BALM FOR TREATMENT OF DAMAGED SKIN

Balm for the treatment of Damaged Skin is produced using carefully selected natural ingredients from within our region. This is really important if we bear in mind that for centuries we adapted to use the local plants from which our body can gain most.

COMPOSITION: Balm for treatment of Damaged Skin contains cold pressed olive oil, beeswax and plant-based wax (candellila), and 11 medicinal herbs (increased concentration of pot marigold and greater plantain, greater celandine, burdock, great horsetail, yarrow, St. John’s wort, common centaury, common elder, Wolf’s-foot Clubmoss and nettle), propolis and tea tree and lavender essential oils.

Price: 8.5 EUR

INDICATIONS:

Skin damages that are not bleeding: burns and grazes, injuries and wounds, sports injuries, haematomas, decubitus (an area of unrelieved pressure over a defined area resulting in ischemia, cell death and tissue necrosis), skin infections with or without inflammation, autoimmune skin inflammations (psoriasis and eczema).

Propolis, and tea tree and lavender essential oils active substances have the following effects:

1. antimicrobial (antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal) effect – prevents development of bacteria, viruses and fungi;

2. anti-inflammatory effect – reduction of harmful inflammation and its symptoms: redness (rubor), pain (dolor), swelling (tumor), impaired function (functio laesa);

3. immunomodulatory effect – increased immune response against skin infections, autoimmune disorders (psoriasis, eczema) and tumour cells (anticancer effect),

4. lavender essential oil accelerates epithelisation – growth of epithelium over visible (macro) and invisible (micro) skin damages, so the skin in resurfaced as soon as possible.

Propolis and tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender essential oils have in common the same active principle, 1.8-cineole (eucalyptol, cajeputol). Besides this active principle, lavender essential oil contains active principles linalyl acetate, linalool and camphor, while tea tree essential oil contains terpinen-4-ol. Propolis has the least of 1.8-cineole, but has many other useful active principles that have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. Predominant active principles are derivatives of quercetin (bioflavonoids) and derivatives of caffeic acid.

Immunomodulatory effect of 1.8-cineole is expressed mostly through the increased phagocytic capability of monocytes and macrophages, types of white blood cells that are participating in the immune response against external (viruses, bacteria, fungi) intruders as well as internal (tumours). Phagocytosis is one of the ways to destroy microorganisms and tumour cells.

The effects of active principles of tea tree and lavender essential oils are more pronounced on an applied area, but the same effects, although a bit milder, are expressed in a whole body since these substances penetrate skin and enter blood and lymph vessels.

Absolute contraindication:

- Sensitivity (allergic reaction) to any of balm ingredients or medicinal herbs.

Relative contraindications:

- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people with digestive system (and liver) diseases and epilepsy should not be using any remedies that contain significant amounts of camphor and 1.8-cineole.

- There are no restrictions in the use of a balm when exposed to sun, but people sensitive to sunlight should first apply balm on a small area of the skin just to make sure that there is no photosensitivity caused by lavender essential oil.

- Our balms are containing moderate, medically safe amounts of 1.8-cineole and camphor.

Wash your hands with soap and water. Before you apply balm, clean the desired area of the skin with lukewarm chamomile solution (tea). Dry that area by dabbing it with a clean towel.

As balm is thicker than normal cream, we will explain how to properly apply it so you gain the maximum benefit.

Use a plastic spatula to scrape little amount of the balm and put it onto your fingertip. Spread a thin layer of the balm on the selected area of the skin using your fingertip.

Repeat this process 3 times a day, especially in the evening.

The plastic spatula must be rinsed with a hot water after every use, to remove excess greasiness, and dipped in a 70% surgical spirit in a closed container. This is how it should be stored, and just before the next use rinse it with lukewarm water.

- There is a risk of side effects if users do not respect contraindications or person does not know that they are allergic to a certain ingredient.

- Allergic reaction to certain balm component in sensitive (allergic) people.

- Reflexive response to intense smells of essential oils in newborns and toddlers expressed as stopping breathing.

- Epileptic seizures can occur in people with epilepsy, and damage to the gastrointestinal system (and liver) in sensitive people.

- Photosensitivity can occur in people sensitive to sunlight if balm is applied to bigger areas of the skin at once, due to lavender essential oil.

- Our balms contain medically proven to be safe amounts of essential oils.

- None of the users of our balms have ever informed us of any side effects.

NOTE:

In contrast to camphor and 1.8-cineole, lavender essential oil contains linalool, which calms the nervous system and reduces the frequency of epileptic seizures in people with epilepsy.

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