Pain and Passion - The Discovery of Milkweed Balm


Who would have thought that milkweed oil could help relieve pain and restore mobility? We have been working with milkweed since 1987. After 25 years and some happenstance, we discovered the pain relieving qualities of Milkweed Seed Oil.

"What is a weed? A plant whose purpose has yet to be discovered." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The botanical name for milkweed is Asclepias, named after the Greek god of healing by Carl Linneaus in 1753. Milkweed Seed Oil is full of Omega 7's, a fatty acid found in the skin's sebum but diminishes as we age, natural anti-inflammatory agents, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and antioxidants.  Milkweed Balm is a synergistic blend of GMO Free plant oils that relieve pain and restore mobility.   

Our President, Herb Knudsen, Chemist and Patent Attorney, was the first to try milkweed oil for pain.  He was desperate and faced with an UNWANTED hip replacement surgery, due to osteoarthritis.  He applied milkweed balm to his hip. To everyone's surprise, he started walking straighter and moving better. It helped relieve his pain and restore his mobility.  He canceled his surgery and was able to postpone it for two years!

We let friends and other people try it who had heard of Herb's results.  To our delight, it worked on them too, and not just for hips. Everything from chemo related pain, sports injuries, migraines, bone spurs, TMJ, joint pain, neuropathy, shingles, and skin rashes. We were thrilled. 

Monarch Flyway creates a symbiotic relationship between Monarch habitat and people by generating and supporting the development of products from sustainably harvested, wild crafted milkweed raw materials.  Milkweed Balm is part of that mission. The possibilities are truly endless with milkweed. Our mission is to discover as many beneficial uses for milkweed and make them available to people so their lives can be better.

 Why Monarchs?  Milkweed is the sole food source of monarch butterfly caterpillars.  Monarchs migrate from Mexico through the United States and Canada and back to Mexico every summer.  With current land management practices, monarch habitat is being destroyed.  We protect wild milkweed patches and encourage people to grow more milkweed to fuel the migration. 

 Herb Knudsen, Founder, Imaginer and Innovator, acquired the "Milkweed Project" when he was Vice President of New Ventures for Standard Oil of Ohio, and created Natural Fibers Corporation, now known as Monarch Flyway. Herb developed low volume, high value products and Companies. "People have tried to commercialize Milkweed for hundreds of years, none of them successful." said Knudsen. "After evaluating efforts by the French in the 1600's and most recently, the Milkweed Corporation of America in the 1940's we chose to develop high value products to start and sustain Monarch Flyway."

Monarch Flyway' first value-added business was Ogallala Comfort Company established in 1988. The soft, silky milkweed fibers combine with down to create hypoallergenic, more durable and more comfortable sleeping products than traditional down.