Friday, January 10, 2014

Winter Skin Blues

During the winter months my hands are constantly in water.  If I'm not cooking or cleaning or changing poopy diapers or bathing kids...doing dishes...doing laundry than I'm not awake (bha)

I'm always washing my hands and they crack and bleed in the dry air months.  Some days they ache and I can't imagine putting them in water again.

I ran across this  recipe for Healing Salve on Pinterest the other day and was thrilled I had everything I needed

I ran to Walmart for the cute 4oz jars and bam

Thanks One Good Thing by Jillee for the recipe and instructions! 

CW All-Purpose Healing Salve

4 – 4 ounce glass jam jars 1 qt. mason jar for melting
1 cup organic cold pressed coconut oil 1 cup quality organic olive oil 4 T. organic beeswax pastilles 1 t. vitamin e oil (optional)
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil 8 drops Lemon Essential Oil 6 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil 3 to 4 drops vitamin e
all purpose salve
Add the coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax to 1 quart mason jar. Fill a large saucepan halfway with warm water, set your burner to low to medium heat, slowly melt the ingredients in the warm bath, stirring with a knife every few minutes until melted.
While melting and stirring, line up four 4 oz glass jam jars. To each 4 oz jar ~eo's and vitamin e oil.
Now you’re ready to fill each jar with the hot oils and beeswax. Carefully fill each jar to within a half inch from the rim. Let the jars cool until the salve hardens, top with a paper towel while cooling to keep dust, bugs etc from invading your lovely jars of salve! Secure lids tightly after the salve has hardened. CW All-Purpose Healing Salve has approximately a one year shelf life, depending on humidity, heat etc. Note: the consistency of salve will set up soft but solid enough not to splash around in the jar.
I’ve made a lot of salve over the last year! Camp Wander supplies our local Wyoming nursery with stacks of jar as it’s so wonderful for rough, dry gardener’s hands!
all purpose salve 2
Although a gardener’s salve was the original use, the comments flew in with testimonials of success using the salve for so many different things the list of uses kept on growing! Here’s a few ideas for the good readers of One Good Thing by Jillee from Camp Wander!
1. Extreme hand moisturizer, a gardener’s best friend!
2. Dry, cracked heels and crusty elbows.
3. All-purpose moisturizer for dryer climes. My Wyoming home pretty much demands heavy use of this salve as a body moisturizer and occasionally on my face, sparingly!
4. Soothes and heals chapped lips or any chappy place ~ Purchase small lip balm pots (HERE)
5. Soothes welts, burns and insect bites or bee sting!
6. Great for diaper rash ~ keep a small lip balm pot of salve in your purse AND diaper bag!
7. Keep your animals in mind! Sunburned noses, gashes, heat spots and post surgical wounds. The taste of Lavender and Melaleuca keep your pets from licking wounds – bonus!!   Caution: because of Lemon essential oil the salve is not intended for cats. Cats are super sensitive to citrus oils.
8. Antiseptic, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties make it great for cuts, scrapes and post wound care for kids and adults!
9. Wonderful for elderly folks and their thin, fragile skin.
10. Great for scaly scalp!
11. Mom’s favorite go to for eczema breakouts ~ safe for infants!
12. Hand sanitizer and moisturizer in one

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition

1 comment:

Stef said...

Okay. I totally need to try this out. I live in DRY New Mexico and it is so bad come spring when the winds pick up. Sahweet.
PS. I really am going to publish this year. It's my resolution. Working on getting it edited. Sigh....

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