Cottonwood Bud Salve 1/2 oz

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Cottonwood Bud Salve 1/2 oz

4.00

1/2 oz

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Includes one year aged Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil infusions of Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) and Fremont Cottonwood (Populus fremontii) buds with beeswax.

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I am unusually drawn to Cottonwood. The smell of the sticky golden resin that can be found on its buds, petioles, and sometimes leaves is one of my favorites that exist in our world. I rub the salves I make from this plant on my skin and face just to feel what I feel when I smell it. Its a scent, like all scents, that ignites the bypassing of language and goes directly to that primal place of ancestral connection beyond just our human kin.  Maybe I love it for that, for that immediate place it takes me, that kind of forget the small talk and the everyday menial sense of things and be in this feeling that our bodies are one part of a greater whole in time and space.

THERE IS SOMETHING DEEPLY ANCIENT AND GROUNDING ABOUT COTTONWOOD'S SCENT.

Being in our world as a highly sensitive person, the air is filled with information and stimulus. We need scents that bring us as sensitive humans back down to the old, back down to ourselves when our heads are filled with details, tasks, news, social nuances. It carries us to a safe place inside, usually. Personally, Cottonwood makes me feel comfortable in my skin again. Scents like Cottonwoods' invoke a feeling of laying at ease in wet soft moss inside my own body, under the very trees themselves that live in their own dark forest groves. Or, laying by a river, cool and quiet, with the soft breezes fluttering through, sending me wafts of the tree's scent, or noticing puffs of the tree's cotton-like seeds in Spring. 

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Coat burns, wounds and pain spots with salve as needed, or use to transport you to the forest.

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Read the extensive botanical profile on Cottonwood as a genus for more information about its ecological and medicinal significance here.

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This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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