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General Antifungal & Skin Salve

This salve contains many herbs that are known to have positive effects on the skin, including nourishing the skin, aiding healing, relieving pain and itching, and fighting infections caused by funguses and bacteria on the skin.

A like this one should be applied to the skin, directly on the spot showing symptoms of an infection.

When we create recipes we do our best to use herbs that are readily available to all, which means using herbs that can be found in grocery stores, or harvested from local woods and urban green spaces. That means our recipes are changing constantly as different herbs come into season. If you are trying to recreate this and cannot get all the herbs listed, that’s okay, you can replace them with other herbs that have the same properties or even leave a few out completely.

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup of Mock Bishop’s weed
  • ½ Cup Mint
  • ½ Cup Senna Alata
  • 1 tsp whole Cloves
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E
  • 5 drops of Lavender oil
  • 2 drops Lemongrass oil
  • 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil (for infusing herbs)
  • 1 Cup Beeswax
  • 1 Cup Shea Butter

Infused Herbs

These herbs were infused in olive oil for four weeks, a simple process that pulls the medicinal ingredients out of the plant matter and into the oil. The oil was then used to make the salve.

Mock Bishopweed

Other common names: Threadleaf / Herbwilliam

Like Bishop’s Weed, a related plant in the same family, this plant acts to treat conditions like psoriasis, tinea versicolor (a fungus caused by excess yeast), vitiligo, and eczema.

Senna Alata

This plant is known to help treat conditions like ringworm, tinea infections, scabies, blotch, herpes, and eczema.

More info on Senna Alta [nih.gov]

Mint

This well known herb acts to soothe, cool, hydrate and nourish skin. It acts to relieve itchiness and pain, fights damage from aging, prevents infections by killing problematic bacteria and disease causing microorganisms on the skin, fades acne scars, boosts collagen production ( elasticity), fights damage from sun exposure, and improves skin elasticity.

More info on mint [nih.gov]

Cloves

Cloves are known to decrease swelling and pain. The plant is also a strong antimicrobial, meaning it protects against or destroys microscopic organisms, bacteria, and viruses that cause infection.

More info on clove [webmd.com]

Essential Oils

Essential oils are the volatile oils of certain aromatic or strong smelling herbs. It takes a lot of herbs to make a small bottle so they are somewhat expensive and not always sustainable. We use them in small amounts in salves and other topical remedies to make them smell good. 

Volatile oils do have medicinal properties which are often quite strong, however, they are not necessary to make most effective herbal remedies.

Lavender Oil

This essential oil soothes swelling, irritation, and redness. It also works to prevent infections by killing problematic bacteria, fungus, and disease causing microorganisms. It’s also known to help with conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

More info on lavender [webmd.com]

More info on lavender [healthline.com]

Lemongrass Oil

This essential oil acts to heal wounds, fight fungi and problematic bacteria, and reduce pain and inflammation

More info on lemongrass [healthline.com]

Tea Tree Oil

Another essential oil that soothes dry by reducing itching and irritation. It also works to prevent infections by killing problematic bacteria, fungus, and disease causing microorganisms. It has been shown to help with eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

More info on tea tree oil skin benefits [healthline.com]

More info on tea tree oil and ringworm [healthline.com]

Oils and Waxes

These oils and waxes make up the base of the salve (what makes it cream like).

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is an essential nutrient and is a moisturizer. It’s also a natural antioxidant and is used as a stabilizer to help the last longer.

Beeswax

Beeswax acts to prevent the growth of yeasts and other fungi and helps keep things clean by creating a seal and reducing risk of contamination. This makes it a common ingredient in treatments and salves.

Olive Oil and Shea Butter 

Both are most commonly used to moisturize but also contain many other helpful properties that reduce inflammation, fight the effects of aging on the skin, and prevent skin cancers.

Other Plants

These are other plants you may use to substitute any of the ingredients you may be unable to find in this recipe.

Liu, Q., Meng, X., Li, Y., Zhao, C. N., Tang, G. Y., & Li, H. B. (2017). Antibacterial and Antifungal Activities of Spices. International journal of molecular sciences, 18(6), 1283. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms18061283

Mishra,K. K., Kaur, C.D., Sahu, A.K., Panik, R., Kashyap, P., Mishra, S. P.,  and Dutta, s. (2020). Medicinal Plants Having Antifungal Properties.  DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.90674

Avocado Leaves
Mishra et. al.

Eastern Black Walnut
Ho, K. V., Lei, Z., Sumner, L. W., Coggeshall, M. V., Hsieh, H. Y., Stewart, G. C., & Lin, C. H. (2018). Identifying Antibacterial Compounds in Black Walnuts (Juglans nigra) Using a Metabolomics Approach. Metabolites, 8(4), 58. https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo8040058

Garlic
Bayan, L., Koulivand, P. H., & Gorji, A. (2014). Garlic: a review of potential therapeutic effects. Avicenna journal of phytomedicine, 4(1), 1–14.

Ginger Root
Mishra et. al.

Goldenseal
Goldenseal: Uses, side effects, interactions, dosages, and warning;

Guava (leaves)
Mishra et. al.

Mexican Sunflower (whole plant)
Mishra et. al.

Olive (leaves and olive fruits)
Hashmi, M. A., Khan, A., Hanif, M., Farooq, U., & Perveen, S. (2015). Traditional Uses, Phytochemistry, and Pharmacology of Olea europaea (Olive). Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2015, 541591. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/541591

Pink Trumpet Tree (Pau D’arco)
Pau D’Arco Medicinal Uses

Purple Shamrock (Leaves)
Mishra et. al.

Turmeric
Murugesh, J., Annigeri, R. G., Mangala, G. K., Mythily, P. H., & Chandrakala, J. (2019). Evaluation of the antifungal efficacy of different concentrations of Curcuma longa on Candida albicans: An in vitro study. Journal of oral and maxillofacial pathology : JOMFP, 23(2), 305. https://doi.org/10.4103/jomfp.JOMFP_200_18