The Use Of Herbs For Basic Skin Injuries

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Herbs that Help With Burns and Scrapes

Burns and scrapes are common events in households that spend a lot of time outside or households with a number of children.

In fact, if you cook a lot, you may experience moderate to severe burns on occasion.

In these situations, you likely reach for cold water, ice, and some kind of over the counter burn ointment.

If you are trying to find a more natural way to handle the burns than an over the counter ointment, or if you have severe allergies and want to make sure you aren’t making the burn or scrape worse, consider the following herbs that help with burns and scrapes.

Lavender

Lavender can be used in oil, ointment, or lotion form to help soothe burns and scrapes.

It does this in several ways.

The natural oils produced by the lavender help with inflammation that can occur with burns and scrapes.

The oils can also work to help with any bacteria and offer an antibacterial barrier to the infected area.

When it is mixed with other oils such as tea tree oil or Vitamin E, it can help to restore the skin and reduce further issues as well as speed healing.

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Chamomile

Chamomile is often considered to be useful only for calming, but those same calming properties that work when ingested can help burns and scrapes.

Though it works much in the same way that lavender oil does, you do have more delivery options than just oil and lotion.

You can use chamomile tea to help the burn or scrape.

You do this by making the tea just as you would for drinking.

Allow the bag to cool down and press it to the burn or scrape.

This will help with pain, inflammation, soothing the skin.

The tea bag also works as a delivery agent to cut down on mess or getting particles of the herb into open areas.

Honey

If you are looking for something to use as a base for an ointment or paste that can help with natural healing, then honey is the way to go.

The trick to using honey on a burn or scrape is to use organic honey only.

You ideally are looking for honey that is in a jar or container with a piece of the honeycomb.

Store bought, non-organic honey is primarily sugars and syrups and not the same as an organic option.

In fact, most store bought options that are not organic do not have any healing properties at all.

Most of these herbs can be stored in cool dry places and kept for an extended period of time.

You can mix them as needed or make ointments and salves ahead of time.

If you are using an essential oil form, keep a small bottle with you in your purse or car to ensure you have it when you need it.

Tips For Making an Herbal Salve

Herbal salves are used to help with a variety of medical issues including congestion and burns.

You can usually find salves in over the counter options, but you may notice these options contain chemicals and preservatives you may not feel comfortable with.

In fact, some contain manufactured oils than can be harmful to your skin or to your sinus passages.

These issues lead some people to create their own herbal salves.

This allows you to control what goes into them and what herbal bases are used. Here are a few tips for creating these salves on your own.

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Use the Right Oil Base

One of the key tips to making a salve is to make sure you are using the right oil base.

You want an oil that will hold up and work as a salve.

You don’t want something that is too thin, but instead something with a bit more solid properties to it.

Coconut oil is ideal because it is easy to find, inexpensive, and will harden after it has been mixed. It also melts with body temperature, so you don’t have to worry about it being too hard to use.

Make sure you are using a coconut oil base or even a cocoa or shea base.

These are all solid oils that will hold up and store easily. They also won’t distract from the healing properties of the herbs you use.

Add Soothing Oils

Don’t stop with just the base oil and the herbs.

Boost the salve with other healing property holding herbs and oils.

For example, if the salve is for burns consider using Vitamin E oil as well.

A few drops can help increase the soothing properties of the salve and help to give hydration to the area.

You can also add other herbs as well. Lavender and chamomile are an ideal option as well as aloe vera and lavender or aloe and sage. These all help in salves and don’t counteract each other.

Use Soy Wax

You may wonder why you would use wax in a salve.

The reason is to stiffen the mixture and keep that salve feel to it.

This is especially true if you are in high humidity areas or high heat areas like tropical environments.

The key thing to remember is to use smaller pellets such as soy pellets or beeswax pellets.

These are easier to measure for your different recipes and easier to store. Block forms are fine, but they are difficult to breakdown into useable amounts for these types of salves.

Salves should be stored in a cool dry place.

If you live in a very hot climate, then you may want to store them in the refrigerator until they are needed. This will keep them from melting and help maintain their potency.

The 3 Medicinal Uses For Lemonbalm

Lemonbalm is often confused with lemon or lemon oil.

The truth is that lemonbalm is a member of the mint family.

It is used for several medicinal remedies that you can make at home and store for later use.

If you aren’t sure how you can use lemonbalm in your daily health routine or as part of a medicinal natural plan, here are a few ideas.

Keep in mind, lemonbalm can be purchased in capsule form from most herb stores if you do have a hard time finding it in pure form.

This will give you a readily accessible dehydrated option for your various recipes.

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Alertness

One of the issues many people, and parents, have is with alertness.

Unfortunately, you may be inclined to go with a doctor’s advice and move to a prescription to help with this.

If this isn’t the route you want to take, the consider using lemonbalm for mild to moderate alertness issues.

You can start with one lemonbalm capsule, cup of tea, or adding it to your juice in the morning. Once you see how well it helps you, you can up the dosage if necessary for your specific issues.

Regulates Blood Sugar

If blood sugar is an issue for you, you may already know about cinnamon is a method for regulation.

Unfortunately, cinnamon may be too harsh for certain people. Instead of throwing in the towel, consider using lemonbalm.

It can help with regulating and maintaining blood sugar levels throughout the day and especially during cold and flu season when your immune system may have a direct effect on the blood sugar levels of your body. It can also reduce insulin resistance levels as well.

Toxin Clearing

If you have been sick recently, you may have noticed an issue with your stomach and digestive system.

One of the ways you can help is by clearing toxins from your liver and out of your body. You can do this with lemonbalm.

Taken in a tea or pill form, you can introduce the herb orally and help it reach your liver. It will help push the toxins through your liver and help your liver maintain its function as well.

Lemonbalm can also be used daily to help with immune system boosting.

Just add it to your juicing routine or to your smoothies for the day.

This will give you an easy boost and help maintain your immune system throughout the year.

Make Your Own Herbal Soap

Herbal soaps can be hard to find in pure form, for an affordable price, and containing the herbs you need for your specific issues.

This is especially true if you live far away from organic stores and you want to see the product first hand before purchasing.

If this sounds like your issue, or if you just want complete control of what goes into your bath and body products, making your own herbal soap may be the ideal option.

It is actually easier than you think.

Here are the basic steps to make the herbal soap base.

Glycerin or Lye

The first thing you need to do to make your soap, is decide on the base.

Both have their advantages, but both bases also have disadvantages that may make you want to shy away from one or the other.

The first option is to choose a lye base. Lye is the more dangerous base to work with and does require hand, body, and eye protection as lye can burn the skin.

Lye does however produce a large amount of suds or bubbles which most people, for whatever reason, equate with soap as a whole.

Your other option is to go with a glycerin base.

This does not produce as much suds, but it cleans effectively and is clear which can allow you to add bits of herb, other soaps, or even small objects for gifts.

With glycerin, you do not need the eye and body protection, but you will need to choose if you want a vegan or vegetable base or a standard glycerin.

Herb Oil or Dried Herbs

The next step in making your own herbal soap is to determine if you want to use an herbal essential oil or a dried herb.

An herbal oil will give you the scent that you would like, but may or may not give you more than a inhalant or topical skin soothing solution.

Dried herbs offer both of these benefits and some exfoliate properties.

If you are looking for a soap that helps with dry skin, you may want to use a mixture of the oils and dried herbs.

If you are looking for a soap that is suitable for cold and flu season to help with congestion, then an essential oil base for the herb will do nicely.

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Soap Molds, Curing, and Creating

Your final step in making the soap is actually making it.

You will need the soap mold which can be purchased at most hobby stores or soap making shops.

You will also need to follow the directions listed for the manufacturer of the soap lye or glycerin soap base that you have chosen to use.

Glycerin requires only a melting, mixing, and curing process while lye requires several other steps to create the soap with each step needing to be followed exactly.

Once you have mixed the base with your oils or herbs, you will need to place the mixture into a mold.

The curing time will depend greatly on how hard you want the soap when you cut it and your temperature.

Warmer climates will need longer curing times. Once the curing time is finished, remove the soaps from the mold and store or use accordingly.

These are the very basic steps to making your own herbal soap. These are also the considerations many people do not take into account when purchasing a soap making kit or supplies.