Your Summer Skin Survival Guide

June 05, 2017

Being outside in the summertime is one of life’s greatest pleasures. But even the best day at the park or on the beach can quickly go sour when bug bites, sunburns, rashes, or cuts begin to take their toll. Children are particularly prone to rashes and bug bites during the summer months because they are outside more often, exploring under every rock and running through fields of scratchy plants. If you or your child is the type of person who always seems to attract the most mosquitos bites, develop the itchiest rashes, or get painful sunburns, take heart: we have a salve just for you!

Motherlove’s Green Salve is an all-purpose, multi-tasking soother and healer—perfect for rashes, and chapped or irritated skin, including eczema.  It’s also great for taking the itch out of bug bites, bee stings, and poison ivy. Our Green Salve is made with 100% certified organic ingredients; containing extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, plantain herb, comfrey herb, marshmallow root, and calendula flower.

We thought we’d take a moment to explain and pay tribute to the wonderful healing herbs in our salve, which was actually the very first product that Motherlove produced!  

Plantain—known as “nature’s band aid”—is excellent for healing wounds and drawing out toxins. Its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it great for speeding the recovery of cuts, and for the itch or pain associated with skin problems. Native Americans used it to heal wounds, cure fever, and to draw out toxins from stings and bites, including snakebites. For stings and bites, make a poultice of fresh plantain leaf to immediately take the pain away. An infusion of plantain leaf (dried or fresh) sprayed on a sunburn will cool the burn and relieve the pain. This will also help sooth rashes and reactions from poison ivy, oak or sumac.

Known as “one of nature’s greatest medicinal herbs”, comfrey has the ability to quickly heal wounds and prevent scarring. Comfrey also has anti-inflammatory properties due to its natural concentration of allantoin. The leaf has been used since Roman times, and has been widely cultivated as a garden medicinal specifically for its reputation for healing various external wounds. The most common medicinal use of comfrey is in poultices to help heal swellings, inflammations and sores. Crushed foliage can also be applied externally, or a raw leaf rubbed on skin lesions such as rashes and poison ivy blisters. Comfrey should not be applied to open wounds or broken skin.

Marshmallow root - from which marshmallows were originally made!—is an herb that also has a long history, even being mentioned in Homer’s Iliad. It is an emollient herb, meaning that it is cooling and soothing. It is often used to sooth irritated skin, treat infections, and improve digestion. The leaves, roots, and flowers are all edible. The dried leaf or root is often made into a tea to aid in digestion. The root is best used as a cold infusion or a decoction in a healing ointment. Create a marshmallow root infusion and add it to a foot bath to soak sore, tired feet.

Calendula may be a familiar herb, as it’s used as a soothing agent in many Motherlove products. The cheerful orange and yellow blossoms look gorgeous in the garden, and it has healthful properties that make it useful for wounds, cuts, chapped or chafed skin, insect bites, eczema, and rashes. 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 reduces dandruff. The orange and yellow petals of this edible flower are a colorful addition to salads.

Don’t let itches, burns, or rashes sabotage your summer. Green Salve is here to save the day. Keep one in every bag—diaper bag, beach bag, sports bag, handbag, you name it!

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