Homemade First-Aid Ointment

DIY First Aid OintmentBumps, bruises, minor burns, scrapes and scratches. They are a part of life, and for many of us a particular name brand “triple anti-biotic ointment” has been burned into our brain as the ointment to use, except as we now know it’s base is a petroleum byproduct and that doesn’t jibe with healing.

If you’re like us, you want a natural option, and you want to trust the ingredients.

We’ve been using this recipe for some time now and have seen great results on everything from chapped hands to cuts and rug burns.

1/3 cup Organic Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Organic Beeswax Pastilles
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops Tea Tree Oil
1 Wean Cube

If you don’t have beeswax and vitamin E on hand, consider giving the recipe a try with Waxelene. An all natural (GMO-free) alternative to petroleum jelly that can be picked up at your local Walgreen’s.

2 tablespoons Waxelene
2 tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops Tea Tree Oil
1 Wean Cube

1) Place all ingredients (except for the essential oils) in a double boiler. (You could also place a mason jar into a pot of water on the stovetop.)
2) Stir gently until the mixture has become liquid and clear.
3) Remove from heat and add 10 drops of each oil (Lavender & Tea Tree).
4) Stir and pour into a sterilized storage container.

We love these adorable 4 oz Wean Cubes for homemade salves, and be sure to label your ointment, we love these from Emily Press!

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Amanda Hearn

Amanda may be best known as the voice behind the Eco-Friendly Family blog, where she’s been writing since 2009, about topics like parenting, cloth diapers, non-toxic menstrual products, chemical safety, & healthy living. She also has a passion for digital design and is delighted to work in an industry that is doing wonderful things for the communities and causes she cares about. Her three children inspire her passion to be involved in the movement towards intuitive living, and all that it encompasses.

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  1. Julie H says

    Hi! In regards to the recipe for the homemade first-aid ointment using Waxelene; I read the reviews on Amazon and it looks like Waxelene is an ointment all on its own so is there any benefit to purchasing the other ingredients/oils when Waxelene could be used by itself? I’ve never experimented with any homemade items like this before so it’s all new to me! Thanks for any input!

  2. Jennifer says

    This is really going to come in handy with two rough and tumble boys! I noticed a date on your jar in the picture, but there is no mention as to how long this is good for. Does it have an expiration date? Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      I noted the date on the jar out of habit. I think this would last for quite a long time. I have jars of store bought salve that are a couple of years old but still work great, and I would expect the same of this so long as it’s kept out of direct sunlight and extreme temps.

    • says

      This should last for a long time. The salve itself should be fine, the essential oils may lose potency over time, but keeping it in a cabinet (away from light) or in a dark jar will help.

  3. says

    Now, this is one lovely recipe to have in all homes. All I need to look for is Waxelene. 😀 I wonder, could I put it in the fridge to prolong its shelf life, considering that I live in the hot & humid tropics?

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