I Made Healing Salve Today

Today, Kira (my daughter), my house guest, and myself went on a nature walk to wild source some herbs.

With it, I’m making a balm that will soothe various skin issues. (This is not medical advice; mandatory disclaimer)

It is intended to help with, poison ivy/ poison oak, bee stings, any sort of open wound, etc. It can also help with skin conditions like pimples or eczema.

The basis of it is olive oil and beeswax. We got some fresh herbs and I used some dried ones.

yarrow

(Dried) yarrow

  • staunches bleeding
  • decreases likelihood of scarring
  • stops itching sensations from things such as mosquito bites, etc.
  • decrease and even remove itching from allergic reactions

plantain

Plantain (fresh)

  • Helps alleviate burning sensations
  • Helps alleviate itching
  • Drawing qualities–such as it can pull a bee stinger out
  • Draws toxins and poisons out of wounds (such as bee venom)– a note; this is combined with yarrow because the plantain will remove the toxins, but the wound usually still itches. This is where the yarrow kicks in.
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-microbial

chickweed

Chickweed (fresh)

  • Cools wounds and alleviates painful symptoms
  • Softens skin while drying wounds to assist in scab formation (excellent with yarrow, which helps decrease scarring)
  • Assists in healing acne and exzema
  • Like plantain, assists in drawing out foreign bodies (splinters/ bee stingers) and toxins
  • Contains vitamins and minerals that assist in conditioning and softening the skin

Dandelion (fresh, but we found far less than we hoped for)

  • Assists in pain relief
  • Softens and moisturizes skin
  • Contains vitamins and minerals that assist in conditioning the skin

jewelweed

Jewelweed (fresh)

  • Fungicide
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Relieves athlete’s foot, ringworm, and warts
  • Relieves reactions of the skin to nettle, poison ivy, poison oak, insect venoms (although only temporarily in the case of insect bites such as mosquito bites or bee stings, unlike plantain or yarrow)
  • Antihistamine properties to relieve skin allergy reactions
  • Anti-itch
  • Anti-microbial
  • (A couple of notes on Jewelweed… it often grows right beside poison ivy, and it is the most efficient method of treating poison ivy. Furthermore, it can help prevent the poison ivy from ever starting a rash if you were to put it on yourself BEFORE venturing into the woods.)

Cinnamon (dried/ ground- a very small amount, this is NOT turned into a paste, which can feel burning to the skin and even dry it out)

  • Stimulates blood flow to the area
  • Anti-bacterial, even effective against resistant strains
  • Anti-fungal
  • Increase collagen levels
  • Dries the skin (this is offset by the plants above so that it won’t dry it OUT)

Raw honey

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Significantly reduces likelihood of scarring
  • Anti-microbial
  • Soothes burns and help prevent infection in burns

So tonight the oil will soak in all the wonderful properties of these herbs. Tomorrow, I will add beeswax and thicken them into a cream… and from there, into small mason jars.

SO excited!

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