A salve for calming Eczema by reducing inflammation and fighting infection:
How to make -
- 1TBSP Olive Oil
- 1TSP Himalayan Rock salt (table salt will do)
- 10 Fresh Sage leaves Salvia Officinalis finely chopped
- 10 Fresh Spearmint leaves Mentha Spicata finely chopped
- Start by adding the salt to a Pestle & Mortar and crushing it down into a fine powder. Add the leaves and grind to a dry paste. Lastly add the oil and muddle till it becomes a relatively thick green consistent paste.
- Apply the salve to a cotton wool makeup pad or soft tissue and place on Eczema patch, binding in place with a bandage. It will sting initially due to the salt but the Spearmint will calm it quite fast.
- I find from personal use that 2 hours is long enough for it to reduce inflammation and leave the Eczema in a state in which it can heal itself over a few days.
Why it works -
- The salt draws excess moisture out of Eczema “blisters” which reduces itchiness and inflammation resulting in a faster healing process and less chance of further infection. This is especially helpful in sweat prone areas such as the crook of the arm and back of the knee.
- Sage helps to heal the skin due to it’s high antiseptic and antibacterial properties. This is the main healing ingredient.
- Spearmint also helps to heal the skin but it’s main purpose in the salve is to reduce inflammation and discomfort which can reduce itchiness and pain. This is especially helpful for raised and bumpy Eczema.
- The Olive Oil helps to soothe the area and lock in some moisture around the sores so the salt does not draw too much out. It’s main purpose here however is to be the base of the paste.
This salve is not intended for long term storage and should not be used on the face or on children.
If suffering from dry eczema, do not add the salt.