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Aloe Vera Tips & Solutions, Issue #020 - Making Ointment
August 05, 2013
Aloe Vera Tips & Solutions
monthly newsletter/ezine of
Vol. 2 # 20 August 5, 2013
Taking Care of Myself - Making Ointment
I've taken up making ointment from the medicinal herbs in my garden and flowerbeds. I seem to do better every time I try, and my ointments improve. You too, can do this as it's not that hard. If you have certain herbs in your garden, or can find them wild nearby, you are nearly there. Olive oil and beeswax give the herbs a medium to apply to skin.
If you do not have a double-boiler pot in your kitchen, you can find a stainless steel bowl that fits into one of your small to medium pots. Then you are almost ready for ointment making!
Some years ago, I hunted online and found some recipes for calendula ointment, but I have adapted it a number of times, so what I give you here, is my basic plan, which you can also use as an outline and adjust according to your needs, or the herbs you have at hand. Today you can find many other recipes online. Ointment making has become a popular activity.
My Basic Recipe for Making Ointment
At least a week in advance pick, wash and air-dry herbs like calendula, plantain, comfrey, and the like (study up on herbs beneficial to application on your skin). In the dried state, the active ingredients become more potent. Crumble the dried leaves or flowers into a jar to store indefinitely. When you have time you can make the ointment.
Note: If you put fresh herbs into your ointment it will not be long before it will go rancid and smell awful. Use the fresh herbs for poultices on the surface of your skin instead.
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A Practical Tip/Solution - Any Other Recipes for Ointments?
Yes, I've found a few, and I'm impressed that there is so much information out there now about this topic. Just 5 to 10 years ago, it was not that easy, so this is a new development. But hey, we can always learn from each other. Here's a few links that I like;
(Note: these are rather long links, so there is a danger that they will have broken up in the email that reached you. That is, a space is inserted in the URL and then it appears not to work. Simply copy and paste the sections into your browser's address bar, and delete the spaces. Then hit Return. You should be able to reach the site then. The online links should be okay.
I Can Recommend - Places to Buy Calendula Ointment/Creams
If you really haven't got the time or inclination to make your own ointment, you can always buy some. I've found a few places online that offer calendula ointment, for example;
Also, you will find - Calendula ointment and creams at Puritan's Pride
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