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This soap contains meadowsweet flowers, beeswax and local honey. I make this soap to celebrate our bees. They love meadowsweet blossoms so it seems perfect to include these flowers, picked locally at Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm, a conservation and research centre, working farm and educational visitor attraction near St Davids.
Meadowsweet (Spiraea Ulmaria) was mentioned in Chaucer’s, ‘A Knight’s Tale’ in the 14th century and is one the three most sacred Druid herbs. It has been a longstanding folk remedy in much of Europe and is widely used to impart fragrance and mask other unpleasant smells so were strewn on the floors in houses and palaces during the Middle Ages. It contains salicylic acid (aspirin) but without providing the side effects of stomach irritation because of its additional tannins and mucilage which protect the gastric lining. It was used to flavour Mead, an alcoholic drink made by fermenting honey. It is a great favourite with bees.
Beeswax helps to keep water out but it also helps keep water in by acting as a protective, breathable layer on the skin’s surface. It locks in moisture for soft, supple, hydrated skin and contains non-allergenic properties that help protect the skin. Beeswax is commonly used in various products to improve the condition and texture of the skin and also has a number of benefits in treating problems like acne, eczema, and dry skin. It contains powerful anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that are all beneficial and has strong antiseptic, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Honey can do wonders for your skin. It absorbs impurities from the pores on the skin, making it an ideal cleansing agent and that’s the reason why you will find it in so many skin-care products today. Honey acts as a great anti-ageing agent and moisturizer. It is rich in natural antioxidants with antimicrobial properties which help to protect skin from harmful UV rays and facilitates the skin’s ability to rejuvenate. Its ability to absorb and retain moisture makes it an ideal ingredient in many cosmetics as it helps keep skin hydrated and fresh and prevents drying. The natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties of honey help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s rays.