I like to have different types of herbal preparations on hand to use whenever I need them but sometimes the need comes up so suddenly and you have to make something on the fly. Such was the case when I dropped my curling iron one day. It's one of those turbo heat large barrel irons that gets super duper hot in seconds. Ouch! Luckily I had some herbs and other ingredients to make a quick herbal salve.
The first thing to do after getting burned is to cool the burn off. If you can run it under cool water for several minutes that is ideal. If you can't, you can wet a washcloth in cool water and lay it on the burn. I usually keep the cool cloth or water on it until I no longer feel any heat coming from the burn.
While I'm standing there with a wet washcloth on my burn I grabbed my supplies. Luckily I had lots of dried herbs from summer. I needed coconut oil, dried plantain, dried calendula, beeswax and some lavender essential oil. I chose these ingredients because Calendula is excellent for healing skin. Plantain helps to heal minor wounds. Coconut oil has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lavender essential oil is excellent for burns and has antimicrobial properties.
What you'll need:
1 small clean jar. I used a mini Ball jelly jar because I always have them on hand.
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 Tbs caledula petals dried
2 Tbs Plantain leaves. Hand crushed coarsely, don't grind
1/2 ounce beeswax (I like these beeswax pastilles instead of the bars)
Lavender essential oil
I put the coconut oil in a double boiler and turned the heat on medium. I added the dried plantain leaves and calendula and stirred until they were submerged. I let it heat until the oil was very warm (don't let it boil) then turned it down as low as possible and let it stay on warm for about 20 minutes. After the time was up I removed it from the heat and strained the herbs out. (you can see how I separate the herbs from the oil in this post) I put 1/2 ounce of beeswax in the double boiler while it was straining and let it melt. I didn't actually have to turn the heat on for this, the pan was still warm enough to melt the beeswax. If you do have to turn it on, just put it on low for a minute. Once melted I added the herbal oil and about 5 drops of Lavender EO and stirred them together. I poured this into the small mason jar and allowed it to cool before using.
I applied the salve twice a day until the top layer flaked off on it's own. If you let it dry out it gets itchy. Scratching it makes it bleed so try to not touch it. My burn healed up very nicely within 2 weeks and I don't have a scar or any type of mark at all now. I'm very happy with the results.
I use a similar recipe to make a salve for dry and cracked winter skin if you want to try that one out too: Make Your Own Calendula Skin Salves. I really love making these types of things as I need them. The only drawback is without all the commercial ingredients they don't keep as long as the store bought stuff. I just make small batches as I need them and that way I can customize them with whatever herb I need each time.
Disclaimer: I am not a Dr nor do I play one on TV. This is not medical advice just my own recipe created by using basic proportions and substituting or adding in the ingredients I desired. It works very well for us. Let me know if you try it!
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