Skin Soothing Salve with Tamanu and Andiroba Oils

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Ingredients: Olive oil infused with jewelweed, plantain, and calendula, organic tamanu oil, organic andiroba oil, organic kudzu, beeswax, lavender essential oil, Vitamin E.

Skin Soothing Salve has recently been improved, with the addition of organic tamanu oil, organic andiroba oil and organic kudzu. Andiroba oil is native to the Amazon region of Brazil where it is often used to heal cuts and wounds and many people swear by its calming effect on eczema and psoriasis. Andiroba is said to have antibacterial, antifungal, and insecticidal properties.

The tamanu tree grows in the South Pacific and the oil has long been used by people there in folk use to heal all kinds of skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, sunburn, insect bites and many more.

Finally, although kudzu is native to China and Japan, it is growing all over the southern part of the United States as an invasive vine. Scientists are now studying kudzu for benefits it may have when ingested, but herbalists recommend it for calming many skin conditions.

Vita Pulita's Skin Soothing Salve is made from olive oil infused with plantain, jewelweed and calendula, which I pick from my own garden and from a Westchester trailway, each where no pesticides are used. All of these plants are known for their anti-inflammatory properties; jewelweed is known best for the effect that it has upon poison ivy and plantain for its immediate relief from the pain caused by singing nettle as well as for its effect on relieving the itch of mosquito bites. According to Wildman Steve Brill, plantain will "cure new mosquito bites by repeatedly applying the juice for 15 minutes." Tested on my family and friends, with quite a few initial skeptics, Skin Soothing Salve performed well. Use on insect bites or any skin irritation. Each tin of Skin Soothing Salve weighs in at 1 oz.

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