In a case of cuts, burns or scrapes most people reach for Neosporin, an ointment which treats and prevents infection caused by the aforementioned injuries. Neosporin is widely used as it allegedly provides antibacterial effect and promotes healing. However, it turns out that the ingredients list is quite disturbing and we might want to think twice before applying this ointment onto the skin.
The list of ingredients includes include Bacitracin Zinc, Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B, and Pramoxine, all of which are linked to various side effects, including rashes, hives, allergic reactions, tightness in the chest, hearing loss, fetal harm, and muscle twitching.
This ointment costs about $10 with all the unknown ingredients put into it. Luckily, Mother Nature offers numerous ingredients with the same healing properties and without any side effects. Below, we present a simple recipe for an all natural but extremely powerful topical antibacterial solution.
NATURAL ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT RECIPE
Each of the ingredients in this recipe possesses healing properties. The oils are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral while the herbs provide additional medicinal properties. Witch Hazel helps soothe the sensitive skin and beeswax prevents infection, keeps irritants away, and allows air circulation into the affected area.
– ¼ cup almond oil, avocado oil, or olive oil
– ½ cup coconut oil
– 15 drops lavender or tea tree essential oils
– 2 tsp witch hazel
– 4 tbsp beeswax
– ½ cup healing herbs of your choice (chamomile, calendula, comfrey, lavender, plantain leaves)
– First, put the herbs into a glass jar and pour oil over them.
– Put the glass jar into a saucepan half filled with water and heat on low heat for about half an hour.
– Strain the herbs from the oil with cheesecloth, coffee filter, or an old t-shirt.
– Put the jar with the strained oil back into the saucepan with water and add the beeswax.
– Remove from heat once it is fully melted and add the witch hazel.
– Let the mixture cool and transfer it in a container with a lid once it cooled.
Directions for Use:
Simply, apply the ointment to cuts, burns, scrapes, dry skin, athlete`s foot, diaper rash, and more. Keep it in a cool and dark place. If kept under these storage conditions, the ointment will last up to a year while maintaining its optimum quality.