Neosporin is a great first aid product and ideal for your survival stash. It kills bacteria and keeps wounds protected and soothed for quicker healing.
But did you know you can make your own all-natural antibacterial healing balm right at home, for a fraction of the cost?
DIYs are great for saving money, but also for reducing the number of chemicals in your first aid products down.
This simple recipe includes the essential oils tea tree, lavender, and frankincense, that each has anti-bacterial properties that will kill germs, keep a wound clean and promote healing. Coconut oil, one of the bases for the balm, is not only soothing and protective and much safer to use than the typical petroleum jelly used in products like Neosporin, but it has healing and antibacterial properties of its own! And, if you use extra virgin coconut oil, it’s guaranteed to have a very long shelf life-perfect for a survival stash.
Makes 4 oz of Balm
What you need:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup almond oil
- 4 tbs beeswax
- 8 drops tea tree oil
- 12 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops frankincense oil
- Clean jar
What you do:
- Place the jar you wish to use in a pan or small pot of water on the stove.
- Let the ingredients melt over low heat until fully combined (don’t let the water boil). Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. If you’ve melted the ingredients in a double boiler, pour into the jar.
- Stir in the essential oils, using a popsicle stick or a spoon you don’t plan on reusing for food
- Cover and let cool.
And that’s it-it’s that simple! Keep in a cool place and apply as you would Neosporin, to clean, dry cuts or scrapes.
Have you ever made your own healing balm or other first aid items?