Manuka Kawakawa Salve

In December 2017 I visited beautiful New Zealand, and it was an absolute dream come true. Wonderful weather, breathtaking scenery, and everyone I met was downright lovely. On my last day I visited Melissa and Emmett at Pure Nature in Auckland, and I so wish I could’ve spent all day there! The shop is beautiful and was absolutely packed with all kinds of things I can’t get in Canada, many of which I’d never heard of. I had so much fun sampling all kinds of beautiful carrier oils and sniffing bottle after bottle of exotic essential oils. I left with two extremely well oiled arms! I also left with a few generous gifts, among them two true New Zealand gems: beautiful kawakawa infused oil and mānuka essential oil.

Also, before we dive in—this is the 1000th post on Humblebee & Me! WHOA!

How to Make Manuka Kawakawa Salve

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Plantain Chamomile Ointment

Plantain (Plantago major—not the banana-like fruit!) is one of my favourite herbs, but not for the reasons you might think. I like it because I see it everywhere, growing in alleys and public parks, and I just think it’s a fun thing to see something so useful thriving everywhere. It’s like the sparrow of herbs! It’s also sort of fun to point it out to people as most people just think of it as a nameless weed. Today we’re turning that backyard weed into a really neat Plantain Chamomile Ointment—it’s got a great vaseline-y/ointmenty consistency and is great for summer scrapes and bug bites.

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Silky Chamomile and Shea Salve

On the face of it, this salve sounds simple. Chamomile, shea, some carnauba wax. Meh. Nothing fancy, right? But… oh. Oh my. It’s so much more than you’d think from looking at the ingredient list. Smokey raw shea butter and silky, nutty macadamia nut oil are infused with chamomile flowers and a hint of bee propolis. Add a bit of glossy carnauba wax and you’ve got a rich, creamy salve that smells incredible and leaves your skin feeling surprisingly silky—there’s no shea butter stickiness or greasiness here. This pretty yellow Silky Chamomile and Shea Salve is so much more than the sum of its parts.

How to Make a Silky Chamomile and Shea Salve

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Puppy-Sporin Salve for Scrapes & Scratches

These days it’s not hard to identify me as a new puppy owner—my scratch and bite covered hands and forearms give me away pretty quickly (well, I’ve either got a puppy or a passion for naked arm wresting with rose bushes). I’ve heard puppy teeth described as staples, and I’m inclined to agree. Not standard staples for paper, though—no, no. We’re talking those heavy duty woodworking staples coming from a compressed air powered staple gun. OW. Lottie is getting better with biting (or not biting, as it were) as the days go by, but according to the interwebs, she won’t lose her puppy teeth until May or June, which means when she misses a toy and lands a bite on my hands instead, I’m going to be squealing (and bleeding) for a while. Hence, this salve.

Puppy-Sporin Salve for Scrapes & Scratches

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Intoxicating Rose Salve

I am not sure I can adequately describe how utterly incredible this silky smooth, soft intoxicating rose salve smells, but I will try. It’s rose-like, yes, but it’s more than that. Deep and sweet, but not cloying… more of a rich sweetness. There’s also something really complex and warm going on; something a bit bewitching that will have you going for whiffs of your hands whenever you can. I’ve been finding I’ll get distracted by it—I’ll catch a whiff of it while I’m working on something else, and the scent will completely pull me out of whatever I’m doing for a sort of “what is that… oh yeahhh…” kind of moment. It’s awesome, and you should make some.

How to Make an Intoxicating Rose Salve

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Protective Pooch Paw Wax

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I love dogs. I am that person who will always ask if I can pet a puppy I see at the park, and I’ve fallen in love with many the puppy in an instant. I also do a bit of dog walking here in Calgary, and if a pooch has longer fur that comes out between the pads of their paws, I’ll usually have to give them a bit of a pedicure when we get home. Ice balls tend to clump up on the fur and accumulate between the pads on their feet, and that can’t be comfortable. Add to that the salt and sand we use for traction, and the general coldness of winter, and being a bare-pawed dog on a winter walk can be uncomfortable. That’s where this Protective Pooch Paw Wax comes in.

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