Boerseep/ The wonder soap for washing! by Elizabeth Kendall
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The use of soap started long before the eighteenth century. The first recorded evidence of the making of soap-like materials dates back to around 2800 BC in ancient Babylon. Our ancestors in South Africa have their own unique types of soap made by adding herbs and other substances from the African region. Think of the oil from poisonous seeds of rooiessenhout (Trichilia emetica) which, after being told a good soap can be made.
Foto geneem in Pelgrimsrus. This photo was taken at Pilgrims Rest, Mpumalanga, SOUTH AFRICA.

Canon PowerShot S51S
PHOTOGRAPHY: Random
Second in the challenge and one of the Top Ten
in Washing Day
2 Desember 2010.
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17 May 2013.
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Boerseep word gemaak van:
1) diervet,
2) die loog verkry uit die as van verbrande plante en
3) water.
“Boerseep” is made from:
1) animal fat,
2) the alkali extracted from the ashes of burned plants and
3) water.
Die gebruik van seep het natuurlik al baie lank voor die agttiende eeu begin. Die eerste opgetekende getuienis van die maak van seepagtige stowwe dateer terug tot nagenoeg 2800 v.C. in ou Babilon. Tog het ons voorouers in Suid-Afrika hul eie unieke seepsoorte gemaak deur die toevoeging van kruie en ander stowwe uit die Afrika-omgewing. Dink maar aan die olie uit die giftige sade van die rooiessenhout (Trichilia emetica) waarvan daar, na vertel word, ’n uitstekende seep gemaak kan word.
Canon S51S digital camera.

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    Oooeee, ek wil sommer in die bad klim! Pragtige foto Liz!

  • Skoon, skoner, skoonste!!! Baie dankie Maree! x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 4 years ago

    what great pictures…. did you buy any soap? would love to be able to do something like this… would be such fun!! ~Barb

  • Thanks so much! I have a piece at my house, my sister made it long ago. It is my souvenir !

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • jan j van staden
    jan j van stadenover 4 years ago

    hiert! vanaand gaan ons ore, voete en boude was! :-)

    (dankie tog vir hierdie era!)

  • Oooo, lekker lag ek nou vir daai “hiert!” van jou!! Janee, dankie tog! En dankie ook dat jy kom inloer hier…

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture, this bring back memories.

  • Thanks Andrea, glad you like it! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 4 years ago

  • My pleasure, thanks for accepting Olitto!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 4 years ago

    Neat Elizabeth! Reminds me of the Lye soap here in the states! That stuff would scrub your skin off!!! ;o)))) take care, Linda

  • Linda, thanks!! I’m so glad we live in the Vinolia-days!!;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Marie Theron
    Marie Theronover 4 years ago

    Hier is mos ’n wenner vir die groep “Wash Day”!!!! Behoort jy al?

  • Baie dankie Marie, ek het sopas aangesluit en my “kiekie” vir hulle gestuur! Oulik van jou! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magriet Meintjes
    Magriet Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Ongekende waarde in die hededaagse lewe en ‘n trotste stukkie Afrika gesksiedenis, unieke onderwerp met foto’s Elizabeth, uitstekende werk!

  • Baie dankie Magriet, jou woorde beteken baie!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Marie Theron
    Marie Theronover 4 years ago

    Ek hou self daardie uitdaging dop, want ek het een om volgende week in te skryf as ek tuiskom. Jy gaan vir my opdraende gee in daardie kompetisie!

  • Haha!! Solank ons net skoon anderkant uitkom…. ;-))

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisover 4 years ago

  • Dankie dat jy dit aanvaar het Johan!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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