Meet the pampering and protective herbs in our Pregnant Belly Salve and Oil
May 22, 2013
Our oil and salve helps prevent stretch marks and relieves the itch of stretching skin, using certified organic herbs. Each herb offers unique soothing and protecting properties.
Marshmallow, the progenitor of modern day commercial marshmallows, is an herb with varied uses. It can be eaten - raw or slightly cooked, makes an excellent soup thickener, and the roots can be used as a meringue substitute. Mallow softens skin and soothes skin irritations, boils, stings, and runny sores. In a tea, it soothes mucus membranes, swollen glands, and irritations of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary tract.
Lavender is a beautiful perennial plant with a familiar clean and soothing scent. It grows up to two feet tall with many branches of gray-green linear leaves. Its very aromatic purple flowers, which grow on terminal spikes, are gathered just before opening and used to relieve headaches, depression, exhaustion, and to promote relaxation and sleep. They are also used in herbal body care and aromatherapy in sachets and sleep pillows; relaxing baths; antiseptic face washes, steams, and toners; and creams and oils to relieve aches and pains. Lavender also helps to minimize scarring.
Rose is the classic flower with a wonderful aromatic smell that has inspired much poetry. But did you know that once the flower petals fall off what’s left is a valuable seedpod, called rose hips? The hips are very high in Vitamin C. You can use them to make a tea to relieve cold symptoms, or puree into a syrup or jelly mixed with applesauce. Rose hip oil helps prevent scarring. Roses are known to hydrate the skin and are wonderful to use for a face wash, steams and herbal baths. You can even put the flower petals on cuts to stop bleeding.
Calendula is an easily planted annual with orange and yellow flowers and alternate leaves. The unusual curlicue seedpods easily reseed themselves. This herb is an all purpose skin healing herb used to stop bleeding, wash wounds, heal cuts, abscesses, rashes, boils, chapped skin, and eczema. It relieves muscle cramps, painful swellings, hemorrhoids, and insect bites. It can be used in a footbath on swollen feet and as an eyewash on sore, tired eyes. A hair rinse including calendula reduces dandruff. The orange and yellow petals of this edible flower are a colorful addition to salads.
Chamomile is a highly aromatic herb which many of us drink as a relaxing and calming tea. It has finely cut leaves and small, many rayed white flowers with yellow centers that bloom daily throughout its growing season. It’s a gentle herb to drink for its calming effect on children and adults. It is also used to relieve indigestion, gas, and diarrhea. It can be used on sores, rashes, scaly skin, sunburn, and windburn, to soften skin and to reduce wrinkles. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties for use on sprains, strains, and sore muscles. A hair rinse with chamomile even brings out blond highlights.