Natural skincare is fantastic but many products that say they are natural – aren’t. I was thrilled to have this little tub of natural goodness delivered to my door (big thanks to MOA). This small tub is called ‘The Green Balm‘ and is a 100% natural healing/beauty balm that can be used to heal and sooth mildly irritated skin, heal cuts and burns, sooth eczema and dry skin and more. In fact the list of things it can do on the MOA website is quite outstanding.
“The whole family can use The Green Balm even if you have super sensitive skin. It has many beautifying remedies and it’s a vital part of any outdoorsy first-aid kit, ideal for taking on holiday or camping when space is precious.
- Soothe dry and itchy skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and minor rashes
- Help heal minor cuts, grazes, blisters, bruises and burns on all the family
- Zap those pesky insect bites and stings
- Treat chapped, weathered lips and kiss goodbye to the dreaded coldsore!
- Apply to sore, red nostrils when you have the sniffles and mix with a little hot water and gargle to soothe a sore throat
- Use between the toes to help combat athlete’s foot; it’s a ramblers dream-cream!
- Calm inflamed skin after shaving, waxing or threading
- Help fade scarring or stretch marks after pregnancy
- Soothe new tattoos or piercings, whilst helping to avoid infection
- Moisturise, soften and nourish dry hands, nails and cuticles
- Remove eye-make-up, use as a luxurious hot cloth cleansing balm…try the Daily Cleansing Ritual”
Sounds good doesn’t it, but does it really do all that? I put it to the test…
The balm itself is off white in colour and has the scent of mild herbs. The ingredient that this balm is full of is Yarrow (and Tea Tree, which we all know and love!) which is a wonderful herb, however the balm smells like a mild white sage, and it is a calming scent just in itself. Fab.
Yarrow is an astringent, anti-inflammatory, carminative and antispasmodic, as well as being used in folklore as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Tea Tree as we all know is a natural anti-septic and it used in many healing formulas.
The balm itself melts quickly under your finger tips allowing you to apply it to the affected area quickly.
You only need a small amount of the balm as it goes a long way. It does leave your skin a little greasy I found but once you rub it in and allow it to soak in, your skin is left super soft.
I tested this as a cleanser as well as a healing balm and it worked well as both. As a cleanser it does feel quite heavy as it goes on but once removed using a hot cleansing cloth, it removed every scrap of make up, including my waterproof mascara. My skin was soft and supple after, just as if I had been to a spa and had a facial.
As a healing balm I found no end of uses for it – yes I am that clumsy 😉 As a cook, I am always getting little scalds and burns to which I now always reach for my little tub as it soothes the burn and heals them quickly.
For cuts and grazes, the balm heals them too but also take away the soreness of them. Now when I graze myself or cut myself – whether that be a cut on the leg after shaving or a graze elbow from walking into the door frame (told you I was clumsy lol) – I just add a little balm.
Gnats just love me, if there is a gnat about, it WILL bite me, horrible little things. I react so badly to gnat bites that I have had to have antibiotic creams before from the doctors, however, since using this balm, the gnat bites have been kept to a minimum reaction and no more trips to the medical centre.
It is also great as a cuticle cream! I rub a little in to my cuticles every time I have a manicure and it beats my specialised cuticle cream and also I am sure my nails are looking better after using it.
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