We all know that children are clumsy, and some adults too, but we also know that when it comes to falling, cuts and nasty scrapes are inevitable. While putting on a band-aid won’t kiss the pain away, it doesn’t necessarily do a very good job at keeping infections away either, unless it’s paired with an antiseptic spray to prevent the wound from getting infected.
Even though a bottle of peroxide from the local drug store may be effective, it does come with a few side effects. It can cause redness, burning, stinging and sometimes irritations that your little one might not like so much.
But what if there was a way you can have the best of both worlds without any side effects? There is, and it’s by making your own antiseptic spray with natural ingredients that won’t irritate your skin.
Make It Yourself: Antiseptic Spray for Cuts and Scraps
This is the perfect recipe for an antiseptic spray that will clean out and disinfect your cuts and scrapes without experiencing any uncomfortable side effects. It works wonders when it is applied to broken skin and naturally prevents infections from setting in. This recipe includes natural ingredients and herbs that have been used for centuries to help heal broken wounds and are known as potent germ annihilators.
The herbs that could be used for this recipe are among the following:
- Sage — anti-microbial, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-viral
- Yarrow — anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-viral and astringent
- Calendula flowers — anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-microbial and anti-fungal
- Goldenseal root — anti-bacterial, antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial
- Lavender — anti-septic and soothing
- Thyme — anti-septic, anti-viral and astringent
Making your very own antiseptic spray can be easily made right at home. Here’s what you will need and what you will need to do.
- 4 ounces of aloe vera
- 2 ounces witch hazel
- 2 ounces of lavender flower water
- Dried herbs: calendula flowers, sage leaves, yarrow, thyme leaves and flowers
- 1 teaspoon of castile soap
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 15 drops of tea tree oil
- 5 drops of grapefruit seed extract
- 5 drops of myrrh essential oil
- Round up all of the plant materials you will be using. You can either use dried or fresh.
- Place the herbs and flowers into a glass jar. Pour enough witch hazel over the plant material to make sure it is fully submerged. Note: This is the process of making a tincture.
- Once the witch hazel is tinctured, gather the rest of the ingredients.
- In a glass jar, combine all the ingredients.
- Vigorously shake the jar to mix all the ingredients together.
- Pour your concoction into a dark ambered colored spray bottle.
- Your antiseptic spray is now ready to use.
Use this spray to apply directly to your wounds in order to prevent contamination and skin infections. It can help relieve the pain associated with scrapes, burns, cuts, abrasions and other skin irritations. If kept in a cool place away from direct sunlight, it can last for up to one year.
Recipe inspired by Frugally Sustainable.