Homemade Healing Boo-Boo Cream: Like Homemade Neosporin®

Homemade Neosporin-Like Cream!

I’m a disaster in the kitchen.

I know, right, not exactly what you want to hear from the mouth of a food blogger.

I can cook up a mean batch of brownies, a to-die-for meatloaf, or the best collard greens the south has ever tasted. But,  the moment fire, heat, and pots are involved, I’m a pure mess. Burns, bruises, and cuts have been well-earned on my petite hands and arms. They are battle-wounds from creating delicious dishes day in and out. Battle wounds I proudly wear and probably a good hint I need to invest in a better pair of oven gloves.

Boo-boo’s are my specialty served with a side of meatballs.

I take a laid-back approach in life when it comes to ouchies. After all,  birthing two natural babies, one weighing over ten pounds, can definitely give you a “I got this” approach to any pain life may throw my way. A burn? A cut? Who’s got time to care for such minor afflictions?

Last year, after burning my wrists one too many times pulling out delicious crusty bread (so worth it), I noticed the scars looked pretty bad. I have sixty, seventy years still to live in this little body of mine, so having scars covering half my wrists all from baking glorious bread, just didn’t seem like the best idea.

Treatments like neosporin®, filled with synthetic toxins just don’t fly in our home anymore. Nothing like rubbing mystery ingredients on an exposed wound. No, thanks. I tried coconut oil, my go-to wonder product, and while it helped, I needed something more powerful. Something that soothed the burns and helped with the healing process.

My best thoughts often come while blow drying my hair, on the rare occasion that happens, which means I actually had a shower for the day. Anyway, the point being, one day while drying my hair, the thought occurred, why not make my own neosporin®? A neosporin®-like cream used to help heal and soothe my “boo-boos”.  A salve I can feel good about.


This homemade neosporin®-like cream (all thanks to my blow dryer) is my go-to salve. Made with the herbs calendula and lavender, along with coconut and olive oil. With a few soothing drops of tea tree and lavender essential oil. Raw honey is also added to this salve.  A salve that’s easy to make and free from toxins found in store-bought tubes.

homemade neosporin

This salve sits on my counter making a debut regularly. I use it on my boo-boos, my kiddos ouchies, or just to help moisturize extra dry hands (dishes are my specialty along with meatballs).  It will last a year, however, our salve is always gone within months.

Homemade Healing Boo-Boo Cream

Rating: 51

Homemade Healing Boo-Boo Cream




Step One

In a large pan, combine the coconut oil, olive oil. Allow the coconut oil to melt over low heat. Once melted, add in the dried lavender and calendula. Keeping the heat on low, allow the herbs to infuse for 30 minutes.


Step Two

After 30 minutes, prepare a small bowl with a coffee filter (or cheesecloth). Pour the mixture through the filter, filtering out the herbs. With the infused oil in the bowl below.


Step Three

Return the infused oil to the pot (be sure to clean out any remaining dried herbs). Over low heat, add the beeswax, stirring until melted. Add the honey, stirring for about a minute. Turn off the heat and add the essential oils (tea tree and lavender).


Step Four

Pour the mixture into glass jars. The mixture will begin to solidify. Stir every minute or two, ensuring the honey doesn't sink to the bottom. The mixture takes 5-10 minutes to fully set. Once set, it's ready to use and will keep for a year.


As always please consult a medical professional. This recipe isn’t medically-founded or endorsed. Just a simple recipe I use in my home on boo-boos.


More DIYs I love:

DIY homemade liquid hand soap

DIY Liquid Hand Soap 


Homemade Vapor Rub 

homemade moisturizer

Homemade Moisturizer



More Resources:

Essential Oils 101

A randomized, controlled trial of tea tree topical preparations versus a standard topical regimen for the clearance of MRSA colonization.

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  • Moriah says:

    Help! I’m on this journey of real food, only to find that most homemade things, especially hygein related are using coconut oil. With a son who has a severe allergy to coconuts I’m lookoking for alternatives. Any ideas. Could I use palm oil instead of coconut for this neosporan?

  • Julie says:

    I attended a class at our local Tilth back in September and picked a few comfrey leaves that I then stuffed into a small jar with what turned out to be about 1/2 cup of olive oil. It has been infusing ever since. I used it in place of the calendula since I didn’t have any of it in my skincare kit but did have everything else. I know it has different medicinal purposes but it is a healing herb and can help skin cell regeneration for particularly dry cracked skin. I have three small jars of this salve cooling on the stovetop right now and have already tried some on my hands as lotion and it feels wonderful. Thanks for working out the proportions! I’m going to give myself a pedicure and put some on my feet tonight too. Oh, I also added a little squirt of vitamin E oil because I put that in just about everything I make for myself. Mmmmm, heavenly!

  • Wee Beastie says:

    this is lotion fancy lotion i would not put that much fat on a wound let alone a burn, sounds like a great lotion though.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Feel free to use it however you’d like. I also use it as a lotion and it works great that way. After researching the best ingredients I’ve used it on my wounds and it soothes and heals wonderfully too. The ingredients make it a wonderful antibacterial salve as well as super soothing.

  • Love this! I’m sure it smells much better then Neosporin too!

  • Thank you for your great recipe.

    Just wondering, though, if you’re not concerned about violating trademark law – I’m not sure which country you’re in – might be better to say something like ‘antibiotic cream’ rather than Neosporin (even with the registered symbol).

    Here’s something from the UK government trademark site: “….allows Trading Standards Officers or Police to bring criminal charges against counterfeiters if they use your trade mark…”

    Just saying.

  • Julie Meek says:

    What a great recipe! Where do you find the time to create all these wonderful DIY things? I’ve just discovered your site through a friend who recommended it in an email and I’m happy she did. :)

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Thank you :). The nice part about all these DIY projects is they are shelf-stable. So, I only have to make say foundation powder ever 4 months (how quickly I use it) or this salve twice a year. It seems like a lot at first, but now it’s pretty easy. Thanks for checking us out :).

      • Abbi says:

        I have all those except for celendula, tho I won’t die as I have other stuff till then. Looks like a great recipie! What do you think of Bag Balm? I have some of that and its amazing for cracked hands, it lasts forever but still a few things I’ not sure of like petroleum.

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Hey Abbi, I’ve never heard of Bag Balm, so I’m not sure. The calendula is really important in this recipe. If you decide to make it, you may be able to find it at a health food store in a bulk spice area.

  • Jennifer says:

    Is the honey needed for the recipe because I’m allergic to honey. Does the recipe need a sugar of some sort to form properly?

  • WOW! You are amazing! Love this recipe! And we should swap kitchen war stories sometime. LOL! I haven’t been the the ER yet, but it’s been close! geez! I hope I didn’t just jinx myself! :)-

  • Megan says:

    is there anything else that can sub out the coconut oil. EVERYTHING i find has coconut oil in it and while i love eating it, the smell makes me want to vomit. I literally will get headaches and queasy from the smell of it lingering on me :( Is there a way to mask it? I made some lovely lotion today, so excited but i can still smell the coconut so therefore i can not wear it :(

  • Just FYI for megan— if you buy the cheaper coconut oil –I think its lou-ana maybe? It has no smell at all! Thanks for postings this— was wondering if you do use it on burns?

  • shawna says:

    Would this be okay in the freezer? Say if you made it in bulk and then put the little jars of it in the freezer, taking them out to thaw when you run out? I’m getting ready to try this, and that would be great if I could do a bunch all at once.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Shawna, I’m not sure how well this would defrost. It will last about a year at room temperature, possibly a bit longer. The time line is due to the essential oils in the recipe, most companies recommend using them within a year.

      • Ioannka says:

        I believe the salve will last quite much longer than that, especially kept out of the sun. The essential oils won’t go rancid, just some oils lose their potency after a while, usually citrus oils. Others last much longer. So your salve will be good for a while even without the benefit of essential oil .

        • Kristin Marr says:

          Hey Loannka, You’re correct. I keep my homemade salve for much longer than a year, but due to the potency issue it’s generally recommended by EO companies to use recipes containing EOs within a year.

  • Sarah Pudlo says:

    Have you found these two shops yet on Etsy for dried herb plants like calendula and lavender? SOOOO much more affordable! :) Buying some calendula and lavender now and the shop reviews seem great! Love your blog, thanks for all the great recipes!
    1. https://www.etsy.com/shop/StressTamerSpa?section_id=7604477&ref=shopsection_leftnav_7
    2. https://www.etsy.com/listing/169885843/premium-organic-calendula-petals-1-cup-2

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Sarah, Thank you so much. That shop looks fabulous. Great prices, I’ll have to look at all they offer for herbs and order a few. Thank you. Enjoy the Neosporin :).

    • Ioannka says:

      I believe the salve will last quite much longer than that, especially kept out of the sun. The essential oils won’t go rancid, just some oils lose their potency after a while, usually citrus oils. Others last much longer. So your salve will be good for a while even without the benefit of essential oil .

  • Maria says:

    Why do you use dried herbs instead of just more essential oils? Just curious. I’ve made an all purpose salve using coconut and olive oils, and beeswax but used lavender, tea tree oil, lemon and was just wondering the difference in adding the herbs. Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Maria, Calendula is usually an infused herb vs. an essential oil. The calendula is essential for the recipe, for it’s healing properties. The infused lavender also provides great benefit, but if you choose to leave it out, I’d up the essential oil a few drops.

  • If I may, I would suggest that you use a double boiler when melting the coconut oil and infusing with the dried herbs. This takes the danger of burning the oils right out of the mix. Great recipe though!

  • Lisa in LA says:

    This looks like a wonderful recipe! I make one that’s very similar, but I also add some neem oil. It has almost magical healing properties! Neem oil has a strong scent, but it’s masked pretty well by the lavender and tea tree oils. I never thought to put honey in mine! I’ll have to try it! Honey is excellent for healing! My similar recipe works even better than Neosprin, in my opinion! Great post!!

  • Tina Goodman says:

    While I’m happy to have a recipe for homemade neosporin, I want to pass on something even better for burns. Mustard. The yellow stuff you put on hot dogs. I know it sounds crazy, but I speak from experience. We used to own a restaurant, so I have experience with burns, even one especially bad one. (I probably should have gone to the er with it.). Just slather on the mustard and the burning will go away. If the burning sensation starts returning, rinse of the mustard and apply more. The only time I have even had a blister or scar is with the one really bad burn I mentioned. I promise, if you try this, you won’t be sorry.

  • holly says:

    Is there anything that can be used besides coconut oil in this salve recipe? I am severely allergic to anything coconut. Or can it be omitted?

  • Kim says:

    Hi, I just want to say that this is great
    I am going to try this,
    I was wondering do you have to use beeswax
    Or can you just use more coconut oil

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hi Kim, The beeswax solidifies the liquid and creates a creamy lotion vs. just an oil. You are welcome to leave out the beeswax, but you I’m not sure the mixture will solidify.

  • Thanks for the interesting post.. It is the best alternative to sooth and as well to heal, and you can bet that most often its tea tree oil for the skin.

  • Janice says:

    This looks like a great ointment to use for all those nicks and scrapes I seem to get. I’ll have to try it.
    My ‘go to’ for burns though is plain white vinegar. I swear by it and keep a bottle next to the stove. The trick is to pour it on fast enough. It quickly cools and soothes the burn and very rarely blisters or leaves a mark. (Usually if it does it’s because I missed a spot)
    I was draining a pot of boiling water and it accidentally flipped the wrong way and poured over my arm. I used the vinegar right away and went to the emergency clinic. I had 2nd & 3rd degree burns all over my arm and the Dr. told me I would be badly scarred. I’m happy to say there is absolutely no mark on my arm except if I get really cold or take a hot shower it shows up as a slight purplish tinge. It’s a definite must try. You won’t believe how well it works.

  • Tamara Santos says:

    I have a couple of questions abt the dried herbs… I am shopping around and wondered: what does the 1/3 cup translate to in weight? I have the option of purchasing 1lb or 4 oz… WIll 4 oz be enough? Also, how long will the dried herbs last if I have extra? Thanks for your help!

  • Tamara Santos says:

    Oh! And how many jars does this recipe make?

  • Kelly S says:

    Your cream looks wonderful and I hope to get around to making a batch before the cold weather starts drying out my hands. However, I did want to mention that Neosporin is an antibiotic cream which is different from an antibacterial cream. Based on the ingredients of your recipe, I believe your cream is more of an antibacterial cream, which doesn’t compare to Neosporin.

    Thank you for the recipe!

    Here’s one of many resources that explains the difference between anti-bacterial and anti-biotic: \http://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/3662/what-is-the-difference-between-an-antibiotic-and-an-antibacterial
    An antibacterial is any compound that will kill or at least slow down the growth of strictly bacteria, a domain of prokaryotes.
    An antibiotic is often used synonymously, but denotes a compound that kills or slows down the growth of any cellular pathogen, prokaryotic or eukaryotic. So, certain antibiotics can kill bacteria, fungi and parasites but antibiotics have no effect on viruses and prions.

  • Toni says:

    Hi! I use to run a business making products like this. I had to quit due to time constraints. Just a couple of tips. 1) When infusing herbs into oils to get any actual benefit you need to infuse for a minimum of 4 hours. Use a double boiler checking your water levels every 30 min or so. It is really recommended to do everything by weight using a kitchen scale for accuracy especially when including essential oils. Also, I read in a comment above that you said you sought out council about referring to your recipe as a homemade neosporin. I am surprised that your council didn’t point out that you should refer to this as antibiotic or antibacterial since when you do that in the FDAs eyes you are calling it a drug and you are not allowed to without it being an approved drug or the FDA can fine you. Just a heads up so you and anyone else that decides to make it is aware.

  • Jennifer says:

    I have calendula extract and lavender essential oil. Can I substitute this instead of making an infusion, and, if so, how many drops of each would I use?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jennifer, Calendula extract and lavender essential oil will work as a replacement. I’m not sure how many drops as I’ve never actually recreated the recipe with those ingredients alone.

  • Amanda Gernand says:

    How many 4 oz. jars does this recipe make?

  • Krystal says:

    Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to leave the lavender out of this. I would love to try it but am allergic to lavender.

  • Melissa says:

    Thank you for taking the time to experiment and creat this. I too am allergic to lavender so I wonder if oregano or goldenseal could be used instead. Both have great antibiotic properties.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      You’re welcome, Melissa. I don’t have much experience with oregano on the skin, but I’ve used goldenseal a number of times. I agree that it would be a great replacement for the lavender. Enjoy!!

  • Jo Dee says:

    I love this idea! I will definitely be making up a batch. However, I would like to share another home remedy with you for burns-yellow mustard. Like the above poster shared about the vinegar, the vinegar in the mustard provides antibacterial properties but the key ingredient in the mustard is the turmeric which boosts the healing powders. I hit my hand on a 500 degree pizza stone about a year ago that left a 3″ 2nd to 3rd degree burn underneath my thumb and wrist. I had already used mustard with great success before and put it on immediately. I was going camping for 4 days after and was terrified of having that big of an open would. But when I removed the gauze (that you should apply on top of the mustard to keep in on) the next morning, the area was bright red but the skin was intact. I never lost skin until the healing had occured underneath the burned layers. It also significantly reduces the pain. I’m sure your handy homeade Neosporin will be a great follow-up :)

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