Frequently Asked Questions
What herbs are in your Wild’erb™ Skin Care Herb Blend
Barberry (Berberis vulgaris), Burdock (Arctium lappa), Cleavers (Gallium aparine), Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis), Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridus), Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea), Horsetail (Equisetum hyemale), Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japunica), Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Nettles (Urtica dioica), Pawpaw (Asimina triloba), Plantain (Plantago major), Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris), Shiitake (Lentinus edodes), Thuja (Thuja occidentalis), Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), Usnea (Usnea barbata), Varnish Shelf (Ganoderma tsugae), White Willow (Salix alba), Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana), Wormwood (Artemesia vulgaris), and Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
How is the Body Oil different from the Salve?
The salve IS the Body Oil thickened with Shea, Mango and Avocado Butters and Emu Oil.
How long do your soaps last?
We seem to be getting 3-4 weeks out of each of the bars if used by itself on the skin without a washcloth or loufa. If it is in a moist environment, especially sitting in water or with water running on it, a bar will of course lose some of its shelf-life. We give our soaps the maximum drying time to bring you a product with the longest possible shelf-life if stored per our suggestions.
What’s the difference between the Hot Process Soap and the Glycerin Soap?
The hot process soap is a regular soap, made using lye in the process of saponification (there is no more lye left in the bar after it has saponified; it becomes a whole different molecule called soap). It also contains our herbs as well as nut butters to soften the skin. This soap is used all over the body and face. The formula also contains castor oil which allows it to rinse off and not leave a residue, thus it can also be used as a shampoo bar. It actually works wonderfully on the hair and scalp for certain types of hair, especially thick and frizzy hair. The other type of soap is a melt-and-pour glycerin soap. Although it can be used all over the body. The added MSM, Argan oil and shea butter make it ideal as a beauty bar for the face.
What are the benefits of using your shampoo?
Made with water extract of our herb formula so it helps with tough scalp conditions. Has salicylic acid extracted from willow bark. Contains five of the best conditioning agents: aloe, Panthenol, guar gum, Oat Straw and Hydrolyzed Silk extract. Is sulfate-free; doesn’t strip the scalp of its natural oils so you don’t have to wash your hair as often AND if you color-treat, it is less likely to strip the color. Is very concentrated, use a quarter of what you would normally use, so it saves you money. Lathers well. We use a coconut-based surfactant that make nice suds but is gentle on the skin.
Is there something natural to use for over-active sweat glands?
Sage is the herb that gently controls that activity of the sweat glands and can be safely taken as an inexpensive supplement. We don’t put enough into our foods to get the medicinal benefits, so supplementation is often needed.
What is the problem with antiperspirants containing aluminum?
The body needs to sweat to get rid of toxins. Aluminum plugs up not just the sweat glands but the lymph glands as well, where the body gets rid of cancer. Aluminum is absorbed into the body and sets on in the joints, aggravating arthritis, and in the brain, contributing to Alzheimer’s.
Our Wild’erb™ Deodorant is Aluminum-Free.
How is the Ointment different from the Salve?
The ointment is a triple extract of the herbs (water and alcohol extracts in addition to the basic oil extract) with magnesium chloride added. The MgCl provides a mildly alkaline environment to prevent the growth of microbes.
How is the Face Serum different than the Face Cream?
The Serum is a combination of all the good oil-based ingredients that are in the face cream with the addition of Borage Seed, Cranberry Seed and Rosehip Oils. While both the Face Cream and the Serum can be used day and night, the Serum is intended for those stubborn spot and is often applied at night.
Are the plants you use Organic?
Yes, we do not have “Organic” on the label because we do not grow the plants we use, we “wildcraft” them by harvesting them from our woods and meadows. We believe this practice to be even better than organic because the plants are growing in soil that has never been cultivated and still has all the minerals in it that should be in healthy soil.
Are your products Gluten Free?
Yes, our products are totally gluten free.