herbal 1st aid recipes and notes
1 1/3C Olive Oil Infused with any or all Lavender, Lemon Balm, Calendula, Elderflower
1 tsp Red Raspberry Seed Oil or Carrot Seed Oil
2 Tbs Shea Butter
1/2 C Beeswax pellets
8 Tbs Zinc Oxide
Notes: Do not inhale zinc oxide powder, wear a mask. Do not add citrus oils to oil blend. Makes about 2 1/2C. SPF 20-25. Store in a cool, dry place. If you prefer liquid sunscreen, 1/4c beeswax is recommended for liquid. Refrigerate for added cooling effect. Recipe modified from WellnessMama.
‘Neosporin’ healing salve’
Recipe adapted from Wellness Mama
Heat the olive oil and herbs over low heat in a double boiler, crockpot or sun oven for several hours (low heat!) until the oil is very green.
Strain the herbs out of the oil by pouring through a cheesecloth. Let all the oil drip out and then squeeze give the herbs a squeeze to get the remaining oil out.
Discard the herbs. (Note: herb-infused oil can be stored at this stage and beeswax added later).
Combine the infused oil and beeswax in a double boiler or crockpot.
Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the wax is melted.
Pour into small tins, glass jars, or lip chap tubes and use as needed.
Use on cuts, bruises, stings, poison ivy, and skin irritations.
Herbal Insect Repellant
1 c Olive oil
¼ c dried Eucalyptus leaf
¼ c dried yarrow flowers,leaf,stem
½ c dried catnip
¼ c rose or lemon geranium leaves & flowers
2 tbls. Alcohol (Isopropyl or Vodka) or witch hazel
2 tbls distilled water or catnip hydrosol
Essential oils: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Citronella (Use all or any combination) 10-20 drops each
Wound Wash Formula
Mix equal parts (fresh or dried):
Yarrow achillea millefolium
Plantain plantago major
Calendula calendula officinalis
Use approximately 1-2 TB of herbs per cup of water.
Boil water and pour over herbs in glass jar.
Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain well then let cool
before using as a wash, soak, or compress for wounds.
Saint John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Part used: Flowering & budding tops- approximately the to 10” of the plant
Preparation: Fresh or dried tincture or tea. Fresh ONLY oil solar infusion- produces a beautiful deep red oil
* St. Johns Wort blooms around summer solstice and can be found growing in full sun along road sides, steams and meadows.
** St. Johns Wort has been found to have many drug interactions. If you are on prescription medication, please consult you health care provider before taking this herb.
Comfrey (Symphytum officianale)
Comfrey has anti-inflammatory properties and is used topically for treating wounds, skin ulcers, thrombophlebitis, bruises, broken bones, and sprains and strains.
Comfrey leaves feel a bit scratchy to the touch due to the high content of minerals (including calcium, chromium, manganese, potassium, selenium and silica), but don’t let this discourage you from knowing the deep healing power of this herb. Comfrey’s traditional names’ are knitbone, boneset and the derivation of its Latin name Symphytum is from the Greek symphis, meaning growing together of bones.
Comfrey promotes vigorous cell growth in the body, aiding your body to heal bruises and broken bones. It thrives in the home garden, growing easily and quickly from the smallest piece of root left in the Earth.
Plantain (Plantago ssp)
Plantain is a useful remedy for cough , wounds , inflamed skin or dermatitis, insect bites, rashes, extracting a stubborn splinter, or staunch bleeding.
Though often overlooked by the unknowing person, plantain is well-known among herbalists as one of the best, most readily-available herbs for first aid. Thriving in lawns, roadsides, and other disturbed sites, it is readily available to become one of your herb allies, and can be used fresh or dried, externally or internally. Because it is an abundant, generally-safe weed that offers quick results in a variety of medicinal applications, plantain makes an excellent herbal ally for children and beginning herbalists. Getting to know this plant will enrich your life and ease those insect stings!
Mallow (Malva neglecta and others)
"Mallow escorts water more deeply and completely into hot, dry tissues, softening, soothing, and cooling all it touches" Julie James
I, like many others, pulled this 'weed' out of my garden until I got to know who she was and is! Mallow is an indispensable herbal ally that you will be sure to love! Put a mallow leaf into your mouth and chew, and immediately you will learn much about this plant. The slimy, gooey qualities you immediately feel in your mouth points to this plants main qualities: mucilaginous, or demulcent. Mucilaginous plants offer soothing, moistening support for hot and dry tissues of the body. Whether its hot, dry, and irritated lungs, the hot burning sensations associated with urinary tract infections, or the burning pain associated with ulcers, mallow moistens and soothes such tissues.
The best way to extract mallow's soothing qualities is to prepare it as a cold infusion. Place finely chopped mallow root and/or packed mallow leaves into a pint jar and fill with cool water. Let sit for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. The longer it infuses, the more viscous the tea will be. Strain, and squeeze as much water out of the leaves and roots as possible, and enjoy! -Melody
Herbal Poultices & Compresses
Poultice: A poultice is an external application of herbs placed on the skin to draw, sooth, increase circulation & heal. Poultices are great for reducing enlarged glands, skin eruptions, boils, abscesses, cuts, wounds, insect bites (like a Plantain spit poultice!) and inflammation.
Method #1: Mix powdered herbs with hot tea or water to make a paste and apply directly to the skin. Cover with a cloth to hold in place. Use a heated towel or heating pad to keep warm for best results.
Method #2: Using either dried or fresh herbs- combine herbs and warm water to blender. Blend until you have a thick pulp. Apply as above.
**Do not reheat and reuse a poultice that is used for drawing
Compress: A compress is an external application made by soaking towel or cloth in hot or cold water/tea. Compresses can be used for a variety of ailments such as insect bites, sprains, bruises, swellings.
*Determine which temperature is needed. Heat draws energy and increases blood circulation while cold constricts and restrains it. Inflammation and bruising requires cold, while heat assists in easing pain and encouraging healing.
A few herbs to consider:
Part used: leaf & flower used in the early flowering stage without the stem
Preparation: Tea, tincture, hydrosol, oil infusion
* Catnip is easily grown in gardens and will take over if given the chance!
Basic Calendula Slave
Cover with 1 quart olive oil.
for every 1c infused oil.
** Customize to your family/household needs