Monday, December 17, 2012
Using wildcrafted plants, I have created two salves. The one on the left has olive oil infused plantain, yarrow, lavender, and calendula. Vitamin e is added for longevity and beeswax is added for an thickener as well as its medicinal properties. Beeswax is a natural nourishing moisturizer and is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic and a germicidal antioxidant. There are a lot of natural cosmetics that use beeswax. The properties of yarrow, plantain, calendula and lavender are no less amazing. They all have a long history of being used for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The amazing properties of these plants can be harnessed and saved if infused properly and added to a salve. They will always be a part of my first aid kit from now on.
The salve on the right is the same base as the left but also contains activated charcoal. You can find activated charcoal in any natural food store. Is is an amazingly powerful ingredient. The more I find out about its medicinal uses, the gladder I am that I have it in the house. Activated charcoal has been used for centuries to draw toxins out of both humans and animals. It can be ingested or used as a topical to draw out poisens. I had a friend who had an infection in her index finger. The site was puffy and filled with pus. She put the activated charcoal salve on it overnight and in the morning, the swelling had gone down and the pus seeped out. Now just a couple days later, the site is no longer sore and there is no sign infection. Great stuff!