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How To Make A Homemade Antibacterial Ointment

Antibacterial Ointment

How To Make Your Own Natural Antibacterial Ointment

Springtime is slowly reaching our mountain valley home, and most of us have been enjoying it thoroughly. I say “most of us” because my oldest son accidentally over-fertilized the lawn a couple of weeks ago, so the grass has been growing like crazy. My youngest son’s main chore is mowing the lawn, so he has been less than thrilled with the lawn-care situation. But other than that, we’ve all been really pleased! ;-)

We’re all itching to start spending more time outside, and that means that I’d better take stock of our first-aid kit. We seem to be a fairly accident-prone family, and that only gets more true the more time we spend outside. I usually buy a few big boxes of Bandaids from Costco, but I prefer to go the homemade route when it comes to other items, like antibacterial ointment.

Beeswax, coconut oil and many kinds of essential oils possess antibacterial qualities, and can help speed the healing process of shallow cuts, scrapes, bumps, and bruises. Today I’ll show you how you can combine these healing ingredients to make an all natural healing ointment that you’ll use all spring and summer long!

Check out my video at the end of this post to see a better-fitting bandaid hack!

Natural First-Aid Ointment



  • Small metal bowl
  • Small saucepan
  • Kitchen hand towel
  • Hand mixer
  • Airtight glass container
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Fill the saucepan with a few inches of water, and place the pan on your stovetop to bring it to a simmer. Place the beeswax and coconut oil together in your metal bowl, and place the bowl over the top of your pan, creating a makeshift double boiler.

When the beeswax and coconut oil have melted together, remove the bowl from the stovetop. Lay a kitchen hand towel out on your countertop and place the bowl on top of it.

Add the essential oils to the beeswax and coconut oil mixture and stir with your hand mixer. Add the witch hazel to the bowl and stir again.

Antibacterial Ointment

To obtain a smooth consistency, blend the mixture with your hand mixer on high speed for about 30 seconds or so. Spoon the finished ointment into an airtight glass jar or container to store.

Antibacterial Ointment

Using Your First-Aid Ointment

Use a cotton swab to apply a small amount of the mixture to scrapes and other owies. If the wound is recent, you may want to cover it with a bandage, too. Apply the mixture a couple of times a day until the wound has healed.

Antibacterial Ointment

A Few Helpful Tips

To avoid contaminating your ointment, always apply it using a cotton swab or a clean tissue, rather than using your fingers.

This ointment is great for adults and older kids, but younger kids can experience skin sensitivity with essential oils. If the ointment will be used on children, you can leave out the essential oils entirely. Coconut oil possesses antibacterial qualities on its own and is less likely to irritate delicate skin.

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For those places that it’s hard to keep a bandaid on.

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  • My husband works outside and also rides his harley and in the summer he gets a rash on his arms and he says it itches the doctor recommended buying uv sleeves which he didnt want to is there a ointment recipe that might help he has native american in him and does not burn and this only started a few years ago can you help thanks cherrie

  • What is the difference between this an the Healing Salve, other than not having Lemon Essential Oil and the olive oil? Do they do pretty much the same thing?

    • This ointment is particularly for first-aid, it should mostly be used for cuts and scrapes. The Healing Salve is a more general salve that can be used for sunburns, bug bites, rashes AND cuts and scrapes. :-)

  • Great idea. One of these days I’m going to have to break down and order the beeswax. I love reading the other readers ideas for dealing with eczema. I’ve had those ugly itchy patches for at least 3 years. It’s a pain, have to make sure my skirts and pants (in the summertime) are long enough to hide it, and I live where it gets hot and humid in the Summer.

  • This sounds like a good ointment. I wish there was something natural to replace the lidicane that they put in there for pain relief. My husband won’t use anything else…..urgh!!!! Any suggestions?

  • Qthank you so much for this. I’m going to make up a batch and make some small bags with my vacuum sealer and put some in them for my first aid kit. I would love to make some in straws, but that hasn’t worked out for me yet. I’ve had trouble sealing them.

  • My daughter is allergic to Melaleuca. It’s strange to be allergic to a hypoallergenic substance because it is in so many products! Is there another essential oil that has antibacterial properties?

  • My son is allergic to tree nuts including coconut… what can I subsidize for coconut oil? He has really bad eczema also where he scratches like crazy… I’m trying to find natural solutions to help heal his severe eczema.

    • Speaking from personal experience, I would strongly suggest taking your son to dermatologist for a prescription. As a teenager, I had a case of eczema on my hands and my mother didn’t take me to the doctor until it had spread all over both hands, thinking it would go away on its own. I was miserable, waking up in the middle of the night scratching so hard the blisters that form would break open and spread the rash. Anywhere the liquid from the blisters touch, new area of eczema starts. I compare it to a severe yeast infection; urge to scratch and the pain.

    • I agree about going to see a doc….but I would also ask for allergy testing…..both immediate and delayed. My daughter had an awful case of it and when we got rid of her allergies and got her yeast infections under control….it disappeared. It was a miserable time for her.

    • Have you researched Colloidal Silver yet? I love this stuff and we even use it on our domestic rabbits that we raise for show and food. I take a little bit every day to keep yeast infections at bay and helps with bladder infections too. It is a very thin watery substance , but I think it could easily be applied with a cotton ball or those square cotton things. Something to think about anyway. Also propolis is a super product. It is made from beehive scrapings and the bees line their hives with it. To keep it sterile. It is a natural antifungal and antibiotic property. Look up Beehive Botanicals.com and see what they say about it. It is rather spendy but it is an all natural product given to us from the bee and no bee had to die or be harmed in anyway for us to get it. We have it in our Hand and Foot creams that we make and it also comes in a spray for sore throats. My husband swears by it. It is worth checking out. We are in no way associated with Beehive Botanicals and receive no kick back for promoting any products that come from bees.

    • You can use any carrier oil, here’s a post all about your options! http://jillee.co/2op41TS

      No matter which carrier oil you use, this cream will definitely help heal eczema. Have your son apply just enough to cover the affected area twice a day – and try to avoid moisture whenever possible!

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