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DIY Natural Antibacterial Salve

Use this DIY antibacterial salve recipe infused with lavender and calendula on those scrapes or cuts that are sure to walk in the door this summer.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time30 mins
Cooling Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Wellness
Cuisine: Beauty
Keyword: essential oils, honey, skincare
Yield: 10 oz
Author: Ashley Poskin
Cost: $8


  • 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.


If you run into issues with the honey separating from the oils, Ive found that it helps if you let the oils cool to almost room temperature before adding the honey. This will help prevent the honey from softening and sinking to the bottom.
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. Its 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 that I wouldnt count on having it around that long!