many years he had a son with chapped lips ago gone wrong. No matter what he did or used, they continued to worsen. Need to take the matter in hand, I went to the backyard and picked up a basket full of leaves. Then he went into the house and invented an ointment brought immediate relief and healing. Let me share with you what I’ve done.
comfrey Though not recommended for use on broken skin, you have to judge for yourself. * Allantoin comfrey promotes the proliferation of skin cells, thereby regenerating damaged tissue.
Banana -This grass quickly stops bleeding and promotes healing. The flavonoid apigenin found in bananas is an anti-inflammatory product.
chickweed -Chickweed has anti-inflammatory properties as well. It is also known to help the body absorb everything that is applied topically, increasing the medicinal effects of other herbs.
- Vitamin E oil as a preservative
assemble your supplies:
- stainless steel pot and spoon
- cup with spout for pouring
- piece cloth clean
- cheese grater (if you need to grate the wax)
- If necessary, wash the leaves they have collected out and dry thoroughly. If you are using dried herbs, this is unnecessary. Fresh leaves should be macerated. Overall, I filled the container about half with fresh herbs. When used dry, I will use a few tablespoons of each.
- Add enough olive oil to the pan to just cover the herbs. Heat on low until fresh herbs are wilted or dried herbs are crisp. This will take about 15 to 20 minutes. Do not rush. If the oil smokes, it has overheated and must start again. Take all precautions as hot oil is extremely dangerous. She has no children and pets underfoot.
- After the herbs are infused, strain through a funnel lined with muslin. Once it has stopped dripping, squeeze it as tightly as possible to extract as much oil as possible. If you have access to a hydraulic press, you will be amazed at how much more oil can be extracted using.
- Return oil to the pot and add the grated wax. Hot fire to melt the wax. The more wax to add, firmer than the final product. Start with ¼ cup of wax for a cup of oil and go from there. If the ointment is too firm, you may return to the heat and add more oil to soften. If you are not firm enough, you can add more wax. You’ll get the hang of it with practice.
- Once the wax is melted, it is removed from heat and add vitamin E as a preservative. Pour the liquid into its container and allowed to harden.
Other ingredients can be added to your ointments. If I want anti-bacterial properties, I will add burdock root or honey. St. John’s wort relieves pain. Mirra and black walnut hulls provide antifungal properties that would be good for an ointment for diaper rash. Lavender, chamomile, calendula and other soothing herbs popular skin ointments.
Have you ever make your own balm? I love to hear your experiences.
* The use of comfrey is a controversial issue. Although widely used in the past, studies have found traces of alkaloids related liver disease in the plant. Herbalist now recommend for topical use, intact skin.
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