With the cold comes chapped skin, and we begin the desperate search for something to fix it with. I’ll be honest winter is not my favorite season, but it is wonderful drinking hot coffee, and watching the snow fall. This season I want to focus on creating a little series for you, I will write about holistic natural beauty, and how we can use everyday ingredients to better our health from the inside out.
Today I would like to talk about moisturizing and take you with me as we look at the benefit of using oil’s for healing. Not every oil is made equal, some clog the pores, and others are easy for the skin to absorb. Lets look at some of the oils that I have successfully used in the past.
Jojoba Oil: Unlike other oils Jojoba does not clog pores, but rather sinks deep into the skin. It is rich in iodine which kills harmful bacteria and reduces breakouts. It has been found to speed up collagen healing in wounds, and it is often used by those with psoriasis to prevent rough scaly skin.
Olive Oil: This oil much like Jojoba does not clog the pores, but has the ability to seep into the skin, and provide vital nutrients. For instance Olive Oil contains antioxidants (helps fight that aging), and restores a smooth texture back to the skin. You can find olive oil at the local supermarket, but it is important to keep in mind that it is often watered down with cheap oils, and artificial flavors.
Vitamin E Oil: Our last oil, Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, and an antioxidant (it helps reduce inflammation both on the skin and in the body). Vitamin E helps speed up the healing of the skin, it seeps into the first layer healing sunburns, scaring, and of course raw chapped hands.
I have listed only a few oils here but they should be an easy find at your local health food store, or grocery.
Lets look at some Herbs that can promote healing.
Side note: I am no doctor, all the information I have here is gathered from personal experience, or the internet. It is important to seek professional medical advice for any health issues.
Plantain: This little guy grows right in your back yard. When harvesting plantain it is important that you harvest it from a place that is not near a road, or where anyone would be spraying pesticides. Studies have shown that it is wonderful for healing the skin, reducing inflammation, and speeding wound recovery.
Comfery Leaf: Is known for its ant-inflammatory, and pain relieving effects. It stimulates cell regeneration, and new tissue growth. Read the article linked here to find out more about this herb.
Calendula: Is used to cleanse wounds, it is known to prevent the growth of bacteria, and molds. It is extremely healing, promoting new cell growth and regeneration, and is a wonderful addition to a herbal salve.
Carpenters Hand Salve (my husband is a Carpenter, he uses this salve in the winter)
1 oz Beeswax
1 Cup Herbal Oil (click here to learn how to make herbal oils) I use a mixture of Comfery Leaf, and Plantain Leaf in most of my salves.
8 drops Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
Several drops Vitamin E oil
Melt 1 oz of beeswax on the stove top, once fully melted add one cup of your herbal oil slowly. This will cause the beeswax to solidify again, so mix it gently and let it remelt. After your oil is blended, add several drops vitamin E oil, and several drops lavender essential oil. Turn off burner and immediately pore mixture into jars, let cool.
Side note: You can use many different herbs. The ones I listed above are some of my favorites for herbal healing salves. I have had great success with them in the past, from issues such as chapped hands, to the everyday bump and scrape.