Cure all plant neem soap

Have you heard about Mkilifi Soap? Or maybe you are more familiar with the term Neem Soap?

It is a very popular tree in Kilifi, it has a lifespan of about 300 years. What makes neem soap interesting are the different benefits that come with it. It has antibacterial, antifungal, soothing and moisturizing effects and is therefore not ‘only’ an ordinary soap but also medicated.

Pounding the neem leaves fr production
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Neem leaves

Kesho organised a Neem Soap making training after cluster group members expressed their interest in solid soap production. 14 participants were taken through the different stages of the soap production. Main ingredients are; Neem leaves, coconut oil, caustic soda and CMC (Carboxymethylcellulose) which are locally available materials and easily accessible to everybody.

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trainer gives instructions
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Further processing step
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mixing all ingredients

The production process is not very time consuming and can easily be done at home. However the soap has to dry for 21 days before it can be used.

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pouring the still liquid soap on the drying board
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Cutting the soap into pieces

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