I’ve shared a couple of my favorite herbal first aid go-to’s here with you in the past, including this yarrow styptic powder and a tutorial for making herbal poultices and compresses. Today, though, I’m letting you in on one of my herbal first aid kit secret weapons. It’s a recipe I turn to so often when I’m dealing with a sunburn, cut, scrape, bite or sting. It’s so versatile and so easy to make and it really helps soothe my skin as it recovers from injury. This herbal aloe liniment spray is infused with several skin-friendly, vulnerary herbs that help to calm inflammation and redness, relieve pain, disinfect wounds, and repair the skin.
- 3-4 plantain leaves (Plantago major or Plantago lanceolata)
- 3-4 yarrow leaves (Achillea millefolium)
- 1 calendula flower head (Calendula officinalis)
- 3-4 stalks of lavender flowers (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Aloe vera juice
To make your liniment spray, place all of your fresh plant material in a mortar and pestle and crush the herbs until they are a fine mash (the consistency you would want for a poultice). If you’re working with dried herbs, you can use a blender or spice grinder to break down the dried plant material instead.
Once the plants are broken down, you can add a little bit of Aloe vera juice to the mix, then continue to crush with the mortar and pestle. Add more Aloe vera juice as needed, then let the whole mixture sit (covered) for 10-20 minutes to infuse.
Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a glass spray bottle. Store the spray in the refrigerator. It will keep in the fridge for 3-7 days, so it’s best for use right away. I whip up a fresh batch of it whenever I’m dealing with a fresh sunburn or skin wound that needs a bit of extra care.
If you want to make a version that is more shelf stable, you can use witch hazel instead of the Aloe vera juice. Happy blending!