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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Healing Salve

Healing Salve  a.k.a. Chemical free Neosporin Plus

Our house has lots of cuts, scrapes, bruises, bumps, rashes and eczema; they seem to come with the territory of toddlers and cause the need for a lot of healing salve. Neosporin works well enough for cuts and scrapes, but it is not chemical free and nothing from the store seems to work for the eczema without hurting or containing cortisone which lowers the immunity. I finally hit on this salve and it works wonderfully. I believe the herbs have a lot to do with it.
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (helps heal burns, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and moisturizer)
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/8-1/4 cup dried Comfrey (great for healing wounds) 
  • 1/8/1/4 cup Burdock Root (soothes skin irritations and great for eczema)
  • 1/8-1/4 cup Calendula or Chamomile (soothe and heal skin)
  • 2oz beeswax - grated or chopped
  • 15drops Tea Tree Oil (heals wounds, antibacterial)

In a medium saucepan – combine the coconut oil, olive oil, comfrey, burdock root & calendula/chamomile. Cook on medium heat in double boiler for about 45 minutes to an hour, stirring often. You can also forgo the cooking method to get more ‘healing strength’ from the herbs by soaking the herbs in the olive oil for 4-6 weeks.  Then you would follow the rest of the recipe, but you would the coconut oil to the olive oil/ herb mix before adding in the beeswax.
Strain the mixture using a cheesecloth or coffee filter.
 Toss the herbs & wipe out any remaining herbs from your saucepan.  Add the strained oil back to your pot, turn the heat to low. Next add the beeswax and stir until completely melted.
Stir in the essential oil at this point.  Once combined, remove from the heat.
You’ll want to work quickly now as the salve starts to set up rather fast.  Pour into the glass or tin container(s) of your choice. Once it sets up, you’re all done.  Each batch makes 16 ounces.
If you are looking for a source for herbs http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/index.php?AID=129244
has been recommended to me as a source for high quality herbs 


Discalaimer: I am not a docter, just someone who has used this and had good results. Do not use this on serious injuries and because the comfrey heals so quickly don't use it on puncture woulds as the outer skin could heal over the wound without the deeper wound, which would not be good.

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