I love this stuff! Works on scrapes, cuts, and burns. Lasts up to 12 months in the medicine cabinet. So easy to make and use, and I don't have to worry about the ingredients. 100% natural!

Photo Note: If you’re coming from Google or Pinterest and you notice the photos look different in this post from what you clicked on, it’s because I recently updated the photos. The boo-boo cream recipe hasn’t been changed. Enjoy! 

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.

Homemade Healing Boo Boo Cream: Like Neosporin

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®, which are 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.

I love this stuff! Works on scrapes, cuts, and burns. Lasts up to 12 months in the medicine cabinet. So easy to make and use, and I don't have to worry about the ingredients. 100% natural!

I love this stuff! Works on scrapes, cuts, and burns. Lasts up to 12 months in the medicine cabinet. So easy to make and use, and I don't have to worry about the ingredients. 100% natural!

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.

I love this stuff! Works on scrapes, cuts, and burns. Lasts up to 12 months in the medicine cabinet. So easy to make and use, and I don't have to worry about the ingredients. 100% natural!

This salve sits on my counter and makes 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.

I love this stuff! Works on scrapes, cuts, and burns. Lasts up to 12 months in the medicine cabinet. So easy to make and use, and I don't have to worry about the ingredients. 100% natural!

Homemade Healing Boo Boo Cream: Like Neosporin
4.56 from 9 votes

Homemade Healing Boo-Boo Cream

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.
Kristin Marr
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course DIY, Homemade
Cuisine Body
Servings 16 oz



  • In a double boiler, 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. If you don't have a double boiler, you can use a large glass or metal bowl set over a pot of boiling water
  • 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.
  • Return the infused oil to the double boiler (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).
  • Pour the mixture into one large jar or two small jars (2-4oz. jars work well for me). The mixture will begin to solidify. If you're using honey, stir every minute or two. The mixture takes about 5-10 minutes to fully set. Once set, it's ready to use and will keep for 12 months at room temperature.


Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

As always, please consult a medical professional about serious injuries.

I love this stuff! Works on scrapes, cuts, and burns. Lasts up to 12 months in the medicine cabinet. So easy to make and use, and I don't have to worry about the ingredients. 100% natural!

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


  1. 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?

    1. 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. 🙂

    2. Babassu oil is a perfect substitution for coconut oil. It also has a lot of healing abilities:)

    3. Hi Kristin! This salve looks great, I can’t wait to try it! I was wondering if you’ve ever thought of adding witch hazel to your recipe. It’s supposed to be good for healing.

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

  3. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 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.

  4. 5 stars
    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. 🙂

    1. 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 :).

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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 🙁

  6. 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?

    1. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. Hi
        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 .

        1. 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.

    1. 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 :).

    2. Hi
      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 .

  8. 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!

    1. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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

    1. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

    1. 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.

          1. One last question, hopefully. 🙂 Should I order whole dried calendula flowers or just the petals?

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

    1. I believe that would only be the case if she were SELLING this. Since she is not selling it, she has the rights to do with it as she pleases with the exception of using someone else’s trademark. If she sought counsel on the name part, I’m sure she’s fine!

  18. 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?

    1. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

    1. 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!!

  21. 5 stars
    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 🙂

    1. That’s awesome, Jo Dee. Thank you for sharing such a wonderfully simple homemade treatment! I’m so glad your hand is healing and that the mustard helped.

  22. How do you think this would do for a diaper balm? I use cloth. Also how much does it yield? 2 jars or more? Thank you!!

    1. Hey Melissa, I’ve never tried this recipe as a diaper balm, but I think it will work well! The recipe will yield a little bit more than 2 4-oz jars.

  23. great balm, must make it, we have our own bees so have the honey and wax already, need something for what i think may be folliculitius on my scalp. great responses too.

  24. Hi Kristin,

    I just found your blog & love it. I follow a couple other “real food” blogs too & have cut out about 75% of everything we used to have in our household that was refined or full of chemicals. I use coconut oil & tea tree oil all the time & have been using a salve similar to the one you make that I buy from a small family run natural foods shop. It is expensive though & I have to travel about 3 hours from my home to get it! Hers has comfrey as well & the one I buy doesn’t have any lavender. I’m not allergic to the lavender, but I am one of the few that can’t stand the scent… gives me a headache! Will I lose much of the healing power if I leave out the lavender? Could I add comfrey instead.. how much? Thanks! I am looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    1. Awesome, Candee! Welcome to Live Simply.

      The lavender adds healing benefits, but thanks to the other healing ingredients you can skip this ingredient and still make a great homemade “boo-boo” cream. You can definitely add comfrey leaves during the herbal infusion, although I’m not sure about an exact measurement.

      1. Thanks Kristin. I am definitely going to try this. I will make it without the comfrey first & leave out the lavender… maybe add a bit more tea tree oil as I love the scent & the way it heals just about everything! I plan on checking out some of your other DIY’s too.

  25. What’s the purpose of the raw honey in making salve? also the coconut oil and the olive oil? Please answer me. I need this for my research project. Thank for your kind consideration and cooperation.

  26. I wanted to know if it is okay to use calendula extract instead of the flowers and how much would I substitute for the flowers if it is possible. Thanks

  27. Thanks for the recipe! Would you recommend adding some vitamin E to help fade any scarring?

    1. Hey Laura, You’re welcome. Vitamin E oil would be a great addition to this recipe. I would add a couple of teaspoons once you’ve removed the mixture from the heat.

  28. Hi! I just found your homemade neosporin (boo boo cream) and I am eager to make some. I have a salve that I use (Plantain, Calendula and Comfrey) but since I have the ingredients, would like to make a small batch of yours, also. For unknown reasons, the computer is not showing your amounts for calendula and lavendar. It shows a “square.” Can you let me know your quantities, please?

    1. Hey Erica, That’s so weird–the problem must occur with specific browsers and computers. Here are the correct measurements: ⅓ cup dried lavender and ⅓ cup dried calendula. Enjoy!!

  29. Hi Kristin! I wanted to let you know I made this recipe over the summer for my dad (only adjustment was the addition of some Fenugreek). After suffering a severe infection from stepping on a nail during summer 2014 he ended up with a toe and portion of foot amputated. He is a type 1 diabetic so healing can be an issue for him. After MANY rounds of antibiotics via IV, pill and pic line his foot was still not healed summer 2015. I made him this salve with the thought he could use it on the part of his foot that was not impacted by the amputation wound. I was thinking if it could help keep bacteria at bay on the rest of his foot there would be less chance of re-infection, which had happened a few times. So, with permission from his specialist (he promises he asked) I made him up a batch. It helped to finally keep some of the skin softened on his foot, though he remains unhealed. The bigger surprise was he apparently started using it on other minor burns and cuts which typically would not heal for him, or take extended periods of time with scarring. It worked fast and well on a couple of tiny burns. That is incredible because the faster his skin heals, the less likely a new infection. Last month he had an accident and suffered second degree burns to his entire foot that has battled infections and partial amputation. He was immediately hospitalized and by the grace of God a new infection has not set in. However, his healing has been set back once again. So, not surprisingly, without telling anyone he started reapplying a tiny bit of cream to the burn on his foot this past week. He just called me from his appointment with his limb salvage specialist. It helped so much in that area she wants me to make him a new batch!! I also am going to pass along the recipe for her to review and make sure she’s comfortable with all ingredients. I thank you greatly and wanted to make sure to let you know your recipe had a definite impact on someone. One natural treatment equals one less chance to increase his antibiotic resistance. I will keep you posted on how it works for him =) Happy holidays!

    1. Wow, Melissa! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m so thrilled to hear that the boo-boo cream has worked so well for him. Please keep me posted :). Also, I’ll be praying for your dad!

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