If you’ve ever used calendula then you’re familiar with its amazing healing properties. The oil extracted from the plant commonly called the marigold has long been used externally as an anti-inflammatory to treat wounds. Infused in coconut and olive oils, and combined with dried lavender, calendula makes for one heck of a powerful, delicious-smelling healing cream.
DIY Neosporin Salve Recipe
Use this all-natural antibacterial cream instead of reaching for Neosporin on those scrapes or cuts that are sure to walk in the door this summer. It’s also great on chapped, dry hands and feet that need something more powerful and soothing than a basic lotion.
Your DIY salve will keep for up to 12 months stored in a cool, dark spot. But this stuff is so good I wouldn’t count on having it around that long!
What you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup dried lavender
- 1/3 cup dried calendula
- 4 tablespoons beeswax pellets
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 5-10 drops tea tree oil
- 5-10 drops lavender oil
1. Combine the olive and coconut oils in a jar or glass dish over a double boiler. Stir until the coconut oil has melted to combine with the olive oil.
2. Add in the dried lavender and calendula. Simmer on low for at least 30 minutes.
3. After simmering for 30 minutes, separate the oil from the herbs by straining it through cheesecloth into a glass dish.
4. With the oils once again over the double boiler, add in the beeswax and honey. Stir until melted.
5. Turn off the heat and add your essential oils. Stir to combine.
6. Pour the contents into a jar with a lid and allow to set. The contents should be solid within 15-20 minutes depending on the depth of the jar you choose.
Photos by Ana Stanciu
DIY Natural Antibacterial Salve
- Heat-proof glass or wax pitcher
- Small saucepan (you can also use a double boiler)
- Two 5-ounce containers with lids
- Combine the olive and coconut oils in a heat-proof glass dish or wax pitcher.
- Place the pitcher inside a slightly larger saucepan, and fill the saucepan with 1–2 inches of water. Heat over low heat until the oils have melted, stirring constantly.
- Add in the dried lavender and calendula. Simmer on low for at least 30 minutes.
- After simmering for 30 minutes, strain out the herbs.
- With the oils once again over the double boiler, add in the beeswax and honey. Stir until melted. Turn off the heat and add your essential oils.
- Pour the contents into a jar with a lid and allow to set.
- The contents should be solid within 15–20 minutes, depending on the depth of the jar you choose.