Rest assured. The person behind this blog, writing this very post, is not four years-old.
I’m a grown adult, and yes, I still use the word, “boo-boo.” This isn’t healing cream for cuts, scrapes, and burns (well technically it is). This is healing “boo-boo” cream. Maybe the use of the word “boo- boo” is a reflection of my current season of life. “Mom…Mom…Mom…”
Have you noticed how when you become a parent your entire vocabulary changes? Subconsciously the hours of Sesame Street and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood start invading your dreams, in the very best way, and soon you’re singing, “Grown ups come back…” Then there are the times when you kiss your husband good-night and lovingly whisper, “Ugga Mugga!” And the crazy thing is that he just smiles and replies, “I love you too!” That, my friend, is the ever-changing and vast vocabulary of a parent.
PS: If you’re totally lost in our conversation right now, please YouTube “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”. I promise it will be the best three minutes of your day! A rich vocabulary lesson awaits.
Now, back to boo-boos. After all, that’s the reason we’re here today–boo-boos.
Last year I shared a DIY recipe for my homemade boo-boo cream here at Live Simply (you can find it here, but I’ll provide the full recipe below), a replacement in my home for Neosporin that’s made with simple healing ingredients. I’ve received many questions about the recipe over the past year, inquiring about the technique and ingredients. While the techinique and ingredients are simple (the way we like to keep things around Live Simply), a list of words can often feel a bit complicated.
I’m a visual learner and although I love to read, watching a video or studying pictures helps clarify directions in my mind. So today, I’d like to help you visualize and simplify homemade boo-boo cream. And yes, you must channel your inner four year-old and call it “boo-boo cream.”
Trust me, making your own healing boo-boo cream (AKA: a homemade Neosporin-like alternative) is a very simple process with the final result of a long-lasting cream made for the ouchiest of boo-boos. Hey, no judging. I’m expanding your vocabulary!
Let’s get started…
DIY Homemade Healing Boo Boo Cream
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup dried lavender
- 1/3 cup dried calendula
- 4 TB beeswax pellets
- 1 TB honey
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- In a large pot or double broiler (pictured in the video), combine the coconut oil and olive oil. Melt the oils over low heat. Once melted, add the dried lavender and calendula. Over low heat, infuse the herbs for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, use a fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth to filter the herbs from the oil.
- Return the infused oil to the pot (be sure to clean out any remaining dried herbs before returning the oil to the pot). Over low heat, add the beeswax and honey. Stir for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and add the essential oils (tea tree and lavender).
- Pour the mixture into glass jars (I used Weck Jars in the video tutorial). The mixture will begin to solidify. Stir every 1-2 minutes so the honey doesn’t sink to the bottom of the jar. The mixture takes 5-10 minutes to fully set. Once set it’s ready to use and will keep for 1 year.
I just made this today!
Hey Lena, That’s great! Enjoy!!
Can you use essential oils instead of infused oils? I know they’re not the same. And, if so, how much? Thanks in advance! 😉
Hey Malika, Yes, you could. I’m not sure about how much off the top of my head, but I believe you’d only new a few drops of each. A dilution chart would help answer this question, too: http://www.learningabouteos.com/index.php/2013/08/07/properly-diluting-essential-oils/.
I made this Boo-boo salve yesterday and accidentally used ten drops of lavender EO too. Do you think it will be too strong?
I am really excited, this smells so nice. The texture really is close to Neosporin. I steeped the herbs for four hours as recommended by one of your commentators, and I substituted half of the Coconut Oil for Shea Butter. It turned out really nice. Unfortunately I haven’t made it before so I have nothing to compare it too. (I don’t know if steeping it longer made any difference.)
Hey Bethany, Ten drops of lavender will be just fine. It’s still very diluted. Enjoy!!
This stuff is fantastic! Soothing on burns, cuts, dry skin, and even heals blemishes quickly. A little goes a long way, so this is my quick “go-to” remedy now! I even use it on my husband’s tired achy feet after work and he seems to sleep better, as do I. Thanks a million!
I have found your Boo Boo cream and am going to take a shot at making it, thank you for sharing! 😉
Awesome, Gina! I think you’ll love it! Enjoy.