Natural Healing Salve
I’ve slowly been making my way through changing our personal care products to ones that are full of less toxins. In a perfect world, I’d be able to throw them all out and start with new products. That felt really wasteful and would wreak havoc on my budget. Instead, each time I run out of a product, I take the time to replace it with a better alternative.
The winter here this year has particularly been hard on my skin, my hands are dry and cracking. Since I have been doing the elimination diet, I have been breaking out with little skin rashes in the weirdest places. I made this recipe to be able to put a moisturizing salve on all of these little issues that would help them heal.
Here’s a little breakdown on all the ingredients and what each one does:
- Coconut Oil: Hydrates & softens skin, soothes itches, speeds healing
- Grapeseed Oil: moisturizes skin & improves skin elasticity
- Comfrey: speeds wound healing, anti-inflammatory
- Calendula: disinfect & treat minor skin infections
- Rosehips: high vitamin C content, helps with skin dryness
- Lavender Essential Oil: soothing scent for stress relief, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory
- Tea Tree Essential Oil: antibacteria, antifungal, disinfectant
It worked wonders on my poor hands and helped me random rashes heal up quickly. I’ve stowed one in each of our first aid kids. I’ve also used it on a few other minor abrasions with the kids. The beeswax in it helps lock in the moisture so even if they are out being active, the salve stays on and continues to do it’s great work.
Natural Healing Salve
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
- 1/2 cup dried comfrey
- 1/2 cup dried calendula
- 1/2 cup of dried rosehips
- 2 oz beeswax beads
- 10 drops of lavendar essential oil
- 10 drops of tea tree oil
In double boiler, mix in coconut oil, grapseed oil and herbs. Cook on rolling boil for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mixture should be melted in a liquid state. Strain herbs from oil using a coffee filter, discard.
Using paper towel, wipe out the top of the double boiler and add liquid back in. Stir in beeswax beads and essential oils. Let melt and stir mixture frequently.
Pour into mason jars, or heavy plastic jars and let set.
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a passionate recreation coordinator by day, crazy farm mama of two by night. i live outdoors: growing my own food, camping and hiking with my border collie with two active kids in tow. when I’m not writing, I’m experimenting with recipes, and crafts – or anything else that might keep the monkeys entertained.