Sunday, October 28, 2012

All-Heal Salve

Happy Sunday!  I spent the day making herbal salves from the different herb-infused oils that I made over the course of the summer.  I made two other salves aside from this one, but I'll save them for another day.

Here is the main ingredient:

A brief breakdown of the herbs used to infuse the olive oil:

Nettle - Urtica dioica:  Used as a specific for childhood eczema as well as other varieties of eczema
Horsetail - Equisetum arvense:  Used as an external wound healer.  Also strengthens hair and fingernails.
Violet - Viola papilionacea:  Soothing for skin irritations, including hemorrhoids.
Red Clover - Trifolium pratense:  Anti-inflammatory and calming for the skin.  Another specific for childhood eczema and also psoriasis.
Comfrey - Symphytum officinale:  Speeds up wound-healing.  Guards against scar tissue development.
Plantain - Plantago major:  Soothes irritation and infection.  Helps stop bleeding.

The end result is nothing short of super for your skin -- I have poison ivy right now and this all-heal salve not only helps with the itching, but it also is limiting the dermatitis that I'm causing myself by scratching! It's perfect for my hands for winter too, especially since my hands are always so dry from working at the restaurant.

I love salve.  It is my go-to for just about every nick, scrape, bee sting, etc. that troubles my skin.  If you've never made it before, I highly recommend giving it a go.  Most of the herbs are very easy to come by (especially plantain, a common "weed"!) for wildcrafting and then all you have to do is be patient while your herbs macerate, add some beeswax, and there you go!

My final result of today's hard work to be later listed on Etsy:


Jaclynn said...

Nah nah neo sporin! :) Is that like what you gave us for Christmas last year? I use that for all sorts of random things too. I'm guessing the Plantain you're using is not the same as the banana-like fruit? Last I checked, I didn't have those growing like weeds in my garden...

Tiffany said...

This is similar, yes. I think I just had comfrey salves last year to give away. This salve has got a lot of different herbs in it, therefore many different healing compounds.

Haha, and yes, this plantain is not the banana plantain. ;)

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