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!

Homemade Boo-Boo Salve

Ingredients:

Directions:

  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.
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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!

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