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Herbal ointments are commonly used to treat various diseases, disorders, and external damage. Amaranth ointment is no exception. They have a good effect in the treatment of dermatological diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, some types of acne. Used for healing wounds and burns, successfully used for minor sprains and other injuries of muscles and ligaments, as well as for beginning or chronic pain in the joints. A positive effect of amaranth on the nails is noticed. Amaranth ointments prevent chapped lips and are used as a prophylactic agent against rhinitis.

Alas, on the territory of the former Soviet Union to find amaranth ointment on sale is difficult. But it is quite possible to cook it yourself at home.

Homemade amaranth ointment: types and application
Homemade ointment consists of two main components – the fatty base and the active substance. The fatty component may also contain an active substance, examples of which are ointments based on amaranth oil.

Amaranth ointment is conventionally divided into three types:

  • ointment, prepared on the basis of amaranth oil;
  • ointments, in the preparation of which dried leaves and / or amaranth flowers were used;
  • amaranth oil based ointment using amaranth leaves and / or flowers.

At will and depending on the purpose, other healing herbs and essential oils can be added to the ointment. As a basis, in addition to amaranth oil, a variety of fats are used, among which most often there is pork fat and petroleum jelly. There are recipes based on lanolin, wax, paraffin.

Storage of amaranth ointments

1 Oils prepared on the basis of pork fat and other animal components should be stored in a cold place for no more than 2 months. They retain healing properties for 1 month, then they can be used only as a softening, moisturizing, protective agent for the skin.

Ointments prepared on the basis of amaranth oil, as well as petrolatum, lanolin, etc., retain their healing properties for about six months, although some sources say that after 3 months their effectiveness decreases markedly. For another year they can be used as a skin cream.

Note! The above applies to people with normal skin. If there is increased dryness, oiliness or other problems, you should consult before using amaranth ointment as a daily cream with a beautician.

Use of amaranth ointment

Ointments based on animal fats penetrate deep into the skin, and therefore can help in the treatment of muscles, ligaments, tendons, as well as dermatological diseases, the cause of which is hidden in the subcutaneous layers.

Vaseline, lanolin ointments, ointments based on amaranth oil and other plant components (as a fatty basis, and not the active substance) affect the top layer of the skin, therefore, it is advisable to use them in the following cases:

  • to eliminate surface dermatological problems;
  • for nutrition, moisturizing, nail treatment;
  • as a protective lip hygiene;
  • as a remedy for the prevention of rhinitis.

In the last three cases, you can use the ointment on the basis of animal fats. As for dermatological problems, it all depends on the type of violation. Check with a beautician or dermatologist.

We have prepared for you the 6 most popular recipes for ointment with amaranth, which can be prepared at home.

Recipes ointments from dried leaves and flowers of amaranth
In the preparation of such ointments used extraction method. The active substance is introduced into the prepared fatty basis and in the process of cooking, less often – insisting, transmits to it its healing properties. To achieve this effect, it is necessary that the active substance (in our case, leaves and / or flowers of amaranth) as closely as possible mixed with the fatty basis. For this, the base will need to be heated, because in a hot substance the processes, including extraction, take place more dynamically. The active substance, that is, the raw material of amaranth, is administered in the form of a concentrated decoction or infusion or in a very ground form.

Recipe 1. Healing anti-inflammatory ointment
It is successfully used to treat wounds, burns and other skin lesions. It helps in the treatment of eczema, has a slight antiseptic effect.

For cooking will need:

  • 100 g of pork lard;
  • 35 g dried amaranth leaves.

Optionally, to enhance the effect, you can add chamomile flowers or calendula.

Stages of cooking:

Put the fat melted in a water bath.
Crush amaranth leaves into powder. Streaks and other hard elements that could not be crushed, remove. If you want to add chamomile or calendula, grind them in the same way. While stirring the melted lard in the water bath, gently add the powder to it. When all the powder is poured, stir the mass for another 8-10 minutes.
Turn off the heat, cover the container with the ointment with a lid and leave on the stove until it cools completely.
After a few hours, heat the mass again to a liquid state, strain through double gauze.
Set to freeze in a cool place.
Hardest ointment acts in the first days after preparation, however, retains healing properties for a month. For another 1-2 months can be used as a protective agent for the lips, but the healing effect does not produce.

Recipe 2. Deep penetrating anti-inflammatory healing ointment
It has the same anti-inflammatory effect as the ointment from the previous recipe, but the smaller one is healing. However, unlike the previous ointment, it is able to penetrate deep under the skin. This ointment is used to treat muscle and ligament sprains, and is used for localized damage to the tendons and fascias. It can be used as an aid in the breaks of muscles and ligaments.

For cooking will require:

  • 5 tablespoons of amaranth leaves and flowers;
  • 50 g of vaseline.

Attention! Essential oil supplements are not recommended.

Stages of cooking:

Put the petroleum jelly to melt in the water bath.
Crush to powder raw amaranth. Solid particles that can not be crushed, clean.
When the petroleum jelly melts to a liquid or almost liquid state, pour in the powder from the leaves, gradually stirring the mass.
Stir the mass for 5-7 minutes after the leaves fall asleep.
For another 10 minutes, leave it in the water bath without a lid.
Turn off the heat, cover the container with a lid and leave the mass on the stove until it cools completely.
After a few hours, heat the mass again to a liquid state, strain through double gauze.
Set to freeze in a cool place.
It is recommended to use it 2-4 times a day depending on the degree of damage to the muscle, ligament, etc. If a massage is prescribed, the ointment is applied to the damaged area after the massage. After applying the ointment, regardless of the use of massage practices, the damaged area should be provided with warmth and complete rest.

Amaranth Oil Ointment Recipes
Ointments prepared on the basis of vegetable fatty bases are usually made liquid, without the addition of thickeners. They are convenient to use on large areas of the skin. Some experts use them for massage. However, in the latter case we are talking about therapeutic massage of small areas (area of ​​certain joints, nerves, muscles), and not about general massage to relieve fatigue, etc. By the way, this is a7abadc1f01ce979d00c54f35bf5538b5b4eff01 the only kind of ointment using amaranth, which can be stored in the light .

Recipe 3. Soothing anti-inflammatory liquid ointment
It is used to treat those injuries of muscles that have arisen as a result of strong physical exertion. It helps well with pretensia (by the way, amaranth oil is also used for massaging during pretreatment: read about it in the article “Massage with amaranth. Treatment for prestressing and muscle inflammation”). It can also be used to treat minor damage to nerves located close to the surface of the body (hypothermia, stretching, etc.).

This ointment can be used as a prophylactic against rhinitis. To do this, you need to lubricate it from the inside of the nasal cavity (for more information on the prevention of diseases of the nasopharynx, read the second part of the material “Winter without colds”). It is better to use it in the evening, before bedtime, as the components of the ointment have a calming effect and can cause slight drowsiness.

For cooking will require:

  • 4 tablespoons of amaranth oil;
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe pulp (substance contained in aloe leaf);
  • 3 drops of essential oil of fir.

If you want to use an ointment for the prevention of viral diseases, it is advisable to add also chamomile flowers. In the case when the effect of drowsiness is extremely undesirable, fir oil can be replaced with the same amount of eucalyptus.

Preparation steps (without chamomile):

Put the amaranth oil to heat up in a water bath.
Pound aloe pulp until smooth.
Remove the oil from the water bath. Its temperature should be about 55 degrees. If it is heated until it cools down.
Add the aloe pulp and mix thoroughly. In the process of stirring, add essential oil.
Put in the fridge.
If you use chamomile, amaranth oil should be heated to about 70 degrees. Chamomile flowers grind to a powder. Without removing the oil from the water bath, add chamomile, mix thoroughly, and cover the container. Turn off the heat and leave the mass for about 1.5 hours.

Strain the mass through the tulle. Then follow steps 4 and 5. The ointment is ready.

Recipe 4. Protective moisturizing liquid ointment
Used primarily for cosmetic purposes – to protect, nourish and moisturize lips and nails. However, it has anti-inflammatory properties, and therefore will help with chapping of lips and similar damage to delicate tissues.

Attention! On the mucous membranes are not recommended.

For the preparation of this ointment will need the following components:

  • 6 tablespoons of amaranth oil;
  • 4 tablespoons of propolis;
  • 4 tablespoons of Hypericum.

Hypericum can be replaced with calendula.

Stages of cooking:

Heat amaranth oil in a water bath to 55-60 degrees.
Powder dried plants.
Pour the plants into the oil, without removing it from the water bath. Stir well.
About 10 minutes, hold the resulting mixture in a water bath without a lid.
Turn off the heat, cover with a lid, leave the mass until it cools completely.
Strain the mass through thick gauze or tulle.
The shelf life of this tool reaches 2 years when stored in a cool (up to 18 degrees) place. It is recommended, however, to be used throughout the year, since after this time, some of the healing properties of the components gradually begin to disappear.

Recipes ointments from dried raw materials amaranth and amaranth oil
In these ointments, amaranth oil is used more as an active substance, although it is a fatty component. In view of the latter, too oily substances are never used as an ointment base in the preparation of such agents. The most common wax, occasionally there are paraffin-based recipes.

Recipe 5. Ointment for joint pain
Used for pain in joints close to the surface. She can treat the metatarsal bones (including the well-known “protruding” bone at the big toes), finger joints, and knees. It is indicated for beginning and chronic arthritis, arthrosis, as well as for rheumatic pains.

For its preparation are necessary:

  • 60 g of beeswax;
  • 180 ml of ordinary amaranth oil;
  • 80 g dried leaves and flowers of amaranth;
  • 1.5 tablespoons of salt;
  • 1.5 tablespoons dry mustard.

Indicated the number of ingredients for the preparation of a small portion, which with regular use will last about a week.

Stages of cooking:

Prepare a decoction of leaves and flowers of amaranth. To do this, fill them with 200-220 ml of cold water, put on the fire, cover with a lid. When the water boils, make the fire quieter and boil the raw material for 7-10 minutes. Then leave the broth for 30-40 minutes to insist under the lid on a hot plate. Squeeze the decoction through a double layer of gauze.
Put the wax melted in a water bath.
Useful! To melt the wax faster, divide it in advance into pieces. Its melting point is quite high.

As soon as the wax becomes liquid, gradually pour salt and mustard into it. Do not forget to stir.
When the mass becomes relatively homogeneous, remove it from the water bath and begin to slowly pour in the amaranth decoction, stirring it well.
If the wax is too thick, put it on fire again, wait for it to melt, remove from the heat and in the same way, slowly and gradually, pour the amaranth oil into the resulting mixture.
Mix well the mass, pour it into a glass or metal container, close it so that light does not enter, and place in the refrigerator until it hardens.
The ointment is effective for several months. It is recommended to use it for 4-5 months. Helps with regular use. Usually, the affected area needs to be lubricated with it twice a day – in the morning and before bedtime.

Recipe 6. Healing Ointment
Compared with the ointment from recipe 1, it does not have a pronounced anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect, only healing. However, unlike it, it relieves pressure sores and can be used in the treatment of herpes.

You will need the following components:

  • 40 g of beeswax;
  • 100 ml of amaranth oil;
  • 30 g dried amaranth leaves;
  • a third of a teaspoon of granulated sugar.

If you want to get ointment more firmly, take not 40 g, but 50 g of wax; if softer – not 100 ml, but 110-120 ml of amaranth oil.

Stages of cooking:

Place the divided wax in a water bath.
Grind amaranth leaves into powder, remove solid large particles.
In a liquid wax, mix the sugar first, then the amaranth leaves powder.
Remove the mass from the water bath, wait a minute or two and add amaranth oil.
Cover the container with a lid and place it on a hot stove (not on fire) until it is completely cool.
After 5-6 hours, heat the mass again to a liquid state, strain through double gauze.
Set to freeze in a cool place.
Ointment can be stored up to six months. It has the strongest effect in the first two months. During application, it is recommended to leave on the skin until completely absorbed (you do not need to apply it too copiously for this).

Ointment can be stored up to six months. It has the strongest effect in the first two months. During application, it is recommended to leave on the skin until completely absorbed (you do not need to apply it too copiously for this).

A bit about packaging
Ointments are recommended to be made in an aluminum dish, but enamel is quite acceptable. In the second maz-na-travah case, be sure to check it for chips and damage to the coating. If there are cracks or somewhere the enamel has departed, it is impossible to prepare ointment in this pot (and food is undesirable). In no case do not use plastic dishes at any stage of preparation or for storage of ointment.

Store ointment preferably in a dark glass container. If you use light glass containers, try to close them from the light. You can also keep it in disinfected aluminum cans and vials. Any containers with ointment should be carefully closed with a lid after each use, otherwise the ointment will disappear.

Note! The recommended storage temperature is 12-16 degrees.

If you are well versed in the properties of healing herbs, combine the components of the ointment in accordance with the diseases you want to cure. We brought the most simple and common recipes. But ointment with amaranth when combined with other medicinal herbs is effective in the treatment of corns, boils, insect bites, and can also help with hemorrhoids, salt deposition, various rashes and many other disorders in the body.

Be healthy – with amaranth!

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