Today is my son’s 13th birthday. He is my rainbow baby. If you don’t know what a rainbow baby is, it is a baby that comes along after a miscarriage or stillbirth. Before Sam came along, I experienced 3 miscarriages. That was one of the darkest times of my life. Little did I know that this precious boy would help heal many aches in my heart just by being born but also that his life would also propel me into a calling as an herbalist, aromatherapist, and health coach.
Shortly after Sam was born he was diagnosed with eczema. As his first year passed, we became aware of several food and environmental allergies that would cause all kinds of issues.
Introducing solids was so stressful. He would have reactions that would cause this mama to lie awake at night with anxiety. Reading every label, carrying an epi-pen everywhere we went and praying that I would never have to use it. Just a few things to cause anxiety!
It was challenging to have 3 older kids that could have any snack they wanted while Sam couldn’t have anything with peanuts, eggs, wheat, corn, dairy….I mean seriously what could I offer him other than a bland rice cake?! How do you comfort a little child that asks ” Why can’t I have the same chocolate chip cookies as sisters?”

In early 2005, you couldn’t just walk into your nearest grocery store like you can now to pick up allergy-free snacks. I had to search local bookstores for books on preparing foods that didn’t contain allergy triggers. Praise the Lord for moms that have gone before me and shared their knowledge and wisdom. When I started making yummy treats for Sam to enjoy, he beamed.

Thankfully as the years have passed he has outgrown much of his food allergies and can consume a typical snack like his sisters.

Unbeknownst to me this was just the start of my journey into studying diet, nutrition,and digestive issues. This early beginning gave me a good foundation for dedicated study in years to come including returning to college.

When Sam was around 5 years old, he would come to me during his worst eczema flare-ups and ask “mama, why did God give me eczema?” It is so hard to look into your child’s tear-filled eyes and answer a question like that. How much can a little person really understand about the fall and how sin affects every part of life?

Romans 8: 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 

After explaining the best that I could, I tried to offer him some encouragement. I shared with him how I had come to make *green salve because of him and how this salve had gone on to help so many people who suffer with skin conditions just like him.
From that point on he would say “God let me have eczema so mama could help others.”

What started out as a humble attempt to give my son relief has grown into a passion to help people in their journey to wellness through handmade products, consultations, workshops and more. It’s astounding to think of the amount of people in this world who are suffering with a health condition.

I always look at the time stamp when I receive an email from a potential client or customer. You would be amazed at the amount of people that email me in the wee hours of the night. Health conditions have people up at 3 am on the internet seeking help. My heart aches when I see that time stamp. I want to reach through the email to that person and start with a big hug.
Are you or a loved one suffering? Are you questioning why this suffering has been allowed into your life? I encourage you to look outside of yourself and see how the Lord can use trials and tribulations in your life to serve another. Who knows you might be in the position to help someone else dealing with that issue that is up in the middle of the night looking for help.

*Green Salve:
After several years of OTC and prescription creams and lotions that caused such burning on my little guy’s skin, green salve came to the rescue. Like the people mentioned above, at 3 am one morning when Sam was a toddler, I was awake and searching for answers. He was having one of those major flare-ups. The day before we had gone to the pediatrician because it was so bad. The doctor literally gasped when I removed Sam’s pants to show her his legs. When I say bad flare-up, I mean BAD flare-up. No matter what we put on his little body, he screamed from pain.

The screams, that is what had me awake at 3 am searching for answers.
This desperate mama needed answers. Sometimes it is in the middle of the night, when we cry out to God is when the answer comes. I was researching on the internet and came across an article about making an herbal salve. I researched the herbs and decided I was going to order these right away.
The first attempts were very rough and ruined 2 food processors(I learned to buy pellets instead of blocks of beeswax). Eventually I got to the recipe that worked the best for us. I will never forget the look in his little hazel eyes when he gazed up at me and said “mama, it doesn’t burn.”
Green Salve, as we call it now, (it started out with so many different names) has gone on to help countless people with burns, scrapes, bug bites, eczema, rashes,…even a Peruvian fungus. I receive texts and emails all the time of testimonies about how people have used this salve to bring relief to many conditions.

All this to say… what comes into our lives as hurtful, painful, unthinkable from our perspective is actually what God uses for good. I truly believe we can apply this principle to each and every situation that comes into our lives. We just need to have grace eyes to see.

Want to try making your own herbal salve or balm(if adding essential oils)? Here’s a simple recipe to get you started.

This salve contains two of my favorite herbs: Calendula, Calendula officinalis and Chamomile, Matricaria recutita. 

Calendula is native to the Egyptian and Mediterranean regions and was a commonly used plant in ancient Roman and Grecian medicine. As a medicinal plant, it is prized for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to stimulate wound healing. [1]

Chamomile is native to parts of both Europe and Asia and is one of the most important medicinal plants that we harvest. Medicinal uses include mild sedative abilities and impressive anti-inflammatory action.[1] This herb is so gentle that it has been used for inflammatory conditions such as diaper rash in small children. Like calendula, chamomile is great for healing wounds.

Soothing Salve

First start with making an infused oil.
1/4 oz organic, dried calendula flowers
1/4 oz organic, dried chamomile flowers
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

 

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Add all ingredients to an oven-safe bowl. Stir well. Place bowl in the oven for 2-3 hours. Remove from oven and let cool. Strain through cheesecloth.

Second, add infused oil to a double boiler along with 1 TB of beeswax.(If you like a softer salve you can use less or if you like a firmer salve use a little more.) Heat the beeswax and infused oil just enough to melt the beeswax. Remove from heat. I like to add about 1/8 tsp of vitamin e oil and essential oils at this point to help preserve it as well as offering even more benefits. Lavender essential oil is my goto as it boasts tremendous anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. I usually add about 10-12 drops for every ounce of infused oil. Be sure to stir well then pour into two 2 ounce clean containers. This could be a jar or tin. Leave containers sitting on a counter until completely cool and hardened.

Label it! Include your ingredients, its use, and the date. Then it’s ready to use. It is a soothing salve for dry or irritated skin due to a skin condition or boo-boo from a fall or bug bite. You get the idea:)

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  1. Hawkins, J. (2012). The handbook of vintage remedies (2nd ed.). Franklin, TN: Thistle.