This week’s subject is Mama’s Miracle Mending Mud!Okay, okay… “Mending Mud” isn’t the OFFICIAL name (and despite it’s green appearance, contains no actual mud), but I want to see if I can keep all of my Tutorial Tuesday Titles All Alliteration (ahem) because I’m nerdy like that. Besides, since giving it that name, I have a couple of Shrek fans in the house who think it’s even cooler. Double win!
- chapped skin
- diaper rashes
- scraped knees
- athlete’s foot
- cold sores
- burns (from a hair straightener, to be specific)
- insect bites (from a mosquito, the little bugger!)
- cuticles & fingernails
- cracked heels
and any other skin condition we’ve encountered!
My encounter with this herbal salve began approximately 18 years ago, when my herbalist/midwife introduced it to me. I was 37 years old, expecting my 5th child, and my first home birth. Sharlene made it herself to share with her clients, family and friends, primarily using wild-crafted herbs grown in her own backyard or brought to her by others.
Absolutely wonderful for a baby’s bottom, it is also the perfect personal lubricant. Excema and “ouchies” of all sorts are relieved and healed by more than a half-dozen healing herbs which have been steeped in this olive oil based salve.
Eighteen years and four children later (and thanks to Sharlene’s generosity), I am not only still using the salve, but using her “recipe”, and sharing it with others. I keep tweaking the ingredients list to incorporate healing herbs that grow wild in our “neck of the woods” and that are specific to skin and wound issues.
Our 7th child, Ethan, was born with the umbilical cord wrapped tightly, 3 times, around his neck, compromising the oxygen supply to his brain, and causing a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Now, you are wondering what this has to do with salve…
Simply this: all proceeds from my salve sales go into an account created just for Ethan’s special needs.
So, if you decide not to go to the trouble of creating this product for yourself, and would rather order it from “Mama”, do it knowing that you will be blessing Ethan. And, may your blessing return to you in the form of healing and health.
There are three additional special ties in my heart to this particular post:
- My dad grew up with (a much more high functioning version of) Cerebral Palsy, too. You can read here and find more about his childhood, which was much improved and largely possible due to care from Shriner’s Hospitals. You can learn more about CP here.
- Many of the herbs included in the salve have been proven beneficial in treating skin cancer. There is a hole in my soul that will never be filled because Melanoma took my dad. Please, please wear sunscreen. Pale is better than pallid.
- Cerebral Palsy is considered by most health professionals to be a birth injury and largely preventable; though as we see here, not always so. If you have a child with CP, please consider sharing the story of your birth with #birthstrong to help raise awareness for a cause close to both of our hearts. Sharing is caring, and no more so than when it comes to spreading awareness about birth and preventable childhood conditions.
|Leslie with Ethan|
Speaking of sharing, Leslie runs (in her “free” time!) S.H.A.R.E: Second Hand And Remember Ethan; a gently used clothing and houseware shop that helps support Ethan, as well. You can follow Ethan’s journey over at Ethan’s Rainbow Connection stay in touch with Leslie and her journey with Ethan, her other 7 children, grandchildren, faith, pets, rag-rugging, photography and more, via her blog, Mama’s Musings.
(obviously, you are free to add to this list and customize the salve to your specific needs. I researched SO much to link these to informative articles, click through and see what herbs might benefit you & how)
- Blue Violet
- Dandelion Flower
- Elder Flower
- Lemon Balm
- Marshmallow Root
- Oregon Grape Root
- Red Clover
- St. John’s Wort
- White Yarrow
|Imagine all the healing this will do!|