First off, let me say that I am no doctor. Please do your own research as to what you feel you can and cannot do for your family.
As some of you know, a few years ago, I began playing around with homemade non-petroleum jelly. (http://jilloalltrades.blogspot.com/2012/08/all-natural-cosmetics.html) It is simple.
I investigated a healing salve. Calendula is always good for soothing
and healing skin for example. Plantain (the plant, not the relative of
the banana) is one that is excellent for blocking the reactions of bug
bites, and Jewel weed is excellent for poison ivy.
first harvested the plantain and jewelweed. Both are considered weeds,
and were relatively easy to find. I took them home and cleaned them
and dried them (This step is important!), and then ran them through my
In a pint mason jar, I put the chopped up
plants, along with the dried calendula I already had. Next, cover the
whole batch with olive oil until it is completely covered (preferably
with about a half inch of just oil on top.) Remember I said the drying
stage was important? Well, does water and oil mix? water in your
product will not help your final salve, and water or plant material
above the oil line will just encourage mold.
Keep this in a jar, shaking occasionally, for 4 weeks. When ready, strain it well and your oil is ready to use.
From this point, just follow the non-petroleum
jelly recipe. I have added a few drops of tea tree and a few drops of
vitamin E oil. The vitamin E extends the shelf life, while the tea tree
adds a bit of anti bacterial properties, which makes it a bit more of
an all purpose, excellent healing salve. I have used it on cuts, bug
bites and poison ivy, all with very good results.
can see i have it in both small travel size balm 'tins', and both half
cup and full cup mason jars. A little goes a long way!