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Luviesmom

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Since winter/cold season is in full effect. Those of us with small ones know they are not the best about blowing their nose the proper way. Mine tend to either 1) go through a box of tissues leaving them scattered about; not really blowing just wiping 2) using their shirts if can't get to tissues fast enough3) licking it off. Ewwee!

Which leaves a crusty, red, inflamed upper lip. I was toying with an idea making a "Snot salve". What types of healing oils would you choose? I will brainstorm tonight and share in the morning. Would you use any EOs? I remember my mom would smear something in a small tin menthoIatum salve? Spelling? Not sure if they make it anymore..
 

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I use a mix of coconut oil (1T), vitamin e (1g), and tea tree oil(1g). I started this mixture to combat cold sores but my proportions are off and now I just use it on the dry skin that happens with tissue rubbing. I probably wouldn't use the tea tree with the little ones but the coconut oil and vitamin e are nice on my skin.
 

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Essential oils are powerful and need to be used judiciously. They are not necessarily, like so many YL, DoTerra, and mommy bloggers proclaim, the SAFE alternative to every medical problem out there.

Robert Tisserand is considered by many to be the go-to expert on Essential oils. That doesn't mean he claims you should use essential oils in place of proper medical advice.

Here is a list pertaining to the use of essential oils with children. It comes from his book. It might help you decide what is safe for your child. (below....sorry, it's long)

As for the irritation on her poor lip - simply gently cleaning it, let it air dry thoroughly, then keep the area covered well with a non petroleum or non petroleum wax lip balm will let her skin heal. I'd also suggest something without any unnecessary additives such as scents, colors, flavors.

For my 9 year old, I made a lotion bar with stearic acid, coconut oil, shea butter. She rubs it on any cut or skin problem she gets and finds it soothing. (I think it's the stearic acid)

Hope you fine something that works - she doesn't need that discomfort on top of everything else!
Here is a list of essential oils with warnings against using on or around children*according to The Book, Essential Oil Safety.
The following lists of unsafe and safe oil for children are not all-inclusive as there are 100s of different essential oils.*
Anise/Aniseed Pimpinella anisum – avoid using (all routes) on children under 5
Anise (Star) Illicium verum – avoid using (all routes) on children under 5
Basil (lemon) Ocimum x citriodorum – avoid topical use on children under 2
Benzoin Styrax benzoin, Styrax paralleloneurus and Styrax tonkinensis – avoid topical use on children under 2
Birch (sweet) Betula lenta – avoid using (all routes) on children
Black Seed Nigella sativa – avoid topical use on children under 2
*Cajuput Melaleuca cajuputi, Melaleuca leucadendron – avoid using on children under 6
*Cardamon Elettaria cardamomum – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
Cassia Cinnamomum cassia, Cinnamomum aromaticum – avoid topical use on children under 2
Chaste Tree Vitex agnus castus – avoid using (all routes) on prepubertal children
Clove Bud, Clove Leaf, Clove Stem Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia caryophyllata, Eugenia aromatica – avoid topical use on children under 2
*Cornmint Mentha arvensis, Mentha canadensis – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
*Eucalyptus Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus maidenii, Eucalyptus plenissima, Eucalyptus kochii, Eucalyptus polybractea, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus Autraliana,Eucalyptus phellandra, Eucalyptus smithii – avoid using (all routes) on children under 10
Fennel (bitter), Fennel (sweet) Foeniculum vulgare – avoid using (all routes) on children under 5
*Galangal (lesser) Alpinia officinarum, Languas officinarum – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
Garlic Allium sativum – avoid topical use on children under 2
Ginger Lily Hedychium coronarium – avoid topical use on children under 2
*Ho Leaf/Ravintsara Cinnamomum camphora (cineole chemotype)* – avoid using on children under 6
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis (pinocamphone chemptype) – avoid using (all routes) on children under 2
*Laurel Leaf/Bay Laurel Laurus nobilis– avoid topical use on children under 2; avoid all routes for children under age 6
Lemon Leaf/Lemon Petitgrain Citrus x limon, Citrus limonum – avoid topical use on children under 2
Lemongrass Cymbopogon flexuosus, Andropogon flexuosus, Cymbopogon citratus, Andropogon citratus – avoid topical use on children under 2
*Marjoram (Spanish) Thymus mastichina – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
Massoia Cryptocarya massoy, Cryptocaria massoia, Massoia aromatica – avoid using (all routes) on children under 2
May Chang Litsea cubeba, Litsea citrata, Laura cubeba – avoid topical use on children under 2
Melissa/Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis – avoid topical use on children under 2
*Myrtle (red) Myrtus communis – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
Myrtle (aniseed) Backhousia anisata – avoid using (all routes) on children under 5
Myrtle (honey) Melaleuca teretifolia – avoid topical use on children under 2
Myrtle (lemon)/Sweet Verbena Backhousia citriodora – avoid topical use on children under 2
*Niaouli (cineole chemotype)*Melaleuca quinquinervia – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
Oakmoss Evernia prunastri – avoid topical use on children under 2
Opopanax Commiphora guidottii – avoid topical use on children under 2
Oregano Origanum onites, Origanum smyrnaeum, Origanum vulgare, Origanum compactum, Origanum hirtum, Thymbra capitata, Thymus capitatus, Coridothymus capitatus, Satureeja capitata– avoid topical use on children under 2
Peppermint Mentha x Piperita – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
Peru Balsam Myroxylon balsamum, Myroxylon pereiraw, Myroxylon peruiferum, Myrospermum pereirae, Toluifera pereirae – avoid topical use on children under 2
*Rambiazana* Helichrysum gymnocephalum – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
*Rosemary (1,8-cineole chemotype) Rosmarinus officinalis* – avoid using (all routes) on children under 10
Saffron Crocus sativus – avoid topical use on children under 2
*Sage (Greek), Salvia fruiticosa, Salvia triloba Sage (White) – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
*Sage (White) Salvia apiana – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
Sage (Wild Mountain) Hemizygia petiolata – avoid topical use on children under 2
*Sanna Hedychium spicatum – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
*Saro Cinnamosma fragrans – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
Savory Satureia hortensis, Satureia montana – avoid topical use on children under 2
Styrax Liquidambar orientalis, Liquidambar styraciflua – avoid topical use on children under 2
Tea Leaf/Black Tea Camellia sinensis, Thea sinensis – avoid topical use on children under 2
Tea Tree (lemon-scented) Leptospermum petersonii, Leptospermum citratum, Leptospermum liversidgei,– avoid topical use on children under 2
Treemoss Pseudevernia furfuracea – avoid topical use on children under 2
Tuberose Polianthes tuberosa – avoid topical use on children under 2
Turpentine Pinus ayacahuite, Pinus caribaea, Pinus contorta, Pinus elliottii, Pinus halepensis, Pinus insularis, Pinus kesiya, Pinus merkusii, Pinus palustris, Pinus pinaster, Pinus radiata, Pinus roxburghii, Pinus tabulaeformis, Pinus teocote, Pinus yunnanensis– avoid topical use on children under 2
Verbena (Lemon) Aloysia triphylla, Aloysia citriodora, Lippa citriodora, Lippa triphylla – avoid topical use on children under 2
Wintergreen Gaultheria fragrantissima, Gaultheria procumbens – avoid (all routes) on children due to methyl salicylate content
Ylang-Ylang Cananga odorata – avoid topical use on children under 2
* indicates essential oils that are high in 1,8-cineole and can potentially cause respiration to slow in children.
 

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I make a salve, actually made it for a couple of cancer patients whole were very dried and crusty around their lips and above and they loved it. Unfortunetly neither are still here. I used Avocado Oil, beeswax, tucuma butter, meadowfoam oil, argan oil and mallow extract and vitamin e. No fo or EO's
 

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Thanks for all the input. I'm thinking about going all out and purchase some more expensive oils for a healing salve. The oils I am considering are: avocado, emu, wheat germ and squalane. Also I wanted to try murumuru butter. I have never heard of tucuma butter before but it sounds like it has great healing properties too.

I think I will leave out Essential oils. If I decide to use any, I would choose lavender and chamomile.

Thanks again for the replies. A lot of good food for thought.
 

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I would probably stick with the lanolin or the petroleum jelly, b/c they don't taste good. I can see a little kid saying, "Mmmm...coconut!" and licking even more.
 

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swiftcraftymonkey has a recipe for non-petroleum jelly. I think it's 95% castor and 5% beeswax. But with the licking and the effects of castor on the digestive track...I'd stick with the lanonlin and petroleum jelly!
 

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Like you, DD, I've seen castor called out specifically, but I get good results with any oil. Sunflower or rice bran oil or a blend of both work well.

The basic recipe I've seen is 5% to 15% beeswax to get the consistency you want. I normally use 10% to 15% to make a soft salve that doesn't get overly soft at summertime temps, but is still a soft spreadable paste in the winter time. The balance of the 100% will be one or more oils.

Warm the mixture in a hot water bath until the beeswax melts completely and the mixture looks clear. Take the mixture off heat and stir frequently. It will turn opaque yellow or milky white as the beeswax solidifies. If you don't stir often, especially right at the temperature when the beeswax starts to solidify, the finished salve might feel grainy. If that happens, remelt and try again. After the mixture is cool, stir in your oil-soluble, temperature-sensitive ingredients. You can't add water-based ingredients to this recipe.
 

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Thank You For Your replies. I do remember tempering a bath for lip balms to prevent grainy texture. This was a great reminder, especially if I purchase more $$ oils.
 

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