The plants used in this balm act fast to repair damaged cells, relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Plantain helps stop bleeding and can pull poisons from bugs and or toxins out while the other plant oils work their medicinal magic.
Magic Healing Balm
*Cocos nucifera(Coconut)oil, *Theobroma cacao(Cocoa)butter, *Vitellaria paradoxa(Shea)butter, ^Urtica dioica(Nettle) oil, ^Arctium minus(Burdock root) oil, ^Artemisia suksdorfii(Coastal mugwort) oil, ^Populus balsamifera(Cottonwood bud) oil, ^Plantago lanceolata(Plantain) oil, >Origanum vulgare(oregano) oil, ^Equisetum telmateia(Horsetail) oil, *Beeswax, *Cayenne extract & Love
-Key *organic ^ethically wildcrafted >homegrown
Directions: Massage topically onto injury spots, sore muscles, aches and pains. Allow to soak in and repeat as needed. For external use only.
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Populus fremontii Cottonwood buds
Urtica dioica Nettle
Arctium minus Burdock root
Artemisia suksdorfii Coastal Mugwort
Plantago lanceolata Plantain
Cottonwood buds are used indigenously for materials and medicine Many PNW Salish and Lushootseed tribes use cottonwood for living infrastructure and building materials. Squaxin use the bark as tea for sore throats and bruise the leaves into water and use it as an antiseptic on cuts. For centuries around the world the resin from the buds have been made into a salve with some sort of animal fat to treat pains and rheumatism.
Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) English Plantain or Ribwort is an introduced plant to the PNW. It is certain that it has been here for so long that it has many indigenous uses but is also considered native to Europe. English plantain/ is abundant in fields and yards however, a very long time ago indigenously it was rare to find and very sought after. The Cowlitz make it into a tea to use as a tonic and The Klallam formerly rubbed this plant on their bodies to make their husbands like them better. The Cherokee use this plant for many ailments that I use them for today and are the main reasons why plantain is such an important addition to my trauma and 1st aid balms. The Cherokee make the leaf into a poultice applied for headaches, burn dressings, blisters, ulcers, insect stings and make plantain infusions out of the root to check baby bowels and dysentery. They make leaf infusions used for poisonous bites and stings, used orally and as wash. The Cherokee use the leaf juice as medicine for sore eyes.
Coastal Mugwort is a sacred plant to the coastal people and most of its uses were kept a secret to protect it. Mugwort’s relatives wormwood and sagebrush have been associated with the moon and women’s fertility cycles in Europe and Eurasia for thousands and thousands of years. Artemis, the Goddess of the wilderness, wild animals and the moon is considered patron of the herbalist, the midwife, the birthing woman, and the hunter. Throughout the world and the American regions mugwort is used for ceremonial purposes to purify and cleanse spaces and individuals in times of ritual. Mugwort smoke medicine has been made for thousands of years in various cultures for smudging and for ritual and sacred purposes. In Japan mugwort is made into a wand to expel negative energy and in britain it was known to cure folks from arrows they that had been shot by invisible fairies, Here in the pacific northwest its relative sagebrush (Artemisia douglasiana) is used by the Costanoan and Karok and make the plant into a compress for rheumatism pain and considers it to be analgesic and anti rheumatic. The Costanoan make a decoction from the whole plant to use for wounds and a poultice of heated leaves for earaches and infections. They also make a decoction used for asthma. The Miwok tribe wears the leaves in their nostrils when they are mourning and crying to help clear the head. They rub the body with the leaves to keep unwanted spirits away, rub the corpse handlers to ward off the deceased and wear a necklace to prevent dreaming of the dead.
Yellow Burdock is recognized as recently introduced and is used as a blood purifier and as an antidote for poisons by tribes throughout the nation. The leaves are used as a compress and applied to boils to bring out the infection. The crushed roots were put on cuts to cleanse and stimulate healing. The salish Cowlitz tribe boil the roots and make a tea to drink to help with whooping cough.
Cottonwood Buds have been made into a sweet smelling salve for centuries to treat a variety of skin ailments from cuts to minor bruises and burns and to ease pain. The salve is referred to as the Balm of Gilead, as referred to in the Bible which means Balm of God. It’s bright aromatherapeutic scent is it’s most memorable characteristic and its powerful medicinal properties are it’s strongest. The buds have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, analgesic, anti inflammatory properties that aid with healing 1st aid bruises, cuts and burns. A compound called salicin reduces fevers and inflammation from arthritic joints,, hyperextension as well as ease the pain. It is specific for the muscular-skeletal system and an analgesic and anti-inflammatory herbal oil.
Stinging Nettle is a perennial plant of the nettle family (Urticaceae), known for its stinging leaves. Stinging nettle is distributed nearly worldwide but is especially common in Europe, North America, North Africa, and parts of Asia. The plant is widely common in herbal medicine, and the young leaves are packed with nutritional properties and can be cooked and eaten. Stinging nettle has been used for it’s bast fibres for textiles, cosmetics and made into topical creams to aid in joint pain and in skin ailments like eczema and cirrhosis. This plant has also been used in shampoos to treat dandruff. Nettle has a long history of use as a medicinal herb and is still used today by naturopathic doctors, herbalists and by people making medicinal folk remedies in their homes. The fresh leaves have been applied to arthritic joints to stimulate blood flow in a process called urtification. The roots and leaves have been made into a tea and used as a diuretic and for prostate enlargement as well as other urinary disorders. Tea made from the leaves has been used to treat hay fever, diabetes, gout, and arthritis. There are studies that reveal correlation with nettle relieving anxiety, stuttering and motor nerve malfunction as well.
Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) English Plantain is both edible and medicinal and has been eaten raw or cooked. Eating the young leaves is the best way to go because the older and larger leaves can be bitter and fibrous. The seed can be cooked and used like sagod or ground into a powder and added to flour when making baked goods. Plantain is an effective treatment for bleeding, it staunches blood flow and helps in the repair of damaged tissues. The leaves contain mucilage, tannin and silic acid. An extract of them has antibacterial properties. They have a bitter flavour and are astringent, demulcent, mildly expectorant, haemostatic and ophthalmic. They are used in the treatment of a wide range of complaints including diarrhoea, gastritis, peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, haemorrhage, haemorrhoids, cystitis, bronchitis, catarrh, sinusitis, asthma and hay fever. Plantain is used externally in treating skin inflammations, malignant ulcers, cuts, stings etc. The heated leaves are used as a compress for wounds, swellings etc. The root is a remedy for the bite of rattlesnakes, it is used in equal portions with Marrubium vulgare. The seeds are used in the treatment of parasitic worms. Plantain seeds contain up to 30% mucilage which swells up in the gut, acting as a bulk laxative and soothing irritated membranes. Sometimes the seed husks are used without the seeds. A distilled water made from the plant makes an excellent eye lotion. The leaves contain a high amount of fiber and can be used for textiles. A mucilage obtained by macerating the seed in hot water is used as a fabric stiffener and the whole plant can be used to dye gold or brown.
Coastal Mugwort is native to coastal western North America from British Columbia to northern California, and it grows in coastal drainages and other habitats near the ocean. It is a diaphoretic and an expectorant, meaning it will induce sweating and help expel mucus from your body. It’s also used to stimulate the digestive, urinary and uterine systems. Mugwort is calming to the body and mind and can stimulate lucid dreams. Mugwort species are used interchangeably and can help with a plethora of ailments. Mugwort’s bitterness aids in digestion, bloating and cramping. Its strong bitterness acts as a laxative and has an emetic effect. It is this purgative quality in mugwort that makes it useful for ridding the body of worms. Mugwort’s aromatic nature helps to induce sweating to help break fevers and allow the body to cool itself. Mugwort acts as a diuretic to improve urinary output, clear excessive dampness and bloating, remove stones and helps in formulas for UTIs. Mugwort can help with improving menstrual flow and regulation and over all circulation. Mugwort is used as a nerve tonic to regulate the nervous system working as a calming agent. Mugwort is most known for its intense and unusual dream enhancing abilities. There have been many recorded cases that suggest dream enhancing qualities including causing transformative lucid dreams with potent visions. Mugwort should be avoided by pregnant women because it contains thujone that can be toxic in large doses, and also should be consumed internally in small amounts for very short periods at a time.
Yellow Burdock is native to Europe and has a history of use for stimulating liver function, for cleansing the blood and for helping with chronic skin problems such as boils, acne, dry scaly eczema and psoriasis. Yellow dock is rich in minerals by soaking up trace minerals from the soil and transposing them into organic forms that can easily be absorbed. Folk herbalists in the olden days used to sprinkle iron filings on the soil on which they grew Yellow Dock to treat anaemia and blood concerning diseases. The yellow dock would absorb the sprinkled minerals and make it easier for human absorption when gathered for medicine. Today herbalists and those who practice natural medicine use the roots to make a tea, tincture or oil colds and skin ailments like arthritis. The roots can be gathered in its first year of growing for food or medicine. The roots can be eaten fresh or cooked. The leaves can be gathered and eaten in the spring. This plant is highly invasive and should be well maintained and should not be encouraged. Nature’s Divine Botanica gathers burdock by restoring native habitats.