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No, this isn’t a deep-cut Game of Thrones character. Yarrow is used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions. It relaxes peripheral blood vessels, cleans wounds, encourages clotting and reduces swelling. (Its Latin name, Achillea millefolium, actually comes from its association with the Greek warrior, Achilles, who used the herb to heal his soldier’s battle wounds). Beyond just healing your wound, Yarrow can be planted in the garden to combat soil erosion. Field-tested against White Walkers and Lannisters.
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You know in My Big Fat Greek Wedding how the uncle puts Windex on every scrape, cut, bruise and pimple? Well that’s how we feel about Calendula. Derived from the pot marigold, Calendula helps reduce inflammation and heal rashes, bruises, minor cuts and sores, prevents scarring, soothes eczema and insect bites, and also works as an insect repellent.
As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also highly effective in treating minor burns (including sunburns) and even promotes sleep thanks to aromatics that induce relaxation and relieve tension headaches. In certain applications, it’s used as a sleep aid, antispasmodic, antidepressant and analgesic. Save your Windex for the windows.
… ok you caught us. It’s in pretty much everything. Call us obsessed?
This is some Harry Potter magic. Comfrey, historically called “knitbone” or “bruisewort”, is known for its rapid healing powers. It contains allantoin which stimulates cell proliferation and expedites the healing of sprains, broken bones, arthritic joints and other wounds. BROKEN. BONES. It’s also effective in treating eczema, dermatitis and viral skin infections. Like we said, magic.
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We’re not going to argue with thousands of years of “5 Star” customer reviews. Legend has it that in 2,737BC the Chinese Emperor Shennong was boiling water under the shade of a Camellia sinensis tree when dried leaves floated into the water pot, changing the water’s color to green. Shennong tried the new green tea infusion and was pleased by its flavour and restorative properties, thus establishing the first Chinese medicine. Fast forward to modern science and we can attribute that to the high polyphenol antioxidant activity found in green tea. This synergistically enhances the sun-protective qualities of zinc oxide by stopping free radicals, protecting against skin cancer, and helping reduce inflammation from rosacea. It’s also great with fortune cookies.
When it’s not smelling like a bridal suite, lavender is working like an ox. It’s got astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties and soothes pain from injuries, irritations, and wasp or bee stings.
Lavender provides nutrients for the skin to regenerate new tissue and heal wounds, so it’s great for treating cuts, scrapes, bruises, minor infections and burns. We love it so much, we’d marry it.
All the rage in skincare and reality dating shows these days, we’ve been handing out roses for a while. With a concentrated source of Vitamin C and high in Vitamins A, D and E, rosehip oil contains antioxidant flavonoids (mmm, flavonoids) that reduce the effects of aging on the skin and can contribute to cancer prevention. Heck yeah, we accept this rose!