Herbs, Oils, & Waxes

Calendula

A skin-nourishing flower belonging to the Sunflower family. The blooms embody the energy of sun rays - uplifting and cheerful. Topically, its medicine encourages cellular regeneration, soothes inflammation, and induces collagen production. It provides relief, speeds up healing, and improves skin firmness. It's a great antibacterial and anti-fungal medicine to have on hand. As a tea, it moves stagnation in the lymphatic system, detoxifies the liver, and aids in digestion.

“Calendula is an awakener, reminding us to shake off unnecessary burdens and feel the warmth of the sun on our cheeks.” Erin Lovell Rider

Plantain

A ubiquitous and persistent “weed” that frequents the sidewalks, roads, and gardens. Plantain is commonly used to calm irritation and promote skin repair, making it perfect for soothing minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites and stings. It is used to aid inflammation, protect the skin barrier, support the microbiome, and heal wounds. As a tea, the leaves are an ally to the lungs and digestive systems.

Yarrow 

Widespread in Europe and North American, yarrow has feathery soft leaves with many flowers packed tightly at its crown. Given yarrow's affinity for blood, it has a special ability to coagulate and cease blood flow on wounds. It carries potent anti-inflammatory qualities, aiding in reducing redness, swelling, irritation, and itchiness. Yarrow tones and tighten skin thanks to its astringent properties.  As a tea, it is most well known for its ability to break a fever, making it a useful ally for cold and flu season.

Sesame oil 

A warming oil packed with omega-9s, vitamin E, and other vitamins and minerals that work to protect skin cells from damaging environmental factors, such as UV rays, pollution, and toxins. Sesame oil is valued for its moisturizing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and skin barrier-enhancing properties. In Ayurvedic tradition, sesame oil is considered the queen of oils. 

Sunflower oil 

A cooling oil rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, sunflower oil is a highly nourishing and moisturizing, helping to hydrate and protect the skin's natural barrier and soothe inflammation.

Jojoba oil

A liquid wax that mimics our bodies' own sebum, the skin's natural oil, so it absorbs deeply making it a gentle companion for a wide range of skin types and conditions.

Beeswax

Beeswax adds a protective layer to the skin, seals in moisture, and enhances the salve's nourishing effects.
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Sources:
Verinder, Erin Lovell. Plants for the People: A Modern Guide to Plant Medicine. Thames & Hudson, 2020.
Holmes, Peter. The Energetics of Western Herbs: Treatment Strategies Integrating Western & Oriental Herbal Medicine. Vol. 1 & 2, Snow Lotus Press, 1997.
Mabey, Richard. The New Age Herbalist: How to Use Herbs for Healing, Nutrition, Body Care, and Relaxation. Fireside, 1988.
Ketabi, Sahara Rose. Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda. Alpha, 2018.