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Achilles Charm Soothing Salve
Achilles Charm Soothing Salve
Botanical Healing Salve - Calendula, Yarrow, Plantain, Jojoba & Rosehip - Herbal First Aid - Natural Tattoo Care - Fragrance free - by Salix Moon Apothecary
Achilles Charm contains a magical blend of potent herbs, macerated in organic botanical oils for many weeks to slowly extract their soothing and nourishing properties. This nutrient rich oil has been blended with locally sourced beeswax and Vitamin E to form a highly moisturising and soothing ointment for the skin. It comes in a 60ml glass amber jar with an aluminium lid.
Plantain, Yarrow and Calendula are truly a powerhouse combination when it comes to topical healing herbs. They have been used traditionally for thousands of years by many different cultures, for wound healing and to treat an array of skin conditions.
We cold infuse the Plantain, Yarrow and Calendula in oil for a minimum of 6 weeks before straining to ensure all the therapeutic properties have been extracted, creating a potent and powerful plant medicine. The oils transform in colour over this time which is truly fascinating to watch! Each herb and oil has been carefully chosen for their nourishing compounds and medicinal properties that help to soothe and protect, promote skin repair and tissue regeneration.
This salve is the perfect addition to your herbal first aid kit, it can be applied to bites, stings, scrapes, minor cuts, scars, dry itchy skin conditions and it is our absolute go-to for tattoo aftercare.
*Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Cruelty Free, Preservative Free, 100% Natural, locally sourced Beeswax*
Full Ingredient List: Plantain infused Organic Jojoba Oil*, Calendula infused Organic Sunflower Oil*, Organic Yarrow infused Organic Sunflower Oil*, Organic Virgin Rosehip Seed Oil*, local Beeswax, Naturally derived Vitamin E.
*Cold pressed and unrefined
The traditional use of Plantain - Plantago lanceolata - as a wound healing plant has been scientifically confirmed, studies have shown that it contains chemical substances that disinfect injuries, kill pathogenic organisms, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing process. It is particularly well known for its ability to soothe insect and snake bites, nettle stings, eczema, psoriasis and burns.
Yarrow inspired the name of this salve...Achilles Charm! Yarrow's Latin name is Achillea millefolium, named after the Greek hero Achilles. It was said that Achilles used this magical herb to help heal his soldier's wounds. Yarrow also has the nickname 'Soldier's woundwort', it was often found growing in battlefields and therefore became a trusted ally to soldiers to help cleanse and staunch bleeding wounds. Yarrow contains anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and styptic properties as well as astringent tannins and resins that help aid skin repair.
Calendula officinalis, commonly known as pot marigold, is considered a mainstay in herbal medicine for the treatment of inflammation, to speed wound healing and as an antiseptic. Calendula has a rich history of use, particularly as a skin herb, which dates back thousands of years to ancient civilisations. Ancient Egyptians used this wonderful herb to rejuvenate their skin and aid wound healing. In WW1 a Calendula poultice was applied to wounds to prevent infection and inflammation. Today you’ll often find it in herbal salves that treat and soothe various skin conditions, from eczema to acne.
Jojoba Seed Oil:
A natural emollient, jojoba oil’s similarity to sebum allows it to absorb easily and readily into your skin, making it a gentle, skin-softening moisturiser for all skin types. Jojoba oil provides a treatment for various skin infections and is often used for acne prone skin, mainly due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Jojoba is packed with vitamins and minerals essential for both healthy hair and skin, namely, vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium.
Rosehip Seed Oil:
Nicknamed the liquid gold of skincare. Rosehip seed oil has been clinically tested and shown to help minimise the appearance of scars and wrinkles. It is highly moisturising, light, non-greasy and full of antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while helping to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Rosehip seed oil is high in Retinoic acid, a pro-vitamin A, which your body turns into retinol, which is widely known for it's highly powerful skin renewal properties.
We have used unrefined beeswax sourced locally, from a small-scale beekeeper, in our home county of Essex. Our supplier is so local we collect it straight from her house! We opt for beewax over other waxes because it is a byproduct and when sourced locally it has a much smaller carbon footprint than the alternatives, making it a more sustainable option. We think it is important to support local ‘beecentric’ beekeepers, that love and care for their bees and put them first. Plus it’s a wonderfully healing ingredient, it is naturally antibacterial and creates a protective barrier on the skin which aids skin repair.
Massage a thin layer of salve directly onto the skin to help soothe, soften and protect.
Some herbs are not advised to take when pregnant. Please contact your doctor, midwife or medical herbalist when considering which herbs are suitable. If you have very sensitive skin I would recommend doing a patch test first. If irritation occurs discontinue use.
Store in a cool dark place, this salve should be used within 6 months once it has been opened.