~Note~ I wrote most of this post last August when my mom was staying with us for the summer. I am not sure why I never got around to posting it, but as I was organizing my blog post I came across it. It brought back sweet memories of times spent with my mom. She loved Ikey so much and would keep him with her throughout the day as she went about her work.
Oh the joys of living in South Texas! My 2 year old was out in the yard helping my mom feed the animals when he stepped in a fire ant bed. For those of you not familiar with the little creatures, they are tiny red ants that sting like, well, FIRE. When you disturb their nest, hundreds of them pour out looking for the culprit. Within a few seconds, Ikey’s crocs were filled with fire ants.
He came in crying with bites all over his feet. I washed them off and slathered on the Boo Boo Salve, then put on a thick pair of socks. Within half an hour the whelps were gone, and no blisters had formed.
I love my Boo Boo Salve. We use it for all kinds of “boo boos”…cuts, scraps, burns, diaper rash, eczema, even thrush. I usually make up a large amount and refill a tin container any time we run low. I don’t have a set recipe, but rather just general directions in making it.
Boo Boo Salve
Dried Comfrey, Plantain, St. John’s Wort, and Calendula
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
I use equal parts by weight of Comfrey, Plantain, St. John’s Wort and Calendula. I place the herbs in a jar and cover the herbs plus 1 inch over in olive oil. I put the jar in a cool, dark place and let set for 4-6 weeks. It does take a while to steep in the oil, but when it is done you have a dark rich oil.
Using cheesecloth, strain the herbs from the oil. Place the oil in the top of a double boiler and heat on low. Begin adding beeswax and letting it melt. I continue adding beeswax until the salve hardens on the back of a spoon when cooled. At this point, I add in a generous amount of tea tree essential oil and lavender essential oil. I pour into a jar and allow to cool. I use this jar to refill my small tin container that I keep handy in the bathroom.
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