Healing ‘Boo-Boo’ Salve, a.k.a Homemade Natural Neosporin

All of us get ‘boo-boos’.  Right?  Some of us get them more often than others. {raises hand} I am so accident prone. You know, I once broke my foot from stepping  off the last stair of my staircase? And my oldest daughter takes after me.  If she doesn’t fall once a day, we start to worry about her.

Having something at home at all times to take care of all the minor boo-boos (minor cuts, scrapes, & minor burns) can be a real life saver.  And, that’s where my homemade boo-boo salve comes in.  I positively adore this stuff.  It’s completely 100% natural, and it 100% works too!!

I use this for all the standard boo-boos – minor cuts, scrapes, minor burns.  It’s also fantastic on diaper rash & eczema!

(note: please do not use this on severed fingers, broken or protruding bones, or other extreme boo-boos.  Go to the hospital. Like right now.  Thanks – xoxo) 

And, don’t hold this exclusively for the boo-boos.  I mentioned it’s great for diaper rash & eczema, but it also does wonders for dry, chapped skin.  So, slather yourself up this winter!

Another great thing – it’s not hard to make at all.  Here, let me show you.  This is what you need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (proven to help heal burns – plus it’s anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, & a great moisturizer – read more here)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (full of vitamins & a great moisturizer – read more here)
  • 1/4 cup dried comfrey (a herb for healing woulds – read more here)
  • 1/4 cup dried calendula (a herb for healing woulds & skin irritations – read more here)
  • 2oz beeswax (equals out to 2 of the 1oz bars or 4 tablespoons – you can also use beeswax pellets so you don’t have to worry about slicing through it)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (natural moisturizer with anti-microbial properties – read more here)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil (anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, & analgesic – read more here) (optional)
All of these ingredients work together to create a really powerful healing salve.  I added a link with each ingredient to take you to a page to read more about each individual element, as well as wrote a little summary as to why I use each one.

You can purchase the herbs from my Etsy store already measured out for this recipe, if  you like :)

In a medium saucepan – combine the coconut oil, olive oil, comfrey, & calendula. Cook on low to medium heat for about 20-30 minutes, stirring often. You can also for-go the cooking method to get more ‘healing zip’ from the herbs by soaking the herbs in the olive oil for 2 to 6 weeks (longer you soak, more healing properties get infused).  Then you would follow the rest of the recipe accordingly, with the exception of adding the coconut oil to the mixture before adding in the beeswax. But, I personally like the ‘short-cut’ method.

 Strain the mixture using a cheesecloth (my favorite method) or coffee filter.

Toss the herbs & wipe out any remaining herbs from your saucepan.  Add the strained oil back to your pot, turn the heat to low.  Stir in the honey at this point until mixed thoroughly at very low heat.  If you heat it too much, it will destroy the healing properties behind it.  Some people don’t realize the benefits honey has to your skin, but it’s a natural moisturizer with anti-microbial properties.  You can read more about honey in skin care here.  Note, having the honey mix in evenly can be somewhat tedious, so you can opt to omit it if you wish.

Next is to add the beeswax.  If you’re using bars, cut into slices before adding as I did.  Stir until completely melted.

Stir in the essential oil, if using, at this point.  Once combined, remove from the heat.

You’ll want to work quickly now as the salve starts to set up rather fast.  Pour into the glass or tin container(s) of your choice.  I like to use wide mouth 8oz mason jars.

Stir it occasionally while it cools to ensure that everything settles properly, especially the honey.

Once it sets up, you’re all done.  Each batch makes a little over a cup.

Seal it up & keep it on hand for your boo-boos, diaper rash, & dry skin.  It keeps for a year.

 

*You can purchase the herbs to make this recipe from my Etsy store 

**You can also purchase this already make product from my Etsy store if you don’t want to make it yourself.

 

This would make a wonderful handmade gift for someone!

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Healing ‘Boo-Boo’ Salve, a.k.a Homemade Natural Neosporin
Serves: A little over 1 cup - a little bit goes a LONG way
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot - mix the coconut oil, olive oil, dried comfrey, & dried calendula. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Strain the herbs from the oil using a cheesecloth or coffee filter. Discard of the herbs.
  2. Wipe any remaining herbs from the pot you used, and add the oil back to the pot. Turn the heat to medium. Stir in the honey (if using) until completely combined. Then, add in the beeswax - stirring until completely melted. Mix in the lavender essential oil, if using.
  3. Pour the mixture into your jars. Stir it occasionally while it cools to ensure even settling. Seal once set.

Homemade Natural "Neosporin" - Boo-Boo Salve. This stuff is GREAT! Use on scrapes, cuts, eczema, diaper rash, dry skin, poison ivy, sunburn, etc - sooo many things! Plus it's budget friendly & super easy!

*I received a sample of honey from the National Honey Board to use in this recipe. The recipe & all opinions are my own.

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Authored by: Crystal Light Faulkner
  • http://twitter.com/pottersprincess Amber Vargo

    I you are allergic to Lavender, I suggest Helichrysum oil; it is great for healing if expensive

    • http://www.mamasheartblog.com Sue

      Melrose EO is also great for healing, and is a hemostat like lavender and helichrysum, but less expensive. :)

    • annrein

      You could go with tea tree oil.

  • Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats

    I love this recipe! With two little ones, it would come in handy.

  • Donna

    Everytime I make lotions or cleansers with coconut oil the container starts to develop mold around the top. I use very clean containers; I can’t figure out why it’s happening

    • CrabbyDragonLady

      Other utensil’s used may be contaminating the mixture such as spoons or funnels. You can try putting the jar into the refrigerator to stop the growth of mold or try tea tree oil.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisahorne66 Lisa Melton Horne

      Don’t use your hands, use a spoon or popsicle stick when you use it. Also, be sure not to get any water in it at all.

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  • Madison

    In order to really access the healing benefits of calendula and comfrey, you would want to infuse them in oil for several weeks. Obviously coconut oil would harden at room temperature, so I would use something lighter like almond oil for the weeks of infusing. Just speaking from personal experience :) Also, be really careful to clean out any wounds/cuts/whatever before putting this salve on them…comfrey literally heals so well that it can “seal” an infection inside of you. A dab of tea tree oil on a Q-tip works great.

    • http://mrshappyhomemaker.com/ Mrs Happy Homemaker

      You can definitely soak the herbs in the olive oil for several weeks – the cooking method speeds that process along. However, you will get a little more ‘healing zip’ from the herbs when you soak them in the oil instead.

    • http://www.facebook.com/demisha.manning Demisha Manning

      If I use almond oil for the infusion do I still need to add Vitamin E to prevent it from going rancid

    • jasmine

      can we add a little tea tree oil in the salve itself…

      • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

        I don’t see why not. You may need to add a pinch more beeswax though to make sure it’s at the right consistency.

      • annrein

        Good fresh honey will forestall any rancidity.

    • http://www.bloghangout.com/ Nicolette Roux

      I let everything soak in olive oil for 2 weeks before making my balm :) It works reliably overnight on the worst diaper rashes!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000113708059 Debbi Cobern

    Add 1 400 I.U. Vitamin E to this recipe to keep the oils from becoming rancid.

    • http://www.mamasheartblog.com Sue

      coconut oil doesn’t *go* rancid, so you could probably reduce any E to mitigate the potential rancidity in the EVOO,

  • Erin

    Hi. The link for the beeswax doesn’t work. Can you post the full url instead of the shortened one? Thanks.

    • http://mrshappyhomemaker.com/ Mrs Happy Homemaker

      Thanks so much to alerting me to that! I have fixed it :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sanjin.beng Connie Wong

    Can you replace the dried herbs with the essential oils?

    • http://mrshappyhomemaker.com/ Mrs Happy Homemaker

      I would think that you can, but I am unsure on the quantity you would need to use.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gayle.lintonyeagins Gayle Linton-Yeagins

    How long does it lasts before it goes bad?

    • http://mrshappyhomemaker.com/ Mrs Happy Homemaker

      About 1 year in a sealed jar. It should keep even longer if you keep it in the fridge.

    • Cl

      I was wondering the same thing. How long would it take to go bad or expire?

  • Dina-Marie @ Cultured Palate

    This is a great with 7 of our 10 children still at home, we are always using boo boo cream! I would love to have you share this on Thursday at Tasty Traditions http://myculturedpalate.com/

  • Annette

    how do you keep the honey from separating to the bottom?

    • http://mrshappyhomemaker.com/ Mrs Happy Homemaker

      Stir it while it’s cooling for even mixing :)

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      You need to stir it frequently while it’s cooling for the honey to mix properly. Also, you can totally omit the honey if you want a less hands-on approach and still have a fantastic healing salve.

      • Cl

        How long until it expires or goes bad?

        • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

          About 6 months to 1 year. Keep it in a cool dark area for longer shelf life.

  • Smijjie

    I’m curious, would this be considered safe for pets ?

    • http://mrshappyhomemaker.com/ Mrs Happy Homemaker

      I’m not a vet, so I’m really not sure. You should ask your vet to be sure before using it on the animals.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I’m not a vet, so I couldn’t say yes or no on this. Personally, I would *think* it would, but you would certainly need to discuss that with your furbabies’ physician before applying it to be on the safe side.

    • Nature Girl

      I wouldn’t use it on pets… Olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and honey shouldn’t be a problem. But, lavender is especially toxic to cats, as is rosemary, tea tree, and citrus. They can’t process the phenols contained within. Not sure about calendula or comfrey. I would do some research on the ingredients used to double check.

  • Carotello

    Do you need to boil & seal the jars like you would if you were canning?

    • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.ohara2 Cindy O’Hara

      no

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      No, you don’t need to. Just be sure that you have clean jars & lids is all.

  • Lisa

    So….I just made this and had 2 issues. First, when I added the honey, it started to boil immediately and all separated. It would not reincorporate, so when I poured into the jars, the honey trickled in last in little beads. Not sure what I did wrong there. Second, I did not realize that you HAVE to use glass jars for this. I wanted to make this for stocking stuffers of little 2 oz jars. I couldn’t find small enough glass ones (who needs 8 oz of this stuff?), so I bought some hard plastic ones. Well….big mistake! 3 of the 8 jars were ruined. As I was pouring this in, it melted a hole right through the bottoms of 3 of the jars. What a mess! So far, 5 jars still appear to be intact. They’re in the fridge right now. Thought that might help it cool before it burns through more jars. Ack!

    • http://mrshappyhomemaker.com/ Mrs Happy Homemaker

      Oh no! Definitely only use glass or tin – any hot liquid is not the best thing for plastic containers. As for the honey, I make this all the time and I have never had that issue. You could wait and add the honey right before you pour it into the jars and stir it while it cools. You will need to stir it a good bit while the mixture cools to ensure even distributing of it. Also, since most of the healing power is in the comfrey & calendula, you could omit the honey all together.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Oh no! Definitely use glass or metal tins – hot oils are definitely not the thing to pour into a plastic container. It sounds like your mixture was a little too hot when you added the honey. After it’s been poured into the jars, you’ll need to stir the honey frequently while it’s cooling to ensure that the honey is mixed properly. Otherwise, it will settle to the bottom. Also, this can be made without the honey as well if you want a less hands-on kind of method, and it will still work fantastic ::)

    • Trisha

      What if you initially put in jars and then after it has cooled scoop it out and put it in your plastic containers?

      • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

        Yes, you certainly can! :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Anderson/1394825159 Thomas Anderson

    I’ve made something very similar (basically a cold cream) for my wife’s eczema for a few years. I include witch hazel, stinging nettle, and cayenne pepper in mine since they are good for eczema — reduce inflammation and pain. Lavendar is also great for eczema and smells terrific. Replace some of the olive oil with sunflower or walnut oil to increase the natural vitamin E content so that it lasts longer.

  • bill

    what works equally well 1 cup bag balm 3 tsp collodial silver 2 tsp oil of oregino melt in a double boiler combine silver and oregino with melted bag balm pour in container agitate then put in freezer to solidify agitate twice more as it settels good for cuts and abrasions usually heals covered cuts within three days no sign of infections

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rswhetten Sandra Dawn Whetten

    This is awesome! I was just thinking about what I could put together to make a healing salve for my incision after I have a c-section in a few weeks. I think I will omit the herbs and use a few essential oils. Thank you!

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  • Jean

    Has anyone tried to substitute Agave for the honey?

    • Jessica

      Honey has healing properties that agave doesn’t have. It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal. I don’t think they’re interchangeable from a healing standpoint.

  • Tammy Hendricks

    I made this and added Emu Oil, Vitamin E and Helichrysum Essential Oil to your ingredients. I chose to keep the honey in, and just stirred all through the cooling process. It is amazing! Thank you!

  • Tammy Hendricks

    Oh, I also added some Comfrey & Calendula into some EVOO, and put it up in a cupboard so I can do it the other way next time. Thanks again!

  • Marie

    This is great. I would add Golden Seal, that’s all.

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  • Jaime

    Did you measure the beeswax by weight or volume? Thanks!

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      By tablespoons actually :)

  • Paula

    The San Francisco Herb Company(www.sfherb.com) is cheaper on the comfrey and calendula. Of course you are getting it in bulk. But they make great teas also. That’s where I get my teas and herbs.

  • Emily

    Um … isn’t this advertising of “natural neosporin” breaking federal law? The FDA regulates neosporin as an antibiotic drug and it doesn’t look like there’s any neosporin in this salve.

  • athena

    sub the lavender out for rosemary essential oil its segusted that you do not use lavender oil on small children

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  • Jessica Bronder

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It is great on my poor dried hands. It helps so much when my fingers start cracking.

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  • Hjkimbrough

    Hi, can I use dried, powdered Comfrey instead of the herb? How would I steep that or mix it in properly, and how much? Thanks! :)

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I’ve never used the dried, powdered one before, so I’m really not sure.

  • Judy Guilbeault

    Hello. I am wondering if theres something else I can use in place of the coconut oil?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Extra virgin olive oil, however the olive oil doesn’t help with burns the way that coconut oil does – so please keep that in mind.

  • colleen

    you can get all the ingedients on amazon for very cheep

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.ranker Stephanie Ranker

    Would be so kind as to provide the link for the esty shop where you purchase your healing herbs.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/katee.woodby Katee Ann Woodby

    What kind of adorable, very useful jars do you use? Are they canning jars or some other specialty kind? I’d love to get my hands on some of them!

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      There is a link to the ones I use in the post – but I get them on Amazon and at WalMart!

  • Araceli Ramos

    Where can I purchase your 4 oz for sale?

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  • Holly

    When I made this, it came out green instead of the nice golden yellow you show in your pictures. Did I do something wrong?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      No, you did nothing wrong. Mine is greenish too… the pictures just didn’t pick it up very well. Sometimes when I let my herbs brew for longer, it turns even greener. So, the greener the more powerful honestly. Great job! :)

  • wattsupstupid

    what about aloe

  • Weebairn

    If you want to call it healing salve or boo boo cream that’s great but under no circumstances should you be calling it natural Neosporin! Neosporin has antibiotics in it that cover both gram positive and gram negative bacteria, your cream has no antibiotic power whatsoever. I am a Pharmacist and I am perfectly happy with natural healing, herbs, etc. but there are times when actual antibiotics are required and if that is the case then using this in place of Neosporin could cause real problems!

    • Or not.

      weebairn – neosporin doesn’t kill MRSA. Raw Honey does. You’re a fool.

      • coupdegrass

        Ad Hominem attacks make you sound foolish.

  • Peggy

    I’m hoping this will work for me because I’m allergic to all topical antibiotic creams (OTC & prescription) but do need to speed up healing in certain circumstances.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=796838513 Michael Murphy

    Have you tried infusing the oil with garlic and/or onion as well? Both of those have excellent anti-microbial properties as well as anti-oxidants to help prevent scarring. Maybe a touch of orange oil too… now I wanna try a bunch of things… ah time.

  • Geoffrey

    Can this be used for Rosacea?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I’m not a doctor, so I couldn’t say for sure – but it works wonders on my eczema if that’s any help :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Fitts/1642540804 Linda Fitts

    love the recipe but I could not use it as I am allergic to honey and any bee by products. is there something else I could use?

    • Cedar Mountain Herb School

      You can use coconut oil instead of honey and beeswax. In addition, if you use 65% shea butter and 35% medicinal oils (made with fixed oil of your choice…olive oil, sesame, jojoba, etc.) you would do away with the need for the bee products.

  • Cedar Mountain Herb School

    I use a crockpot to “simmer” my herbs in oil for a few days. No, the heat does not destroy the medicine. I’m a wildcrafter, which means I harvest plants from the wilds in the mountains and farmland near my homestead. My natural neosporin includes fir and pine tar, cedar tips, usnea lichen, cottonwood leaf bud resin, salal, herb robert, oregon grape root, and saxifrage. Antiseptic, analgesic, antibacterial, styptic, and promotes fast healing. http://www.cedarmountainherbs.com

    • annrein

      Heat will most definitely destroy the honey, though. I prefer longer term infusions myself, but agree that a low heat infusion speeds things along nicely.

      • Shanda

        Would I use the “warm” setting or the “low” setting on my crockpot? Is three days long enough or should I go longer? Thanks!

    • Shanda

      Would I use the “warm” setting or the “low” setting on my crockpot? Is three days long enough or should I go longer? Thank you!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/DianeEkern Diane Ekern

    Do you use comfrey root or leaf?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Comfrey leaf

  • craptacularesque

    I like this idea for things like minor rashes and such, but please, PLEASE do not call it “natural Neosporin.” It is nothing of the sort. A mixture of neem and tea tree oil is much closer to that. Do NOT expect this recipe to approximate antibiotic ointment.

  • Amanda

    Thanks for the recipe I am so going to make this stuff. Sounds like anymore making everything yourself is so much better and saves you money in the long run.

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  • Ryn

    Does anyone know if it would be okay to half this recipe? I really just need one jar right now to try it out!

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Yes, you certainly can.

  • Isabelle

    ¨Cook on medium heat for about 20-30 minutes, stirring often.¨ Maybe on low heat.

    I think I just fried my herbs… The oil very slowly foamed and it started to smell funny. I turned the heat down but i think it was too late. Do you think I can still use it?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Yes, you should still be able to use it. Maybe your medium is a little hotter than my medium – all stoves are different! I changed the wording to low to medium just now though :) You can also opt for the soaking method which actually gives the salve even a more powerful healing zip.

      • Sandi Hall

        Do you cover the mixture with a lid when you soak it for several weeks? Also, do you cook as per the recipe after it’s soaked?

        • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

          Yes, I do cover the container – as well as continue on with the recipe as said.

      • Audabeth

        I just hopped on here to see if anyone had the problem I had, and I’m glad I’m not the only one! My stove does not run particularly hot, but I had it on 1 (out of 10!), so extremely low, and after 15 minutes my herbs had fried. Besides turning it off, there was really no way to turn it down lower. I’m extremely bummed! It smells terrible. I thought about infusing them for 2 weeks, but I really needed something to heal my dry, cracked pregnancy skin (my feet dry out terribly when I’m pregnant and it’s painful), and instead of buying something from the store to hold me over I decided to use the stovetop directions, but it clearly did not work as wonderfully for me as it did for others. I guess I will use this batch and hope for the best…. and next time I am not putting the herbs anywhere NEAR my stove! :P

        Also, is it normal for it to foam up like that? I thought maybe something about the herbs made it foam up, as I had never experienced it before.

  • Vee Bee

    I tend to get cellulitis would this help it do you think

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  • Rayne

    Thanks for the recipe. I have used This recipe for years. I moved and lost it and couldnt remember where I had gotten it after 10 years.

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  • Donna

    Does heating the honey destroy any of it’s healing properties? I buy local raw honey.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Yes, heating honey can do this unless it’s done at a very low temperature.

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  • Kristin

    Okay, after doing the first step ( Combine the coconut oil, olive oil, comfrey, & calendula. Cook on low to medium heat for about 20-30 minutes) when I strained my mixture the oil was green.. is that common. From looking at the pictures it doesn’t appear that’s what’s suppose to happen. Can anyone maybe point me in the direction of what I did wrong.. should I even continue with the recipe?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Green is the color I usually get as well! In the photos for the first post, my beeswax was reallllyyyy yellow. Not sure why. But 9 times out of ten, mine comes out green too :)

  • Dani

    After making this, i decided to put it on a scrape i had gotten on the top of my foot. Not only did it take away the dull pain I felt (because I kept hitting it on table legs and my bed frame), but it actually healed it within days – quicker than any “Neosporin” product was doing.

    I followed her recipe but substituted dried lavender for the lavender oil because I didn’t have any of the oil.

    I’m so grateful that a friend of mine posted this recipe on her facebook as I prefer natural remedies to medicine you get from the doctor or over the counter.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I’m SO thrilled to hear this! Thank you so much for coming back & sharing!! :)

    • Moyra Patra O’Connor

      So did you put the dried lavender into the oil with the other dried herbs?

  • Guest

    If you heat the honey you will have destroyed any antibiotic properties in it. And the only honey that has healing properties is raw, unheated honey — not the drippy, liquidy stuff you buy in the grocery store…..

  • annina

    What about adding Goldenseal?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I have no experience with it, but you can certainly give it a try and see how it performs. If you do try it, please come back and let me know what you think! :)

  • Trisha

    Do the herbs work better or as well as essential oils? I’ve seen so many recipes for healing salves…some have essential oils only with no herbs with the same claims. I actually made this with your recipe…without the honey as I had trouble combining…and it works but not overnight or anything close. Maybe I “overcooked” the herbs:) I’m trying the infusing for six weeks method now. But I’m curious about how well this works vs. essential oils??

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I think that herbs & essential oils both have wonderful healing effects, but for the healing salve – I personally would not make it without the comfrey. The comfrey leaf has such wonderful healing properties, and are just fantastic when it comes to closing open wounds. But a combination of herbs & healing herbs is certainly fantastic! And please be sure not to ‘fry’ the herbs when using the shortcut method – cook it on a lower temp. I hope that this helps! :)

      • Find Wholeness

        You need a disclaimer on here that comfrey should not be used on infected wounds. As someone mentioned above, it heals so quickly, it can seal the infection inside.

  • Angelo

    If you go the oil infused route, how much calendula and confrey infused oil would you use?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      You would use the exact same measurements, doubling if you wished to make larger batches.

  • Angie

    I make a lotion similar to this but i add hemp oil, shea butter, and witch hazel. i am going to add the honey to the next batch. I had used the expensive hydroxatone for my face with wonderful results. Now i use this lotion and get even better results and no chemicals. It also works great on eczema.

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  • Lorraine Campbell

    If you soak the herbs for 2-6 weeks, do you still combine the coconut oil and cook on low for 20 minutes?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      No, you would melt the coconut oil & then add it to the oils you have soaked (after running the herbed oil through a sieve or cheesecloth). No need to cook for an additional 20 minutes. :)

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  • Melissa Welty

    Just made this after waiting for the herbs in the mail. It’s rather darker than yours, so we’ll see what it looks like when it sets up. It was super easy to make and my kitchen smelled nice:)

    • Moyra Patra O’Connor

      Mine was darker, as well. More green than yellow. I had trouble getting the honey to incorporate over the med/low heat. I cooked it for about a 1/2 hour and it never fully mixed in. When it was cooling in the jars, I mixed it in.

      • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

        Mine is more green these days too. I think mine was more yellow because I was using a very bright yellow beeswax at the time, and I’m no longer using that supplier.

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  • Lin Fowler

    I’m really anxious to try this as I love the homemade vapor rub. I admit I am a little intimidated as to cooking the calendula and comfrey in the oil. Several people had problems with this part. Nor do I want to wait for the natural infusion. Amazon has both calendula and comfrey oil. Can I use these instead? And would that mean any other changes to the recipe? Love you site!!

  • Toni

    Could this be put in Chapstick tubes for easier application?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Hmm, what a great idea! I don’t see why not, but I’d add a little more beeswax to it to firm it up a little more!

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  • Sunshine

    That is what the honey is for it’s a anti microbial. It can be used on dressing on wounds.

  • Chrissy

    Could I use this on me and the children for dry cracked winter lips or would there be sensitivity issues putting it on the lips?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      My husband uses it all the time on the lips, and he loves it. With the kids, I’d do it in small areas first just to be sure they have no sensitivities to it.

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  • epplebear

    I added tea tree oil and a few drops of vit.E

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Great idea!

  • Rebecca Sewell

    I have a pint of raw, unfiltered comb honey – it has a chunk of the comb in the jar of honey. What about using that in lieu of adding honey and comb separately? And has anyone tried using a stick/immersion mixer for blending the ingredients over low heat?

    I made an “anti-cancer” salve about ten years ago, using olive oil, beeswax, pau d’arco bark powder, and chaparral leaf powder (ground in a blender). There may have been a couple of other things – I don’t recall, and didn’t write down everything I put in it. However, I do recall that I didn’t strain it, figuring why not leave the active principles of the herbs IN the salve to maintain its strength? I’m still using little dabs of it at a time – right now on my favorite miniature dachshund, Sugar, who has a growth of some sort on her face. I haven’t applied the goop more than 2-3 times a week, but the large growth is dying away, shrunk now to about 1/4 what it was over a 2-month application period so far! The goop doesn’t seem to bother her overly much, and is not painful at all – I’ve used it on my own face, too, to remove a little recurring crusty spot near my left eye. It only takes one or two applications to that, and it’s gone for months at a time, if not years. I’m so happy to see Sugar’s warty growth vanishing – it’s a miracle to me!

    • annrein

      The honeycomb helps with the consistency of the salve, it needs to be properly rendered to be used.

  • Arlo’s mom

    I believe this is the formula that a family member uses. I used it on a 3 day old hornet sting. (ouch) Within one night, it had quit hurting. I recently asked her for ingredients and I do think you have it. Great stuff.

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  • Dee

    Trying to use as much natural stuff as possible is quite hard to do when I’m allergic to lavender. Most recipes have it in them and don’t really give a substitute that has the same healing or health benefits as lavender itself.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      You could always omit it completely!

  • Lironah

    Might want to specify raw honey for the recipe. Pasteurized stuff isn’t going to have the same benefits.

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  • LineSE19

    Where do I buy all these ingredients in London SE?

  • Moyra Patra O’Connor

    I love this stuff! It heals bug bites, cuts, scrapes, diaper rash and dry skin! I am infusing the herbs in olive oil. I have two orders of the smaller orders of herbs. Since the recipe calls for a 1/2 cup of oil, is that the amount I should infuse with the bag I received or can I use a larger amount of oil? I just don’t want the recipe to be diluted. I hope this make sense!

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      That’s the amount you want to use to infuse with!

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  • annrein

    I think you should melt the beeswax separately. Beeswax has a melting point of 140°F, far higher than the temps that will destroy the healing qualities of your honey. I have a little crockpot devoted to melting beeswax for my soap and salve making. Very cheap if you can find one at a yard sale.

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  • Greg

    Thank you for this recipe and your courage to take abuse from the public. I too make my own healing salve from Comfrey infused in olive oil, tea tree oil and bees wax. It is about time to make a new batch: I am wondering what the finished consistency is for your product. The coconut oil and bees wax are quite hard at 70 degrees even when mixed with the olive oil. Is it easily spreadable on the skin or is it hard in the jar? Thank you.

  • Cassandra Ritone

    Can you use 1 tablespoon of organic raw honey and 1 tablespoon of therapeutic grade manuka honey? Would this add to the antibacterial/antibiotic benefits?

  • Lia

    as for soaking these herbs..1/4 CUP EACH of Comfrey and Calendula to 1/2 cup of olive oil? I read to store it in a window for warmth and to shake it once or twice a day. I have windows but I have no place to store my jar for a few weeks I sode ny hiuse..I have a sunroom that I can certainly have my jar sit at a window but it gets awfly cold in there. Will the cold have any kind of effect on the infusion?

  • Skivnus

    Where did you get the jars? They are SO cute!

  • Donna

    My daughters r allergic 2 coconut, is there something I can substitute????