It’s getting cold! Is your skin feeling a little tighter and dryer than before? You could go to the grocery store or Target to pick up some thicker lotion, but did you know you can save those dollars and use them to make a much more healthy, safe, and healing medicinal salve?
Salves are topical skin moisturizers that are great for cuts, burns, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis, or even just the occasional dry skin. They are typically made with medicinal herbs, beeswax, plant-based oil, and essential oils.
There’s a huge variety of medicinal herbs that can be used in a salve. Many of them are great for keeping your skin glowing and healthy on the surface, but others can actually penetrate the skin and get into the lower connective tissue layers for healing. Since the skin is the largest and most absorptive organ, herbs used topically can have a great benefit to our health overall. Some topical herbs have a cooling sensation on the skin that can help to reduce skin inflammation, lessen pain, or to soothe cracked dry skin. Peppermint is a great example of one of these.
Peppermint is a herb that many people love. It has medicinal uses that go far beyond flavoring candies. For the skin, peppermint helps to reduce dryness, and it even regulates sebaceous gland oil production thereby preventing bumps and pimples on the face and body.
Peppermint’s cooling menthol (it’s primary constituent) can reduce swelling, itching and irritation from bee stings, ant bites, poison oak, and poison ivy. It’s one of those herbs you grow yourself. You can easily find it at the grocery store, at a local nursery, and even in the wild. If you decide to grow your own, you’ll quickly find that it spreads like wildfire. Especially if the conditions are just right.
So, if you decide to get a little peppermint plant, or you already have one…what do you do with the fresh peppermint?
Here’s one suggestion…
You can make a Salve!
Here’s a simple Fresh Peppermint Salve Recipe for you to follow.
What You’ll Need:
What to Do:
Congrats! You just made a fresh peppermint salve!
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Originally published at yourbeautyinbloom.com on August 26, 2016.
Originally published at medium.com