Last year the owner and founder of Bonnie’s Balm, Bonnie Searcy, had a host of health issues (among other things, two black widow spider bites) and the business seemed to evaporate. Orders went unfulfilled, calls and emails garnered no response, and the website even went down. As a long-time supporter and distributor of the products, I was both baffled and utterly frustrated. No doubt, the closure hurt the brand’s reputation among some prospective customers.
A few weeks ago I heard that Bonnie was up and running again, so I put in a call to Glenwood Springs and managed to catch her. I’m willing to give second chances, especially to Colorado-based small businesses. Also, I had tried to reverse engineer the product, but wasn’t happy with the results and wasn’t certain that I wanted to convert my kitchen into a balm-making facility.
Bottom line: I have inventory again of 2-oz jars of Bonnie’s Balm Healing Salve.
The jar lists multiple uses. I have found it truly effective for a few:
1. Wet feet. Apply the night before you expect you feet to get wet, so that the balm has time to be absorbed by the skin. It helps to waterproof the skin and reduce maceration (“pruning”), which is itchy or painful, and makes the skin more susceptible to blisters. After a wet day of hiking, apply the Salve after your feet have dried out. This will help prepare them for the next day, and to prevent them from cracking overnight. When my feet are really beat up or dried out, I will apply in the evening and again in the morning.
For short and personal trips, I decant the balm in 0.25-oz plastic jars, which lasts 5-7 days assuming daily use.
2. Chafing. If I use the backcountry bidet technique every day or two, and if my clothing is dialed, it’s rare that I chafe while hiking. It seems less avoidable when running, however, especially ultra-marathon distances in high heat and humidity. When chafed, I find that the Healing Salve works very well. The sunflower oil and beeswax are natural lubricants, and the essential oils seem to accelerate healing.
3. Cracked lips and skin. Bonnie’s Balm substitutes for a dedicated lip balm. In fact, the Healing Salve is available in Chapstick-type containers, too. I also apply the Salve to other tortured skin, like cracked hands from dry winter air, and minor abrasions like road rash.
If you would like some Healing Salve for the upcoming season, order it here. The cost is $13 per unit, plus $3 flat shipping via First Class regardless of quantity.
Orders normally are fulfilled within 24 hours.
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