Homemade Healing & Antibacterial Cream: Like Homemade Neosporin®

homemade-neosporin-recipe

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.

Medical treatments like neosporin®, filled with synthetic toxins just don’t fly. Nothing like rubbing chemicals on an exposed wound seeping into your bloodstream in a mere twenty seconds. 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 the healing.

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® made with healing and soothing herbs and oils  A salve I can trust and feel good about.

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

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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 Neosporin®

Ingredients

http://livesimply.me/2014/01/20/homemade-neosporin-four-simple-steps-healing-salve-recipe/

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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As always please consult a medical professional. This recipe isn’t medically-founded or endorsed. Just a simple recipe, I use, in my home with effective ingredients.

If you’d like to purchase a Homemade Healing and Antibacterial (Neosporin-Like) Cream, I recommend Scratch Mommy’s shop for Fix-Anything DIY Healing Salve”.

More DIYs I love:

Homemade Astringent

Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Body Wash

Homemade Moisturizer or Homemade Lotion (without Coconut Oil)

Homemade Foundation Powder

Homemade Toothpaste

The incredibly helpful eBook, packed full of recipes and pictures: DIY Organic Beauty Recipes

 

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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Kristin is a stay-at-home mom to her two children, Piper (4) and Londyn (2). She loves to share her real food tips, ideas, and recipes for feeding the entire family nourishing real food. She is passionate about encouraging moms on this journey of simple, natural living and traditional, real food. Kristin is a professional writer and the creator of Live Simply.

50 Comments

  • Reply January 20, 2014

    Moriah

    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?

    • Reply January 20, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hi Moriah, I would recommend using 1 cup of olive oil to replace the coconut oil. So, one cup total, instead of the 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup coconut oil. :)

  • Reply January 21, 2014

    Julie

    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!

    • Reply January 21, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Sounds perfect. Comfrey would be wonderful in this recipe! I love to rub it on my hands and feet too.

  • Reply January 21, 2014

    Wee Beastie

    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.

    • Reply January 21, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      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!

    • Reply January 22, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Thanks, it really does smell great. I love to use it as lotion, it just smells that wonderful, when winter has taken it’s toll.

  • Reply January 22, 2014

    jennieharborth

    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.

    • Reply January 22, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Thanks, it’s a great recipe. We absolutely love it. Thank you for your concern. We did seek counsel when considering the post and name. We are comfortable with the way it stands.

      • Reply January 22, 2014

        jennieharborth

        OK, thanks for coming back to me. It’s good to know you won’t have problems.

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Julie Meek

    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. :)

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      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 :).

  • Reply January 24, 2014

    Jennifer

    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?

    • Reply January 24, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hi Jennifer, The honey just helps work as an antibacterial and healing agent, but you can leave it out. In fact, I have many times when running low on honey.

  • 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! :)-

    • Reply January 30, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      lol, so glad I’m not alone. Maybe it’s a food blogger thing ;).

  • Reply February 5, 2014

    Megan

    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 :(

    • Reply February 6, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hi Megan, You can substitute the coconut oil for more olive oil. :)

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  • Reply February 19, 2014

    andreagmcbride

    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?

    • Reply February 19, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hi, I use this all the time on burns. It’s very multipurpose. I’ve used it as a lotion, burns, minor cuts, acne, and more. It’s my go-to salve for just about anything.

  • Reply March 16, 2014

    shawna

    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.

    • Reply March 16, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      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.

  • Reply April 15, 2014

    Sarah Pudlo

    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

    • Reply April 15, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      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 :).

  • Reply May 4, 2014

    Maria

    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!

    • Reply May 4, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      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.

  • Reply May 14, 2014

    The Suburban Reaper

    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!

  • Reply May 14, 2014

    Lisa in LA

    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!!

    • Reply May 15, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hi Lisa in LA, Thank you, great minds think alike ;). I love that people are making more of their own products like this.

  • Reply May 22, 2014

    Tina Goodman

    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.

  • Reply June 12, 2014

    holly

    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?

    • Reply June 13, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hi Holly, I’d recommend using unrefined shea butter or 100% olive oil.

  • Reply June 27, 2014

    Kim

    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

    • Reply June 27, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      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.

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Evie@ Defense Soap

    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.

  • Reply July 30, 2014

    Janice

    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.

    • Reply July 30, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hey Janice, What a great remedy! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Reply August 4, 2014

    Tamara Santos

    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!

  • Reply August 4, 2014

    Tamara Santos

    Oh! And how many jars does this recipe make?

    • Reply August 4, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Hey Tamara, I believe 4oz will be plenty to make this recipe. If you have extra herbs simply store in glass jars in a dark location. I usually get around 2-2.5 4oz. jars with this recipe.

      • Reply August 4, 2014

        Tamara Santos

        Thank you for your quick response! I am excited to make this! :-)

        • Reply August 4, 2014

          Kristin Marr

          Absolutely! Enjoy :).

          • August 4, 2014

            Tamara Santos

            One last question, hopefully. :-) Should I order whole dried calendula flowers or just the petals?

          • August 4, 2014

            Kristin Marr

            I personally use the whole calendula flowers. I’ve never worked with just the petals.

  • Reply August 25, 2014

    Kelly S

    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.

    • Reply August 25, 2014

      Kristin Marr

      Thanks for the info, Kelly. Based on the ingredient list, using the cream in place of neosporin works great for us. Enjoy!

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