Native Americans once harvested young Stinging Nettle plants as a food and medicinal source. Soaking in water removes the stinging chemicals from the plant. It's tea has been used as a powerful pain reliever and to treat disorders of the skin.
We combined nettle leaves with aloe vera to create a gentle, nourishing hand soap that helps exfoliate and remove dirt without damaging your hands.
Stinging Nettle is normally a hostile little plant (as many can personally attest to). It's leaves contain a number of natural chemicals, (including serotonin, histamine and acetylcholine), which can cause the stinging irritation on skin when you brush against it. But soak in cold water and dry the leaves out, then it transforms these chemicals into an incredible healing combination of goodness.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the plant has historically been used as a way to treat Excema, muscle spasms, joint pain, gout, anemia and arthritis. It's even been used to treat enlarged prostates and other urinary problems, as well as an effective allergy remedy. Of course, our soap is just soap, but it contains all of this goodness.
For this soap, I crushed the leaves and infused into olive oil, then added crushed nettle leaves to act as an exfoliant. I also replaced the water we normally use as a soap base with pure aloe vera gel, and added shea butter to create a soothing, moisturizing soap of goodness. Give it a try - makes a great soap for hands, feet and legs (especially while shaving).
This soap smells a bit citrusy with a blend of wild orange, lemon and grapefruit.
aloe vera leaf juice | saponified oils of olive, palm, castor, shea, and grapeseed | shea butter | stinging nettle | fragrance
All soaps are handmade in small batches with pure, natural, high quality ingredients so the color and look of this soap varies slightly from batch to batch.
These bars of soap are handcut and weigh approx. 4 - 5 ozs
Product may differ slightly in appearance and color between each batch and/or bar.
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