Lauren's All Purpose Salve

lauren's all purpose


Lauren Willson

My favorite part about being in grad school is unlimited access to online research databases. Having spent weeks of my life in high school researching papers with antique archival equipment, my appreciation for command+F is profound. This past week I spent hours researching the ingredients in LAPS: 

shea butter: extremely moisturizing and nourishing. contains the same fatty acids that make our cell walls so naturally regenerates and restores skin cells (bye bye wrinkles!). antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. cleopatra used it. SPF 6. 

coconut oil: before moving to NYC Lauren worked as a journalist in Bangkok, Thailand. her Thai coworkers attributed their supple, youthful skin to coconut oil. coconut oil works by improving the skin barrier function, thus keeping in moisture and protecting the skin from harmful free radicals. anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic. great for healing burns and extremely dry skin. reduces protein loss when used in hair. 

hemp oil: hemp oil has all the essential fatty acids, omega 3-6-9s and magnesium, calcium and chlorophyll. it's non-comodogenic and won't clog pores. the chemical structure of the oil mimics the oils we naturally produce, so it works with our skin to cleanse and maintain homeostasis. natural humectant, which means it draws in moisture. penetrates to the hair follicle reducing dandruff.  

burdock root: demulcent, which means it reduces inflammation and irritation. promotes the release of toxins. for centuries in the Americas and in Asia burdock has been used as a folk treatment for cancer. antibacterial and anti-candidal, however promotes the growth of healthy bacteria. heals boils, canker sores and sties. 

jojoba oil: similar composition to the oils produced by our skin. can easily move into a pore and clean out any dead skin or bacteria. Vitamin E and mineral rich. antibacterial. fungicide. native americans used jojoba to treat wounds because of its anti-inflammatory properties. 

sweet almond oil: emollient for the skin. great for rosacea, dry skin and eczema. rich in protein and zinc, Vitamins E and A. 

lavender: excellent stress reliever. studies show that stress is one of the main reasons for skin diseases and flare-ups. great for sunburn relief. smelling lavender alleviates headaches. 

peppermint: antimicrobial. relieves sore muscles. 

patchouli: general heal-all used for centuries. studies show it protects against cancerous cells.