If you’re anything like me, the idea of spending vast amounts of funds on common, everyday household first aid staples seems far-fetched. An example, several months ago at my local retail store, I noticed that a tube of a trusted, name brand antibacterial ointment, Neosporin, cost over $11.80 an ounce. I was flabbergasted at the mark-up in price since the last time I purchased this product.
I then checked out Neosporin’s active ingredient list: Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B, Bacitracin Zinc, and Pramoxine.
I also know that just some of the common side effects of these chemicals include: muscle spasm, convulsions, hearing loss, fetal harm, irreversible congenital deafness in children, rash, hives, tightness in the chest, burning, hives, and seizures.
While few people has probably had these side effects from Neosporin, the fact that we’re putting these harmful ingredients on our skin does increase our chances of these effects taking place. Moreover, with the exorbitant, inflated cost, it seems hard to justify the expense when a natural, homemade version of this product can be made at home for just under $1.00 per ounce.
So recently, as part of my healthier living journey I have decided to kick more and more of the over-the-counter medicinal items to the curb in our home, and try out more holistic, natural means of wound care and treatments at home. What is my natural solution for scrapes, cuts, and minor wounds? DIY Antibacterial Balm.
So, what’s my recipe for DIY Antibacterial Balm? Just a few simple essential oils, carrier oils, and a trusty half pint mason jar.
And the uses for this balm are very extensive:
- Cuts, sores and scrapes
- Acne (including cystic acne)
- Mosquito bites
- Chapped, cracked Lips
- Dry skin
- Allergic reactions to poisonous plants
In my balm I use Lemon Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Frankincense Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Aloe Vera Gel.
Please note: I am not brand loyal currently to any brand of essential oils. Please use whichever brands of essential oils you are most comfortable utilizing for this blend.
Here’s a little breakdown for each oil:
- Lemon oil cleanses, nourishes, and helps rebuild the skin’s cellular wall.
- Tea Tree oil is an antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, immuno-stimulant that helps with healing infectious wounds, insect bites, warts, acne, is anti-fungal, clears dandruff, reduces eczema, psoriasis and inflammatory skin conditions, promotes burn healing, and reduces itching and inflammation.
- Lavender oil, besides it’s relaxing scent nodes, is used to change brain wave patterns, as it is also a scent-based, brain-wave activity reducer which increases relaxation and relieves muscle tension.
- Frankincense Oil contains natural, unprocessed vasoconstrictive properties that helps restrict blood vessel tension, which causes blood vessels to narrow and restrict blood flow, aiding in head pain relief within minutes.
- Jojoba Oil helps promote healing and helps minimize scar damage to the skin.
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil acts as both a carrier oil to help with the even and safe distribution of essential oils on the skin as well as acts as a natural means of balancing hormones, which is known to help aid in headache and migraine relief. Please note, for those allergic to coconut oil, grape seed oil can be substituted as well.
- This blend also contains Aloe Vera gel, known for its skin healing properties.
Here’s what you will need for this blend:
- 20 drops of Lemon oil
- 20 drops of Lavender oil
- 20 drops of Frankincense oil
- 20 drops of Jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon Organic Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/4 cup Organic Coconut oil
- Glass Measuring cup
- Glass storage containers (I love the Ball half pint jars)
- Spoon or honey stick
- In a half pint jar add 1/4 cup room temperature coconut oil.
- Add all essential oils to carrier oil.
- Add 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel.
- Fold oils into the carrier oil; oils can be adjusted to need and personal preference.
- Let balm sit and meld for one hour to let oils fully combine.
- Balm should be stored in the fridge to remain solidify.
- Balm will remain viable indefinably.
- Please note, to make your balm shelf stable, you can use a double boiler over medium heat to melt 2 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles, which can be added to your balm for on-the-go relief.
- I also keep my blend in the fridge to help solidify the balm, and I prefer a cooling product when I have cuts, scrapes, burns, and the like.
How to apply:
- Massage a small dab of balm onto a q-tip to any effected area, twice daily, as needed.
- Remember, breathe deeply while applying balm to help with the added benefits of tension relief by way of aromatherapy.
- Please note, follow-up with a medical professional for any and all serious cuts, scrapes, wounds, or infections, as needed.
So, that’s it folks. I really cannot say enough great things about this balm. Not only is it natural and relaxing, it’s also affordable and great for your skin, too! I hope you will all try it should the need arise.
Here’s to your health,