How to Make Goat Milk Soap

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It’s our first kidding season here at the ranch!

I can’t even describe to you the amount of cuteness happening around here! It’s just too much!

And with lots of super sweet baby goats…comes lots of super yummy goat’s milk!

Besides drinking it, making it into cheese, yogurt, and butter…I’m making soap!

For months, I searched high and low for a goat milk soap-making method that spoke to me.

I made lots of mistakes.

But finally…

…a goat milk soap recipe that’s just AMAZING!

Benefits of Goat Milk on Skin

Farm fresh goat milk is such a wonderful substance.

Goat’s milk is packed full of skin-loving nutrients such as:

  • alpha-hydroxy acids
  • vitamins B1, B6, B12, C, D, and E
  • restorative natural emollients and triglycerides

When used topically – in handcrafted soaps — goat’s milk:

  • acts as natural moisturizer
  • effectively treats acne
  • is less allergenic than chemical-laden, commercially-prepared soaps
  • has the ability to reduce inflammation of the skin
  • soothes dry and damaged skin
  • slow premature aging of the skin
  • heals eczema and psoriasis

Um…yes please!

Goat Milk Soap-Making Basics

The main concern with making goat’s milk soap — or any milk-based soap – is overheating of the milk.

When the milk over heats, you get scorched milk. Not good for soap-making. Scorched milk will leave your soap darkened…not to mention, it pretty much destroys all the nourishing benefits of the milk.

For these reasons, goat milk soap-making requires the use of the cold process soap method. Our aim is to maintain the integrity of the milk for maximum healing benefit.

Follow my instructions to the “T” and you’ll be fine!

Here we go!

How to Make Goat Milk Soap

Ingredients
*Measurements are by weight and should be made using a kitchen scale.

Base Oils

  • 10 ounces shea butter
  • 8 ounces coconut oil
  • 8 ounces rice bran oil
  • 6 ounces sunflower oil
  • 4 ounces kokum butter

Lye Solution

  • 4.8 ounces lye (7% excess fat)
  • 6 ounces pure or distilled water

Add-Ins

  • 8 ounces raw, farm-fresh goat milk

Optional Add-Ins

I like to add herbs in the form of flower petals, leaves, and powdered roots. Essential oils add loads of healing powers. Ingredients such as ground almonds, oatmeal, and raw honey are fun too! Get creative!

Method
*Follow traditional cold process soap-making methods. For more information on the topic, I highly recommend these books by Susan Miller The Soapmaker’s Companion and The Natural Soap Book.

  1. Measure the base oils – by weight using a kitchen scale – and then place in a large pot to melt over low heat (this pot should be dedicated to soap-making).
  2. Once the oils are melted, leave pot on the counter until room temperature — this may take 8-10 hours or overnight.
  3. Measure both the lye and water – each in separate glass bowls — using a kitchen scale for the lye. Note: Always run your recipe through a lye calculator to be sure that you are using the proper amount of oils, lye, and liquid.
  4. Carefully combine the lye and water by pouring the lye into the water (never pour liquid into the lye) and stir liquid until lye is completely dissolved. The liquid is caustic and not to be touched in any way. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Note: Be careful when working with lye and follow all of the recommended precautions. Keep out of reach of children. Don’t touch it. Use gloves, an apron, and protective eyewear. Basically, what I’m trying to say is, I can not be held responsible for any craziness, mishaps, explosions, etc. that may happen when making this recipe.
  5. Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down to room temperature or at least 85 degrees F. Note: You can put the glass bowl containing the lye solution into an ice bath to speed up the process. Create an ice bath using another, larger bowl full of ice and water. Stir lye solution often.
  6. Now we’re ready to add the lye solution to the oils in the large pot.
  7. Stir, stir, stir. Note: Any equipment the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of white vinegar, soap, and water.
  8. After a brief stir, grab your stick blender and get to work! Blend the oils and liquid in the pot for at least 2 minutes. We are working toward “trace.”
  9. After 2 minutes — or once the mixture has reached “light trace” (like a thin pudding consistency) — stir in chilled (cold) goat’s milk using a non-wooden spoon.
  10. Stir for 1 minute. Note: If you are adding any “optional add-ins,” now’s the time to do that.
  11. Grab your stick blender again, and blend for an additional 1-2 minutes until your mixture is the consistency like that of thick pudding.
  12. Pour soap into prepared mold(s). Note: This recipe is enough to fill this Regular Silicone Loaf Soap Mold perfectly.
  13. Allow soap to cool and harden in the mold for 24-48 hours.
  14. Remove the soap from the mold on to a clean cutting surface. Using an appropriate cutting tool — such as this one — cut soap loaf into bars.
  15. Place bars on a rack with good airflow so that they can finish the saponification process. Note: These are the drying racks I use for all of my soaps.  
  16. Allow soap to cure on drying racks for at least 4 weeks before using.

Where Can I Get This Stuff?

Looking for the raw materials mentioned in this post? The Soap Dish has some of the best prices on soap-making ingredients (this is where I purchase lye) you can find — not to mention it’s a small family owned business.

I also highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs for high-quality, fair-trade, and organic herbs, oils, and essential oils!

Want to make the most amazing soap…use the most amazing ingredients! This is the BEST coconut oil on the planet.

Don’t know where to get farm fresh goat milk? Search LocalHarvest.org for a farmer near you.

I do have several handcrafted Goat Milk Soaps
available for purchase in my Etsy Shop!
Click here to visit the Marketplace…

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DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #112

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Raising Homesteading Dairy Goats

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What a joy to announce the birth of twin baby doelings!

Yesterday afternoon, much to my excitement, our sweet Nigerian Dwarf Goat — Lizzy – gave birth to her first kids.

I knew the day was coming very soon…

…and as I was working in the kitchen, her continuous bleating caught my attention.

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As soon as I stepped outside, I also heard a new, high-pitched cry coming from the lean-to prepared for birthing.

Lizzy had delivered her first baby girl unbeknownst to me. I arrived just in time to witness the birth of #2.

The knowledge I had accumulated over weeks of reading “how-to-deliver-a-baby-goat” articles and books…went out the window as I sat in amazement at the miracle of farm life.

Lizzy did it all!

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I was there to make sure everyone was comfortable.

Thank you Lizzy for making this family’s first-time goat birthing experience magical!

Resources

Here are a few of the articles I read over and over. They are great for any homesteading dairy goat lover:

Follow my “Dairy Goat” Pinterest Board for more!

Naming

So…these two baby girls need names!

Our family is asking your help in naming them! Would you kindly leave your suggestions in the comments!

Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #111

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Herbs for Seasonal Allergies: Make Your Own Allergy Relief Herbal Tea

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For the seasonal allergy sufferer looking for relief outside of the realm of pharmaceuticals, be encouraged.

There are several botanical medicines such as:

  • nettle leaf — contains natural antihistamine. Nettles have been used traditionally in the treatment of respiratory problems and also bring relief from the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
  • eyebright – contains tannins. Tannins possess astringent properties that aid in strengthening and stabilizing swollen, red, and congested mucus membranes in the eyes and in nasal passages. Likewise, eyebright can reduce mucus secretion and bring relief from irritating allergens. Eyebright is a very popular solution for the treatment of a running nose and watery, itchy eyes so often associated with seasonal allergies.
  • marshmallow root — contains mucilage which aids the body in relieving irritation caused by allergens. Marshmallow root also possesses gentle decongestant properties.
  • licorice root – has anti-inflammatory properties, soothes inflamed mucus membranes, and calms irritated and sore throats.
  • elder flower & elder berries – both natural decongestants. They soothe the mucus membranes and work to dry up excess secretions.
  • rosehips — are rich in vitamin C and lend a very pleasant flavor to the tea.

Want to learn more plant-based healing for your family and friends? I highly recommend signing up for the Online Intermediate Herbal Course if you’d like to participate in formal herbalism formal training! Learn how to harness the healing power of plants!

Allergy Relief Herbal Tea

Ingredients
*Measurements in parts are by volume not weight.

  • 2 parts nettle leaf
  • 2 parts eyebright
  • 1 part licorice root
  • 1 part marshmallow root
  • 1 part elder flowers
  • 1 part elderberries
  • 1/2 part rosehips
  • 1/2 part cinnamon chips
  • 1/4 part ginger root

I buy all of my dried organic and/or wild-crafted herbs
in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Method

  1. Measure the parts of each of the herbs listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Grab your tea accessories, tea infusers, and/or tea pots…and brew a cup! (Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Starwest Botanicals. Their selection of tea accessories can’t be beat!)
  3. This herbal tea blend will keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months. (Note: I like to store all of my teas in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.)

Suggested use

Pour 1 cup of hot water over 1 teaspoon of tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain (composting plant material). For an added punch of allergy relief enjoy this tea sweeten with organic, raw honey (Local is best for ultimate allergy relief, but if it is unavailable to you, I HIGHLY recommend this honey from Tropical Traditions…it’s my personal favorite!). Drink 3 or more cups per day.

*Consider brewing up a big batch and keeping it in the fridge to sip throughout the day.*

Note: I like to prepare large batches of this tea for ease of use (especially during allergy season). In order to do so, I make a very concentrated infusion by adding 5-6 tablespoons of tea blend to one quart of water that has been brought just to a boil. Allow tea to steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain (composting plant material). Refrigerate the concentrate in a glass mason jar. When ready to serve, mix one part concentrate with three parts water. Reheat to serve hot or serve cold over ice.

Where Can I Get This Stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbsthey have everything you’ll need by way of Bulk Herbs and Natural Products for Healthy, Natural Living! It’s your one-stop-shop!

-Starwest Botanicals and The Bulk Herb Store also carries many of these ingredients if you’d like to price check.

I do have this herbal tea blend available for purchase
in my Etsy Shop.
See the listing by clicking this link.

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DIY Soothing Allergy Relief Balm

DIY Soothing Allergy Relief Balm

I don’t know about your part of the country…

…but here at the ranch, allergy season is in high gear!

I have several friends, and a few family members, experiencing congested coughs, chronic sneezing fits, itchy eyes and throats, stuffy nasal and sinus passages, and an overproduction of mucus.

Please Note :: There certainly are a plethora of pharmaceutical medications and synthetic supplements that are very effective against environmental and seasonal allergies. These should be prescribed and monitored on a individual basis by a licensed medical professional. This information is in no way a substitution for conventional wisdom.

However, with that said, medicinal herbs and pure essential oils are plant-based healers — and often times just as effective as their pharmaceutical counterparts – that most people can benefit from.

Herbs and essential oils that possess ant-inflammatory, anti-histamine, and anti-allergenic properties are extremely helpful, gentler, and generally safer alternatives for most people to use as remedies for the relief of uncomfortable allergy symptoms.

Want to learn more plant-based healing for your family and friends? I highly recommend signing up for the Online Intermediate Herbal Course if you’d like to participate in formal herbalism formal training! Learn how to harness the healing power of plants!

The Balm

Here’s a simple DIY recipe you can make and use at home to help your seasonal allergy sufferer. This balm is best applied topically to sinuses (around the nose), to the base of the neck, and to the bottoms of the feet.

It will soothe dry skin (often associated with sneezing and continuous blowing of the nose), reduce inflammation (swelling sinuses and eyes), and bring calm.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (approx. 1/2 cup) organic virgin coconut oil (this is the BEST coconut oil on the planet)
  • 0.5 ounces (approx. 1 tablespoon) raw beeswax, grated
  • 15 drops roman chamomile essential oil (if allergic to chamomile, substitute this with lavender)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

*I love these oils

Method

  1. In a small sauce pan or double boiler, over low heat, melt coconut oil and beeswax.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Add essential oils.
  4. Pour into jars, tins, or lip balm tubes.
  5. Allow to cool and harden on a flat surface.
  6. Label and enjoy!

Where Can I Get This Stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbsthey have everything you’ll need by way of Bulk Herbs, Organic Oils & Butters, and Natural Products for Healthy, Natural Living! It’s your one-stop-shop!

-For the ultimate all-natural healthcare alternatives choose dōTERRA™ Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils. Click here to purchase. Also, I find Beeyoutiful (check them out by clicking this link) offers the most cost effective, pure essential oils I’ve personal experienced. And Mountain Rose Herbs’ line of essential oils is the most complete organic line ANYWHERE!

-Starwest Botanicals and The Bulk Herb Store also carries many of these ingredients if you’d like to price check.

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Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #110

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  • Upcycled Frugal Finds
  • Animal Care
  • Natural Gardening Tips
  • Herbal Remedies
  • Green Cleaners

The list could go on…

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Bloggers, use the linky tool on the bottom of this post to share your best post. Non-bloggers, feel free to add a comment here with any ideas or thoughts you have concerning frugal and/or sustainable living. Every week I will be featuring the most viewed posts so link-up your best ones:)

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1. Remain sensitive to the mission of Frugally Sustainable. Frugally Sustainable exists to be a resource for all things frugal and sustainable. Therefore, in order to maintain the integrity of the mission, share your best posts – old or new – on anything pertaining to frugality and/or sustainability.

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