HEALING SKIN BALM
This is a great balm for "distressed" skin. It's my go-to for very dry, cracked skin
and any sort of rash, even eczema.
Calendula flowers and St. John's Wort flowers - I gather both daily when in
bloom to get the freshest flowers for the best results. Both are my go-to base
for any skin related issues - they are that good. I add to this base as needed
for specific issues.
Yarrow aerial tops in full flower - very available wild gathered in our area.
Yarrow has a long-standing and famous history of being used to cleanse wounds and help control the bleeding of lacerations, puncture wounds, and abrasions, even carried into battle for centuries to staunch bleeding and help healing. Also helps to break up bruising and keep blood circulating well.
Plantain leaves - see Plantain Salve page for more information about this wound cleanser and healer.
Comfrey leaves - has Allantoin, a chemical that promotes skin growth. This chemical stimulates cell proliferation, which speeds up the healing process. Also known as "Knit-bone", as it even speeds healing of broken bones.
Propolis - a sticky resinous substance bees use around the entrance to their hives. Propolis is among the most powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory substances found in nature. Researchers are also finding that it also possesses regenerative properties. Those are just a few of the very good reasons for including propolis in this balm. I purchased raw propolis from a local beekeeper.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, organic, first pressed - I use EVOO to infuse almost all my herbal oils - easy to obtain and good for the skin, thanks to its high amounts of antioxidants and healthy monounsaturated fats, especially oleic acid.
Jojoba oil - Jojoba oil is very similar to human skin oil, so is easily and quickly absorbed into skin. It is full of nutrients like Vitamin E and B, as well as antioxidants and minerals like chromium, copper, and zinc, which all nourish and protect skin.
Vitamin E oil - Vitamin E is not a single vitamin, but rather a group of fat-soluble vitamins with antioxidant effects, which make it great to add to skin products. Add to this that it is a great moisturizer and helps eliminate scars.
Beeswax - purchased from a local beekeeper. I use beeswax to thicken my skin products because it also creates a hydrating, long-lasting protective barrier against environmental irritants. It also helps to repair damage and promote skin regeneration. And it's 100% natural and organic. Win-win-win-win...
Healing Skin Balm Available As:
½ ounce tin: $4
1 ounce tin: $6
2 ounce tin: $10