend me, I've known you long enough that that would be hard for you to do!

I had to get some things from amazon, and ended up getting a bunch of stuff. We'll see how things go with it. I just found out about the wishlist feature and had no idea they were even available to be made public.
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