As we all know, children fall all the time. You might be there to wipe their tears away, but you’ll still need a handy antibacterial ointment to heal those wounds. Even though it may be easier to purchase an ointment from the store, do you know what kind of chemicals are hidden in the ingredients?
According to the Accidental Statistic report by the Stanford Children’s Health, falls are one of the most leading causes of nonfatal injury for children. Children account for about 8,000 fall-related visits to hospital emergency rooms every day. Since many of these falls are accompanied by injuries like wounds, using a natural ointment to make sure those wounds don’t get infected is becoming a more popular choice.
What’s in Your Antibacterial Ointment?
Not all ointments are created equal. Some of your favorite ointments your mother and your mother’s mother have used to heal wounds contain toxic ingredients that can cause problems like allergic reactions, muscle twitching, convulsions, hearing loss, rashes, hives, tightness in the chest and the list goes on.
Heal your wounds and prevent further injury by making your own antibacterial ointment made with essential oils like lavender and tea tree oil, which both have anti-inflammatory properties that prevent swelling, and herbs specifically used to help get rid of bacteria while speeding the healing process.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ cup healing herbs such as chamomile and calendula
- 4 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
- 2 teaspoon witch hazel
- 7 drops lavender essential oil
- 7 drops tea tree essential oil
- Add the chamomile and calendula herbs in a jar and pour the coconut and olive oil over them.
- Place the jar in a saucepan filled with water or use a double boiler. Heat on low for about 30 minutes and stir frequently.
- Once the 30 minutes are finished, remove from heat and separate the herbs from the oil with a strainer.
- Place the oil back in the jar to get ready to heat once more with the beeswax pastilles and stir until it is melted.
- Once the beeswax is fully melted you can remove the oil from the heat.
- Add in the witch hazel and the essential oils and let cool
- Once cooled, transfer into a container.
- Now you have your very own antibacterial ointment ready to use.
Recipe inspired by Juicing for Health.
Your ointment is now ready to apply to scrapes, cuts, burns, diaper rash, dry skin, athlete’s foot and much more. Keep your ointment in a cool, dark place and if kept cool, it should last for up to a year. Make sure you perform a skin patch test before applying it to you or your loved one’s body to prevent any allergic reactions.