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Chickweed Salvation Salve

A while back, when chickweed was emerging all over my garden, I wrote a post about its many attributes. Some time later I showed a friend a patch of persistently reddened skin that I had tried everything to cure without effect. I had concluded it might be the start of some skin cancer (we gardeners always worry about that). So, armed with my column about chickweed, my friend concocted a simply fabulous Chickweed Salve which I have been using for several days now with some amazing results! It is a beautiful green goo! First, I noticed immediately how incredibly soothing the salve was. And after several days use, the reddening has calmed. The skin is no longer raised. And I am hoping for full “remission” of whatever it was, in time.

So when today a neighbor showed me her little pooch’es “hot spots” which the vet had not been able to heal effectively, and which had developed ugly crusting over, I gave her a bit of the Chickweed Salve and she promised to report back.

I hope my dear friend will respond to this post and provide everyone with this great salve (i.e., salvation) recipe!

8 thoughts on “More on chickweed …

  1. Hey! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to look it over. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Exceptional blog and excellent design and style.

  2. UPDATE: My raised and red skin lesion has completely abated! The redness is gone and the skin has returned to normal — including the return of some eyebrow hairs (I thought I’d have to go through the rest of my life penciling in that eyebrow). AND, my neighbor with the hot-spot poochy reported that her baby is all better! The Salvation Salve melted away the crusted and allowed the fur to start regrowing! So, I think this salve is indeed a salvation for certain conditions. Thanks Linda!

  3. Wow, I’m impressed with how well it’s working for you. I use it to calm itching. I can scratch with the best of them and it always works for me.

    Here’s the recipe. Hope I made it clear. It is so simple.

    I don’t measure, but I made a batch tonight and here is what I did:

    2 1/2 oz. chickweed. My yard is pestiside free, so I don’t wash it. Make sure to get out the leaves and other debris.

    about 1 cup olive oil or coconut oil. (I use olive oil)

    about 1 oz. bees wax. Depends on how thick you like it.

    A few drops of vitamin E as a preservative

    A couple drops of Lavender or Mint oil if you want a scent.

    Put the chickweed in a ovenproof container. A glass bread pan works well. Pour the olive oil over and mix it in. Be gentle. Add some more oil if you think it needs it. Make sure the chickweed is saturated.

    Put in a very low oven, 150˚ for about 4 hours. More is OK.

    Strain the Olive oil into a small saucepan and add the bees wax. Cook on low heat until wax melts. Add vitamin E and the scent.

    Pour into small jars and let cool. Mine made about
    1 1/3 cups of salve. It’s good to refridgerate the salve. Helps keep it fresh.

      • I’m going to talk to Bob about using the chickweed salve on Harley. He’s had some skin stuff that did not respond to his first medication (a thick liquid), so we got him a second (a thick topical anti-fungal) he’s been on for a couple of weeks. It does seem to be working this time, but it’s taking a while. I think he may respond well to the chickweed, but Bob may want to continue the AF. We’ll see.

  4. We received some chickweed salve from a friend several years ago (along with several other natural things, for helping her out by playing for an event at the last minute!). Made by Red Earth Farms (here in GA, I think), it’s for “cuts, scrapes, & dry skin. Use as a hand & body lotion” the jar says. I haven’t used it yet! But I will now!

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