Natural Medicine Kit Essential: People’s Paste


Awhile ago, I promised to occasionally describe elements of our family’s natural medicine kit. Well, here is another one, with a guest post from my Beloved!

Calvin shared this remedy from his childhood with me, and I’m so thankful he did. (He’s usually the one that needs it, but with two little ones, it’s great to have on hand!) Here is what he says…

People’s paste was often reached for by my parents as a natural antibacterial ointment. Many, many scrapes and bike injuries were quickly covered with the green goo. In every instance, infection was avoided and the wound was allowed to heal without synthetic antibiotics and petroleum-based products.

People’s paste is a mixture of equal parts myrrh powder, slippery elm bark powder, and goldenseal powder. The powders are thoroughly mixed, and brought to a paste form by stirring in raw honey. The paste is spread over cuts and punctures and let to dry to form a “scab” (the slippery elm bark can create its own “bandage”). Apply a band-aid or gauze over the injury, if desired, to prevent the dried the dried paste from falling off, or from getting wet & turning back into goo!

The dried people’s paste on your wound should be carefully reconstituted and dabbed off with a small amount of warm water and replaced with a clean application of paste at least once a day. Because people’s paste is so effective at drawing infection out of a wound, it’s important to remove the old “contaminated” paste regularly.

All of the components of people’s paste contain potent antimicrobial properties, while the raw honey also aids in tissue repair.

People’s paste may be made as needed, or a larger batch may be stored for future emergencies. People’s paste may become hard if stored for any length of time. This can be remedied by either mixing in more raw honey, or filtered water.

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32 comments to Natural Medicine Kit Essential: People’s Paste

  • Emily

    What a wonderfully simple but effective recipe!

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  • alexis

    This is a great idea! I just cut my finger while wasing a kitchen knife, and it got infected and painful, as all I used on it was peroxide. Would have been great to have this on hand. I will definitely make up a large batch, as I have 2 boys and one on the way! Thanks, Calvin!

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  • suchthings.ca

    I haven't been here for such a long while. Huge, huge congratulations and blessings for your new baby!!!

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  • KIM FITZGERALD

    Wow, this will be added to my arsenal.
    I like that I now have your recipe now for this and the calendula salve.
    I am about out of mine that my friend made and was looking for an easy recipe to try myself.
    I have only made a few items such as elderberry syrup and echinacea tincture.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  • cool! thanks! how do you typically store it and what is the typically shelf life? 😉

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    Michele Reply:

    I keep mine in the fridge. I’ve had a small container in there for about a year, and it’s still good! :)

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  • Jyoti

    Hi,

    thanks so much for this wonderful resource….would love to have more such in my kitty…..would definitely try this one !

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  • I obviously came across this post late, but am excited to see the recipe as it looks like a great thing to have on hand! Quick question though: where do you usually buy your goldenseal powder and myrrh powder? I know that slippery elm bark powder is pretty common, but I’ve never seen the other two.

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    Michele Reply:

    @Jessica T., I got mine from Mountain Rose Herbs: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/index.php?AID=111894&BID=8040. I added some good coconut oil to my order, too, while I was at it. :)
    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • I have another late-comer’s question…do you usually mix the honey right away and store that, or mix the powders and add the honey as you need it? Thanks so much…

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  • I meant mix IN the honey right away…sorry that wasn’t clear! 😛

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    Michele Reply:

    @Jessica T., We mix it all together at the same time (honey + herbs). Then we store it ready-to-use. :)

    Blessings,
    Michele

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    Jessica T. Reply:

    @Michele, That makes sense…thus the possible need to reconstitute before applying. Thanks for clarifying!

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  • Do you use goldenseal ROOT powder or goldenseal LEAF powder? Thanks so much!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Jessica T., Goldenseal Leaf. :)

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  • YAY! That’s much cheaper than the root powder! :) Thanks for getting back to me so quickly…

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  • sara

    I wonder if this would work on fire ant stings?

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    Michele Reply:

    @sara, Yes, I just used it for a fire ant sting on my daughter a few days ago, along with the homeopathic apis. She said it really helped! :)

    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • I should have read all the comments before making this up. I made it and it worked great! But I stored it in the cupboard and it molded :-( Will have to make up some more and store it in the fridge!
    By the way — what is the Myrrh powder for? I wasn’t able to get any from our local store so just used slipper elm and goldenseal — it seemed to work fine!

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  • Thank you for sharing this recipe.
    I believe you helped me save my chicken’s life.
    I am linking back to this page in my post today.
    Happy New Year!

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  • Marie

    This is awesome! I’ve used this for healing an open wounds and it sealed it all up. Goldenseal Leaf I think it more affordable to. Does it work the same way as the root? When I ordered everything to make this is got to be quite bit more then just buying it already made up. But this one lady uses Goldenseal Root Powder though instead… http://www.naturesown.ecrater.com

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  • I had surgery on the top of my foot and have an ugly, thick scar. Will an application of people paste help?

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  • Kelly

    my midwife used this for perinea tears after the birth. can be made into a tampon shape with the honey mixed in and inserted. Takes away the pain and the honey melts and is caught by the protection you are wearing for postpartum bleeding. Heals everything up nicely! works on big and small cuts… healed up my son’s hand when he tangled with a skill saw… almost no scarring!

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  • Jodie

    I used this combo with frankincense oil instead of honey and applied it to a scar I have from using black salve. It has started the process of drawing again almost exactly like the black salve did.. I’m amazed and realising I probably didn’t salve as long as I needed to. But I will continue with the golden seal, myrrh, slippery elm and frankincense oil until whatever is in the scar tissue comes out..
    Can anyone share any info about the drawing out abilities of this combo?

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  • Tamara Noble

    I’ve used People Paste for 30 years now. Everything from brown recluse bites,burns,infections. It does it all and more. I can always count on People Paste to get the job done every single time. Even wounds that needed stitches. It heals from the inside out and pulls the skin back together beautifully, with hardly any scaring. I keep as a power and then mix with liquid as needed, as Goldenseal is expensive. This way it won’t go bad. I keep it in a jar.

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