I am always testing out new natural ways to deal with my health, injuries, and much more!
Avoiding Conventional Chemicals
When I began to remove dangerous chemicals from my life, I was overwhelmed by the large number of products I could no longer use. One of the major ones was antibacterial antiseptic for the occasional cut, scrape, or other skin abrasions. I was convinced I would never overcome my need for something like Neosporin. Needless to say, I did not give up and decided it was time to begin trying out a variety of ideas to create something that was just as good.
Finding an All-Natural Antibacterial Salve Solution
Please understand, I know that Neosporin is a big thing for most people with young children and/or the accident-prone. Unfortunately, for me, I could not in good conscience continue to use a product containing petroleum jelly. I knew that, while I was a big fan of the product, it had to go.
I tried a variety of recipes and while many of them worked in a variety of ways, I still struggled to find the perfect option. Then, one day, I combined a number of recipes I have uncovered online and found the perfect alternative! Interestingly, the new creation not only helped with the occasional cut and scrape, but it also seemed to help with a variety of other ailments as well!
I knew this was one product that many could benefit from and could be made quickly and easily. I love the product and I am convinced others will as well! Dare I say it even surpasses Neosporin in my book. Even better, petroleum jelly is not in the recipe, and it contains nothing but natural, organic herbs! It's a win-win!
What are the Benefits of this Salve?
Here's the thing, by combing the right ingredients, I was able to create a product that is all-natural that acts as an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and astringent! Plus, there are no harmful chemicals, and petroleum jelly is removed! Even better, this stuff stays fresh and we have it in our home and I have also placed it in a pouch in my purse to have access to when we are on the go.
Plus, it can be used in a similar manner to the chemical product, and even offers some added benefits!!! How could someone not fall in love with this simple salve?
Plus, while you do have to purchase the products in a batch which can seem costly, in the end, you spend a ton less over time because you make a large or small batch, and can do so several times, proving the product is cheaper than the store brand in the end.
These are just a few of the benefits, but for me, the icing on the cake, so to speak, is how simple it is to combine and create this wonderful salve within minutes! No experience in making homemade ointments and salves necessary!
What Do I Use This Salve For?
Here's the thing, I use this salve for a ton of reasons, but I wanted to give you just a small list of the ways you can use it:
- Minor Cuts and Scrapes
- Minor Surgical Incisions (like when I had a cyst removed)
- Skin Inflammation
- Dry, Itching Skin
- Slow-Healing Wounds
- Bug Bites/Stings
- Minor Burns
Again, these are just a few of the uses when I grabbed this to help out. I am not kidding, the ingredients are soothing and regenerative!
Benefits of the Herbs in this Recipe
I admit I use a lot of herbs to infuse the oil in this recipe! The various herbs all contain important benefits and I think it is important for others to see why I elected to utilize each one in this awesome recipe! Plus, a lot of these things can be found in the yard or close to your home! Or you can grow them!
- Comfrey Roots/Leaves: I will be honest, this perhaps one of the most amazing herbs we have in our artillery, especially when trying to prepare products! Comfrey is one of my absolute favorite herbs which offers so many benefits. These benefits include moisturizing the skin, reducing/removing skin blemishes, treating open wounds and sores, reducing pain/inflammation, and even works to help cure diaper rash! Again, there are a large number of reasons that your salve should include this awesome herb.
- Calendula Flowers: Once again, this is another favorite herb I want to keep on hand! Before really delving into the benefits, I want to note it holds anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties! For this reason, the list of benefits is long! It helps heal minor wounds/cuts, sooth a number of skin infections including rashes, reduces muscle cramps, helps with diaper rash, wonderful for the discomfort of bunions, and this list could continue on! Why wouldn't I want to include it in this salve recipe?
- Plantain: Again, this list could be long, but going to just cover a few of the highlights! It helps to speed up the healing of wounds, cures insect bites, reduces the chances of scarring, great for relieving sunburns, removes skin blemishes, and it can help treat acne and rosacea.
- St. John's Wart: I choose to include this for several reasons. It is wonderful for the treatment of bruises, healing of wounds, reducing the pain from sunburns, helps to hydrate the skin, and it wonderful when you have sensitive skin.
- Goldenseal Root: In truth, this is another favorite. This simple root contains some of the strongest natural antimicrobial benefits found anywhere in nature! It is a natural alternative for so many reasons including anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, and anti-viral.
- Pine Resin: This ingredient is also a wonderful thing to include! It's best known for helping with psoriasis and eczema, yet the list does not stop here! It provides an antiseptic effect, relieves dry skin, and also acts as a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent.
- Lavender: Still, the need to expand the ability of the salve led to the use of this wonderful herb! It offers antioxidant protection, assists in relieving pain, and it heals burns and cuts.
Creating Hot-Infused Oils
- 1 1/4 cup organic olive oil
- 1 tablespoon comfrey roots and leaves
- 1 tablespoon calendula flowers
- 1 tablespoon dried plantain
- 1 tablespon st. john's wort
- 1 tablespoon goldenseal root
- 1 tablespoon lavender
- 1 tablespoon pine resin
- 4 tablespoons beeswax
- 2 teaspoons witch hazel
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil
- 20 drops essential oil, (we use Citronella or Lavender)
- Measure out the ingredients.
- Prepare the oil infusion with a hot oil extraction by placing the herbs in a muslin bag and place in the olive oil on a double-boiler.
- Bring the double-boiler to a low simmer and allow the herbs to release their healing properties into the olive oil for 30 minutes - an hour.
- Once complete, squeeze the muslin bag and remove as much oil from the bag as possible, and ensure you have one cup of the oil remaining.
- Set up another double-boiler and melt the beeswax.
- Combine the oil and melted beeswax. If you need to add more beeswax because it seems the mixture is too thin or need to add more oil because it seems to thin, now is the time.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, then add in the vitamin e oil and the essential oil, stirring to combine.
- Pour the mixture into tins, jars, or any type of container!
- If you keep it stored in a dark, cool place, it will remain effective for 2-3 years!
That's how to make an all-natural alternative to the popular protectant Neosporin. Please comment below with questions or experiences with making this salve!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Kristie Gentry (author) from North Carolina on July 08, 2019:
Lorna Lamon, I agree completely! Once I discovered all the ingredients I have to avoid, I had to discover how to make the majority of the things I use at home. I love the switch and hope some of the information I can share will help others! Thank you for the comment!
Lorna Lamon on July 02, 2019:
I love the use of natural remedies and your balm certainly has a lot of uses. It is always worth reading the small print on packages before you buy as I am sure many of them contain harmful substances. Thank you for sharing.