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BLISTERS

Blisters are rounded, fluid-filled spots on the skin caused by wearing the wrong shoes or working with tools for long time period (when you are not used to it).
Blisters are a result from physical trauma to the skin caused by repeated rubbing of the skin or a minor burn.
The body effectively counteracts the damage and protect the skin by creating a little ”pocket” of fluid. This fluid contains specialized cells that limit the injury and begin the process of healing. This is the main reason for leaving the blister intact. If you do pierce the blister you are creating an open wound that invites infections.

Blister Care

Clean the area with warm water, dry gently without rubbing it too much.
If the blister is intact than leave it as is. If it is quite large or it is affecting free movement of joints, than consider draining it.
Draining a blister - pierce the blister with a sterilized needle and allow the fluid to drain without removing the protective skin while gently patting it dry.
Apply a small amount of herbal salve or cream to a soft piece of gauze and place it over the blister.
Avoid stressing the area further for a few days. Repeat the cleaning and application of the herb cream and dressings two or three times per day until the blister is healed.
You may try and remove the covering skin only when it begins to dry and peel on its own. You can remove it with your fingers or a pair of clean scissors.

Herbal Remedies

Camomile

Camomile has anti- inflammatory and antiseptic properties in addition to its wound-healing effects.
Take Camomile tea-bag dampen it in warm water; Hold it against the blister as often as required.

Comfrey

This amazing traditional wound healing herbal seems to work partially due to it being rich in allantoin. Allantoin stimulates cell proliferation and with that, speeding the growth of healthy new skin.
Salves containing comfrey can be spread on blisters as required.

Calendula

The yellow or orange flowers of the common garden marigold (Calendula) contain wound-healing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. You'll notice Calendula as an ingredient in many first-aid creams. It functions as a superb skin- healing infused oil.

Typical usage: Follow direction on the packaging of commercial prodcuts.

St John's Wort

Same as the Calendula, also St John's Wort contains wound-healing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Simply apply over the blister few times per day.

Lavender

Lavender is slightly antiseptic and will speed healing. Even just the smell of lavender has traditionally been used a mood lifter.

Typical usage: Use commercial products as directed; dilute lavender essential oil as directed above and use as required.

BLISTER BALM

This herbal ointment will be also effective for abrasions, minor cuts, burns and fungal infections.

Ingredients:

  • 15 grams dried calendula blossoms
  • 15 grams dried comfrey root
  • 450 millilitres almond, olive or other vegetable oil
  • 120 grams finely chopped beeswax
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix the almond, olive or other vegetable oil with the herbs in a slow cooker (crock pot). Set it to a very low heat, cover and allow to heat for up to four hours. To prevent burning, check frequently and stir.
The slow cooking is done when you can notice that the oil is yellowish and it has the smell of the herbs. Strain through a coffee filter or piece of clean cloth into a large measuring jug. What you see now is infused herbal oil.
The last stage of the process is to make the balm; for every one full measuring cup (250 millilitres) of infused oil, add 60 grams of beeswax. Heat them together over very low heat until the beeswax is completely melted.
NOTE: Do not allow to boil or burn.
Place 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the freezer for up to two minutes to quickly bring back to room temperature. The balm should have a consistency that is easy to spread. You can add more beeswax to make it thicker or add a little more oil to make it thinner.
When you are satisfied with the Balm's consistency, remove from the heat and quickly add the Lavender and Tea-tree essential oils. Pour it into clean glass containers and cover tightly.
It is ready for use after it had cooled down to room temperature.