Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Soap made with Gin

The Littlecote Soap Co also make a Gin and Tonic soap which is made with Juniper and organic lemon grass essential oils with a dash of gin. Gin is made from Juniper Berries which is a great tonic and the fresh, zesty lemon grass is uplifting and refreshing - a touch of glitter is added for that tonic sparkle.

Gin was developed in the 17th century in the Netherlands. It was first intended as a medication; Juniper Berries are a diuretic and were also thought to be an appetite stimulant and a remedy for arthritis. The name gin is derived from either the French genièvre or the Dutch jenever, which both mean "juniper".

Juniper berries have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs such as Tutankhamen's, the ancient Greeks used the berries in many of their Olympics events because of their belief that the berries increased physical stamina in athletes and the Romans used them as a substitute for the expensive black pepper. According to legend, when the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus were fleeing from Herod into Egypt, they took refuge under a Juniper bush. I use them in cooking to season game birds such as woodcock or with venison. They are good in mulled wine too!

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