What is a Salve? How does it differ from a Balm?
According to dictionaries - when used as a noun it is an ointment used to promote healing of the skin or as protection. When used as a verb, soothe (wounded pride or one's conscience)."charity salves our conscience"
Being an always learning Herbalist, who has studied for over 30 years. The combining of herbs for salves is part science, art and magic. This salve is created with comfrey, plantain, calendula, yarrow, and lavender that has been harvested, dried and infused into olive oil or rice bran oil. The botancials are then strained and the oil is combined with local beeswax. (my own hives or the hives of friends) So this is a definite WV Grown product.
I started creating salves when I needed to have an ointment to put on my skin and my critters (dogs, cats, horses) that was safe for everyone. I was frustrated with the mass produced - petroleum based over the counter options. I wanted a product that was easy to use, that I could reproduce as needed. I created a product with a combination of calendula, plantain, and comfrey so that it not only healed the skin, but protected it and nourished it. So. . . this salve is created with the following herbs.
Uses: Natural remedy for the itching of bug bites and rashes.
After a bug bite you get that telltale swelling, redness and then the itching... We all know we're not supposed to aggravate the skin by itching, but who can help it? This all-natural salve uses the power of natural herbs to relieve itching, reduce inflammation, draw out the poison of bites, and heal the skin. My husband (skeptic) recently got bitten by midges and he had scratched himself raw. I went to my workshop and got this salve . . . he scoffed - but put it on. Within minutes the bites had stopped itching and the discomfort was gone. That is a testimony!
Here is a spotlight on the properties of the other herbs in this salve.
- Comfrey (symphytum officinale) - has a long history of use on external wounds - regeneration of new cellular growth, heal wounds and soothe the skin. It contains allantoin,
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis) - has antiseptic and repairing qualities, a good choice for soothing skin inflammations, burns and cuts. It is such a wonderful bright flower - and rumor has it that if you wear calendula flowers - you will be honest and kind.
- Plantain (Plantago major)- often used to relieve the pain and itching of bee stings, bug bites and rashes
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) - leaves are used for the anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anodyne properties (stop bleeding).
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) - has anti-inflammaroty, antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties - plus it smells heavenly.
Directions: When bites appear, wash the area first (if possible) and apply the balm to cover the entire bite. Reapply as often as needed. Safe to use on children (over 1 year old).
FDA Disclaimer: The statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.