Minor Burns, Sunburn, Radiation Skin Care Healing Salve

by meadowmuffin2010

First degree burns, be it from the sun or a mishap will heal, but you can help ease the discomfort.

Sunburn Care Salve can significantly aid in healing damaged skin and help prevent the likelihood of peeling, but if you suspect your burn is deeper than first degree consult your physician before treating it yourself.

Though labeled as a sunburn remedy, this salve is also very useful for those with damaged skin resulting from radiation treatment.

This St. Johnswort based salve is also wonderful for your pets. Not all breeds have the skin protection of thick body fur and are susceptible to sun burn. Very healing for those tender noses and ears if over-exposured. Check with your veterinarian before using on cats. Essential oils can be toxic to a cat's liver if ingested.

First step is to cool the damaged skin with wet, cold compresses. Once the burn is cool, it is ok to apply applications of this soothing salve. You don't want to apply it before the skin is completely cooled or you'll be trapping in the heat. The advantage of a salve is that it stays put and provides protective coverage without needing a bandage, therefore the burn has needed exposure to the open air.

St. Johnswort is a summer solstice-blooming yellow wildflower that blooms around June 21st here in the Northeast. The buds and flowers contain hypericin, a treasure responsible for the plants healing powers. You know you have the correct plant if the buds bleed red when squeezed.
St. Johnswort oil is used for nerve related conditions, sore muscles, abrasions and in this case, a sunburn remedy.

Most healing balms contain the garden herb, comfrey. The allantoin content in this living medicine chest stimulates and accelerates tissue repair. Used for everything from sprains, wounds and scar tissue to the healing of burned skin.

Coconut oil is wonderful for its cooling nature and often used for burn remedies. Added are three very beneficial essential oils: lavender, rosemary and carrot seed.
Lavender's reputation for burn treatment originates with the "father of aromatherapy", the french chemist Dr. Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. He burned his hand very severely and quickly immersed it into a vat of lavender oil. He was amazed how quickly his hand healed without scarring.
Rosemary, a cleansing and antiseptic oil, combines with lavender to increase circulation, reduce inflammation and relax the muscles. All of which aid in regenerating new tissue.
Carrot seed oil is added because its beta-carotene levels have been shown to protect against ultra-violet-induced skin cancer.

Sunburn Care Salve comes in a 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz or 4 oz plastic jar

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