It was the third day of my summer holidays. Teachers look forward to the holidays maybe even more than the students. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I was excited to spend it in my garden. I had no plans other than to soak up the rays with my plant friends and maybe pet a bee or two. I began the day by setting up two jugs of herbs in order to make infused water for my family to drink. As I poured boiling water into the jugs, one of them cracked and burst open exploding boiling water onto my thigh. I watched in horror as the skin of my thigh slipped off and fell in a sheet. Screaming, I called for my daughters to help me. Minutes later, in shock and shaking, I was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Weeks later, after daily dressing changes at the hospital, I was able to walk relatively normally with only a little pain, I was on my way to have the bandages removed and see what my leg looked like. The doctor gave me a topical cream to apply to the exposed and vulnerable new skin. It smelled like gasoline and was a really gross colour. I did not want to put that on my skin. Pig fat was also prescribed…no thanks.
With a modicum of hesitation, I decided to perform a human trial on myself. I remember the exact moment I decided to put my Healing Herbal Salve on my leg instead of the cream my doctor prescribed. (I know we are supposed to listen to the doctor, but I felt some instinctive sense of dread about the cream he gave me.) So I put on my salve, knowing exactly what was in it, who made it (me.) and what each component was capable of doing. My thoughts were, “Well, here goes nothing,” and I hoped for the best.
It was immediately soothing and felt amazing on my painful, sensitive new skin.
Fast forward a few more weeks, and my leg looked great. The doctor declared it “beautiful” and I felt like my human trial was a success. No scarring (a miracle) and very little skin discolouration.
If I could have only one salve in my First Aid Kit it would be the Healing Herbal Salve. It is my most popular product and my friends and clients have used it as a: diaper rash cream, lip balm, face cream, wound healer, rash cream, spot lightener, cracked heels remedy, bee sting remover, sore muscle linament, pulse points stress reliever and more…
I keep this salve in my purse, in my desk at work, in my classroom first aid kit, in every room of our house and in my Travel First Aid Kit.
In a double boiler (or a pot nestled in a larger pot filled with a bit of water) over medium heat, add the oils and beeswax.
Stir until the beeswax melts and is fully incorporated.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a moment.
Add the essential oils. Stir.
Pour into clean and sterilised jars.
St John’s Wort: anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, promotes tissue repair, Analgesic, antibiotic
Calendula: vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, immune stimulant, antifungal, antiviral, lymphatic, antispasmodic
Comfrey: tonic, demulcent, expectorant, vulnerary, astringent, anti-inflammatory
Plantain: vulnerary, expectorant, diuretic, demulcent, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, alterative, hepatoprotective, hemostatic
Lavender: antibacterial, soothing, anti-inflammatory
Safety: Due to the amazing skin healing action of the comfrey contained in this salve, do not use on infected wounds as it may heal the skin with the infection inside.