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Hemorrhoid Salve

by Hope W.

May 2006

Had to let you know that I recently ordered herbs and they arrived in RECORD time. What great service! I LOVE having these herbs in the house! I use them all the time and had to share my "recipe" for hemorrhoid salve.

I chop off a section of aloe vera from my plant and scrape out the inside. Then mash with a fork in a bowl. Add some cut Nettle and some Slippery Elm bark powder. It will be a great consistency for spreading on the offending hemorrhoid. Also, I have rolled this mixture into small cylinder shapes (shaped like your small finger - only smaller). Freeze until firm. Then when a hemorrhoid pops up, get your salve out of the freezer and apply. Cool and comforting. Swelling goes down in about 20 minutes.

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