Friday, June 28, 2013
Soaps and Salves!
This past week I traveled twice to Riverside High School to do two different classes for the Milwaukee Recreation Department. Wednesday night twenty woman joined me to learn how to make soap the cold process method using goat's milk and all organic oils. I separated the large group into four teams that took on the task of measuring out the oils, goat's milk and lye and then everyone took turns mixing up the batches until trace was reached which is the magical moment when saponification is finally taking place. Over the two hours, the ladies spent time chatting and getting to know each other. It was a relaxed atmosphere and a lot of fun. In the end, everyone went home with a container of soap that should produce at least four bars of soap.
On Thursday, I traveled back to Riverside and braved the congested traffic of Milwaukee Summer Fest. It was another big group of twenty people that showed up to learn how to create a healing salve by infusing medicinal plants into olive oil and combining it with beeswax that can last well over a year. We sat in a circle and talked about how to identify the plants and passed them around for everyone to touch and smell. We even took a field trip out to the parking lot to identify one of the plants, plantain, that you can find in nearly every yard.
I had a great time teaching that class and am grateful to the Milwaukee Rec Department for providing great facilities!