This homemade first-aid ointment is the perfect addition to your family’s natural first aid kit. It’s super helpful in relieving the bumps, bruises, minor burns, scrapes, and scratches that are part of life with kids.
One particular name brand of triple antibiotic ointment has been burned into our brain as the ointment to use for cuts and open skin. But that brand uses a petroleum byproduct for its base, and petroleum isn’t the most effective way to heal a wound.
You can round out your natural first aid kit with this homemade first-aid ointment option. And you’ll feel better knowing you can trust the ingredients because you made it yourself.
How to Make Your Own Natural First-Aid Ointment
We’ve been using this recipe for 10 years and have seen great results on everything from chapped hands to cuts and rug burns.
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 health food store and several drug stores.
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.
Antiseptic properties of essential oils
The essential oils used in this DIY first-aid ointment are known and studied for the following antiseptic and healing / supporting properties:
Tea tree oil: antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial
Lavender: analgesic (pain relief), antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial