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I have very sensitive skin. Untreated with plantain, a mosquito bite will last for several weeks. This is unpleasant. To get a rash from poison ivy, I just need to turn my back and it spits the offending oils at me. This time I actually grabbed a leafless vine and got a small patch on the back of my right hand. Now it has spread secondary infections have popped up covering my belly, neck, and splotches on the opposite arm. after 13 days, I think the weeping blister phase is over so now I can work on healing the resulting rough shoe-leather feeling rashes. Yay for plantain/ mullein/ dock salve!

My ongoing most recent tangle with winter-bare poison ivy has prompted me to look for ways to make my skin healthier. My immediate plan is to infuse some coconut oil with comfrey. Coconut oil Comfrey is a cell proliferant, so that's gotta help.

What would ya'll put in your salve? Why would you include it?

Are there herbs that work in food to help with this?

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Welcome to MrsS, elfriedalegros!  :welcome4:



Sorry I don't have any experience with salves to help you.


If you get poison ivy easily, also be cautious of the roots.  My husband ended up with a bad case of poison ivy or poison oak on his hands during a snowy winter after digging into the ground and coming in contact with roots.  He didn't realize at the time what type of plant those roots belonged to!

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Elfrie, :wave: Welcome to the boards. You appear to be on the right track with the comfrey but tomorrow I'll be back on to see if I have any more suggestions to offer.   :bighug2: 

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Good morning Elfrie, 

Comfrey is a wonderful skin healer.  Just remember not to use it on deeply infected wounds as it can heal the top layer fast and leave the infection to fester deeper in.  I like to add chickweed and calendula along with the comfrey as they soothes and helps heal in other ways.  You also might consider Mallow or Slippery Elm bark.  


Did you know that raw honey is a wonderful healing agent?  It can be used as a salve on sores and wounds or you can add it to your salves. Using bees wax to solidify the salve is beneficial too.   Honey also makes a great facial.  I like to gently pat it onto my skin and continue very gently tapping it with my fingertips until it feels almost too sticky to tolerate and then rinse it gently off with cool water.  It leaves the skin smooth and much less inflamed. 


Milk or cream, especially goat's milk, works similar to honey.  It is especially good for healing burns.


Any of the anti inflammatory herbs would be good for healing as well.  Either used in the salve or in tea, tincture, or essential oil form. 


Healing from the inside out is almost essential if your skin is very sensitive.  I've had good success with an AIP (Anti Inflammatory Protocol) diet.   It not only removes those foods that can increase inflammation but it also acts as a rotation diet to find things your body might react to. Sometimes removing those foods allows your skin to be more tolerant to irritants and allergens. It's not something I advocate full time though as you need a variety of nutrients to be healthy and this diet can be lacking in some.  


Adding bone broth to your diet helps heal the skin.  If made correctly it contains collagen and minerals that are needed to keep the skin healthy.    


I hope some of these things will help you.  Good luck with your healing journey.


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