Building Your Herbal Travel Apothecary

by Brooke Sullivan

‘Tis the season for travel. Whether heading off to not far family functions for the holidays, across country or to other countries, people everywhere are making reservations, getting passports ready and packing bags. Along with common toiletries and other basic necessities, I suggest packing a small apothecary for optimum travel health.

What is an apothecary?

In our modern day, an apothecary can be a term used for one’s medicine cabinet, an herb shop or even just a medicine bag, broader in action than just a first aid kit. It can contain tonics (gentle and nourishing remedies) as well as remedies for acute illnesses, chronic sicknesses and emergencies.

Preparation

Who wants to spend vacation sick or uncomfortable? When traveling, we can be hit by unexpected (yet perhaps common) illnesses that can be possibly avoided with the right preparation.

From Montezuma’s revenge to Bali belly, jet lag to insomnia, no one is immune to the various bacteria and stresses of the world. Building the immune system before traveling is for most folks a good idea.

Creating a personalized travel apothecary empowers us to stay healthy. It’s the basics that comprise the heart of one’s apothecary, so that’s the focus of this article. I share my FOUR APOTHECARY FOUNDATION items below.

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Consider the Particulars

I also suggest packing particular remedies for the journey and the territory you will be exposed to (read Don’t Leave Home Without It or come into HAALo to discuss particulars with a practitioner).

For example, depending on where I am headed, I look at the elevation (such as Aspen, Colorado or Mount Shasta where altitude sickness can get triggered), dietary limitations or places known for parasites, physical impact (white water rafting, days of physically intense yoga asana or backpacking trips) and pack accordingly.

This approach guides me to pack particular remedies for specific trips. (Examples: ginkgo and rhodiola help with altitude adjustment, arnica and calendula for bruises and cuts, yellow root and yarrow for belly bugs.)

My “basic” remedies come with me everywhere, and I supplement it with particular remedies geared towards a specific destination. That said, a travel apothecary needn’t be huge.

The Basics: A Travelling Apothecary Foundation

The four basic remedies for a travel apothecary work well as stand alones, but are even more effective synergistically. There are three herbal tinctures (easy, affordable and potent means for portable health tonics) and one herbally-infused oil.

My top four are

  • a Digestive Bitters,
  • a Nervine Tonic,
  • an Immune/Adaptogen, and
  • an Oil.

These fit as 1 or 2 oz. tinctures in a little zip top bag that passes airport security and slides effortlessly into a purse or carry on. Yes, I said carry on. ….it is very important to carry your kit as it is often the travel to a place that stresses the body/mind.

Road Warrior Experience

To give a little back story of my own personal research in this field, in 2012, after four years of traveling to yoga conferences and music venues (as a performer in our family’s internationally-touring band), helping yoginis digest their food, musicians sleep and my family and band mates stay vital enough to perform no matter what, I saw very clearly the patterns of imbalance travel triggers.

Issue #1: Belly Health

Indigestion can occur from:

  • stress (think of rushing through SFO airport to make your connection on time),
  • eating rich foods (as when one goes home for Thanksgiving),
  • consuming different foods than one is used to (which is often the case when one is traveling!), and
  • eating airport or airplane food (processed, hydrogenated, filled with chemical preservatives…ewww).

Many traditional health systems agree that health begins with the belly. Bitters offer the boost to keep your belly happy, healthy and everything running smoothly (ha!) both for the short term and the long run.Also, bitters taken before a meal activate the salivary glands to release necessary digestive juices (such as bile from the gallbladder) to prepare the body for proper digestion.

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The beauty of bitters is that if you forget to take them before a meal, taking afterwards still helps.

Gas is also a big issue when on the road, and can be helped by bitters containing carminatives such as orange peel. Taken even in between meals, this alleviates many embarrassing or uncomfortable situations! From retreats to theaters to festivals I had people ordering bitters, inspired to start their own personal apothecary! Thankfullly, doling out my bitters created a surge of folks that were happy to be pooing after being constipated or relieved from their diarrhea due to anxiety, stress, nerves or crappy/unfamiliar food (yellow dock root being the main plant ally here).

Issue #2: Stress

The second remedy of utmost importance is one that brings calm and tranquility in busy or stressful situations. This is a Nervine tonic.

Nervines are remedies that can:

  • balance the flow between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system (fight or flight vs. rest and digest),
  • nourish the myelin sheath (coating) that surrounds the nerve endings for a more ‘cushioned effect’ against stress (such as milky oats),
  • relax the mind and physical body (scullcap, chamomile), and
  • sedate, such as for insomnia (passionflower, hops, kava, California poppy).

The body’s ability to be active when necessary and relaxed when appropriate can often become imbalanced when traveling, so nervous system support is very important.

Issue #3: Immunity

The third bottle is an immune system tonic. There are many plants that support our immune system such as echinacea, astragalus and the whole slew of antioxidant rich berries! One of my favorites is elder.

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There are a number of articles on the effectiveness of elder for the immune system, specifically one from the Immunology Laboratory of Hadassah University Hospital, Israel, which states that elder helped speed recovery and prevent illness from 10 strains of the influenza virus. This is very interesting to me, as I have watched throughout the years, elder more effectively prevent folks from getting the flu than those who had gotten the flu shot.

The wisdom behind this and plant-based medicines is that the plants themselves are living organisms that must adapt to survive in our environment. Vaccinations can only be made from viruses that have already occurred. There is no man made protection from the unique, adapting strains of future unknown viruses. It is the living intelligence and adaptive response of the plants that are wise beyond science.

Our relationship then, to plants as remedies, offer us amazing and ongoing support for our golden health and immunity.

Enter the Adaptogen

In both my nervine formula and immune system formula, I add what is called an adaptogen. Adaptogens are the perfect plants for travel, as their main function is assisting the body to find homeostasis (adapt) during change or stress.

The most recognized definition of an adaptogen is: a plant that brings health and balance specifically to the adrenals, the body’s response to stress.

There are a number of adaptogens out there, and each plant has an affinity to particular organs and systems in the body.

In my nervine formula I add the adaptogen schizandra. This 5 flavored fruit, or Wu Wei Zi, is a storehouse of health, helping support not only the nervous system (its benefits as a nervine often go overlooked) but also the digestive system. It is also an amazing hepato-protective (protects the liver from stress hormones, radiation, toxins, etc….).

In my immune blend I add holy basil, or tulsi. This delicious plant has an affinity to the respiratory system as well as the liver and digestive, so beyond immunity it brings balance to the whole system. Tulsi is also known to be a plant that increases love and devotion, a wonderful ally when traveling to visit friends or family.

My Elder/Tulsi tincture is also easily converted to a tea, adding a few dropperfuls to hot water, a touch of honey and voila! Much of the alcohol dissipates and what is left is a tasty beverage. Tea in a bottle…GREAT for airplanes.

Issue #4: Protection (and Jet Lag)

Lastly, the 4th bottle I include in my travel apothecary is an oil. Oils are amazingly versatile. Oils by themselves assist the immune system, adding another layer of protection against pathogens as well as lubrication to prevent dehydration (a common theme of travel).

The good fats in oil also support the nervous and stress system responses of the body. I have used herbal oil as an immune system protectant by lathering the oil over my lymph nodes (neck area), up in my nose (protecting from pathogens as well as smelly lavatories) and the soles of my feet (which helps lubricate the body internally and also helps one to ground while up in the air or trying to go to sleep).

StJohnsWortThe best plant (in my opinion) for an herbal travel oil is St. John’s Wort. St. John’s has a historical reputation of protecting one from unwanted psychic energies. Topically it is the best for nerve pains, specifically along the spine or for sacral issues. This is of course highly beneficial for body self care when sitting long periods in tight spaces.

Additionally, as a mood enhancer, St. John’s Wort can help balance emotions and lift moods (great for having to be social or ‘on’ when traveling).

In a tincture or homeopathic, this plant assists the soul/subtle body to remain grounded and present, thereby helping prevent jet lag.

Herbalist Susun Weed recommends taking one dropperfull of St. John’s Wort tincture every hour when on the road or in the air as a jet lag preventative.

I have used the homeopathic version, Hypericum 30c, for jet lag and time change to India, with remarkable affects. The homeopathic version is beneficial if one does not want so much alcohol. The little milk pellets of the homeopathic, when passed out to my yogi friends on the plane, have often been graciously accepted as prasad, gifts made with love and gratitude with a blessing. They too experienced wonderful results with the homeopathic version.

Empowerment: your health is in your hands

Overall, having a travel apothecary is empowering and builds a plant-loving and health-conscious community. Not only supporting myself and my family with these amazing little kits, I have made many friends, supported lots of people and have been lucky enough to share my love for the plants! People are thrilled to experience new and unique ways to enjoy life, especially by being able to take their health into their own hands in an easy, affordable and effective way.


-BrookeAbout Brooke

When I pack my apothecary I see it as my armor of defense as well as my best friend for comfort and familiarity—and gifts that I can share with others.

My experience as an herbalist and with hundreds of traveling adventures under my belt has led me back and forth across this country as well as to Europe, India, Mexico and the Hawaiian Islands.

From third world to first world, planes trains and automobiles, I have witnessed the plants supporting people right and left, including myself.

Offerings

Now through the end of the year (2014) at HAALo, Brooke is accepting new clients with a special introductory consultation rate of $45!

Brooke also has a new Sage Apprenticeship program starting in January at the California College of Ayurveda.

Contact Brooke directly for more information via her Vital Yogi website or visit her at HAALo on Thursdays.

Don’t Leave Home Without It: Herbal Travel Allies

HAALo’s herbalists and practitioners share their own personal items they don’t leave home without. Perusing the list, you may get ideas for your own travels, whether heading home for the holidays or embarking on a larger adventure.

The whole gamut of possible travel issues are covered: motion sickness, anxiety, sleeplessness, headaches, immunity, feeling ungrounded, digestion and more.

This quick overview guide makes a great resource. Please come into the shoppe to learn more specifics about usage and discuss what might be right for you and your situation since this information is not intended to prevent, treat, diagnose or cure any diseases.

Each herbalist or practitioner is mentioned with their specialty; click here to read full bios.


-SheaShea Smith, Herbalism and Travel Pro (25 year career as an international flight attendant—favorite countries? Third World)

Tea Tree Essential Oil Tea Tree is very powerful…and more is not better. With this very inexpensive antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, you can do so many things with one small bottle. I usually dip a toothpick in the EO and swirl in a 6-8 oz cup of water. Fill a spray bottle for some of the uses below.

Some of my favorite uses: as a disinfectant on airplane traytables, armrests and on a napkin to clean your hands before eating. Spritz hotel bathroom counters, toilet and bath tubs.

Wound cleanser, mouthwash, and I have even used it in microdoses of water for a nasty case of conjuctivitis in my childrens’ eyes. Great for gargling with salt water if a sore throat is coming on and, though not my first choice for immune illnesses, in a pinch on the road, I would swirl a cupful of water with a toothpick dipped in Tea Tree and take a few sips.

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Yarrow flowers and leaves Yarrow is great for backpacking first aid and airline travels. A homemade tea bag can be: brewed as a tea for sudden onset of high fever; broken open to stop bleeding — the crushed flower and leaves can be put directly on a wound; and wounds can be washed with yarrow tea and tea tree oil as described above. It has also been thought to be protective from EMF and radiation, both of which we are highly exposed to while flying (sun and electronic devices in planes and airports).

Passionflower Tincture Passionflower reduces anxiety, calms a circular racing mind, and helps me sleep through the night. As a beautiful nervine, it keeps me calm and focused in the present situation without becoming sleepy during the day or over-reacting.

Palo Santo Essential Oil Palo Santo keeps me spiritually connected to what really matters….giving me a higher perspective on life while keeping me grounded spiritually. I like having a small bottle of the EO to inhale deeply, or I add a few drops mixed into oil and apply topically.

Blackberry Root or Root/Leaf Tincture Blackberry Root stops most diarrhea cold. However, monitoring for yourself when to take it is important. Remember: diarrhea can help get something invasive out of the body but it can also be dehydrating and dangerous over an extended period of time.

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Organic India Tulsi Rose Tea This beautiful combo comes with me wherever I go. Tulsi is one of my teacher herbs. An adaptogenic with general antibacterial and antiviral properties, it combines beautifully with the calming, compassionate and heart-centered properties of rose. It’s my “go to” herb combo throughout my journey.

Some other favorites are:

Rosemary EO-focus, clarity, ‘pep me up’, clean room smell, also antiviral.

FES Rescue Remedy- for everything unexpected that can throw you off balance emotionally.

Propolis-Anti-bacterial, -fungal and -viral, dental/gum problems, mold, wounds, respiratory.


-AnnaAnna Werderitsch, Traditional Chinese Medicine

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan These pills are useful for travel in third world countries — anywhere you may have digestive troubles, encounter food poisoning or bad water. Can be used preventatively or for treatment after symptoms appear.

Elderberry Tincture Elderberry stimulates the immune system, and it’s protective. Keep the tincture handy to use preventatively on a plane.

Ginger Ginger aids digestion and is a great energy mover. It helps with stagnation, like when you are trapped on a plane. It eases upset when transitioning to different places. Bring fresh if possible to chew on, or bring tea to brew or ginger chews.

Rescue Remedy Carry the flower essence spray or drops to use on the plane.


-VictoriaVictoria LaFont, Nutrition

Hydrochloric Acid pills The HCl is in the form of Betaine hydrochloride, and can also include pancreatin, pepsin or other digestive aids. It works wonders in helping upper GI digestion, especially when traveling with new food and water. Folks have to be careful with this one, though, if they’ve ever had history of ulcer, severe dysbiosis, intestinal bleeding, or esophageal inflammation.

Probiotics It’s always a good idea to keep some extra helpful bacteria in the gut. We’re mainly made of “other” bacteria, viruses, etc. and having probiotics in abundance during times of stress helps keep all systems go.

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Full Spectrum B Vitamin A high quality liquid B like the Max B ND that I carry through Premier Research labs is perfect for stress and keeping the body’s internal clock on schedule during time zone disruption.

The forms of B matter; always find Vitamin B6 as pyridoxal-5-phosphate and B12 as methylcobalamin.


-K10Kristen Timchak, Ayurveda

Sesame Oil I bring sesame oil to use externally. It is really grounding for Vata dosha which gets aggravated during travel. When I arrive where I am going I warm the oil in a bottle under warm water and ideally massage my whole body with it then take a warm shower. At the least, I massage some into the soles of my feet.

Rhododendron Essential Oil I just love the smell of Rhododendron EO, it is really fresh. I bring it on the plane and sniff it to counteract the stale air, airplane smell. If I am staying in a hotel I will sprinkle it around the room to freshen it up. Like many EOs it has antibacterial, antimicrobial properties.

Triphala I use triphala pills, because it is easier when traveling than the powder. Triphala also helps to balance Vata dosha, especially in the colon, so I use it preventatively before and during travel.


-AshleeAshlee Sakaishi-Griffiths, Ayurveda

Jatamansi Essential Oil Jatamansi grounds Vata dosha, the air and ether element that gets aggravated during travel, causing insomnia or light sleep, anxiety, worry, overwhelm, gas and reduced elimination or altered elimination. I use one drop on the bottom of my feet before bed, or I simply smell the oil when I am feeling ungrounded or can’t sleep.

Ginger Often when I travel my digestion gets a little out of sorts, so I make ginger tea by grating or chopping fresh ginger ~ 1 Tbsp full and steep it in hot water. It warms me up from the inside, increases my digestive capacity, and clears my head.

Turmeric powder I like to end my day with a nice warm golden milk with ample ghee or coconut oil to inhibit illness and nourish my nervous system. I mix 1 tsp turmeric into whole milk with a pinch of black pepper, a few pinches of cardamom, and 2 tsp ghee or coconut oil plus a little bit of maple syrup.


-BenjahBenjah Martchek, Integrative Herbalism

Triphala powder or pills Triphala balances the digestive system. It’s a balanced formula that can help with either diarrhea or constipation as needed. It also helps to purify the blood, and the steeped liquid can be used to disinfect a wound.

Osha Tincture This tincture can be taken preventatively as an immunity booster or when a situation arises. Osha particularly helps sore throats, coughs, lung congestion, sinusitis or any respiratory complaints. It has anti-viral properties.

Lavender Essential Oil Lavender is calming, it reduces headaches, and it can help with sleep and restlessness. It also has disinfectant properties and can be used as a bug repellant. Can be used topically (mix with a carrier oil) or in some sort of diffuser.

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Oregon Grape Root Tincture Oregon Grape Root is similar to goldenseal and it’s not endangered; actually it’s easy to grow and super abundant. When traveling, it’s good for all gastro-intestinal problems from giardia to urinary infections. It helps move things through stagnant livers—take upon first sensation of discomfort, like being overfull or eating too much street food.

Oregon Grape Root has antibiotic properties, yet it’s more gentle than regular antibiotics because it doesn’t kill off the “good bugs.” It can also be used as a topical disinfectant.


-MJMJ Beaupre, Herbalism

Bitters Formula Take preventatively before meals to stabilize the stomach. It balances and counteracts any negative food groups.

Peppermint Tincture Also for the stomach, this tincture is best taken responsively — if you feel “off” for any reason.

Lemon Essential Oil Add a couple of drops to a water bottle to help clean the bottle when you can’t scrub it. It has antioxidant properties and also enhances the flavor of any water that doesn’t taste great.

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Peppermint Essential Oil Perfect for tension headaches. Mix in with a little oil, massage on the back of the neck and on shoulders to relieve travel aches.


-BrookeBrooke Sullivan, Flower Essences

Yellowroot Tincture (similar to Oregon Grape Root) Berberine, used to help kill parasites, is found in both Yellowroot and Oregon Grape Root. It can be used preventatively.

Rescue Remedy Flower Essence Rescue Remedy helps alleviate stressful situations and keep an even keel. It’s an easy thing to offer to even help others.

St. John’s Wort Tincture, Oil or homeopathic formula I take this every hour on a plane to help with jet lag. Its nervine effects are calming, root the energy and ground the soul. Rub the oil on the low back during travel to help with sacral issues when sitting for extended periods.

Milky Oats Tincture Milky Oats are nature’s best nervine. They tonify and coat the sheaf of the nerves and cushion against stress, soothing the entire nervous system. They can calm a short fuse and act like a pillow against abrasiveness.


-JujuJuju Urcis, Traditional Chinese Medicine

Rescue Remedy or 5 Flower Flower Essence These flower essences give a sense of peace and help with adapting to new environs.

Lavender Essential Oil or Hydrosol Calming, soothing and anti-microbial. Perfect for spraying on bed, hands, etc.

Yarrow Environmental Solution Flower Essence This spray is protective is toxic and energetic situations to “protect your aura.”

Sesame Oil: 4 ounces with 10 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil This oil blend helps move the chi. Use it topically for any emotional or physical trauma — from over-walking, getting a bump, being yelled at, stomach pain, etc. — rub wherever the physical pain manifests.

Tea Tree and Oregano Oil Blend 3:1 or use a commercially blended one.

Propolis with Beeswax and Myrrh Blend together into a waxy substance to use on any toothaches.

Artemisia Botanical Co. Skin Sealing Salve Excellent for repairing cut skin and relieving pain associated with superficial wounds.

Tinctures of Echinacea and Reishi Essential for strengthening the body and minimizing the incidence of infection.

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Bitters Tincture Helps regulate digestion and may help folks who don’t eat enough greens on the run too.


-RayRachel Rose Teferet, Herbalism

Ayurvedic Massage Oil Thanks to Rexanne Diehl, I practice Abhyanga oil massage for Vata grounding. It’s usually a mixture that includes palo santo, vetiver and lavender in sesame oil.

Yin Chiao Pills This Chinese blend is for general immunity. I use it preventatively before plane travel and use it for the duration of the trip.

Paul Stamets’ Immune-Boosting Mushroom Blend I take this blend a couple weeks before travel.

Prescript-Assist Probiotics, provided by Victora LaFont at HAALo. I take these before, during and after travel to aid digestion.


-DeniseDenise Reynolds, Enchantress of Spices

Lavender Essential Oil I use for any blemish, or ingrown hairs from shaving, to help dry it up and make sure it doesn’t get infected.

Carrot Seed Oil Takes away the itch of bug bites.

Calendula Oil For scratches, or other skin-soothing support

Arnica Oil For bruises or sore muscles

Roots/Shoots Blackberry Tincture Made by Anna Werderitsch (Spirit Farmer label) to use in case of stomach virus/ diarrhea while traveling.

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Rescue Remedy Tincture As shock support for injured kids and smoothing transitions, and for calming hectic energy.


-BrendaBrenda Igler, Ayurveda

Vetiver Essential Oil Vetiver has a calming and centering effect, especially when in motion. Ideas for use:

  • In the car I put 1 or 2 drops on a folded tissue and wedge that into one of the air vents.
  • Make a spritzer by adding 4 or 5 drops to a 2-ounce bottle of water.
  • Add 1 or 2 drops to sesame, coconut or olive oil to massage into feet, then put on socks.

Lavender Essential Oil Lavender is harmonizing for all constitutions (it’s tri-doshic). It soothes worry and anxiety and calms fiery emotions. It can also be uplifting to counteract downward mood swings. It combines well with vetiver in any of the above suggestions. Its antibacterial properties make it useful for small cuts as well.

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Dry Roasted fennel, cumin & coriander seeds I roast this seed mixture at home in a dry cast iron pan. The roasting helps absorption, and it tastes better. After roasting I also add cardamom seeds (removed from the larger pods). I pack a baggie full of these seeds and take small pinches to chew on throughout the day while traveling and after meals to keep digestion stable and strong. This mixture can also soothe minor motion sickness and nausea when used preventatively.


-MonicaMonica Tomasi, Ayurveda

Motherwort Tincture for mind

Calendula Tincture for immunity

Sesame Oil for body


-AmyAmy Branum, Integrative Herbalist and Ayurveda

Yarrow Environmental Solution Flower Essence This spray offers aural protection against pollutants, people, places, etc.

Rhodiola Tincture I take this for increased stamina and to support my immune system.

Triphala Great support for digestion and it lowers Vata. It’s a nice thing to have on hand to offer others as well.

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Love your lips!

by Ginger Lazarus

As the winter season comes, there is one indispensable item that gets much more attention: Lip Balm.

At HAALo there are many lip balms to choose from, all locally made, and wonderful in their own ways. All of our lip balms include beeswax and essential oils, but what is really interesting is the difference in texture based on the types of oils, butters, and fats used.

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With two newer additions to the shoppe we wanted to share our feelings about them all, and we won’t even say stocking stuffers anything about the suddenly-close holidays.

Plant Medicine’s Vanilla Honey Lip Balm: This lip balm actually smells of Citrus more than the Vanilla, though both are present. Of all of HAALo’s lip balms this one is the silkiest. It glides on beautifully from the tube, immediately lending its moisture to parched lips. It also has the most ingredients, including several herbs, which are grown organically in the maker, Kim Kinjo’s garden, and honey and wax from her own bees. This lip balm is all oils with beeswax and can absorb a little more quickly into the skin.

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Remedy Garden: This line of lip balms come in several wonderful scented flavors, each with its own thoughtful formulation of butters and oils, making each of them feel very unique on the lips. The varieties include, Orange Shea which has a base of shea butter for a little heavier feeling on the lips, Lemon Custard which is oil based for a lighter lip balm, Herbal Healing which has a pleasing and light floral scent with shea butter and oils including the super skin healing rosehip seed oil for winter or sun damage, and lastly, the winter favorite, Peppermint Cocoa, using a cocoa butter base with peppermint essential oil which makes us long for the snow and nights by the fire.

Elka Herbals’ Let it BEE Balm: Labeled for use on the lips and the cuticles this balm is the heaviest of the bunch, presumably from the quantity of beeswax used, and additionally having shea butter AND cocoa butter as well as coconut oil. Let it BEE Balm is also recommended for minor cracks and cuts—your cuticles will love you for this.

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This balm stands up to heat a little better than the other lip balms in tubes. It also coats the lips pretty heavily so they feel protected, but may warrant a redo application (wipe off any residue, then reapply the lip balm).

Madame Doktor Belladonna’s Old-Timey, Not Too Classy Lip Balm: This lip balm comes in 4 scents, and is the most unusual in our group due to its main ingredient: Lard.

Its creator imagines a post, peak-oil world where exotic ingredients like shea butter (from Africa) would not be available or at least affordable. Her balm is based on turn-of-the-century recipes in which animal fats in cosmetics and perfumes was common. (See enfleurage).

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Old-Timey lip balms come in small metal slide tins, rather than plastic tubes, though they have the same volume (.33 oz). It is very smooth in texture, sinks in, and stays with your lips longer than some of the other balms. It also stands up to heat the best of the bunch. Flavors include: Jasmine Honey, Lavender Cocoa, Ginger Cardamom, and the very special reserve White Ginger Lily.

HAALo-lipbalmFor those who like a strongly scented lip balm, we recommend:

  • Plant Medicine Vanilla/Honey Lip Balm
  • Remedy Garden Peppermint Cocoa
  • Old-Timey, Not Too Classy Ginger Cardamom

For those who prefer a mild scented lip balm, we recommend:

  • Remedy Garden Herbal Healing
  • Remedy Garden Herbal Lemon Custard
  • Old-Timey, Not Too Classy Jasmine Honey
  • Old-Timey, Not Too Classy White Ginger Lily

Somewhere in the middle you will find:

  • Remedy Garden Orange Shea
  • Elka Herbals Let it Bee Balm
  • Old-Timey, Not Too Classy Lavender Cocoa

 

Ginger-Lazarus-madame-doktor-belladonnaGinger Lazarus is a former professional and award winning belly dancer, burlesque showgirl, and currently is pursuing her love of singing, as well as MCing for various events, and speaking in HAALo’s podcast as Madame Doktor Belladonna. Ginger loves to cook, bake, and dabble in things like making cordials, jellies, and most recently salves and lip balm. Gingah is the Administrative Ninjah for HAALo.