When I first started researching different herbs, I was overwhelmed at all the different options for one simple problem. I mean seriously, how do you choose between 25 different herbs that all have some component essential to healing a wound?
Through research and experiment, I started to learn that some are more effective than others. And of course there are different issues needing to be resolved, that all need to be factored in – for example, if I have a painful cut, I want my salve to include a variety of herbs that soothe pain, prevent inflammation/swelling, stop bleeding, and promote speedy healing/binding up of the wound…
Here are some of my favorite herbs from my Medicinal Collection, that I always keep on hand! I use them often as I create products for family and friends.
Arnica – Ideal for swelling and inflammation, muscle and joint pain, bruising, aches and pains. Arnica should not be put on something that is open (a cut or wound) and should never be taken internally!
For swelling, inflammation, muscle and joint pain, I also recommend: Cayenne Pepper, Comfrey Leaf, Ginger Root, St. John’s Wort, Chamomile Flowers, and Peppermint Leaf; Pure Essential Oils of Helichrysum, Wintergreen, Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Lavender… You can purchase my Sore Muscle Salve here.
Comfrey – Commonly referred to as the “bone-knitter” herb. Comfrey is excellent for binding up broken skin, bones, etc. It is perfect for cuts and wounds! Most people strongly caution against internal usage, as they say it can cause liver damage. I have also seen others advise a tea including Comfrey, for cavities.
Plantain – Excellent for pain and swelling! This is one of the main herbs I use in my Bug Bite Salve, because it can bring immediate pain relief and prevent/reduce swelling. Plantain is excellent for any minor injuries including wounds, scrapes, cuts, bites, stings, and even some skin conditions (acne, rashes, etc.). The leaves grow wild everywhere (use caution when identifying these “weeds” in your yard!), and will not cause harm if consumed.
Chamomile – A wonderful herb for healing injuries and skin repair, relaxing and calming (especially for sleep), preventing inflammation and swelling, calming muscle spasm, soothing stomach pain, boosting the immune system, and bringing speedy healing.
For minor wounds and injuries, I also recommend: St. John’s Wart, Echinacea Purpurea, Witch Hazel, Calendula, Lavender, Yarrow, and Aloe Vera; Pure Essential Oils of Lavender, Helichrysum, Thieves, Oregano, Melaleuca (Tea Tree)… You can purchase my Healing Salve here.
Calendula – Well-known as the herb for beautiful skin. Calendula is ideal for healthy, smooth, radiant skin. Because it is very mild, it is perfect for baby skin and sensitive skin. It can be used for acne (oily skin) or rashes (dry skin), as well as other types of skin conditions (itchy, irritated, chapped, sunburnt, injuries, etc.).
For various skin conditions, I also recommend: Comfrey, Plantain, Lavender, Chamomile, Witch Hazel, and Shea Butter; Pure Essential Oils of Lemon, Lavender, Geranium, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Chamomile, Rosemary… You can purchase my Baby Salve here.
Lavender – If you read my post on Lavender Essential Oil, you know that Lavender is best-known for soothing, relaxing, and calming. It can relieve pain, bring speedy healing, prevent swelling/inflammation, and reduce/prevent scarring ( as well as many other wonderful benefits!).
For calming, soothing, and relaxing, I also recommend: Chamomile, Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Valerian Root; Pure Essential Oils of Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Camphor, Clary Sage, Sweet Marjoram…
Echinacea Purpurea – A very effective herb for the immune system! The leaves can be used in a tea or tincture for any cold or sick-related symptoms. I also use this herb for wounds and injuries, because it is antibacterial (fights against infection), and effective for skin regeneration.
For a healthy immune system, and cold/sick symptoms I also recommend: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Mullein, Olive Leaf, Garlic; Pure Essential Oils of Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus (in a steam bowl treatment, diffuser, topical application, or in capsules – be careful about taking internally!)… You can purchase my Soothing Vapor Rub here.
Life is a learning adventure, in which we will never quite “get there”. As faithful as we are in our endeavors to research, study, find answers and solve problems, there will always be more to learn – and the realization that we do not have the power to heal. Ultimately, the only One Who can truly heal is God – and yet very often He demonstrates His healing power through people, and through the things that He has created.
So start small, add to your collection, and find out which remedies work best for you and those you love! A happy household is a well-prepared household :-).