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DIY herbal salve: how to make CBD salve and more

By Grace Dsouza

Mar 6, 2021

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Herbal salves are very popular as a skincare product for people who prefer natural remedies over chemical ones. Since the salve does not contain water, they are considered anhydrous formulations. Due to its lack of water, salve does not need any preservatives and remains perfect to use up to a year or longer if kept in a refrigerator. People often prefer herbal creams to oil because they are easy to use and less messy due to their semi-solid state.

That’s why below we’re sharing the processes of making three different balms, which all have many medicinal and healing benefits. The first is a honey salve, the second is a cannabis salve, and the third one is a fresh mint salve. You can find honey and fresh peppermint in farms and stores. But, for cannabis, you have to visit an authorised Cannabis Dispensary. You can find various cannabis-infused products and herbal oils in any legal marijuana dispensary in Maryland, US, for example.

Honey salve

This homemade honey salve is the best antidote for your dry skin woes. Honey is rich in antimicrobial and balances the pH level of the skin, promoting cell regeneration. It is also a natural moisturiser and is rich in high nutrients and antioxidants. Follow the next steps to make the best honey salve ever:

– Heat 1 ½ cup of water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Then place a heatproof glass bowl over it and pour ½ cup of grated natural bee wax and ¼ cup of coconut oil.

– Stir the wax when it begins to melt, and then remove the bowl from the saucepan.

– In the molten wax and oil, add 10 to 12 drops of essential oil. Lavender oil would be perfect.

– Add 2 to 3 drops of vitamin oil and 1 teaspoon honey.

– Give it a mix for a few seconds.

– Then immediately pour the mixture into small containers using a funnel.

– Cover and let it cool down completely.

Cannabis/CBD salve

CBD, which is a compound found in cannabis, has many healing applications. Cannabis can lessen the discomfort related to arthritis, seizures, and psoriasis. It also heals eczema, general inflammations, rashes, skin irritation, itching, sore joints, muscle spasms, and more. Now that you’ve been reminded of its benefits, follow these steps to make CBD salve:

– First, decarboxylate your cannabis as if you were baking cannabutter. The process is pretty simple; just grind your cannabis (not too fine) and bake it in an oven for 25 to 30 minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

– To make oil, combine the decarboxylated cannabis in 1 ½ cup of molten coconut oil. You can take raw ground cannabis and add a few grams.

– Heat the solution in a double boiler for 30 to 60 minutes while stirring occasionally.

– With a thermometer, measure the heat. Keep the heat below 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

– Strain the cannabis oil with a cheesecloth. The oil will be hot, so wear a pair of food-grade gloves while straining the oil. You can order the best quality CBD oil from a reputable online store like CBDfx.

– In a double boiler, heat ½ cup of bee-wax until it is melted down completely.

– Turn off the heat and add 1 ½ cup of the cannabis oil and 1/3 cup olive oil to the molten wax.

– Now add few drops of vitamin E and some essential oil.

– Stir and mix the solution and store it in containers. Start using it when it’s cooled down.

Fresh mint salve

Peppermint reduces skin dryness, regulates the sebaceous gland’s oil production capability, which prevents pimples and bumps to appear on the skin. Follow the steps to make a lovely peppermint salve:

– Chop 3 to 5 ounces of fresh peppermint leaves.

– In a double boiler, add 3 cups of olive oil. Maintain a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

– Add your chopped leaves into the oil and let it infuse for at least 3 to 6 hours while stirring occasionally.

– Turn off the heat and cool down the oil.

– Melt ½ cup of bee-wax and mix it with the infused olive oil while stirring.

– Store and use it whenever!

There you have it! These herbal balms will not only nourish your skin but also create a moisture layer on top of it, which will protect it better than anything else. The salves can also be used for treating skin conditions such as aching muscles, dry and itchy skin, minor cuts, wounds, bruises, rashes, sunburns, redness, chapped skin, cracked skin, blisters, dull skin, insect stings, bee stings, spider bites, poison ivy, and more! Miracle remedy much?

DIY herbal salve: how to make CBD salve and more


By Grace Dsouza

Mar 6, 2021

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Daye’s CBD-infused tampons, the period care designed with women in mind

By Tahmina Begum

Jul 16, 2019

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Scrolling through Goop, I can’t help but roll my eyes at the coconut flavoured floss that’s supposed to transform your daily dental experience. The same applies to turmeric lattes, mushroom matcha coffee, and a stone diffuser for your crystals. It’s fair to say I’m somewhat of a sceptic to the majority of what wellness offers and to whom. Yet with organic and sustainable menstrual cups, ‘period pants’ that soak up 8 hours of blood, the wellness industry has moved to our nether regions and is finally trying to make our monthly bodily trials a fair bit easier.

Meet Daye, a female-owned and led sustainable CBD-infused and 100 percent cotton tampon company that is in sync with your cycle and delivers to your letterbox. It sounds like the epitome of millennial convenience, with a pro-feminine lens on what women and non-binary people need. Screen Shot spoke with Valentina Milanova, the founder of Daye, about what inclusivity, CBD and wellness should look like for the majority.

“Daye started when I got my first period, at nine years old. No one had sat me down and explained what the menstrual cycle was, so when I started bleeding I thought I had a rare and shameful disease”, recalls Milanova. After hiding it for a year until she was taken to the emergency room by her father, who suspected something was wrong, her early experience of shame cemented her interest in calling to dismantle the taboos surrounding female health.

Reading research papers and anything she could get her hands on, Milanova discovered industrial hemp and in her words, “had a Eureka moment”. The fibres of the hemp plant are more absorbent than traditional cotton tampons, plus the extract from the flower are pain-relieving and thus help women who suffer from painful menstrual cramps.

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Launching with two productsnaked tampons and ultra-soothing CBD-infused tamponsthe main question on everyone’s mind is: do they really work? Or is it no different than popping into Boots for a pack of Tampax and Paracetamol? “All our tampons are made from sustainably-sourced cotton fibres that are batch tested for cleanliness and pesticides”, explains Milanova. Keen on making sure there is no bacterial residue (seeing as tampons are not considered medical devices the regulation of feminine hygiene products are lax), Daye ran a microbiological analysis on various mainstream and organic tampons and found them bacterially contaminated. Tampon manufacturers aren’t even legally obliged to disclose the ingredients of their product.

Daye tampons also use a cotton protective sleeve that covers the whole tampon and prevents fibre loss so there is a smaller chance of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Toxic Shock Syndrom (TSS) happening. Yet when it comes to any CBD-infused wellness products, many medical experts have rejected the use of CBD as its thought that only a high dosage of the ingredient is needed to have any kind of a palpable effect.

Daye’s CBD infused tampons have 150mg of 30 percent concentration of CBD, with the THC extracted. “Since they’re administered vaginally they have a much higher bioavailability than if the compound were administered orally”, explains Milanova. “If you were to ingest CBD, the compound would have to go through your digestive tract and be metabolised before reaching your bloodstream, so your gut and liver take a huge chunk”.

When asking what the results showed, Milanova has stated some women felt their cramps subside after 15 minutes and some after an hour. Have I mentioned that all packaging is biodegradable, sustainably sourced, compostable, and water-soluble too?

Is Daye helping women? Tick. The planet? Tick. Heightening our expectations for menstrual products? Tick. What about inclusivity? When heading to the brand’s website, there is a glossary of terms explaining everything from ‘period poverty’ and LGBTQI+ to burnout and pelvic inflammatory disease. Daye also has its own platform for women’s health called Vitals where conversation and transparency around its research will be audio-recorded and published.

Daye, therefore, looks like it’s made for women. That said,  as cultural practises and  lack of sanitary aid has meant pads and cloths are more familiar in the east, making tampons significantly more common in the west , what kind of woman is the company targeting?

Founder Milanova says plainly, “We don’t want to force tampons on anyone. We’re simply here to raise the standards in period care and upgrade the tampon, a product that has been overlooked for way too long”. Raising standards in female health and bridging the gender gap in medical innovation seems to be the intention behind Daye. 

Daye plans on manufacturing locally in places like China and India, where femcare is almost non-existent. The brand’s micro-monetisation in these areas could result in local commerce and entrepreneurship for women, because it’s crucial that women get invested in helping other women. CBD-infused tampons are just the beginning.

Daye’s CBD-infused tampons, the period care designed with women in mind


By Tahmina Begum

Jul 16, 2019

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