Wildcrafting Arnica, St. John's Wort and Cottonwood Bud
Summer 2016: I Used these three ingredients to make my new “Arnica Relief” Salve with Arnica, Cottonwood Bud, and St. John’s Wort oils as well as Salmon Valley Honey Beeswax. The kitchen smells good and I got to rub the extra on my shoulders. How lovely. Everybody in Salmon seems to know what Arnica is good for, but they are usually surprised when they learn about how powerful other plants that they see everyday can be. Cottonwood bud (also called balm of gilead) is collected in late winter, and is used for joint pain and inflammation, burns, scrapes, and so much more. St. John’s Wort (a noxious weed in some states) is another great one to wildcraft as picking it will not impact native flora, it may make some room for something native to grow back in it’s place! It is a powerful anti-depressant, and is very good at regenerative healing, for nerves, muscle atrophy, burns, cuts, skin infections, and more.