I've used quite a few of the ointments from Bio-Health and recently decided to give the Echinacea one a try. As most people know Echinacea is a herb well known for it's immune system boosting properties and I had a number of dry inflamed patches of skin that I thought might benefit from some immune boosting help so ordered a 42g tub from Amazon. At the time it cost me around £5 and is still available in a number of online places for around that price.
This Echinacea ointment also contains a light Aqueous cream base which is often used for dry skin, sweet almond oil which is good for sensitive skin and coconut oil which has recently gained popularity for its immune system boosting properties too so this should be some kind of wonder ointment. The ointment is free from lanolin, perfume and artificial colourants too.
The actual ointment is a mucky green kind of colour which vanishes once applied and smells herby and quite pleasant. The texture is more like a cream than an ointment and although this contains oils it doesn't feel oily at all. Once on it does leave a slight oily layer for a short period of time but soon disappears completely so if you are looking for something very oily this isn't it.
I purchased this ointment mainly for my stubborn dry patches on my elbows, they'd gone beyond flaky and had become sore and scabby. Attractive I know! I also needed some help for my dermatitis I get on my hands, I get patches on my first two fingers which crack and look like a bunch of paper cuts on and off so I was hoping this would heal that too. To be honest I had hoped it would be more oily as creams don't seem to be enough for these areas but as it contained Echinacea I thought it might heal them anyway.
You can apply this ointment as needed and also apply it with dressings so I applied a good liberal dollop to each elbow and put some on plasters for my hands and plastered the knuckles up (it's always on knuckles where it can repeatedly split open isn't it?) so they remained still. I did this a few times a day and right before going to sleep obviously changing the plasters each time. A few days later it became apparent this wasn't going to do the trick and my sore patches of skin were just as bad as they had been before I started. I ditched the Echinacea ointment shortly after this for those areas but did find it worked ok for a standard dry flaky patch I got on my face so it will work for very mild dry areas but not for more severe ones.
I haven't used all the tub up as it doesn't really seem worth it and it will be going in the bin as soon as I get round to it because it just didn't help with what I bought it for. I had high hopes for it what with it containing Echinacea plus a couple of different oils that were known to be good for skin but sadly it was a disappointment. Not recommended and I'll give it 2 stars as it can deal with normal dry skin but then so could alot of other creams that don't contain Echinacea.
Ideal for everyday use / Aqueous (light creamy) ointment containing approved cosmetic preservative to ensure stability / Well proven and suitable all age groups and most skin types / Free from Lanolin, perfume and artificial colourants / Not tested on animals / Base containing natural oils / Sweet Almond and Coconut