Cottonwood buds collected in January/February contain a powerful resin, often called the “Balm of Gilead", and has a scent that encapsulates the essence of nature's tranquility. Reminiscent of the rare vanilla, ancient pine, and honeyed florals, Cottonwood buds invite you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world. The resin contains "salicin", what gives aspirin its pain relieving benefits. It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic. A must for gardeners hands!
The comfrey roots are fall harvested so that their constituents will be the most powerful and works wonders where there is acute trauma, including surgery recuperation. It is known to knit damaged tissues back together and great for injuries where heat and dryness prevent healing. In two randomized clinical trials, comfrey applied topically reduced ankle swelling and was superior to NSAID gel for twisted ankles. It is used commonly for osteoarthritis of the knee. I have been using it for arthritis in my hands with success. Other ingredients are chosen for their ability to repair tissue or relieve pain.
This salve is handmade with love in small batches using organically grown comfrey root, juniper needle, horsetail, cottonwood bud, castor oil, goldenrod, org. beeswax, rose hip, mullein, evening primrose, and elder leaf.