Here is a recipe for juniper berry and clove salve for those of us with dermatitis like eczema, dry skin issues and more.
- 2 cups grapeseed oil
- 2/3 cup juniper berries (can be purchased in a store, such as Earth Fare)
- 1/3 cup whole cloves
- Bruise and crush the cloves and berries to release the juices, etc and put into a dish or pot with the grapeseed oil.
- Using double boil or water bath method, as direct heat can burn oils (put your dish with the oil and herbs into another pot with water), cook for anywhere between 2 – 4 hours.
- Strain the herbs out of the oil and set oil aside. (I poured into a bowl and cleaned the dish so I could use it for the next step).
- The newly made infused oil
- 10 Tbsp (5 oz) Beeswax
- 10 tsp (5 oz) coconut oil
- 6 Tbsp (3 oz) Butter
- Again, using the double boil described above, melt the beeswax.
- Once it’s nearly melted, add the coconut oil and butter.
- When the mixture is completely melted, add in the infused oil and stir. Allow entire mixture to heat up while you stir it together.
- Remove from heat. If using another container, pour the mixture into the container and allow to cool and harden. Remember, whatever you use, you have to be able to get your hand inside of it so if reusing jars, it might not be the best idea unless it’s really small. You can reuse other containers that had things like cocoa and shea butter or you can buy containers new… just make sure they are clean and sterilized.
I got part of this recipe from my nutritionist (berries, clove, butter and beeswax) but had to rethink it since, as of right now, I don’t have a way to fully grind the herbs and wanted to add the coconut oil. According to my nutritionist, the benefits of using juniper berries is that they have great anti-inflammatory, volatile substances. They also are high in vitamins B and C and have a small amount of calcium.
She also explained that cloves have eugenol which can numb nerve endings. Those combined spell no more itching! It is advise to not buy these herbs already ground up because grinding at home releases the volatile substances fresh into your oil instead of loosing them while sitting on a shelf in storage and on store shelves. Cloves are also an antiseptic and powerful antioxidant. They contain manganese, vitamins K and C, magnesium, calcium, and Omega-3 and much more!
Grapeseed oil is a great carrier oil. I currently have Pompeian but you can use any kind, just make sure it was pressed out of the seed and not cooked out, otherwise you loose the benefits. Among the many benefits of using grapeseed oil are that it has great antioxidants. It is said to be anti-aging, be great for acne and can, reportedly, even help with varicose veins. I do have some lingering issues with acne so I will be able to see how this salve treats it.
Virgin Unrefined Coconut oil has long been renowned for its skin benefits, as well as dietary benefits. It’s a great natural sunscreen and has antimicrobial properties. It’s popular for those with all types of skin: healthy, dry, flaking and more. The benefits of coconut in both topical and dietary uses have long been touted and are being rediscovered by mainstream Americans. Some still harp on it because it is high in saturated fat but this is in the form of lauric acid which is extremely good for our bodies! It is a great ingredient for everyday living and has been known to help fight infections, even viral (as well as bacterial).
Beeswax is an excellent ingredient to add to creams, body butters, lip balms and salves. It can thicken it but also has great health benefits. It’s an antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory substance. It contains vitamin A and protects and softens skin, making it great on dry skin and lips. I usually get my Beeswax from a local beekeeper, Bee City in Cottageville, SC; however, if unable to do so, the easiest place to find it is at a craft store. Unable to quickly get to Bee City last week but needing to get this salve made, I looked for it while at Earth Fare and it wasn’t there (tons of honey and pollen, but no beeswax). Later that day, I had to go to the craft store for something for my son’s school play and rememberd that beeswax is a popular way to make candles and sure enough, I was able to get a one pound block of pure beeswax (on sale for only $5! Whoo hoo!).
Last but not least, butter! Butters of any kind (shea, cocoa, milk, etc) act as great barriers to keep moisture in and help protect the skin. They are soft, supple and easy to work with. It is best to stick with using unsalted, raw butter but if strapped for cash, do the best you can with organic.
So, it can easily be seen how this juniper berry and clove salve will be an amazing addition to anyone’s health and beauty routine! In the time it has taken me to type this blog, all of my eczema spots have stopped itching and are no longer red and swollen. For the most part, detoxing seems to be slowing down and coming (hopefully) to an end so the eczema should disappear when done. Even so, I will continue to use this salve after showers and shaving to continue to nourish my skin externally while feeding it internally by eating our new dietary foods (reminder: (real) Atkins / Paleo (with dairy and sometimes good carbs like lentils).
Oh yeah, I almost forgot this: Proverbial Disclaimer:
blah, blah, blah… I am not a doctor, blah, blah, blah… I’m just relaying what my doctor has me doing, blah, blah, blah… Seek advice from your own doctor before doing anything I post here, blah, blah, blah… The FDA hasn’t evaluated… blah, blah, blah… you get the picture… *rolls eyes*
Don’t want local and federal public agencies trying to shut me down like this guy: Carolina Journal – State Threatens to Shut Down Nutrition Blogger.