My son Aidan and I have started a new routine. After I’ve put his little brother to bed, Aidan stays awake with me and helps me with the...
Calling All DIY Gods & Goddesses to RECIPE WEEKEND: 3 Recipes to have on Hand for Cuts & Abrasions
Mommy’s ER very own Herbal Antiseptic Tincture
This recipe is our own creation, but with the guidance of the The Herb Bar in Austin -- just my favorite little ivy-covered natural pharmacy ever...
- 1/8 tsp goldenseal root powder
- 10 drops of tea tree oil
- vitamin e
Combine the goldenseal root powder and tea tree oil in one ounce glass dropper bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with vitamin e (which will equal very nearly 1 oz). Shake to blend. Apply via dropper directly to small wounds, cuts and abrasions.
This recipe is so great because goldenseal root is literally the gold standard in herbal Neosporin. Its expensive, but requires very little to be really effective. The tea tree oil is a potent antimicrobial on its own (check it out in our cuts & abrasions article), and vitamin e is the “skin” vitamin in my book -- a powerful antioxidant that we don’t produce on our own, that protects and repairs skin.
Homemade Healing Salve Extraordinaire
This recipe is essentially a modification from Crunchy Betty -- a DIY food for beauty goddess. We’ve modified to include my favorite ingredients for kids. The coconut oil kills bacteria, fungi and viruses. The almond oil contains vitamin e and pain relieving qualities. The lavender is antimicrobial and analgesic (yes, another pain reliever, yay!). Plus it smells amazing, and is safe for topical use on even young kids. Calendula is also in every bath product I get for my baby. It is skin-soothing, helps prevent scarring, is anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial (so PS it makes this salve great for cradle cap.) The entire process of making this takes a little time, but trust me, it is really worth it. One afternoon with your double boiler, some music (and maybe a nice cup of tea or glass of pinot for mama :)), and you’ll have this fab remedy on hand all year long!
- 1/2 C. coconut oil
- 1/2 C. almond oil
- 1/8 C. dried lavender
- 1/8 C. dried calendula
- 1/8 tsp goldenseal root powder (optional)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (optional, but sure smells good:))
- 4 Tbsp. beeswax
- 2 tsp honey (either local, or my absolute favorite, manuka honey)
Sterilize your double boiler, jar or bowl to hold the oil, and salve jar. You can do this either by putting them in boiling water for 10 minutes, or cheat and use the sanitize function on your dishwasher. :) You’ll want everything super-clean, because the end result is going on small open wounds and ouchies.
Combine the coconut and almond oil in a double boiler and add the loose lavender and calendula. Stir, on low heat for 30 minutes. Strain the herbs using cheesecloth or coffee filter into a clean and sterile jar. Then put the newly-infused oil back into the double boiler (wipe or clean it if you want to avoid herb specs in your lotion) and while stirring on low heat, add the 4 Tblsp of beeswax. When the beeswax has melted, you’ll have a nice, transparent yellowy liquid. Pour this liquid into your salve jar (whatever clean, sterile jar you’re using), and add the lavender oil drops, the golden root if you’re using it and the 2 tsp or more of honey. Stir this together quickly, as the salve begins to set rapidly. When it is well combined (no layer of oil on top or honey on bottom), let it cool and you’ve got your miracle salve!
This recipe is simple-as-can-be (especially after the last one, formulated for DIY gods and goddesses :)), and adapted from a suggestion given by home-remedies-for-you:
- 1 Tbsp dried or 3 Tbsp fresh thyme
- 2-3 drops lavender essential oil
- filtered water
Brew up 1 cup of thyme tea (1 cup of boiling water with one Tbslp of dried thyme, or 3 Tbslps fresh). Steep for 10 minutes and COOL...don’t forget this step... Then add 2-3 drops of lavender oil. When pleasantly cool on the inside of your own wrist, you can wash your child’s (or your own) owwie with this 2-3 times a day. It provides gentle antiseptic healing, and also pain relief for very good measure. aaahhhh.
salve image courtesy and how to infuse your own calendula and chamomile oil: here
calendula image courtesy and how to grow your own: here
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