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DIY ITCHY SKIN POULTICE

Hi, Kay here from Eco Seed to Skin, by Saarinen Organics. And today I’m going to show you a DIY recipe that you can do with ingredients in your home. It’s quite a simple recipe. Now, this is all about the itchiness and the swelling from a mozzie bite. So I did a DIY video just before this one that you can do for that initial sting, because the initial sting that the mozzies are giving you has got fatty acid in it. And so you’ve got to neutralize that really, really quickly. So then after you neutralize that sting, then what you might have is a lingering itch and a lingering swelling.

And that’s because the mozzie has basically left behind a protein spike and the body thinks it’s a virus. So it’s going to rush the white blood cells there. So those white blood cells, they are transported in a histamine. And of course, what you’re going to get from the chemists is an antihistamine, to stop the swelling. But we don’t want that. We just want to mask the effects of it, because it’s actually quite a good thing that the white blood cells are going to that area to get rid of that protein. So all we need is to make something really quite simple that you can do at home that’s going to help with the swelling, and it’s also going to help with that itch, just to neutralize that itch.

THE RECIPIE.

1x cup of oats – organic raw – finely crushed
150ml of Alovera Gel
chamomile tea

A NutriBullet is so good to fine cut of the oats, or else you’ll be there forever and a day in a mortar and pestle.

So what we are making here is a poultice that we’re going be putting on a Chux cloth. So quite simply, hopefully you can get yourself your hands on a really good organic oats and then have got some aloe vera.

Unfortunately, our aloe vera got burnt in the fires, so I’m using a bought in certified organic aloe vera.

150 mils into the oats. Making it into a nice paste.

And then we’ve got some cold tea here of chamomile. I’ve got about six tea bags in here to a cup, and now I’m just going to use some of the actual tea, using as much as i need to make a paste.

We don’t want a sloppy poultice. We just want it to be a nice paste.


And then all you have to do to apply it, grab yourself some Chux. This is a dry Chux, it’s not a wet Chux. You pop some on. This is great for midge bites as well. So what we want to do is spread that through, and then you’re going to be wrapping it on the area.
It’s really nice and cooling. Then you can get a little safety pin and safety pin it on, if you like, or you can get a little bit of the tape as well.
You can also pre-make all of this. This is what Greg does actually, he pre-makes all these and he puts a film, like Glad Wrap around them and Lay them in the freezer. Or you can either put the poultice from the mortar and pestle, put it in a container, just put it in the fridge, and put them on the Chux every day. Or you can premake maybe half a dozen and just put them in the freezer and grab one every day, or just keep them stored in the freezer until you get bitten by a mozzie.

So there you go. There’s a really simple DIY poultice that you can do at home to help with this itchiness and the swelling. Talk to you soon.

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DIY Mozzie bite remedy

DIY Mozzie bite remedy

Actually all bites remedy xx

Immediate relief for bites recipe
– half a lemon

– 1 tablespoon of T-tree oil

– 1 tablespoon of bicarb soda

– 1 tablespoon of honey

– 2 garlic cloves

 

Just blend

Bottle

Refrigerate

Pop on a bite

We also make a Hypericum oil that will give instant relief made with certified organic ingredient, sustainably of course.

1 Lemon’s 
anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic

Lemons have qualities that provide a near-instant relief. Cut a lemon in half and rub the flesh of the lemon over the mosquito bite. Initially, your skin might tingle a bit.

2 Garlic
Antibacterial – anti inflammatory 

Can help reduce itchiness. In a way, garlic is also a natural insect repellent because of the strong smell it gives off. To apply, take a few cloves of garlic and puree or mince them. Then, rub the mixture directly onto the skin. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes and then rinse.

3 Baking Soda
 neutralize the pH of the skin

It reduces itching and swelling while helping to keep pain under control. The underlying mechanism is baking soda’s ability by helping to balance it out. To use, mix a few teaspoons of baking soda with a few drops of water to create a paste. Apply onto the affected area and wash it off after a few minutes. The paste can be stored and kept for later.


4- Honey
Antibacterial – anti inflammatory

You can soothe mosquito bites with a sweet touch of honey, a sought-after wound ointment from ancient times. Be sure to use raw honey, though; processed honey goes through pasteurization that kills off healthful constituents. Raw honey contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds that soothe itching. This sticky gift from bees also pulls fluid from the tissue surrounding the wound and helps flush out irritants.

Mozzie science

 

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Why do mozzie bites hurt

Ok so remember mozzies are attracted by our smell of carbon dioxide and lactic acid which we excrete,

So why do mozzie bites hurt so much – mozzies inject a protein, anticoagulant and annacetic into the body, the anaesthetic is only effective while they are sucking, the sting is as they are leaving, you can catch them but often it’s too late.

 

The protein is delivered with a fatty acid which creates the stinging feeling.

FUN FACT

Protein is what viruses are made up of so therefore the body goes into overdrive to get rid of it.

The body’s immune system releases histamine, a compound that helps white blood cells get to the affected area. Histamine is what causes itchiness, inflammation, and swelling, therefore this is why the chemist will say to buy a “antihistamine” to stop the swelling.

 

There are 2 things we need to do to stop the sting immediately and than the slow soothing of the effects of the body’s immune system of the itchiness, inflammation and swelling.

 

The first is our Hypericum oil to stop the first initial sting

Our hypericum cream will slow stop the itch and swelling.

 

I have a DIY coming shortly

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DIY – Comfrey poultice

DIY Comfrey poultice
The root has allantoin components that boosts the growth of new skin cells, while rosmarinic acid helps relieve pain and inflammation
Comfrey is applied to the skin for ulcers, wounds, joint inflammation, bruises, rheumatoid arthritis, swollen veins (phlebitis), gout, and fractures.
So easy
Gregg explains how
 
 
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DIY Respiratory Tincture

Diy respiratory tincture Mullein has sprouted in our area and it is prime time to wild harvest.

I make a tincture, tea and herbal infusion from them for a great lung health tonic.

I simply cut up the mullein fresh and fill to the top of the jar with 100 proof vodka and let sit for 8 weeks, strain and I take a few drops when I am congested

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DIY garlic cough syrup

DIY Garlic cold & cough remedy We wear on our skin what we put in our body. Instead of reaching for chemical cold treatments for a simple sore throat, try a home remedy. Good food, good skin So easy 150gm garlic 150ml Glycerine 400ml apple cider vinegar 500gm honey Mix garlic, glycerine and vinegar for 7 days. Strain, add honey. Refrigerate

 

By Kay Saarinen – Saarinen organics
Eco seed to skin made sustainably with 100% solar power

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DIY Fire cider – winter immune support

DIY WINTER TONIC – FIRE CIDER
 
Fire cider is a winter Immune system support,
great for blood circulation, Bladder  and digestion
 
Ingredients:
Honey- Raw-local low heated
Apple cider Vinegar organic with the mother in it
Orange
Lemon
Thyme
Rosemary
Red onion
Ginger
Garlic
 
How to
Cut orange & lemon into small pieces
Cut all ingredient finely
Pore vinegar over them
Pore honey on the top
wax paper on the top to stop the lid from rusting
4- 6 week fermentation
strain and take a nip a day
Store in the fridge
 

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Sringing Nettle herbal infusion recipie

Stinging nettle Infusion
By Kay Saarinen of Saarinen Organics, 
Eco skin care made sustainably in Australia

Recipe

Dried nettle 30 gm per 1 litre of filtered rain water

I get asked all the time about how to make tinctures and herbal infusions.

It is pretty simple stuff, you just need to research each herb to find out what is best to draw out all the goodness that you need.

Some need to be used fresh and some need to be dried, some need an alcohol base some can be made with vinegar.

I use herbal infusions and apple cider vinegar tinctures in my skin care.

Growing

Stinging nettle is found in Australia from Qld to tassie in wet gullies, so we have it in abundance here so we can wild harvest though after the fires it hasn’t come back as yet so we are going to give it a go cropping it this spring.

We have heaps growing in the chook run, it readily will grow in with chooks because it loves alot of nitrogen, we are going to dig up the rhizomes and give it a crack at mass producing it.

It grows as a rhizome so you can easily transplant it.


What stinging nettle is good for

Nettle for infusions i prefer dried though it takes a while to brew it to get all of her compounds and nutrients out

She has vit ABCK loads of vitamins

High in iron and vit C

Great for stress & Anxiety

Energy – great instead of coffee if you can do that

Its an anti inflammatory thats why i use it in my night day and sunscreen creams for it helps with puffiness.

helps with puffy eyes as well 

I love to soak makeup pads in the nettle infusion and lay there with them on my eyes.

It is also used as a scalp treatment for a rinse with itchy skin and flaky sculp.

HOW to

Let it brew for at least 24 hours if not 30,

We have it in our heads that herbal tea should be a quick brew light black tea, this is such a western thought and thats all about taste.

Funny enough black tea goes bitter the longer you brew it though stinging nettle improves in taste.

Strain it and drink it cold.

Using nettle fresh is best in cooking like soups as it breaks down quickly.