Well Hello Everyone!
Happy New Years 2021~
It has been a very busy time here at Wild Moon Holistic! I am sure you all can relate to all the unexpected and huge changes to our working lives, and our day to day lives as well. I hope everyone is healthy and prospering no matter how the Pandemic is effecting you. I have spent a hearty chunk of 2020 working from home, guiding a 7th grader in remote education, navigating and re navigating our day to day life and practicing safe practices.
Needless to say we have all experienced quite a year and we’re not out of the woods yet sorry to say.
What hasn’t changed is cold weather season (yay something consistent) 🙂
I make a lot of salves for scrapes, bruises, rock climbing injuries, blemishes and basic first aid. Salves are my favorite and I think I talk about that here.
And its true! Salves are MY favorite. There is nothing worse than an oil leak in your purse or your pocket. Salves hold up to being left in your car, unless you live smack dab in the middle of the desert. Just sayin.
Salves work great on the go, or in your makeup bag, in your first aid kit or your desk.
Why am I once again singing the praises of salves? Because it’s the season for eczema, stress and cold weather itchy skin outbreaks . Its not enough to struggle with eczema on your hands, but add in additional hand washings and more regular use of hand sanitizer, cold weather and stress can totally exasperate the situation and so I wanted to discuss some of the herbal helpers I use to keep eczema or dry itchy skin at bay if you find yourself struggling with this.
Here are a few of my herbal big hitters when it comes to my favorite skin soothing oil blends:
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)- leaves and flowers soothe skin and can aid in the healing of skin issues like rashes, sunburn, small cuts and scratches, and bites. Calendula has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral effects so its amazing at helping skin heal.
Chickweed (Stellaria media) – wonderful to help the inflammation of arthritis chickweed helps with people who suffer with roseola. Excellent at soothing skin rashes and itches . ** some people have an allergy to Chickweed **
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomile) or German Chamomile ) – awe those sweet little daisy like flowers! Another wonderful skin soother. Its most widely used as a tea for calming and again a note of caution if you suffer allergies to ragweed, albeit uncommon.
Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale) – also known as “knit bone”, “boneset”, and “slippery root”. Like their familiar names comfrey is a fantastic remedy for healing skin and wounds . Its a major player in my first aid salve. (I use the root). Comfrey tea or decoction as a wash for rashes and eczema is very helpful.
Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) – the oil from this plant is wonderful for people who struggle with skin irritations. It also balances hormones relating to these issues and reduces inflammation , redness, itching and swelling.
Making herb infused oils is a wonderful way to keep on hand therapeutic oils for multiple purposes. I like to keep my basic Calendula, Lavender, Chamomile blend and add to it depending on what is needed. I love to keep a lip balm salve version in my purse in case I have a really bad dry lip day, or a blemish said hello or even a scratch, splinter..any skin irritation that needs some attention. (Makes a great face soother too)
This is what one of my clients had to say about her eczema salve:
“I love this salve. I have severe eczema on both hands that not only flares up in the winter but has gotten worse during COVID-19 due to washing and bleaching my hands an ungodly amount. After just a week of using this salve, I could see and feel a major improvement with the state of my hands. I also have had pretty dry skin on my face, and I use this salve everyday after I shower. It’s done wonders to help me in this cold, dry weather !”
So say goodbye to itchy, rashy inflamed skin with a simple, or more complex skin salve. 🙂
Also putting pretty flower petals on top like frosting is my favorite.
I have lots of favorites.
Stay healthy my loves. Stay itchy skin free!