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Why did I choose the combination of Comfrey, Pine, Arrowroot and Copiaba for my healing winter salve?
All four of these ingredients are extremely powerful for healing and fighting inflammation.
There is a treasure trove of information online about them, but I will do my best to give you a concise and informative overview. I will also provide links for some further reading and in case you want to fact check for yourself.
Arrowroot was traditionally used to heal wounds from poison arrows, scorpion bites, and gangrene.
It comes from the nutritionally dense starch extracted from several different rhizomes of the Marantaceae family. If you don’t know what a rhizome is, think of a bearded iris plant, that large root is its rhizome. It is recognized as an herbal treatment for your skin making it softer, smoother and more oil adsorbent. It has the power to dry out blemishes while being at the same time anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It is perfect for burns, rashes and sores. Arrowroot adsorbs oils beautifully and promotes natural healing as it penetrates the skin. Used in salves and body lotions it makes a smoother more pleasing texture.
Pine has potent healing properties it aids in the resistance of redness and swelling making it an amazing aid for joint pain and discomfort.
It’s is able to help relieve general muscular aches and pains. Pine has amazing cleansing capacities, because of this it can help with a variety of skin conditions such as Psoriasis, acne, eczema, itching and athlete’s foot. Applied topically it can help remedy the scalp of dryness and dandruff. It also speeds up wound healing and fights against free radicals with its antioxidant properties.
Comfrey is an amazing herb, it has been known for centuries as “Bonestich.”
We grow it here at the farmhouse under our Ponderosa pines. For minor wounds of the skin or deeper wounds under unbroken skin it can aid in rapid recovery. One of its medicinal actions is known as vulnerary. It will increase cell production and can produce mucilage that coats and soothes irritated tissues. It can help lessen inflammation and reduce scarring. It is most well know to aid with the following, skin rashes such as poison ivy and eczema, bone fractures and torn ligaments.
Copaiba essential oil is a super powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient.
Some say it is the most powerful anti-inflammatory on the planet. There is so much that can be said about this oil but lets just try to keep it simple. There are some established other properties which are that it promotes healing of injury by faster formations of scars or scabs. It is a disinfectant, aiding in cleaning out wounds and scrapes to prevent infection. It is moisturizing and it helps shrink skin tissue. It is also known as an anti-irritant. It is useful for the skin to help with acne, stretch marks, sagging skin from weight loss, and varicose veins. It boosts the secretion of collagen and elastin to help make skin firm and taut. It is a natural remedy for pain relief and can help with arthritis, headaches, pain due to injury, and cramps.
So now you can see why we call this healing winter salve the “magic medicine.”
My husband asked me why I put it on the blog as a winter salve, instead of an everyday salve. My answer was that I always make it in the winter for our family after we have gathered and dried the Comfrey from our garden and chopped down the pine tree for our Christmas tree. Furthermore it is so beneficial for skin care and in the winter skin can just get so dry and irritated.
If you don’t have Comfrey in your garden seek out someone who does, they are easy to divide. If that is not a possibility then consider ordering it in bulk or checking out your nearest natural foods herb section.
Arrowroot can be found at the bulk spice bin in most grocery stores
We order our Copaiba oil from a reputable Essential oil company, there are quite a few to choose from. I will link my favorite below.
Links to herb properties: