January 19, 2015

Balm :: Spice for Life ~ Warming Salve

Personally, I use this on my wrists after a few hours of knitting, my husband uses it for his stiff neck and shoulders. This salve can be used for any number of reasons... however it is not suited for young children, babies, mucus membranes or the eyes and mouth. 

About the ingredients:

Cayenne: used both in natural remedies and the culinary arts, known for kicking up the heat and getting the blood circulating. It's also an beloved analgesic and is often used topically for pain relief. Capsaicin (a key ingredient in cayenne) stimulates and a little goes a long, long way.

Ginger: carries a proteolytic enzyme that has been shown to reduce inflammation, most often recognized however for it's amazing effects on upset tummies. Another natural resource for stimulating circulation.

Arnica: analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory properties. Arnica is used for bruises, muscle and joints concerns and should not be used on broken skin.

Tumeric: anti-inflammatory, pungent warming herb, often used in cooking – but is currently on the health forefront thanks to it's many other benenfits.

St. John's Wort: anti-inflammatory, soothing for bruises and pain relief. Please note this herb also may cause photo sensitivity so be mindful of salve use and full sun exposure.

Calendula: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and one of my favorite herbs! Stimulates lymphatic drainage and is an all around joy to work with.

About the essential oils: I choose high quality pure essential oils for all of my products and for all of the uses within our home.

Wintergreen: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic – not intended for internal use
Peppermint: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, nervine
Clove: analgesic – can cause skin sensitivity in high concentrated amounts
Eucalyptus: anti-inflammatory – not suitable for very young children
Cajeput: anti-inflammatory, pain relief, analgesic

Safety/Cautions: This salve is not for internal use, do not use on open cuts or wounds, do not use during pregnancy, it is not intended for small children, nor is it to be used around the mouth or eyes. Do not use on mucus membranes and wash hands thoroughly after each application.

Store all salves in a cool dry place.

Indicated for: muscle aches, sore joints, warming skin, tired hands, circulation, and tension.

If your interested you can head on over to the shop front via my side bar, if your not in the market for warming salve that is okay too... just enjoy the pretty colors in the photos. I just love the red this herbal combination produces!

~ Blessings!

* This information has not been evaluated by the FDA, and it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please use personal responsibility when using any herbal product. We are not liable for allergic reactions, sensitivities or adverse reactions. I would strongly encourage you to pursue personal education in the area of natural remedies and resource products from a reliable source.

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