The Relax and Restore secret to the perfect pain relieving balm.
Many healing balms infuse the cannabis with only coconut oil, and although coconut oil has many great properties, it lacks in its ability to moisturize the skin, which is key to sustainable pain relief.
Moisturizing with oil is like sitting in a car while it’s raining and expecting to get wet: It will never happen. To understand, let’s deconstruct a product that actually moisturizes — a lotion — and its three major umbrella ingredients: humectants, occlusives, and emollients.
Humectants are ingredients that draw water (from the air and from the lotion) into the skin and in turn, hydrate skin cells. The most popular and effective humectants are glycerin and hyaluronic acid. On the other hand, emollient ingredients soften skin. And instead of hydrating, occlusive ingredients trap humectants and emollients onto your skin, so your skin can stay hydrated and soft throughout the day instead of escaping through the air.
Now here’s the important part: oils can function as an occlusive and as an emollient, but never as a humectant. As dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi explains, “They put a sealant on your skin by coating the top layer. This is different from pulling in water and hydrating skin.”
This is why we chose to use shea butter as our main infuser. Not only does shea butter have remarkable healing properties, but it’s also an all-natural non-comedogenic moisturizer which, due to its cinnamic acid is also a natural sunscreen (SPF 6) and anti-inflammatory.
Shea butter is a humectant, an occlusive, and an emollient, giving it the ability to attract and retain moisture, occlusive ingredients create a barrier to prevent water loss, and emollients smooth skin by filling in the cracks between cells, allowing the healing ingredients to stay in your body where they belong.
Unsaponifiable (Healing) Fraction: Good shea butter’s unsaponifiable fraction is generally about 7-12% (some say as high as 17%) vs 1% or less for other seed oils.
So Why Not Just Use Shea Butter?
Although we believe shea butter is the best ingredient for infusing cannabis to get the maximum healing benefit, coconut oil has some added healing effects that is very attractive when combined with shea butter. Coconut oil has been found to possess anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Additionally, the oil provides an effective skin barrier to the shea butters humectant allowing it to stay in the body and continue to work longer. This also promotes wound healing. Coconut oil also contains vitamin E, which is another excellent antioxidant.
When combining the right amounts of shea butter and coconut oil together, we get the perfect combination of healing properties and texture, which makes the skin feel wonderful and promotes maximum healing.
What’s with the Almond Oil?
In order to make our salve luxurious to the touch, a small amount of sweet almond oil makes for a perfect BFF. Sweet almond oil is full of vitamin E, vitamin A, monosaturated fatty acids, protein, potassium, and zinc. Oxidative stress (A.K.A. when your body doesn’t have enough antioxidants to fight free radicals) is a major cause of the deterioration of your skin’s collagen layer. Since collagen keeps your skin looking supple and wrinkle-free, you want to stave off oxidative stress with antioxidants.
That’s where sweet almond oil comes in. The fatty acids help your skin retain moisture and can heal chapped and irritated skin. Because it’s packed with these vitamins and nutrients, sweet almond oil is a natural skincare superpower.
We feel that combining shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil together, we get the perfect storm to create the best infused cannabis salve on the market today.