Herbs such as plantain and chamomile and soothing coconut oil combine for a healing balm full of green energy.
When a family member has a need for a salve, be it for diaper rash, chapped hands, scraped knees, eczema flair-up or bug bites, you don't want to take time to research which of the assortment in your medicine cabinet is best for the situation.
This All-Purpose Herb & Coconut oil Balm (formally Plantain Coconut Balm) can become your trusty source for anyone in the family to use with confidence in its safety and reliability.
Plantain is a lowly "weed" we see in lawns and wayside places. One of those wild herbs we step on without a thought but should you suffer a bee or bug bite look for the fresh plant, wad a leaf into a poultice to get the juices flowing and apply to the bite. Take note how quickly the pain of the sting is neutralized.
Infused in olive oil to draw out its astringent and antimicrobial qualities, plantain is combined with the wonders of chamomile. Chamomile is so very gentle and used extensively in the care of inflamed skin conditions.
The second option for this balm is to use lavender and rosemary essential oils instead of the chamomile. This choice is simply a personal preference or an alternative for those who have a ragweed allergy and cannot tolerate chamomile.
Unless you let me know upon ordering, the balm will be as pictured with the chamomile essential oil.
Lavender and Rosemary essential oils are a great aromatic combination but their use in this salve goes beyond how it smells. Lavender is a relief for itchy bug bites, sunburn, blemishes; the list goes on. Rosemary is added for its aid in relieving tired, cold or stiff hands.
Coconut oil acts as an emulsifier and helps stiffen the cream, but its known in skin care for its cooling effects for inflamed or burn remedies. Coconut oil contains antifungal and antibacterial properties from the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. Known for its ability to help skin retain moisture, this wonderful hydrator is often used for chronic dry skin and is known to bring relief to eczema and psoriasis sufferers.
Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature but loosens in warmer conditions. Just keep a mental note that this salve may appear a bit creamier during the summer months.
Herbal Plantain & Coconut oil All-Purpose Healing Balm comes in a 2 oz. jar
For further information you may want to read this informative article from Native Natural Remedies:
Plantain (Plantago major, L., aka. Plantago Major, Ripple Grass, Wagbread and White Man’s Foot) is one of the world’s most common herbs. It offers many health benefits. Also known as the “Mother of Herbs,” plantain grows on most lawns.
Plantain is both edible and medicinal, and it is a first-choice remedy for many skin ailments. All parts of the plant, including the seeds, are usable. The herb plantain is not related to the cooking banana, often known as a Mexican or Spanish banana.
The plantain herb is safe and effective for bee stings, bleeding, bruises, insect bites, hemorrhoids, and itchy skin.
For an emergency treatment when camping or at the park you can make a poultice for insect bites and bee stings from the leaves of the plantain plant by chewing a plantain leaf, placing it on the wound, and covering it with a band-aid or strip of cloth to hold it in place. A plantain poultice can also be used for drawing out splinters or thorns.
Please be aware that I am making no claims that any of these products are a cure for any medical condition. They are a result of information gathered on the benefits of various plants and home remedies. They have not been tested by the FDA therefore have no studies attached to their use, only feedback from people who have tried them. I have no way of predicting how individual cases will react to use of a particular product, so please apply to a test spot before regular use. Please read the ingredient list and be aware of known allergies.
Below is a bit of information for dermatitis and psoriasis sufferers:
According to MayoClinic.com, Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects the life cycle of skin cells. As a result, skin cells build up rapidly and form thick crusty patches. These patches can be unsightly and can be itchy and irritating to the sufferer. According to OrganicFacts.net, psoriasis can be helped by taking cod liver oil. It is believed by the medical community that EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), which is an omega-3 fatty acid present in fish oil, restricts the growth of inflammatory-inducing agents that can cause psoriasis. Applying fish oil topically can help to relieve this skin condition.
According to MayoClinic.com, dermatitis is a skin condition that is marked by inflammation of the skin. It can include different types such as sebhorrheic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis or eczema. It causes red swollen and itchy skin to develop. Dermatitis can be controlled and treated by using omega-3 fatty acids such as cod liver oil. According to MayoClinic.com, cod liver oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that can improve skin rashes such as dermatitis. Applying cod liver oil directly to the rash or simply taking a supplement as directed by your physician or dermatologist may help to improve this irritating skin condition.
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