Each day our bodies are assailed by toxins that are delivered in various ways: food, air, water, and boo-boos -> a technical term for scrapes, owies, cuts, etc. Many reach for a drug store variety of antiseptic ointment and I, well, just reach for some made in my own kitchen.
This salve has a few simple ingredients:
- dried comfrey and plantain (these grow easily in my garden; leaves are harvested then dried in the dehydrator)
- rosemary essential oil from doTerra (makes it smell nice)
- beeswax pellets from Mountain Rose Herbs
- good quality (or so I believe) olive oil from our small grocer.
This green goodness has helped heal scrapes and cuts along with easing aching joints and sore muscles. I’ve also noticed a change in a varicose vein starting in one of my legs – not sure if it is this goodness or the radiesthesia work I’m doing. What makes it so amazing? Let’s start with the herbs.
Comfrey. Grows easily here in the county and I’ve read that one can tell where old houses used to stand by where these plants are growing. According to WebMd, comfrey is used to treat skin ulcers, wounds, joint inflammation, bruises, RA, swollen veins, gout, and fractures. A cautionary tale about this power plant; it does contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) which can be toxic in certain concentrations. The FDA has deemed this unsafe for oral consumption and in higher doses can cause liver and lung damage. Use at your own risk.
Plantain. The second powerhouse is a ‘weed’ to many people. If you catch the leaves early enough, they are tasty in a salad; older than that and these are too stringy. When outside, you can smoosh up the leaves (most people chew them) and use as a poultice on insect bites, rashes, cuts, and bruises.
Essential oils are powerhouses in a bottle. I use doTerra as their production and testing processes are impressive. Rosemary has many benefits and for this salve, it was added for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Last, but not least, the humble olive oil. I cannot say enough about the benefits of this ancient oil and have read that if stored properly, will last two years from the bottled date. Ha! I go through olive oil too quickly for it to go bad and for this salve, I added a glug of vitamin E just to extend the shelf life. The lovely hue? It’s all olive.
A few disclaimers:
- For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
- This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
If you are interested in the process, let me know. If you are local and wanna give it a try, stop by with your small container and I’ll scoop some out.