Wildcrafted Heal All Balm
This balm was inspired this Summer, whilst foraging & camping off grid. In the wild I found many thriving plants such as Self Heal, Yarrow, Plantain, & St John's Wort. It dawned on me that these plants all hold amazing skin healing properties. They're also all some of the first plants that I turn to in a wild first aid situation, and thankfully always find in abundance in times of need.
These plants skin healing properties can be applied to everything from soothing itchy bites & stings, to disinfecting & healing fresh wounds, slowing bloodflow, healing damaged skin including burns, calmed inflamed skin, all whilst soothing & moisturising delicate skin. They are literally the skin healing all stars.
Hence was created this seasonally inspired, wildcrafted/foraged 'Heal All' balm. A balm that you can use for pretty much everything! I love these sorts of balm, which are always in my life in daily reach, and whenever the kids or anyone has a this or that skin problem, you can turn to just one balm as the best remedy.
A little more about each of these herbs:
Yarrow aka Soldier’s woundwort, referring to it's use by the Greek Hero Achilles, who would use Yarrow to treat soldiers wounds on the battlefields. You don't need to be that hardcore to love Yarrow, it's one of my favorite foraged first aid ingredients, known to stem the flow of bleeding and speed the healing of wounds. Yarrow contains antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties making this the perfect addition to any skin moisturiser, especially if you're a bare hand gardener prone to cuts, scratches & dry skin!
Plantain's nickname is 'green bandage', referring to it's excellent use as a first aid remedy for cuts and wounds. Given the shape of the leaves it can be wrapped onto the skin like a bandage. Plantain is used topically to soothe irritation & infection, to treat skin problems such as eczema and acne and to relieve itchiness and stinging sensation from bug bites and stinging nettles. Plantain is gentle, toning, soothing & moisturising. Plantain has blood clotting agents and the natural allantoin promotes cell regeneration whilst the natural silica aids tissue healing.
Self Heal really stands out as a first aid & medicinal herb. It has anti bacterial, anti viral & astringent properties & stems the flow of blood. It’s most commononly been used throughout history to treat wounds and heal the skin. In a first aid situation you can make a poutice or a herbal infusion with leaves & flowers to stop bleeding, disinfect a wound, reduce swelling through tonifying & tightening tissues and speed the healing of wounds.
St Johns Wort has anti-inflammatory, analgesic (relieves pain), deep seated nervine effect, deadening nerve pain, eases arthritis pain, muscle pain & joint discomfort. Used to treat athletic injuries such as torn ligaments & muscles. Speeds the healing process of bruises by stimulating circulation of oxygenated blood to damaged cells, and also speed the healing of broken skin and burns.
Carefully handblended with Organic Beeswax from my best friend's hive in Paekakariki. You can't get more local than that!
Each balm is handcrafted from wildcrafted herbs which have been infused for 6 months in organic oils. Hand blended in small batches with seasonally available, fresh plant materials. No artificial preservatives are used, please keep your metal tin well sealed in a cool dark place and use within 12 months. The tin can be easily upcycled and reused once you've finished your balm.
Ingredients: Wild foraged Yarrow, Plantain, St John's Wort & Self Heal infused in organic Olive oil, local beeswax. NO essential oils.