Yarrow & Plantain Hand Moisturiser
Infused with Seasonally abundant wild weeds this is a wonderfully nourishing & soothing hand moisturiser, perfect for dry skin. Harnessing the therapeutic properties of Yarrow, Plantain & Calendula + the extra moisturising & nourishing qualities of Shea Butter & Hempseed Oil, this is a rich & luscious balm.
The added hints of Lavender & Mandarin Essential Oils will leave your hands feeling refreshed and smelling wonderful.
Perfect for gardeners hands either before heading into the garden as protection or after a day outdoors, or for dry, chapped, scratched hands that need extra moisture or protection from the elements. You can also use this balm anywhere on your body.
It's the botanical ingredients of this balm which are the superstars:
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.
Calendula is a gentle skin healer, which promotes wound healing and skin cell regeneration whilst inhibiting inflammation. It's soothing, healing & tonifying to the skin. It's an antiseptic which keeps infection from occurring in injuries. It has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, and its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activity helps to fight infections. It's used externally for inflammation of the skin and to treat bruises, burns, sores and skin ulcers, along with cuts & scrapes.
Raw Shea Butter is deeply moisturising, penetrating deep into the skins layers whilst also forming a protective barrier on the skin, keeping moisture in and dryness from the elements out. Shea butter is emollient, which means it can soften or soothe the skin.
Organic Hempseed Oil is a rich source of omega 3 & 6 known to nourish, pacify, revitalise & moisturise dry skin. Hempseed provides long lasting moisture, over time increasing your skin’s ability to retain moisture.
Lavender has a gentle, old-fashioned, soft, floral, herbal scent. It's known to be relaxing & calming the the central nervous system, great for calming nervous jitters.
Mandarin smells delicious and is uplifting, why not slather it all over your hands!
Organic Beeswax from my best friend's hive in Paekakariki. You can't get more local than that!
Each balm is handcrafted from homegrown organic herbs which have been infused for a month 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: Homegrown & Wild Foraged Yarrow Flowers, Calendula petals + Plantain leaves, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Hempseed Oil, Local Organic Beeswax + Essential Oils of Lavender & Mandarin.