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!
Natural First-Aid Ointment
- 4 Tbsp beeswax pastilles or pellets
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 15 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 Tbsp witch hazel
- Small metal bowl
- Small saucepan
- Kitchen hand towel
- Hand mixer
- Airtight glass container
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.
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.
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.
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.