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Herbals for skin care

 
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I have very sensitive skin. Untreated with plantain, a mosquito bite will last for several weeks. This is unpleasant. To get a rash from poison ivy, I just need to turn my back and it spits the offending oils at me. This time I actually grabbed a leafless vine and got a small patch on the back of my right hand. Now it has spread secondary infections have popped up covering my belly, neck, and splotches on the opposite arm. after 13 days, I think the weeping blister phase is over so now I can work on healing the resulting rough shoe-leather feeling rashes. Yay for plantain/ mullein/ dock salve!

My ongoing most recent tangle with winter-bare poison ivy has prompted me to look for ways to make my skin healthier. My immediate plan is to infuse some coconut oil with comfrey. Coconut oil Comfrey is a cell proliferant, so that's gotta help.

What would ya'll put in your salve? Why would you include it?

Are there herbs that work in food to help with this?
 
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Witchhazel is excellent at combatting skin inflammation.  I made a decoction from a few handfuls of bark and twigs, and it has surprisingly string effect.
 
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We’ve used a wonderful Comfrey and Mallow (w/ almond and wheat germ) foot balm from Neal’s Yard that is absorbed into the skin. The label lists the ingredients as:

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Organic Alcohol denat., Organic Helianthus annuus seed oil, Organic Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, Cetearyl alcohol, Glycerin, Organic Symphytum officinale extract, Cetearyl glucoside, Cetearyl olivate, Organic Triticum vulgare germ oil, Organic Cera alba, Organic Calendula officinalis flower extract, Organic Althaea officinalis root extract, Organic Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder, Organic Citrus sinensis peel oil expressed, Organic Citrus limon peel oil, Sorbitan olivate, Potassium sorbate, Levulinic acid, Sodium levulinate, Tocopherol, Xanthan gum, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. Made with 90% organic agricultural ingredients.

 
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