Fix It Herbal Salve. The Perfect Fix from Head to Bum.
Making the Transition to Herbal Salve
“What?!?” I fought the urge to dive into the trash can and retrieve the trusted tube of triple antibiotic cream. We committed to live a more natural life-style and eliminate toxins from our home, cleaners and medicine cabinet. But my husband jested this time–surely! I am mom of multiple little ones who play hard outside on the farm… cuts, stings, bruises, etc are part of everyday life! But what’s a momma to do if she has no magic little tube of antibiotic infused petroleum jelly!?!?
Antibiotic Cream Isn’t What I Thought it Was
Herbs to The Rescue:
Back to the kitchen again… this time for the olive oil! We all know the nutritional benefits of using olive oil but did you know it doesn’t stop there? Olive oil has a long history of use as a topical skin tonic. For example, olive oil is effective in treating everything from certain kinds of acne, diaper rash, and even eczema. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and penetrates deeply into the skin, carrying the herbal infusion quickly through the dermal layers. Additionally, olive oil contains squalene which is a naturally occurring substance in our skin’s oil glands that protects against toxins and prevents moisture loss. Vitamin E and hydroxytyrosol, a unique antioxidant and antibacterial compound, are also found in olive oil.
When it comes to treating acne, olive oil scores 2 points lower than coconut oil on the comedogenic rating scale. This means olive oil is half as likely to clog pores and cause acne compared to coconut oil. For those of you who know my history with acne, this was an important discovery for me. My skin doesn’t need an excuse to break out. I really need an herbal salve I can use to heal the break outs, not cause more of them!
A New Friend
My cabinet full of loose herbs went into a olive oil herbal infusion. The addition of Lemon, Lavender and Eucalyptus essential oils provided even more concentrated anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic action. Between the oil, herbs and essential oils, I eventually had a tin full of a wonder herbal salve packed with a power house of natural benefits. Now…who better to test it on than a house full of rambunctious farm kids?
Test it they did! A wasp stung my middle child (a VERY fair skinned red-head) on her eyelid! Her fair skin reacts to almost anything. This was going to be ugly. In the amount of time it took to find the tin of herbal salve (am I the only one who can’t find things in a crisis?), her eyelid was bright red and about three times its normal size. My husband, the nurse, began to question if we needed a hospital visit. However, I slathered her eye with herbal salve, told her to keep her eye shut and try to stop her hysterics. In a matter of seconds she told me it didn’t hurt. Just a few minutes later neither David nor I could even see the location of the sting.
Thinking it might be a fluke, we waited. This time my husband was the test subject. Another wasp stung David on the side of his neck. He applied the herbal salve and when he came in to show me, I mistakenly identified a pimple rather than the wasp sting. I honestly didn’t see it.
Fix It is Born
Over the following months, the little green salve tin healed knife wounds, burns, bites, diaper rash, cradle cap, itchy rashes, poison ivy, cold sores, dry hands, pimples and just about everything else we put it on. Even the goats found their wounds slathered in green herbal salve. Our kids coined the phrase “Fix It” Salve and our new product was born.