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Emily’s Skin Salve

Herbal Skin Salve

This stuff is my go to for everything! I’ve been making it for years and sharing with friends and family. There are so many stories people have shared with me about the salve that continue to surprise me. It is the best thing for sun burns, alleviating the pain, but also shortening the redness and burn time for healing. It is great for bug and allergic reactions from plants, cuts, scrapes, gashes… you name it.  One particular story really touched me. My Father in law lost a leg in Vietnam and wears a prosthetic leg. It causes sores to weep and bleed where it attaches to his leg. He tried all kinds of creams and prescriptions, but to no avail nothing worked. I gave him some of my salve to try and to all of our surprise the sores started to heal.  He keeps a jar and uses it regularly as it is the only things that helps the reoccurring problem from use. If you don’t want to make it yourself I do sell it. Just contact me through my contact page.

Recipe

Comfrey leaf and root (accelerates healing and rapid cell repair)
Calendula flower (also accelerates healing and is a natural antibiotic)
Plantain leaf (accelerates healing and draws out toxins)
Chickweed flower and leaf (soothing especially for itchy bites or stings)
St. John’s Wort fresh flower and leaves (pain relieving anti-inflamm`atory especially for burns)
Yarrow leaf and flower (natural antibiotic, antiseptic and stypic which stops bleeding)
Mullein leaf (anti-inflammatory)
Lobelia leaf and flower (antispasmodic which helps with pain and helps repair damaged nerves)
Wormwood leaf and flower (antiseptic)
Marshmallow leaf, flower and root (soothing to inflamed tissues)

You don’t have to use all of these herbs, but they do each play an important role. I prefer the solar infused method. I place each herb in a quart jar almost to the top, then cover with olive oil. Cover and let steep in the sun for 4 weeks (you can go longer if you want).  Strain all the herbs and measure the amount of infused oil you have.  Add 1/4 cup of beeswax for every cup of oil. Melt together and add essential oils of your choice. I like lavender and tea tree.  I also add vitamin E as a preservative.  Pour into jars and label. Keep in the fridge for ling term storage. Should stay good for 2 years or more if kept cold.

Emily Saddler

Emily is a Master Gardener, wife of a professional landscape contractor, Mom of 4 cute kids, Yoga instructor and very passionate advocate of organic home-grown food! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Suburban Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients and her escapades as the keeper of both backyard chickens and honeybees!

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