I hate running, but I love running trails. Well, I used to, I am working my way back. Fortunately for me I live in Arizona and it is full of great hiking trails not far from where I live. What does this have to do with my healing salve recipe? Read on.
I know you won’t believe me when I tell you that I prefer running up the mountain not down. You don’t believe me, do you? Let me explain. When you run up a mountain you have better control of your footing. When you run down, simply put, you don’t. Or at least I don’t. It’s easy to get what I refer to as “lazy feet.” This is when you (I) don’t quite pick up your (ok, my) feet high enough and catch a toe on a rock, fly head first down the trail, land hard, get up bloody (ouch) and keep moving. If you stop, your (ok, ok, my) whole body stiffens up when you (I – Hold on. Am I projecting?) feel the pain and then you’re never getting down the mountain. At least not without a little help from the local fire department. By the time you get home, you are feeling the full effects from the fall. Yes, that happened to me. Once. Ok, maybe twice. But after the second time I stopped counting. And that’s why I like going up better – unlike my son who flys down the mountain like gazelle and gives his mother heart palpitations.
The only good thing that came out of that experience is this all natural healing salve recipe. I concocted it in my kitchen, limping around, wanting all the healing benefits I could possibly get in one salve using essnetial oils and other natural ingredients. If I didn’t heal quickly, then I couldn’t get back on the mountain. And despite the occasional tumble I really do love it. It’s gorgeous here.
I’m happy to report that I LOVE this healing salve as do my kids. We refer to it as the Heal Stick and keep it in the refrigerator (not necessary) for an added cooling effect.
So, what’s in this Heal Stick? I started with beeswax, it is the glue that holds all the ingredients together. Next, is calendula infused olive oil ( I already had some infused from a prior project). Calendula is known for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, cuts, scrapes, bruises and has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antifungal properties along with a multitude of other benefits. I added shea butter not only to moisturize the skin, but because it reduces the visibility of scars and aids reduce skin irritations. Next, I put in lanolin, which traps moisture and creates a protective barrier on your skin. Tea Tree oil is added because it heals wounds quickly and protects from infection. It is also used as an antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic. Lavender essential oil relieves pain and soothes and cleanses common cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The last healing ingredient is Vitamin E. It is a natural preservative that I include in all my DIY products to give them shelf life.
Truth be told, it works. It really, really works. I healed up quickly and was back on the mountain in no time, taking the ‘down’ part of the trail much, much more slowly than before. Ok, you know the drill, try this healing salve and let me know all about it. Leave a comment. I’m nosy that way! And if you’re wondering where to get all of this stuff I have some links at the bottom of the page.
Healing Salve Recipe
1 ½ tsp calendula infused olive oil
½ tsp lanolin
¼ tsp tea tree oil
1 tsp beeswax
½ tsp shea butter
15-20 drops lavender essential oil
½ tsp vitamin E oil
Combine olive oil, lanolin, tea tree oil, beeswax and shea butter in a glass measuring cup. Fill a saucepan ¼ of the way up with water. Place the measuring cup in the water and heat on medium/low. Stir the mixture on and off until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in lavender oil and vitamin E. Immediately pour into an empty pot or lip balm tube. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated, but can be stored in refrigerator for cooling effect.
HOT vs COLD infusion of herbs into oil
Place calendula in a glass container and submerge in olive oil. Place in a double boiler and heat at 100-140 degrees for 2-5 hours. Strain using a fine mesh colander or cheesecloth. Store in a glass jar with lid.
Place calendula in a glass jar and submerge in olive oil. Stir to remove air bubbles. Lid and place in direct sunlight. Shake daily for 2-8 weeks. You can put the jar in a brown paper bag to prevent the herbs from sun damage. Store in glass jar with lid.
Where do I get all of this stuff?
The short answer is Amazon. I buy a lot from Amazon and except when I am buying very large quantities they are almost always the cheapest.. And with Amazon Prime – which I love – shipping is free and I get it in no more than 2 days. I have actually received a few items the same day I ordered them. Full disclosure: I am Amazon Affiliate which means if you click one of these links and buy something Amazon will pay me a commission on the sale. If doesn’t change your price. If you want to avoid that you can always just go directly to Amazon and search for these items. Anyway, like I said above if you have any questions leave me a comment here or on Facebook.