I just love happy surprises, don't you? Although I tend to go about many projects "bass-ackwards" as my Dad used to say, often times there are happy & interesting details discovered along the way!
For instance, this "Catmint-as-soap colorant" experiment of mine: I only decided to use it because I can't identify Nettle, as many of my wise soap sisters can...plus, I have 7 HUGE plants in front of my porch. I knew that it was non-toxic, that you could put it into tea. That was the extent of my knowledge.
However, after steeping, grinding and adding it to my soap, I then decided to do some additional research. I've learned since that Catmint (Nepeta mussinii) made into a tea is great to help you fall asleep! It also has the same component that drives cats crazy in Catnip. (Maybe that's why the neighbor's cat risks life and limb to come to our yard?) Check out this link for all the info: http://www.djroger.com/catmint.htm
Probably more than you want to know about this lovely plant, eh? I guess the happiest surprise is the lovely green that it seems to have given my soap! I'm anxious to see how the color looks when the soap is cut, as well as how it "holds" in the final product. I've scented this HP batch with cornmint EO, so it should be a very refreshing & cooling soap.
Hoping to cut & photograph it this weekend.