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  • MIY Remedy: Homemade Antiseptic Ointment

    Yes, I have made yet another home supply.  This is the first time I’ve gone toward the physical aspect and made something useful for our bodies, though.  It won’t be the last time, because I can only imagine what else is out there that I can make.  The idea of having this type of knowledge and the resources to make my own whatever, is so empowering to me.  Don’t be surprised if more and more of these home remedy posts pop up in the future.

    So, here we go.

    I am not a fan of lavender.  I don’t know why, it just reminds me of a bunch of stinky incense and it makes my nose wiggle with itchies.  But, I used it instead of camomile.  Yeah, the whole $35.99 for HALF AN OUNCE made me rethink my decision to be picky.

    So, I grated half of my little round of beeswax.  I bought a 3oz round for $1.49.

    I put my coconut oil, (the white stuff on the spoon), the beeswax and all the essential oil except the vitamin E in a mason jar surrounded by water in a pot over medium/low heat. (you want indirect heat)

    I used a little wooden skewer, you can use a chopstick, too, to stir until it was all melted.

    I didn’t have enough coconut oil, so this yields a little more than shown.  But, I was able to get two small containers out of it.
    Once everything is melted, remove from heat and add the vitamin E oil.  Stir.  The salve cools rather quickly.

    It would sound weird if I said that I couldn’t wait to try this stuff out…haha.  But, I really am curious!  It smells very nice, like it would do a wound good.  The lavender isn’t overpowering (nice!).
    Make sure the containers you use to store the ointment are sterilized.  Keep in a cool dry place.  And there you have it, your own salve for cuts, scrapes and burns.

    This should be good for 8-10 months.

     

    Antiseptic Ointment (scrapes, cuts, burns)

    Ingredients

    -1 1/2 ounces beeswax, grated
    -1 cup olive, almond, or coconut oil
    -1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
    -1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil
    -20 drops camomile OR lavender essential oil  (I prefer camomile…but the $35.99 price tag for only a half oz … stopped me)
    -10 drops lemon essential oil

    And just so you know what the significance of each of the ingredients is:

    • Tea tree oil: antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial
    • Lavender: analgesic (pain relief), antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial
    • Lemon: antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial

    This recipe was passed along to me from one of my faithful followers.  She came across it over HERE.

    10 Jan 2012, 9:17am
    by Melissa Munn

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    Awesome!! I can’t wait to try this one! We have some “Miracle Salve” but as soon as we run out I’ll make my own. Sooooo much cheaper! Thanks for posting another great recipe.

    I’m with Melissa! This is a great and inexpensive ointment annnnnnd I’m gonna make it!

    29 Mar 2012, 1:34am
    by Heidi Lucille

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    I have a nice wound that would like to try this out! If only I had come across this post earlier. I guess I have an excuse to go to the store tomorrow! ;o)

    Love this and can’t wait to make it

    Can a different oil than Vitamin E oil be used? I can’t use Vitamin E.

    11 Mar 2013, 2:39pm
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    You can try aloe vera or coconut oil :)

    Coconut oil has antiviral and other positive
    characteristics as well.

    11 Mar 2013, 4:02pm
    by Pamela Miller

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    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am going to make it very soon. I will use the small wide mouth glass canning jars and/or dark glass wide mouth jars to insure sterility prior to filling. So nice to make your own and know just what you are putting on yourself and your loved ones.

    11 Mar 2013, 10:15pm
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    I totally agree!

    Heidi…you might try adding Raw Honey in place of the vitamin E, which I believe is there to promote healing. Just make sure it is Raw Honey and not the stuff from your local market; this is processed and not the same. Raw honey can be obtained from a local Bee Keeper, or on line.

    11 Mar 2013, 5:02pm
    by greengrannyrho

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    i LOVE homemade remedies and salves, but we have HUGE allergy issues with ANYTHING to do with BEES AND HONEY! ugh! is there anything else that can be used instead of the beeswax? please say there is! lol thanks!

    11 Mar 2013, 10:13pm
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    Hello my dear! Yes, there are a few that you can use: Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax, Soy wax. HOpe this helps!

    What happens to it after 8-10 months? Does it spoil? I am a total beginner, with not a lot of money to spend on the supplies, so I wondered if it would last longer, maybe, in the fridge? Most of my ointments and creams last forever, not intentionally, but if I’m going to make my own, I’d like to make sure it will have a decent shelf life. Thanks.

    11 Mar 2013, 10:13pm
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    I’m not too sure what happens after the 10 month period, I’m assuming it loses its strength to heal is all, nothing bad :)

    My daughter is allergic to most antiibiotics and her cuts infected a lot she uses a dab I’d raw honey from my hives on a bandage it the infection goes away. I will have to make this for her because tends to get messy.

    11 Mar 2013, 10:14pm
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    Oh good! I’m glad that this will help you with the messy part of the boo-boo healing :)

    11 Mar 2013, 8:32pm
    by Mary Tymoshuk

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    Good stuff! Thanks for the post!!

    11 Mar 2013, 10:14pm
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by!

    I would put the EO’s in at the end with the vitamin E. Essential oils should never be heated, they break down the chemical makeup and you lose the healing properties.

    1 Apr 2013, 11:32am
    by Tammy wood

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    Can I substitute something else for the lemon, my daughter has an allergic reaction to citrus

    1 Apr 2013, 11:45am
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    Yes! You can substitute it with grapefruit essential oil. :)

     
     
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