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the salve you gotta have

2013 March 22
by Rachel Turiel

The Senator is in.


But like many of them, is no longer to be trusted. Bribe-taker!

There’s so much happening here! By which I mean, well, plants.


Greenhouse Bok Choi  


Baby tomatoes.

And also, I just made an extra large batch of piñon salve, which I’d like to offer to you first.

Lately, I’ve been using the piñon salve primarily on my lips, which feel a little like I’ve been dragging them through salted glass since returning from the rainforest. In summer, I use it on my heels, which peel in horrific layers upon fissures upon layers, before getting infected. Sorry for that image. But seriously, the piñon works overnight. Overnight.

Piñon tree sap is the key ingredient (other ingredients: organic olive oil, beeswax), which is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, soothing, repairing and generally, healing. We use it on all sorts of cuts and scrapes, any infection (even open wound), and certainly dry skin.

When I used to work at the herb shop, a friend once commented that our labels looked a little amateurish, “like you just made them on your computer,” she said. Which was precisely true and is still my gold standard, which is why I want to say: look! I made these labels on my computer. I am totally a graphic designer now.

Piñon Salve Testimonials:

“Rachel’s piñon salve is the best! It took an infected scrape from really angry, red, and looking bad to calm and healing within a few hours! It is moisturizing and keeps infection at bay naturally. I HIGHLY recommend it.”

– Becca James, James Ranch Artisanal Cheesemaker

“Rachel, your piñon salve is hands down the best antimicrobial skin healer I have yet to find.
We use it at home on all my boys scratches and cuts, I have a jar in my camping first aid kit, and we have it in our first aid kit here at the clinic.”
– Julia Fisher, Doctor of Oriental Medicine
“I once had a jar explode in my hands that resulted in some deep cuts in my finger tips. The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities (I’m sure there are more) of the piñon salve brought me peace that I could get my hands dirty and do what I had to do without growing something in the cuts. The side effects of the salve are an attractive earthy essence and soft male model hands.”
– Sage Peterson, Personal Fitness Coach
Pinon Salve Saleslady: so busy with sales, no time for hairbrushing.
I am selling 4oz glass jars of Piñon Salve for $17.00/each, plus shipping. There is a jar for the first 10 people to e-mail me. E-mail: sanjuandrive(at)frontier(dot)net
Holy Smokes, those 10 jars went quick, and now I have a huge waiting list for the next batch. Sorry, I can’t take any more requests now, but I’m feeling the cracked heel solidarity and will go visit some piñon trees very soon for all of our benefit.


From my heels to yours,





14 Responses leave one →
  1. Michele permalink
    March 22, 2013

    Thank you for always so generously doing give aways! :)

    • Rachel Turiel permalink
      March 22, 2013

      Sorry for the misunderstanding, this one is not a giveaway, dear. I only have 10 jars and am selling them to the first 10 to e-mail me. :)

  2. March 22, 2013

    Oh. We so need this! Moving from Nova Scotia to New Mexico has not been kind to our skin!

  3. Jolie permalink
    March 22, 2013

    Hi! It even looks yummy, almost!! ;-)

  4. andrea permalink
    March 22, 2013

    I need this, NOW!

  5. March 22, 2013

    I’m guessing you don’t ship to Australia but man, I’ve got that whole heel thing going on right now.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink
      March 22, 2013

      If you want to pay for shipping….

  6. andrea permalink
    March 22, 2013

    …and what’s a young idealistic senator to do once he gets to the house? You wanna hang with the big boys you gotta play like the big boys.

  7. Aunt Jan permalink
    March 22, 2013

    Your Uncle Dave needs this, badly! So badly I’d buy one……

  8. Michele permalink
    March 22, 2013

    First time commenter, but long time reader, – I love you and your family!!!!
    I would love love love to have some salve for my feet, lips and elbows – You my dear 10 yr old son who doesn’t know life with scraped knees and forearms!
    Thank you!

  9. Sarah permalink
    March 22, 2013

    With two active young boys, someone’s skin is always scraped and/or bloody around here. And the heels – I’m with you.

  10. Heather Ruark permalink
    March 22, 2013

    My heels are horrible…I need some salve, please!

  11. Cait permalink
    March 23, 2013

    Way late to this party but our farmer heels know the feeling!

  12. December 1, 2013

    Great web site you have here.. It’s difficult to find high quality writing like yours nowadays.

    I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

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