Aleppo Soap is not just your standard bar of soap.
Aleppo Soap History
The verified origins of Aleppo soap is unknown. Unverified claims of its great antiquity abound, such as its supposed use by Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and Queen Zenobia of Syria. It is commonly thought that the process of soap-making emanated from the region of which Aleppo is a main city and to have moved west from there to Europe after the first Crusades. This is based on the claim that the earliest soap made in Europe was shortly after the Crusades, but soap was known to the Romans in the first century AD and Zosimos of Panopolis described soap and soap making in ca. 300 AD.
Aleppo soap is named after the city in which it was first made – Aleppo, Syria. The first documented production of Aleppo soap dates back to the 8th century, though many say that it existed well before that and some say that it is the oldest soap in the world – a veritable soap forefather, if you will. The city of Aleppo lies in the northwest corner of Syria, and for centuries, was a bustling trade centre. The soap was also made in neighbouring ancient Antioch, Antakya in Turkey and still is today.
Aleppo soap benefits and uses
Aleppo soap can be used by anyone looking for a natural, chemical and colour free soap, but it it is known to also help a variety of skin problems. The olive oil used to make this soap gives it a creamy consistency and makes it especially gentle and moisturising.
Olive oil contains valuable antioxidants, helps restore your skin’s natural balance, it has a mild anti-inflammatory effect reducing redness and irritation and it is usually well tolerated even by the most sensitive skin types.
Laurel oil is what makes Aleppo (Laurel/Dephne/Ghar) soap potent. When it comes to its known healing properties, various skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, herpes, bacterial dermatitis, fungal infections, irritated skin, dandruff, seborrhoea, dermatitis and others can be eased.
Laurel oil is known to help with all of these ailments not only because it is a 100% natural but also its properties include strong antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents. Even if you’re already on a treatment prescribed by a certified healthcare practitioner, Aleppo soap can be an effective complementary remedy.
If you don’t have any particular skin problem, the laurel oil in Aleppo soap still makes it a more effective disinfectant than regular soap but it also doesn’t over-dry your skin or cause irritation. Nevertheless, it is much safer than the advertised antibacterial soaps which contain antibiotics and long-term are said to lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria and various health problems.
Laurel berry has been made traditionally for centuries and mainly used for soap making that are proven to have beneficial features. Laurel Berry Oil could be used as an ingredient in creams, shampoos, liquid soaps and in massage oils.
Laurel berries are handpicked by villagers every laurel season just in the same way as Olive’s are picked each year. Each household within the villages collect different quantities to sell every season and this is usually their main source of income. Most of the Laurel Trees are located in Turkey and depending on how plentiful the crop for the season is, effects the price of this precious expensive.
Aleppo Laurel and Olive Soap for sale, made by Caria Natural Handmade Soap in Milas, near Bodrum.