There are several OTC antiseptic ointments to choose from at the local market, which are normally applied directly to the wound. They are meant to prevent infection from developing. While these options often work and the products have some helpful ingredients, they also have some unnecessary ingredients, so they can be mass produced.
Fortunately there is an alternative for those of you who choose to live a more natural life, without the unnecessary added ingredients to every day products. This isn’t about saving money, because to be honest, the ingredients are not necessarily inexpensive for the initial purchase. On the other hand they will last a very long time and make several batches of antiseptic. Or, you can share by making this for family and friends who also want to benefit from a purer approach to healing.
Making the Ointment
The recipe we are sharing is packed with anti-germ properties, which will aid in keeping a minor wound from becoming infected. It will also help in reducing any possible scarring.
The ingredients are well-known for their healing tendencies, as well as their effectiveness at fighting off infections. So, combining them into a natural homemade ointment to have on hand just makes sense.
- 5 oz beeswax (pellets melt quicker)
- 1 cup almond oil (could replace this with olive or coconut oil)
- .25 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- .5 teaspoon tea tree oil
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
But, before we discuss the steps in making this ointment, it’s good to know why each of these ingredients is important:
- Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender not only soothes, but also works as a pain reliever, antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial.
- Tea Tree Oil: This oil is known for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, antibiotic, and anti-bacterial properties.
- Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil acts as an antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.
- Vitamin E Oil: This oil aids in healing the skin and reducing any scarring that might occur from a minor injury.
- Almond Oil: Some people have found that almond oil has helped heal breakouts of various skin conditions.
Now that you know how each ingredient contributes to making this ointment work, here are the easy directions to putting them all together in creating a healthy and useful antiseptic ointment:
#1. In a small pot, melt the beeswax and almond oil on a very low heat setting.#2. Once that has melted, take the pot off the heat source.
#3. Add the tea tree oil, vitamin E oil, lavender oil, and lemon oil, stirring with a wooden spoon.#4. After the mixture is blended, pour it into a small and sterilized container, and let it cool.#5. When it’s cooled down, store in a cool and dark place.
That is all there is to it – a very simple way to make an ointment for minor wounds. If you experience a minor cut, scratch or abrasion, dab a little bit of this ointment on the wound a couple times a day until it is healed.
This ointment has a shelf life of about five years.
On a side note, for those who do not like the smell of lemon or lavender, you can substitute either one, or both. Lavender can be replaced with chamomile essential oil, and lemon can be replaced with fir essential oil.
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