It’s been a while since we’ve done a “Wildcraft Wednesday” post. Right now, where we live, there really isn’t much availale to forage, at least in our immediate vicinity. In your area, you might have cottonwood buds that are ready to harvest. If you do, go grab them because you can use them in this amazing pain soothing balm!
MM3 Balm™ is our Misty Meadows Muscle & Joint Soothing Balm which contains not one, not two, but THREE unique pain easing, wildcrafted botanicals (Cottonwood, Dandelion & St. John’s Wort) infused in a combination of three nourishing oils.
Our friends and family have used this balm fast acting, long lasting and deeply penetrating balm on their sore muscles and achy joints, even finding it beneficial for tension headaches and minor skin irritations
Starting today, this item is available in our Etsy shop, however, this balm has proven to be such a benefit to those who have tried it, we want to share the basic recipe with you!
Why these three?
Many claim St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is good for relieving nerve pain (neuralgia). A word of caution – it has been known, in large quantities, to cause photosensitivity, so wear sunscreen when using this balm and going outdoors. No one we know has had an issue, but everyone’s constitution is a bit different.
The Cottonwood (Populus balsamifera or trichocarpa) tree is related to the Willow tree, making it part of the Salicaceae family. It’s reported that both trees have anti-inflammatory and fever-reducing salicylates, which make them useful for relieving pain.
And, finally, the tenacious Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). It also has reported anti-inflammatory qualities, which can help bring down swelling and reduce pain.
MM3 Basic Recipe:
- Equal parts of Cottonwood bud oil, Dandelion flower oil, and St. John’s Wort oil;
- 1 tablespoon of beeswax for every one cup of oil; and
- Essential oils of your choice.
Place these ingredients (except the essential oils) in a double boiler
and gently heat until the beeswax has melted.
Remove from heat source and add the essential oils (approximately 20-30 drops per one cup of oil. Start with 20, you can always add more if you want.)
Store in a sterilized jar. This balm should keep for several months – longer if it’s refrigerated. Use as needed by rubbing balm on sore and stiff muscles.
For information on making infused oils, please see our post: Herbal Healing Primer post.
If you’re interested in purchasing this product, please see our Etsy shop. We have 4 sizes available – 2oz, 1oz. .5oz and a sample.
With the chilly winter weather, many of your friends and family are sure to be experiencing sore joints and muscles, so share this post with them – better yet, buy them a tin of this fabulous pain soother!
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Disclaimer: I am not a Physician nor am I Certified Herbalist. The information provided on this site has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent conditions, illnesses or diseases, it is purely anecdotal and stem from my own personal fascination with the natural world around me. I use the following for my research: Peterson Field Guides – Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs, The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody, books and videos by Rosemary Gladstar and Susun Weed, as well as various internet posts. I encourage you to do your own research. Before trying any herbal remedy, consult a physician or certified medical professional to make sure it is safe for you to use.