|Winsome & Green: Healing Balm|
100% Natural Ingredients: Calendula, Lavender, Comfrey, Plantain, Helichrysum (Immortelle), Chamomile and Oat Tops, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter and essential oils of Lavender, Clary Sage, Rose Geranium, Helichrysum and Rosemary.
There is ritual in skin care.With balms and salves, it's in rubbing them on. My kids come to me most every night with this tin in hand. It begins with complaints of a scratch and becomes a conversation of the day's adventures. I'm rubbing balm into nicks and scrapes and some invisible hurts. We're communicating through thought and speech, but mostly, it's in the touching that we bond. Herb scents fill the air. We're relaxing into night. The day's clock is winding, winding down. Sleep comes easy.
|Lavender, Chamomile and Hops in Oil|
I started making this balm about 6 weeks before it was actually put into tins. And there is another batch in the beginning stages now. You see, my herbal Healing Balm is made with infused oils. What are infused oils? Basically, they're herbs and oil brewed in the sun for a long period of time so that the essences of the plants are drawn out of the botanicals and into the oils. This is done for practical reasons as it's easier to make a spreadable balm with oils than with chunks of plants and we're able to make a highly concentrated blend.
Isn't it funny how one thing can make you remember another? I can't help remembering... when I was a kid, my Mom carried a little tube of medicated salve in her purse. It came from the country store, over the hill from our home. They'd let us get things on credit all month and Mom would pay the bill at the beginning of the new month for the cycle to start all over again. My brother, sister and I got hard candy or gum and a pop, almost every day. Pop (or soda, as you might know it) came in glass bottles then. The store would buy back the bottles for 10 cents each. In this way, we'd get something special about once a month. A book of paper dolls or a plastic kite. Sometimes a coloring book and box of crayons. A pack of long, skinny menthol cigarettes for Mom.
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