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Friday, December 2, 2016

Fair Friday Comfrey Salve


I adapted today's recipe from one that I saw this summer in craft magazine "Willow and Sage"  They steep comfrey leaves in the olive oil as well as the flower pedals. Since I do not have any comfrey in my neighborhood I used comfrey essential oil.

I am not going to make any medical claims. If you do a search on comfrey you will see it is used to heal cuts, speed healing in broken bones and to reduce inflammation.  It is commonly used for cuts and bug bites.  I have been using the salve all week on some cuts and it has helped them to heal faster.

There are some claims it helps with pain. You apply this to the skin. Do not take internally.  See the list of benefits from the ingredients in this salve.

1 ounce dried calendula pedals
12 ounces extra virgin olive oil
20 drops comfrey essential oil
1/8 cup raw honey
4 ounces coconut oil
3 ounces beeswax pellets
18 drops tea tree oil
25 drops of any mix of citrus essential oils.
4 ounce glass jars or 2 ounce tins

Steep the calendula pedals in olive oil. ( I steeped min for a month).  You can speed the process along by simmering the pedals in the oil in a small crock pot over night.

Strain the pedals and set the oil aside.  Making sure the oil is cool add the comfrey and essential oils.  Set aside.

Put the honey, coconut oil and beeswax in a glass mason jar or large glass measuring cup. Put the container in a pan of water. Slowly heat until the water simmers.   Stir the oil and wax mixture until it is melted. Remove from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Add the olive oil mixture and stir.

Pour into jars or tins.

There are a number of ingredients ingredients in this recipe.

Beeswax- has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties.

Calendula- has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and immuno-stimulant properties.

Citrus oils- have anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti fungal and anti-bacterial properties. They are also soothing to the skin.

Extra virgin olive oil- has anti-oxidant properties

Honey- has anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties.

Tea tree oil- has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-viral properties.

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 207 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland,Iran and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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