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Have you heard of soap nuts? I had not until Sarah Meyer drew my attention at the Farmer’s Market. Sarah, a licensed Massage Therapist, is giving back to the environment by promoting the cleaning product, and quite a salesperson.
Her tag line, the soap that grows on trees, grabs you.
It conjured up a strong visual image of Floridians shaking their native Sapindus Marginatus tree before doing laundry. Needless to say, I bought a package of soap nuts for $7.25 that Sarah placed in a brown environmentally friendly bag, and included a sheet of “recipes for cleaning…your laundry, face, car, hair, baby, dog or cat…if you dare”.
I left excited to brew my batch of liquid concentrate.
Soap nuts are actually not nuts. They are berries that contain saponin, a natural soap that is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly. The trees grow right here in the USA in the states of Florida and South Carolina and in India and Nepal.
Sara recommends using three tablespoons of soap tree concentrate per wash load. The three bags of soap nuts will produce enough liquid concentrate for forty-five washes at a coast of fifteen cents a load.
I Googled soap nuts looking for more information and found Greener Living, a company that pitched their product on the Canadian television show Dragon’s Den and consequently picked by Brett Wilson.
Greener Living sells a 32 oz liquid detergent for $16.99 that washes sixty-four loads, a mere twenty-six cents a load. Add the shipping, $7.49, and the cost rises to forty cents per load. There were some special offers and orders $99.00 or more, ship free.
Sara’s soap nuts are cheaper but the boiled liquid should be refrigerated and used in ten days. Liquid can be frozen and I thought about buying an ice cube tray, guessing one or two cubes equal to three tablespoons.
I did a large white wash using three tablespoons of my new brew, and pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness and fresh scent. The nuts and liquid do have a slight cider vinegar smell.
Thank you Sarah Meyer!
To order call Sarah 352-422-3901
Her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much Claudia! I am honored by your lovely article. Another really good place to check out accurate soap nut information is soap nuts pro.com or simply just call or email me. Thanks again!
Sarah, You are very welcome. I hope others try soap nuts and realize it doesn’t have to be made into a liquid the nuts/berries can be put in a bag and tossed in wash.
This was fascinating. I have not heard of soap nuts until I read your post. I’m allergic to most laundry soaps. I use an organic soap product at the moment. This will definitely be something worth checking out. 🙂
You right, who knew something so natural and simple is right under our nose. To order phone Sarah 352-422-3901.
Wow. This sounds right up my alley.
I thought of you from the start. Hope you are well. Claudia
Great post and wonderful information. Always looking for new ways to be more environmentally friendly. I’ll have to get down to the market soon to check it out! Thanks, Claudia. See you soon 🙂
I use Jergen’s bar soap, a very old fashioned vaierty I remeber using it at my grandparents house more than 40 years ago. It is so inexpensive, I usually pay about $4 for a pack of 8 bars. It lasts a long time, lathers well and does not dry out or irritate my super sensitive skin. I have psoriasis covering about 70% of me and it is the only product I can safely use other than a couple of highly specialized products that cost over $4 per bar.
If you are dealing with a condition such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, rashes or a host of other vexing human conditions of the skin, it is very likely that you have either an allergy of some type or you have been exposed to something/s toxic that have accumulated in your body to the point where your immune system is trying to handle it the best way it can, by showing irritation, flaking, redness, itchieness, etc.
Many people don’t realize that our skin is our largest organ and that contrary to what we learned as children, skin is not the barrier we have been taught it was. In fact, today many drugs are administered transdermally (through the skin via a patch). Your body can absorb as much as 3 pounds of water from a bath or shower right along with the chlorine (a toxin) and flouride (a toxin) and a host of other chemicals from the soaps and body washes that most of us a accustomed to using.
Here’s where my soap nuts come into the picture. First, what makes my soapnuts work is a product produced in the skin of the fruit called saponin. Saponin has 3 important properties: 1, Saponin IS soap 2, Saponin is antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial – so you are not only getting rid of dirt when you bathe, but germs as well, and 3, Saponin repels insects. Because of the antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties of soapnuts and because it is totally non toxic to humans and animals, soapnuts is very healing to the skin.
Now, couple the soapnuts with some really effective herbs and essential oils such as rose petals (anti-inflammatory and antibacterial), chamomile (adaptogenic), calendula (vulnerary – stimulates healing of tissues), Organic Shea Butter (used in many psoriasis lotions and creams for its healing and soothing properties and for rejuvenating the skin, Organic Coconut Oil (fabulous regenerative, antioxidant, reduces scarring of the tissues, restores elasticity of the skin, in fact coconut oil is now recommended to soothe systemic inflammation of the entire body by taking it internally) … the list is extensive, but I am sure you get the picture.
If you are accustomed to using commercial soaps that you can buy for 8 bars for a few dollars and that is what you can afford, then by all means continue using them. If however, your condition is worsened by the products you have been using to the point that you have such severe psoriasis that it covers over 70% of your body, please consider that perhaps what you are washing with is contributing to your problems and consider my organic, non toxic healing soaps. No, you won’t get them for 8 bars for a few dollars, but you may just find that you won’t need expensive (and toxic) prescriptions and visits to the doctor’s office so often.
As Claudia says, just saying…
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I have read about this and would love to give it a try. i like the idea that it is nice not only to the environment but to your clehtos and our skin! Thanks for the giveaway!
🙂 You are welcome!
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Thank you for your kind words. Yes, of course you are welcome to any information in the areticle Claudia wrote and for further info check out my page on facebook ‘Your Healing Journey Soap Nuts” and another page “NaturOli”. The NaturOli page is written by a company with many years experience in the subject. Their soapnuts are imported, but they are VERY conscious of quality and organic status of the product.
I grow my soap nuts and NaturOli is my back up source when I run out .
Just had a last minute thought that perhaps you didn’t know. We (my son and I are at the Ocala Farm Market every Saturday from 9 til 2PM and at the new Farm Market in the Brownwood Paddock in Wildwood same time. Come on our and say howdy… just saying 😉
Sara, Happy to see you are getting interest. Thanks for replying, I was confused about who should…just saying Claudia
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Well, this one’s a bit unclear as to how it relates to soapnuts, but the word rash definitely rings a bell. My soaps (which contain soapnuts milled to a fine powder) are designed to address various skin issues including rashes. I have one unscented soap with colloidal oatmeal in it along with calendula petals and calendula infused olive oil that is extremely soothing and healing to the skin. Calendula as you may know is vulnerary, meaning that it stimulates the healing of tissues and colloidal oatmeal is very soothing to the skin in a bath or shower.
The respiratory distress that can morph into pneumonia can be helped with the eucalyptus/lemon soap in that eucalyptus helps to open the breathing tubes and helps us “feel” the air as it passes through. All my soaps contain soapnuts that are also milled to a fine powder making them antifungal, antimicrobial and antiviral. So you see, they really are healing soaps.
The soap nuts are boiled in water to product a liquid soap detergent. Thanks for reading the post. Claudiajustsaying
Hi Karen, I’m so glad you like my Chocolate and Roses soap and the Furever Fresh pet soap (both made with soap nuts). You can contact me at my phone #352 422-3901 or by email at email@example.com. Looking forward to seeing you again at Brownwood Villages in the late summer, but for now, just call and let me know which soaps you would like and how many. And Claudia, thanks again for your blog. This little pot just keeps on bubbling, just saying 😉 Sarah Soap Nuts at Nature’s Apothecary
What a fascinating blog; I will forward it to my friend in Nigeria, who recently wrote about his quest to develop soap.