Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fresh Pandan Soap (Investigatory Project)

This is our science project that I would like to share: Enjoy~~
You could try this at home.

I.            OBJECTIVES

                        1. To cure even without too much expenses;
                        2. To prove that there could actually be a natural cure in a soap;
3. To make use of the fragrance of Pandan Leaves in another way;
4. To recognize the medicinal capability of Pandan;
5. To treat leprosy, small pox and wounds;
6. To be aware of Pandan leaves not limited to culinary uses;
7. To relieve pains brought about by headache and arthritis;
8. To make soap even with limited utensils;
                9. Because of Global Warming, pollution and genetic problems, we                                 noticed that many are suffering from skin diseases. One of our                               main objectives is to heal these skin problems.

H1 = Pandan extracts can cure skin diseases
H2 = Pandan extracts can’t cure skin diseases

II.          PROCEDURE

1. Assemble the items you will need.
2. Pound the Pandan leaves into small pieces: do not throw the   juice of the leaf.
3. Grate the bath soap.
4. Heat 1/3 cup water in a double boiler to a simmer.
5. Crumble 3 to 4 tablespoons of the pandan leaves into the water.
6. Take the double boiler off the heat and allow the leaves to steep for 15 minutes.
7. Return the pan to the heat and add the bar of soap.
8. When the soap is melted, pour the mixture into the soap mold.
9. Leave at room temperature until the soap has hardened (it will be a bit softer than the bar you started with).
10. Open the mold and remove the soap.

Vegetable Oil
Bath Soap
Pandan Leaves
Double Boiler
Soap Mold
Kitchen knives
IV.       COST

Vegetable Oil
P 3.50
Bath soap
P15 –P20 (depends on the soap of your choice)
Pandan Leaves
Soap Molds

Pandan (Pandanus tectorius)                                                                         Fragrant Screw Pine

The pandan tree grows as tall as 5 meters, with erect, small branches. Pandan is also known as Fragrant Screw Pine. Its trunk bears plenty of prop roots. Its leaves spirals the branches, and crowds at the end. Its male inflorescence emits a fragrant smell, and grows in length for up to 0.5 meters. The fruit of the pandan tree, which is usually about 20 centimeters long, are angular in shape, narrow in the end and the apex is truncate. It grows in the thickets lining the seashores of most places in the Philippines. In various parts of the world, the uses of this plant are very diverse. Some countries concentrate on the culinary uses of pandan, while others deeply rely on its medicinal values. For instance, many Asians regard this food as famine food. Others however mainly associate pandan with the flavoring and nice smell that it secretes.

In the
Philippines, pandan leaves are being cooked along with rice to incorporate the flavor and smell to it. As can be observed, the uses of the pandan tree are not limited to cooking uses. Its leaves and roots are found to have medicinal benefits. Such parts of the plant have been found to have essential oils, tannin, alkaloids and glycosides, which are the reasons for the effective treatment of various health concerns. It functions as a pain reliever, mostly for headaches and pain caused by arthritis, and even hangover. It can also be used as antiseptic and anti-bacterial, which makes it ideal for healing wounds. In the same manner, a preparation derived from the bark of this plant may be used to address skin problems. Many people have also discovered that it is an effective remedy for cough. In India, pandan leaves are being used to treat skin disorders like leprosy and smallpox. The bitter tasting quality of the leaves makes it ideal for health problems which include, but are not limited to, diabetes fever, ulcer and wounds. In Hawaii, pandan flowers are being chewed by mothers who later give the chewed flowers to their children, as laxative. The juice extracted from pounded roots of this tree is used and mixed with other ingredients to ease chest pains. Also, it is used as tonic for women who have just given birth and who are still in weak states. Pandan flowers have also been traced with characteristics that function as aphrodisiac. Pandan also manifests anti-cancer activities, and that is why modern researches in the United States have subjected this plant for further experiments and investigation.

Pandan Health Benefits:
• Treats leprosy, smallpox and wounds.
• Helps reduce fever
• Solves several skin problems
• Relives headache and arthritis
• Treatment for ear pains
• Functions as a laxative for children
• Eases chest pains
• Helps in speeding up the recuperation of women who have just given birth and are still weak
• Pandan reduces stomach spasms and strengthens the gum.

Preparation & Use of Pandan:
• Decoction of the bark may be taken as tea, or mixed with water that is to be used in bathing, in order to remedy skin problems, cough, and urine-related concerns.
• Apply pulverized roots of pandan to affected wound areas to facilitate healing.
• The anthers of the male flowers are used for earaches, headaches and stomach spasms.
• Chew the roots to strengthen the gum.
• Extract oils and juices from the roots and flowers are used in preparing the decoction to relieve pains brought about by headache and arthritis.

P.S. To our Science teacher, Ms. May Pasco, if ever you find this and think that our investigatory project isn't original..this is your student over here... just saying


  1. where are the instruments of collecting the data? and what are the chemicals you can found on Pandan leaves?

  2. what does the vegetable oil do?