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    I don't know if I've posted this in the right place but I wanted to ask if there are any forum members that make lavendar gel, my family use this gel a lot for all sorts of things, headaches, muscles aches, gnat bites, nettle stings and today on my son when he had an allergic reaction to something (not sure what) but the gel took down the welt marks that came upand took away the itching and redness.

    Unfortunately we have now run out and the shop I bought it from closed down ages ago.

    I desperately need some more. I really want gel and not lotion though

    can anyone help???
    Diane
    Reach for the moon-if you miss-you'll still be amongst stars





  • #2
    Do you still have original pack, with ingredients on label?

    If so let me know - I may be able to help - or know a man who can

    Jane
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    • #3
      just retreived it from the bin!

      Didn't realise there were so many things in it, I thought it was natural, do you want me to list them all??? would you rather it in a pm??
      Diane
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      • #4
        I would think a lot of the gubbins make up the gel base.

        Lavender essential oil in sweet almond oil would have the same effect.
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        • #5
          I think you may be right, although a lot of it seems to be the name of the natural item then it's "proper" name in brackets.

          We did try oil but went back to gel as it is absorbed into the skin, the oil didn't do this as well.

          I'll list the ingredients anyway, they probably make sense to all of you:

          Aqua
          vegetable glycerin
          triethanolamine
          PEg-40 hydrogenated castor oil
          lavendar extract
          lavendar oil (lavandula angustifolia)
          chamomile oil (Anthemis nobilis)
          Ginseng extract (panax ginseng)
          comfrey extract (symphylum officinate)
          sodium PCA
          glyceryl polymethacrylate
          propylene glycol
          disodium EDTA
          carbomer
          magnesium chloride
          magnesium nitrate
          methylparaben
          methylchloroisothiazolinone
          methylsothiazolinone
          propylparaben

          I have no idea what half these are, hope I spellt them right, the writing is really tiny!!!!
          Diane
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          • #6
            These are the natural ingredients:

            lavendar extract
            lavendar oil (lavandula angustifolia)
            chamomile oil (Anthemis nobilis)
            Ginseng extract (panax ginseng)
            comfrey extract (symphylum officinate)
            Aqua
            vegetable glycerin

            PEg-40 hydrogenated castor oil (obviously processed)

            The other stuff is a mix of chemicals ("good" and "bad") and preservatives ("good" and "bad" - but a preservative is necessary 'cos there's water in there and no "natural preservative" exists).

            The regulatons state that ingredients must be listed in order of weight and sing INCI (proper) names.

            A well made cream would absorb as well as the gel does - if Jane doesn't come up with "a man who can" let me know, I know a woman who can.

            For bites and stings lavender essential oil can be dabbed on neat with a cotton bud - and on burns.

            So can Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale) essential oil - I prefer this, for burns especially.
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            • #7
              Thanks Elaine, so much of it is complete gobbledegook to me! all I want is something natural we can use mainly for the gnat bites (my daughter suffers terrible in the summer) and for itchiness (allergies etc) and also to rub on for a headache.

              I hate chemicals and will use natural wherever I can. When I bought the gel I understood from the shop owner that it was natural. I was a little shocked when I read the ingredients earlier!!!!
              Diane
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              • #8
                If you're going to use neat essential oil hold the cotton bud under the dropper and then dab it on the bite/sting/burn - don't drop neat oil directly onto the skin.

                Not advisable for juniors!

                For headaches put a few drops of lavender oil on a tissue and sniff - a few wipes over the forehead won't harm.

                Many people find that aloe Vera gel is soothing for skin irritations.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Moonbeam Angel View Post
                  Thanks Elaine, so much of it is complete gobbledegook to me! all I want is something natural.

                  I hate chemicals and will use natural wherever I can. When I bought the gel I understood from the shop owner that it was natural. I was a little shocked when I read the ingredients earlier!!!!
                  The toiletry/cosmetics industry have very clever marketeers, just because a product is labelled "natural" "simple" "kind" or "baby" doesn't often mean it is free from a chemical cocktail. It was by reading the label and trying to find out what some of these ingredients are that I ended up making soap etc without the rubbish found in 98% of products. Generally - if you buy it from a supermarket it will be laden with chemicals.

                  I keep an aloe plant in the kitchen, for a small burn, I break off a piece of leaf, the gel comes pouring out, and apply it to the burn.

                  Jane
                  Last edited by greannancrafts; 13-03-2009, 06:14 AM.
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                  • #10
                    Diane

                    I have sent you some information by PM.

                    Linda

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Elaine and Greennan, excellent advice. I will try the lavendar oil. I already have an aloe plant but it is in a sorry state (I'm no gardener) I actually bought it because I had bought one for my dad to use when he gets a cut from the glass.

                      I have used it for burns myself but as my son was covered from head to foot in welt marks from an allergy (we now think to crocus polllen) I didn't want to kill the plant by pulling all it's poor leaves off!!!!!!

                      Thanks also Craftdancer for your pm.

                      All advice greatfully and thankfully received ( I love this forum)
                      Diane
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                      • #12
                        Aloe Vera

                        Hi All,
                        Does anyone know of any suppliers of aloe vera gel (maybe with tea tree added) that you could refer me to? The company I got it from previously are no longer trading. I am after 250ml tubs not branded or anything.
                        Tried posting as a separate thread but could not see a tab for start new thread!)
                        Thanks

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                        • #13
                          Hi

                          Welcome to the forum.

                          How many would you want?

                          Jane
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