How To Make Homemade Natural Antibiotic Ointment (With Pain Relief)
How to Make Antibacterial Ointment at Home
Traditional over-the-counter antibacterial ointments are used to prevent infection and promote healing in minor skin abrasions. These ointments contain ingredients such as Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B, Bacitracin Zinc, Pramoxine, or a combination of these (sometimes called “triple antibiotic ointment”) in a base of petroleum jelly, cocoa butter, cottonseed oil, and/or sodium pyruvate, tocopheryl acetate. Some of these ingredients may cause allergic reactions or other side effects, or they may have negative interactions with other medications. Additionally, many people avoid using petroleum products (such as petroleum jelly) or other products on their skin. Fortunately, making a homemade antibacterial ointment from antimicrobial oils, anti-inflammatory dried herbs, antiseptic essential oils, and other natural ingredients is fun, easy, and effective.
Selecting Your Ingredients
Choose your oils.Coconut oil is naturally antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal.Coconut oil should be your first ingredient, comprising about half of your oil base (about ½ cup). But coconut oil can also be stiff and difficult to work with, so you should think about using ½ cup of another oil as well. Excellent choices include olive oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil.
Select dry herbs.Choose the dry herbs to use in your recipe. You will need 1/2 to 2/3 cup in total. These can be any combination of chamomile, calendula, comfrey, lavender, and/or plantain leaves. These can be purchased at many health food stores, specialty herb stores, or online.
- Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, making it soothing and healing for skin.
- Calendula (or marigold) is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It increases blood flow to the affected area and promotes healing.
- Comfrey is anti-inflammatory. It aids in the repair of wounds and accelerates skin healing.
- Lavender is a natural antiseptic with soothing anti-inflammatory properties.
- Plantain leaves are antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic.
Select essential oils.In addition to your dried herbs, you may want to add 10 – 15 drops of tea tree oil, lavender oil, or both. Essential oils are highly potent plant essences that have been extracted, and they contain powerful healing properties. Both tea tree and lavender essential oils are powerful natural antiseptics, and both contain anti-inflammatory properties.
- Essential oils can be purchased at many health food stores, specialty herb stores, or online.
Gather the remaining ingredients.The last crucial ingredient for homemade antibacterial ointment is beeswax (either grated or in the form of pellets). Two other optional ingredients include raw honey and witch hazel. All of these ingredients can be purchased at health food stores, specialty herb or holistic health shops, or online.
- Beeswax is a skin protectant. It keeps irritants off the skin and allows air circulation into the injured area.It also helps your ointment maintain the proper consistency.
- Witch hazel is a natural antiseptic. It cleans the area and helps speed up the healing process.
- Raw honey also offers antibacterial activity. It also helps to maintain a moist wound condition, and provides a protective barrier that prevents infection.
Gathering Ingredients and Tools
Gather ingredients for Recipe One.This first recipe allows you to choose from whatever dried herbs you enjoy, or what you happen to have on hand.This recipe calls for witch hazel and beeswax, but essential oils are optional. To follow this recipe, gather and measure out the following ingredients:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup olive, jojoba, or almond oil
- 1/2 cup dried herbs of your choice
- 4 tbsp beeswax
- 2 tsp witch hazel
- 15 drops of lavender or tea tree essential oils (optional)
Gather ingredients for Recipe Two.This recipe calls for dried lavender, dried calendula, raw honey and essential oils.To follow this recipe, gather and measure out the following ingredients:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup dried lavender
- 1/3 cup dried calendula
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 tbsp beeswax
Gather equipment.No matter which recipe you choose, you will follow the same procedure, and will need the same tools. To prepare these recipes, you will need cheesecloth (or a coffee filter), a double boiler (or a glass/metal bowl set over a pot of hot water), and a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Gather these items and get ready to begin.
Making Your Antibacterial Ointment
Combine oils.In a double boiler (or a glass/metal jar in a pot of hot water) combine your base oils and dried herbs. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Filter the herbs.After 30 minutes have passed, prepare a small bowl with a cheesecloth (or a coffee filter). Pour your oil and herb mixture through the cheesecloth to filter out the herbs.
Melt the “sticky” ingredients.Return your infused oil to your double boiler (or glass/metal bowl). Now add the beeswax, and stir until melted. If you are using raw honey, add the honey at this time as well.
Let mixture cool and add final ingredients.Once the beeswax and honey (if using) are fully melted, remove from heat and allow your mixture to cool. When it has cooled down, add your essential oils and witch hazel (if using) and stir.
Pour mixture into jars.Allow ointment to cool completely and transfer into an airtight glass jar. Store this in a cool, dry place. This ointment will keep for up to one year.
- Clean all wounds with soap and water before applying ointment.
- Cover wounds with a clean bandage after applying ointment.
- If a cut is large, appears to be deep or won’t stop bleeding, seek medical attention right away
- If a skin wound is not improving, or showing signs of infection (increased pain, swelling, redness or warmth at site, red streaks extending from wound, pus, or fever), it is important to call your doctor.
- People with diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, of impaired immune system should closely watch for any sign of infection and seek medical attention immediately at first sign.
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