13 ~ Natural, Homemade Ointments and Antiseptics to Make and Use At Home

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First – Aid Antiseptic

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Here is an all-natural solution with germ-killing properties that will help soothe a minor cut or abrasion. Be sure to wash the affected area well before applying it.
2 ounces Calendula Ointment {below}
40 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
1. In a small sterile jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the calendula ointment with the essential oils, mixing thoroughly.
2. Apply a small amount to the cleaned injury. Keep the remainder in a cool, dark place for up to two weeks.

Calendula Ointment

Use the old-fashioned calendula flower {Calendula officinalis} for this therapeutic salve that has many uses.
3 tablespoons fresh calendula petals
1/3 cup light olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped beeswax
1 capsule vitamin E, 400 IU
1. Put the calendula petals in a double boiler and crush slightly with the back of a spoon. Add the olive oil and simmer for two hours over low heat.
2. Strain the liquid into a bowl, pressing against the strainer with the back of a spoon to extract all the oils.
3. Return the liquid to the double boiler. Over medium heat, add the chopped beeswax and stir until it melts. Remove from the double boiler and beat the mixture until it cools and becomes creamy and thick. Pierce the vitamin E capsule with a needle, squeeze in the contents, and mix.
4. Spoon into a sterilized 4 1/2-ounce jar with a tight top, seal, and keep in a cool, dark place for up to two weeks.

Healing Ointment

You can have this ointment on hand to treat everyday cuts and scrapes as they arise, just as you would a tube of pricey commercial antiseptic.
1-1 1/2 ounces grated beeswax
1 cup olive oil or almond oil
2 capsules vitamin E, 400 IU
30 drops tea tree essential oil
20 drops spike lavender or French lavender essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil
10 drops fir essential oil
1. In the top of a double boiler over low heat, melt the beeswax. Stir in the olive or almond oil. Remove from the heat. Pierce each vitamin E capsule with a needle and squeeze the contents into the mixture. Then stir in the essential oils.
2. Pour into a small sterilized jar with a tight-fitting lid and store in a cool, dark place. Use as needed on wounds. Should last a year.

Gardeners Hand Cream

This hand cream is especially beneficial for those hard-working hands. Because you are using unpreserved vegetable oils, if you don’t have a cool, dark place to store the hand cream or a friend to share with, consider making only half this recipe at a time. To make calendula tea, pour a cup of boiling water over half a teaspoon of dried calendula flower petals and let it steep until cool.
3 tablespoons beeswax, grated or shaved
1/2 cup sesame oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons calendula tea
3 drops lavender essential oil
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, mix all the ingredients. Set the microwave to a medium heat and cook 30 seconds or until beeswax is melted. Remove from the oven with hot pads and allow to cool.
2. Pour mixture into a wide mouth, sterilized jar with a tight top. Store in a cool, dark place until ready to use.

Cleansing Soap

Here is an antiseptic soap you can trust to clean out wounds properly and stave off infections. It smells good and costs very little.
Liquid castile soap
Lavender essential oil
Rosemary essential oil
Tea tree essential oil
1. To the castile soap, add lavender, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils {10 drops total per 2 ounces of soap}. Dilute with more soap if skin is especially sensitive to any of the essential oils.
2. Use to clean off cuts and abrasions.

Anti-Bruising Oil

Use this rub very, very gently to help in the healing process.
10 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops juniper essential oils
30 drops carrier oil {olive or almond}
1. In a small bowl, mix the essential oils with the carrier oil.
2. Massage the mixture gently into bruised areas every two hours.

Compress for Bruising

A wet compress can relieve some of the pain of a bruise and help the healing process. This simple formula will have you feeling better in no time and for very little money.
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup witch hazel or cider vinegar
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops peppermint or juniper essential oil
1. In a bowl, mix the water, witch hazel or vinegar, and the essential oils. Soak a flannel cloth in the liquid, wring it out until nearly dry, and then place over injured area.
2. Cover with plastic wrap so the skin absorbs the essential oils and cover the whole thing with a towel. Apply the compress for 30 minutes up to three times daily.

Burn Relief

Oil Rub for Burned Skin
 
This mixture gives relief. And you can safely use it several times a day.
1 drop tea tree essential oil
1/4 cup organic olive oil
1. In a small dish, dilute the essential oil with the olive oil
2. Gently massage the mixture over the burned area.
Soothing Oil for Burns

If the burn area is large, you may need to double the ingredients for this soothing oil.
2 capsules vitamin E, 400 IU
5 drops lavender essential oil
1. Pierce each vitamin E capsule with a needle and squeeze the contents into a small dish. Stir in the lavender essential oil.
2. Gently massage into the skin.
Burn Spray
 
Applying a spray doesn’t hurt the burn the way massaging in an oil might. This cool mixture offers relief and healing at very little cost.
1-ounce ice water
1-ounce aloe vera gel
25 drops total lavender, chamomile, spearmint, and yarrow essential oils
1 capsule vitamin E, 400 IU
1. In a small spray bottle, mix the ice water, aloe vera, and essential oils. Pierce the vitamin E capsule with a needle, squeeze its contents into the mixture and chill.
2. Shake before use and spray over burned area. Keeps in the refrigerator for several days.
Antiseptic Lotion for Burns
 
Nobody wants a burn to become infected. Here’s a quick remedy that costs only pennies.
1 handful dried plantain leaves
1/2 cup hot water
10 drops tea tree essential oil
1. In a blender, add a handful of dried plantain leaves to about 1/2 cup hot water. Begin blending, slowly adding water or plantain leaves as necessary until the mixture becomes thick, like oatmeal. Mix in the tea tree oil.
2. Spread mixture over affected area. You can refrigerate the remainder for several days.
Sunburn Cooler
 
Brew a pot of regular tea {Lipton, Salada, or a store brand will do fine}. The tannins in the tea help soothe the burning feeling.
3 tea bags or 3 tablespoons loose tea
Boiling water
1. In a teapot, place the tea. Pour in boiling water, cover, and steep 5 minutes. Cool
2. Use a cloth or cotton ball to dab the sunburn with cooling tea.
Grow Your Own Aloe Vera Plant
 
You can buy an aloe vera plant at any garden shop or nursery. Aloes like warmth, so in most areas, it is safer to keep the plant potted and place it near a sunny window than to plant outdoors. {You can move the pot outdoors during the summer months.} Re-pot a aloe vera in a wide rather than a deep pot; it has shallow, spreading roots. Use one with a drainage hole and fill it with good potting mix with extra perlite. Don’t over water this succulent plant. Let its soil dry completely between soakings. Fertilize it yearly, in the spring, with a half-strength 10-40-10 fertilizer mixture. When you need some aloe vera gel, just cut a lower leaf off the plant and squeeze it.
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