Glam Gardener NYC offers organic and wild-foraged herbal products, art, and education under one roof.

This article is part of our Blog, which hosts a compilation of online resources, articles, and videos made for both seasoned nature lovers & beginners alike.

Shop All

scroll to keep reading

In the world of healing plants, we find many wildflowers that have been used for millennia to nourish skin. One of those is the humble wildflower that’s accumulated many nicknames throughout the years: Self Heal, Heal All, Carpenter’s Herb, etc., but is scientifically known as Prunella vulgaris.

This wildflower is a mint-family favorite that’s easy to cultivate in our northeastern
climate but can be found growing abundantly along partially shaded trails, often in moist forests. It’s common to find this plant growing in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America.

Self heal is known for its powerful wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties. The flower can be applied as a poultice or infused into a salve to capture its skin-healing
qualities. But why does Self Heal promote wound healing?

Self heal contains anti-inflammatory compounds, such as flavonoids and tannins,
which help to reduce inflammation and soothe irritated skin.
Inflammation is a
natural response to injuries or skin conditions, but excessive inflammation can delay the healing process. By calming inflammation, self heal assists your skin in the natural healing process.

Self-Heal is rich in antioxidants, such as phenolic compounds, which neutralize free radicals that can damage skin cells and impair the healing process. By reducing
oxidative stress, the herb supports the skin's natural healing abilities.

Self-Heal has been traditionally used as a wound-healing agent due to its ability to promote tissue repair. The herb contains allantoin, a compound that supports cell regeneration. By stimulating the growth of new skin cells, Self-Heal helps wounds close faster and minimizes scarring.

Self-Heal has a mucilaginous quality that helps retain moisture, creating an optimal
environment for the skin to repair itself.
Adequate moisture also prevents the wound from drying out and forming a scab, which can hinder the healing process.

Psst… self heal has also been used for aiding with internal ailments such as sore throats. If you want to learn how to identify and use healing wild plants like self heal, check out our upcoming foraging events, where you’re guided through green spaces to identify wild edible and healing plants. These events occur mostly in
our home-base of Staten Island, NY, but occasionally we host events across the 5-boroughs and region!

When combined with goldenrod, chamomile, calendula, organic olive oil, and local beeswax, our self heal balm is a great herbal remedy that you can keep in your pocket or bag
to have on hand while you heal.

Goldenrod is a yellow wildflower that has been called "wound wort" for its ability to heal cuts and sores.

Calendula is a vibrant colored, yet delicate flower often infused in oils and salves for its
anti-inflammatory and skin-protecting qualities.

Chamomile is a world-renowned nervine often blended into tea for its calming properties,
but we include it in this scented salve for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Our scented salves are centered around the healing properties of medicinal wildflowers
and plants. But they’re not only a healing ointment. They double as a natural perfume.

We believe that we all deserve to smell good without the bad stuff. So we add 100% organic & naturally-derived essential or absolute oils to capture the fragrance of these wildflowers so that you’re reminded of a sweet
summer day in the garden when you apply them to your skin.

We use organic chamomile essential oil in this blend, leaving it with a subtle smell reminiscent of a calming cup of tea. The essential oil we use is so natural and unrefined, that it’s blue when we infuse it! Fun, right?

Why do we use organic olive oil and local beeswax from our New York-based beekeepers These ingredients are non-clogging and create a protective layer on your skin, giving it gentle care. Our local bees are raised and their beeswax is ethically harvested by our friends at Beezy Beez Honey based in Staten Island, New York.

Our vegan salves don’t use beeswax. Instead, we use an organic candelilla wax so
that they are suitable for vegans.

This product supports your local forager, beekeeper, and farmer

At Glam Gardener NYC, we prioritize using local sourcing, organic ingredients and
ethically harvested wild plants in our blends to create natural remedies that are healthy for our bodies and the planet.

If you get a chance to use our Self Heal salve, let us know what you think of it.

And you if you leave us a good review on Google for loving your brand new scented salve, make sure to send us a message so we can send you a special coupon as a thank you gift!