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Making Your Own Healing Salve

Herbs mixed with animal by-products and natural plant oils are some of the earliest forms of medicine used to treat infections, sores, rashes, blisters, and other skin and open sore conditions. In prehistoric time our early ancestors used roots and herbal leaves to make poultices and ointments to heal a wound. Todays over-the-counter salves and ointments are derivatives of ancient natural remedies. Ointments and salves contain oil or fat, but no water. Unlike creams, they do not absorb into the skin but form a separate layer over it. Salves are used where the skin is soft and bruised and needs extract protection, such as a rash. Salves were once made from animal fat but now are made from petroleum jelly or paraffin wax. Petroleum jelly is not the best conduit for the medicinal herb, so naturalists prefer to use bees wax or natural oils such as jojoba or olive oil. There are many salves we can make using a specific herb for a specific condition. Letís say we want to use a salve for eczema and other allergic skin conditions. A good herb to use would be chamomile because chamomile is a soothing herb used to treat skin irritations. The Anglo-Saxons looked upon chamomile as one of the nine sacred herbs given to heal the world by the god Woden. Chamomile is a great sedative used for insomnia and to sooth the digestive system. But use with caution, especially during pregnancy. Always check with your primary physician before using any herbs, especially if pregnant or on allopathic medication. Here is a wonderful healing salve you can make at home: Melt 500g of jelly or wax in a double boiler. Add about 60g of dried herbs or 150g of fresh herbs and heat for two hours until the herbs are crisp. Do not allow the pan to boil dry. For the next step, be sure to use rubber gloves, as the mixture will be hot. Pour the mixture into a jelly bag fitted with a jug, or elastic band around the top of a jug. Squeeze the mixture through the jelly bag into the jug. Discard the herbs left in the jelly bag and then quickly pour the strained mixture into jars. Cover the jars and let the liquid cool into a salve. Keep the jars of salve out of direct sunlight. You can keep the mixture for up to one year. If you find this process to be too much work, here is a quick tip: Cut open the end of an Aloe Vera plant and apply the thick jell to your wound or rash. Or cut open a vitamin E capsule and apply the oil to the affected area.

Bath and Body Tip #3

As well as soft fluffy towels, having PJs, slippers or a warm robe ready for when you hop out the bath saves you the trouble of trying to find clothes just when you're relaxed.


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