The Onnit Healing Salve is carefully designed from all-natural herbs and botanicals to provide relief for damaged skin, reducing inflammation and promoting healing. The healing salve is as remarkable for what it does not contain as for its ingredients. Unlike most similar products on the market it does not contain skin softeners and promises not to remove your hard-earned calluses. If your skin is thickened in specific areas, there is a good reason for this. Your activities over time put enhanced pressure on that point and a callus is your body’s natural way of coping with that. It is not something that you want to remove.
Naturally the Healing Salve from Onnit is also free from artificial scents. The combination of essential oils and botanicals brings its own pleasant smell that lets you know how hard the salve will be working to protect, moisten and heal your skin.
The Onnit Healing Salve depends on a combination of essential oils and botanicals to work synergistically to promote healing, decrease inflammation and repair the minor skin damage that you sustain during your active life. If you look at the list of ingredients, it will become rapidly clear just how effective it is.
Calendula for Healing
The calendula flower has been clinically proven to promote healing in a number of peer-reviewed scientific publications. This botanical has been shown to be effective in treating skin damage ranging from leg ulcers due to reduced circulation to skin irritated by radiation treatment. The petals of the flower, which are used to make salves and tinctures, have been shown to promote wound healing by increasing blood flow to the affected areas and stimulating new tissue formation. Calendula will also prevent inflammation and has antimicrobial properties to prevent infection of the injured area.
Comfrey for New Skin Growth
Onnit’s Healing Salve also contains comfrey, a well known botanical that has been used to induce healing and prevent inflammation for centuries. Modern science reveals that comfrey roots and rhizomes contain a phytochemical known as allantoin which promote the growth of new skin cells, a process that is necessary for any healing to take place. Other natural chemicals in comfrey prevent inflammation and reduce pain. This makes comfrey particularly useful to treat sprains and strains as well as cases of skin damage.
Echinacea to Prevent Infections
Even people not particularly interested in herbal medicine have heard of Echinacea and its fantastic anti-microbial properties. Although nowadays it is mostly used to prevent colds and flu, originally this purple flower was used to prevent wound infections, in the time before antibiotics. Its properties in keeping wounds clean and complication free are being revisited now, as the incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is rising. The fact is nobody takes antibiotics for minor cuts and bruises, but any damage to the skin can result in a minor infection, which will prolong healing time and cause pain and discomfort. The addition of Echinacea gives Onnit’s Healing Salve antimicrobial properties, ensuring that your minor cuts and wounds heal quickly without complications.
Wildcrafted Chapparal for Antiseptic and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
The antimicrobial properties of Echinacea are supported by another herb, the chaparral, from the deserts of the Western United States. The bush contains the antioxidant NDGA and was used as a medicinal by Native Americans to prevent a wide variety of infections. In Onnit’s Healing Salve it acts as an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory.
Myrrh gum, an aromatic resin released from specific trees through cuts in their bark is a well-known antiseptic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. As an ingredient in Onnit’s Healing Salve it will protect against infection, decrease swelling and redness and reduce discomfort from the damaged skin area. You might well be aware that in the Bible myrrh is one of the gifts from the three Wise Men to the Baby Jesus, showing how this fragrant resin was valued in the ancient times.
Similarly to myrrh benzoin gum is the sap of a tree, in this case the Styrax tree of Southeast Asia and China. This sweet vanilla smelling resin has protective properties when applied directly to skin. It can reduce bleeding from small cuts, and has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Tea Trea Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil made from the leaves of the melaleuca tree of Australia with very well characterised anti-microbial properties. Tea tree oil is used in treating a variety of dermatological conditions and will protect skin cuts and scrapes from becoming infected.
Lavender oil is another essential oil that is famed for its medicinal properties. When used on minor cuts or burns it will reduce pain, swelling and redness, as well as protect against infection due to its antimicrobial properties.
The final essential oil in Onnit’s Healing Salve is jojoba oil, another essential oil that is well known for its skin-protective properties. Jojoba oil will moisturise skin, great after training in the gym where the chalk can cause uncomfortable skin dryness.
Beeswax to Lock in Skin Moisture
Rather than depending on synthetic polymers Onnit Healing Salve uses a base of the all-natural beeswax. Not only does this result in the optimal consistency of the salve but it also works effectively to lock in the skin’s natural moisture preventing drying out.
Onnit’s Healing Salve is a combination of botanicals and essential oils with proven moisturising, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The ingredients work synergistically together to deal with the skin damage and discomfort that naturally occurs in your busy lifetime. Although the Healing Salve will moisturise and protect your skin, it does not contain softening lotions, and it will not destroy your calluses, which are a natural protection for areas that experience enhanced strain. As you would expect from any product from Onnit the salve is free from artificial scents, allowing the natural perfume of the essential oils to shine through.
A summary of the healing power of the Calendula flower: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/235.html
The Healing Powers of Echinacea:
The anti-bacterial properties of tea tree oil: