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DIY First Aid Ointment (Homemade Neosporin)
by Jessie Flesner

If you are looking to live a more natural, toxin-free life, then you will be happy to find out there are many products you can make yourself that are natural and chemical free.

Here are two easy recipes for making your own first aid cream (aka Neosporin). Neosporin contains a lot of man-made ingredients that actually can cause serious side effects for some people.

These ointments are all natural and will not only promote healing but also feel great on your skin. They can be used for cuts, scrapes, minor burns, and even everyday chapped skin. They are also effective in naturally treating diaper rash and eczema.

homemade neosporin

The primary ingredient in these two recipes is coconut oil. If you are not familiar with coconut oil, it is a good option because at room temperature it remains solid, making it a great base for a homemade ointment. You can easily heat it and melt it to add other ingredients to it, and then when it cools it rehardens into an easy-to-use cream. In addition to being a great moisturizer for your skin, coconut oil also contains anti-bacterial properties.

Recipe #1:

1/2 c. coconut oil
2 oz. (2 1-oz. bars) beeswax
Lemon oil
Lavender oil
Tea tree oil

Combine beeswax and coconut oil in a small sauce pan and melt over low heat. When mixture is completely melted, add 15 drops each of lemon oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil.

Pour the melted beeswax mixture into the container of your choice. A wide mouth 8-oz. jelly jar is the perfect size.

The above recipe works great, but if you would like to add a few extra herbs to boost the salve's healing properties, then you might consider giving the following recipe a try.

Recipe #2:

1/2 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. dried comfrey
1/4 c. dried calendula
2 oz. (2 1-oz. bars) beeswax
2 tbsp. honey
10 drops lavender essential oil

In a medium sauce pan, combine the olive oil, coconut oil, comfrey, and calendula, and melt over low heat. Cook for approximately 25 minutes, stirring frequently.

Remove the pan from the stove and strain the herbal mixture through a cheese cloth to remove the herbs.

Wash out your sauce pan and return the strained mixture to the pan. Heat on low, and stir in the honey.

Add the beeswax, and stir until beeswax in melted. After beeswax has melted, stir in 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Remove the pan from the heat.

Quickly pour the mixture into an 8 oz. wide mouth jelly jar, before the mixture begins to harden. Continue to stir, if necessary, as the mixture hardens to make sure the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the jar.

This ointment will keep in a closed jar for about a year.

If you are concerned about the chemicals that are in many of the products you use daily, then consider replacing them, one by one with natural homemade substitutes. It can be overwhelming to do it all at once, so just pick one product and go from there. In time you will find you are depending on those products less and less and discovering the benefits of making your own homemade products for you and your family.

Jessie Flesner is a freelance writer in New Albany, Indiana.  She writes for about a  wide variety of health care industry issues.

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