Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Summer's Little Helpers
I've just returned home from my camping trip. It was a great time away and I managed to do some walking, reading and some good eating too! I also ended up with a good burn. The second day out, the sun was popping in and out of some cloud cover and the wind was cool. I didn't pay attention to how long I'd been in the sun and ended up with a rather severe burn on my legs and the tops of my feet.
Luckily I had packed a jar of salve I had made with chickweed, plantain and mallow from my yard. These amazing healers are the weeds that people dig out of their lawns and toss away. I just cant part with these plants, and it's a good thing too. My burn went from painful and sure-to-blister, to calm and healing in no time.
Plantain pops up in my yard in both long-leaf and broad-leaf form. It is probably my favourite all-purpose healer. It is touted as a styptic, a blood cleanser, a cooling touch on skin, an itch-remover and is even a great pulling herb (will pull foreign matter from the body - slivers, etc.) I include it in any healing salve I'm making.
Chickweed is also a cooling herb and is very soothing on burns, rashes and cuts.
Common Mallow is another "weed" that pops up all over here. Not only is it edible, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a wonderful addition to healing salves. If you don't have time to make a salve, simply chew or mash one or more of these plants into a pulp and place them directly on the wound.
With Midsummer's Eve here and summer just starting to heat up, a little sun-preparedness is never a bad idea. Make sure you check your yard for these cooling herbal helpers!