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Make your own "green" healing salves: for minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises.

An easy way to add inexpensive, natural remedies to your home medicine cabinet is to make them yourself. It's easier than you think to make for non-serious injuries and issues. Also, you can really save time and money by not having to run to the store for your usual antibiotic ointment. The basic knowledge of knowing how to use what comes from the land around us is fading, so I hope you find this helpful and educational.

This basic healing salve made of ginger, cloves, turmeric, and comfrey is designed to help relieve pain, inflammation and support tissue regrowth. It's ideal for scraped knees, minor cuts, and the like. All ingredients are fairly easy to find, purchase, or grow. The health food store should have all in stock. The first three are highly antibacterial, antiviral and are known to help relieve pain and inflammation naturally.

Turmeric is a very good as an anti-inflammatory used topically or internally. Used in many cases for joint and other bodily inflammatory issues.

Cloves have the highest known ORAC value of any food know to man. It's over a million! An ORAC value is the unit of measure to evaluate a food's antioxidant abilities. Cloves are also "The Original" form of modem day Novocaine and other potent numbing agents along that line. It's still used in many OTC oral pain relievers. To be sure, check the label. When my children were cutting teeth, we would use a diluted clove oil to rub on and in seconds fussiness stopped. For this just place 1/4 teaspoon clove oil into 3/4 teaspoon cooking oil and you'll have a natural baby tooth numbing oil. Choosing to add cloves to this antibacterial and healing salve has proven, in our home, to help relieve pain from minor cuts and scrapes. It will sting slightly at first but numbing takes place in seconds. Cloves and ginger are a must in my natural remedy bag of tricks for their powerful pain relieving properties. Even fresh ginger grated in warm water with a cloth soaked in it for a few minutes can relieve the fiercest topical pains. It's great for using on larger open wounds or even after birthing a little one. The last one has quite the reputation to help aid in the healing of tissue. It would be a good idea to grow a comfrey plant (sold as shoots or roots), and learn about its uses. (Ed. note: Comfrey spreads like crazy--like mint--so plant it in a confined area.) It is very beneficial to the injured skin and is known to help minimize scaring. In a pinch many a soldier has had to rely on wild comfrey, the herb also known as "knit flesh," to help aid healing of a flesh wound when conventional treatment couldn't be found.

This salve will be neon yellow when you're done! That will be a fun way to remember what it is if you forget to label it.

Turmeric and ginger are the culprits that give this salve its bright color. This recipe makes about 10 oz completed salve, give or take a bit.

To get started you will need:

A pint jar for soaking herbs
Olive oil, enough to cover herbs
1/2 cup organic cloves powdered
1/2 cup organic fresh ginger grated
1 tablespoon organic turmeric powdered
1-1/2 cup organic comfrey fresh (if using dry, use 1/2 cup)
6 to 8 oz, beeswax pellets
A few 1- 4 oz. jelly jars, push up
sticks or metal tins for storing

The beeswax, push-up sticks and tins can be purchased at any soap maker supply store online. You can also use 4 oz. jelly or canning jars. A 1 oz. push-up stick will render a purse or pocket sized "to go" bar.

It is best to use organic herbs if it's possible to grow yourself or fits in the budget. The modern processing methods of some mass produced herbs could greatly reduce the effectiveness. With that said, sometimes the best isn't available, then use what is available.

First, place all herbs in pint jars and cover with olive oil. Secure with lid and place in slow cooker on warm/low setting. Surround pint jar with water up to half way so it's surrounded with water but not submerged. Let sit for about 48 hrs on warm/low. Check periodically to make sure heating is going properly. You don't want it too hot or to cool. A high/warm to the touch is best. The idea is that cooking herbs will kill the good properties, so not too hot! You may also want to shake periodically to mix settled herbs. After the 48 hours have passed, pour into a cheesecloth and add a bit more olive oil, stir into herbs. Next squeeze through the cloth by twisting top closed and using hand strength. Squeeze out all that good oil. There may be some tiny particles of herb that come through the cloth. Some small bits are not a big deal. Do try to keep particles to a minimum, as you don't want debris in a wound. Next, measure out the liquid you get and you will use this same amount of beeswax pellets. It can vary a little each time, based on volume of olive oil used, so an exact recipe is not easy to figure, but it's equal parts of herbed oil to beeswax pellets. Example: 8 oz. herbed oil to 8 oz. beeswax pellets. Measure with basic pint jar or glass kitchen measuring cup.

First, put beeswax pellets in a double broiler to melt. Melt at a low setting and do not let water get into wax. That will totally ruin it. The salve stays good for years on one condition, water or liquid never touch it. That will introduce bacteria and possibly cause mold.

Have containers such as 1 oz. push-up stick, 4 oz. jelly jars or tins ready. The 1 oz. push-up will make for a perfect purse size version of your healing salve. When your wax is all melted, pour herbed oil into wax pot. If it starts to solidify, just reheat on low until all will mix together. Lift pot out of double boiler and wipe bottom clean and dry. Wipe again to double check there's no water on outside of pan that could get into salve as you pour. Then pour into containers and label lids. Voila! You have now created an antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, and anesthetic healing salve for use when you and yours are in need for scrapes, cuts and other small injuries.

This article is written for educational purposes only. This is not meant to replace the advice of a trained medical physician, nor is anything here recommended to treat, cure, or prevent any sickness or disease.

By Melisa Mink

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Title Annotation:Alternative medicine
Author:Mink, Melisa
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Mar 1, 2015
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