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Green Living - Herbal healing balm - 30 September

- This healing balm takes the healing aspects of the herbs we talked about last week and uses them to create a very useful balm for cuts, scrapes, abrasions, insect bites, eczema and itchy skin.
- It is great to keep in the kitchen for children's cuts and scrapes, as it is mildly pain relieving, antiseptic and soothing.
- It doesn't contain any nasty preservatives or synthetic chemicals as all the ingredients are derived from safe plant based materials.
- It seems to last for many months but if it starts to smell strange or get mould on the surface don't use it!
- As with all topical applications patch test a small area before use to ensure there are no reactions to the balm (some people are allergic to beeswax and some oils and fats). A patch test involves applying some balm to a small area on the inside of your wrist and waiting 12 hours to see if there is any reaction.
- It's called Sam's healing balm as I have used it for years for my son Sam who always seems to have a scrape or a graze of some kind and always ask for his healing balm to fix them!

Sams' Healing Balm

Steep 1tbsp each of dried Calendula flowers, dried St Johns Wort, dried comfrey root (and some chopped leaves if you want) and a handful of chickweed leaves covered in olive oil (approx 120 ml) for 3 weeks in a warm, sunny place such as your window sill. OR Gently simmer for 3 hours in a double boiler.

Take 100ml of this herb oil and put into a heatproof container such as a Pyrex jug and sit in a double boiler.

NB. If you are using fresh herbs (leaves etc it is better to use the double boiler method and simmer them as the high water content in the fresh herbs can cause mould to grow in your oil if it is left to sit for a few weeks).

3 tbsp Grated Beeswax
1 1/2 tbsp Shea Butter
2 tbsp Coconut oil

Once melted and cooled slightly, add 
5 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops Manuka essential oil
2 drops Thyme essential oil

Mix and pour into clean, sterilized jars
Allow to cool completely and solidify before putting the lid on.