Seeking a more grown-up name for “Boo-Boo Salve”…
Antimicrobial Amalgam…? Germ-Busting Blend…? Curative Concoction…?
I’ve been puttering around in the Kitchen Witch Cupboard this week. Cleaning, sorting, tossing out the old, and adding in a few new items. As I sorted, my thoughts turned to the vast number of needs my herbcraft oil infusions attend to. Since beginning my Herbcraft journey in 2002, my custom blend has matured as I’ve built up my knowledge base, adding new herbs and subtracting others… I’ve been sifting through definitions to determine what to call my herbal base – they do so many things – they have antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. The “Internet” defines an antiseptic as something that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms on living tissue, an antibiotic as something that destroys microorganisms internally, and a disinfectant as something that destroys microorganisms found on nonliving objects. So it seems the might fall under the umbrella term of an antiseptic, but that’s not very poetic… Thoughts??
My current blend includes:
St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), speeds the healing process of burns, bruises, and scrape by stimulating circulation of oxygenated blood to those skin cells so that repairs can begin. Studies also have show St John’s Wort to be both anti-viral and anti-inflammatory in nature. St John’s Wort is a very valuable herb, but can have effects on other conditions or medications – check in with your doctor before using.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis), a wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and skin-soothing botanical. It is most often used topically for cuts, abrasions, skin infections, insect bites, and to treat pink eye. Calendula is anti-fungal and so can help to cure thrush (Candida albicans). There are no known precautions.
Lavender (Lavandula)- is known for it’s scent but also for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, expectorant, stress-relieving, antiseptic and analgesic properties. It can reduce the irritation and the pain associated with bug bites. Lavender is an excellent remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore and tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. It can inhibit the bacteria that cause the initial infection in an acne breakout.
Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita) is used externally as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, muscle relaxant, and an antispasmodic. as well as speeding the healing of skin ulcers, wounds, and burns. It can be used in lotions or in oil form to ease the itching of eczema and other rashes and reduces skin inflammation, and sooth sun burns. It may also speed healing and prevent bacterial infection. Avoid if you have strong allergies to plants families that include ragweed or daisies.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory herb used topically for releasing toxins, eczema, fighting fevers, and increasing circulation. Best avoided during pregnancy.
Plantain (Plantago major), used externally, many of its active constituents show antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as being anti-inflammatory and anti-toxic. The leaves can be used for insect and animal bites to relieve external pain, burning, and itching.
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a potent antimicrobial agent. Helpful for fungal nail infections, acne, and athletes foot. Studies show that it’s active against the yeast Candida albicans, and bacteria such as staph (Staphylococcus aureus). In lab studies, tea tree oil kills methacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Not to be taken internally.
I’ve Got New Recipes to Share!
In the midst of my reorganizing, I was inspired to create! Here are a couple new recipes:
3 T Sweet Almond Oil
2 T Olive Oil/Canola Oil
1 T Apricot Oil
1 T Argan Oil
1/4 tsp Vit E
1/4 tsp Essential Oil, divided
I split this recipe to fit into two bottles, each with their own scent profile. Just combine all the ingredients into a glass vessel and shake well. I used a dropper bottle for ease of dispensing. This recipe makes approx 2 oz.
Healing Herbal Deodorant
Using my Healing Herbcraft Coconut Oil Blend (St John’s Wort, Calendula, Lavender, Chamomile, Yarrow, Plantain, and Tea Tree Oil), I created this creamy, spreadable herbal deodorant that wont only make you smell lovely, but it’s really good for your pits too! The original recipe came from another Maine-based, herb-centered Maker – Jessica Healey (check out her DIY Deodorant blog post – it’s super informative, real, and a great read). I changed it up a bit, using my Healing Herbcraft Coconut Oil Blend and supplementing a bit of the almond oil with argan oil – if you don’t have the argan oil, just use sweet almond oil, and/or check out this great substitution list.
- 30g Coconut oil
- 20g Shea butter
- 7g Sweet Almond Oil
- 3g Argan Oil
- 10g Beeswax
- 15g Arrowroot powder
- 15g Diatomaceous Earth – Food Grade!
- 5 drops of Vitamin E
- 20-25 drops of essential oils (I used my favorite combo – Sweet Orange and Patchouli)
Heat and mix the oils and beeswax in a double boiler. Once combined, cool slightly and then add the arrowroot, diatomaceous earth, vitamin E and the essential oils. Whisk well! Pour into a 4 oz container and allow to cool completely before covering. Be sure to add a label with your list of ingredients.
Being that it’s a bit wordy, I’d love to hear your creative thoughts on a new name for the Healing Herbcraft Coconut Oil Blend. Post in the comments, or pop me a message on FaceBook.
May Brighid’s flame glow brightly,