DIY All Natural Herbal Antiseptic Salve for People and Pets

January 29, 2013


When you live on a farm, there are plenty of opportunities to get cuts and scrapes, splinters and small injuries.  Instead of grabbing the Neosporin, why not make your own natural antiseptic salve?

On every farm there are loads of nasty bacteria and germs hanging around just waiting to strike. So we always make sure we have plenty of this antiseptic salve on hand to treat open cuts, scrapes and insect bites so they can begin to heal and don't get infected.

I love using this completely natural, herbal ointment that we can use on ourselves as well as our animals. After all, someone is always getting into something they shouldn't, and this salve is perfect to apply to a wound or cut in a pinch.  Plus it smells really good!

For use on people, chickens, ducks, dogs and other animals (not recommended for use on cats).

This all natural DIY Antiseptic Salve is really quick and easy to make since it uses essential oils, but feel free to infuse your own if you are so inclined.


DIY All Natural Herbal Antiseptic Salve

(makes approximately one cup)

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon liquid vitamin E (helps repair damaged skin)
25 drops lavender essential oil (relaxant, pain reliever, antibacterial, anti-fungal)
25 drops lemon essential oil (antibacterial, antiviral)

Melt beeswax and coconut oil over a double boiler until they melt into a liquid, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond oil, vitamin E and essential oils. 

Allow to cool slightly, then pour into a small covered metal container and cool completely.

Store in a cool, dark place and apply liberally on cuts and scrapes as needed, as you would any commercial antiseptic ointment or salve.



Not a DIY kind of a of person? Green Goo is a wonderful all natural herbal salve that I always keep on hand in both my chicken first aid kit and in our bathroom.




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21 comments

  1. I wish we could have smells come through the internet! Your kitchen must have smelt heavenly!

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  2. What a great idea! Gotta get me some beeswax!

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  3. I liked the post. I just never get around to getting the oils. One of these days. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Me thinks you've been spammed.

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  5. Thanks! Good post. Think I'll try this one :)

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  6. Love this; thanks for sharing. I'm visiting from Bloggy Moms; stop by www.pushinonarope.com. ...

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  7. What a lovely recipe! I have also used Goldenseal and Vitamin E on bad scrapes. It creates a natural scab, and works great on hurt animals as well.

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  8. This recipe looks so soothing. I will have to make some to keep around our farm, for the kids and the animals. Thanks! I saw you on Wildcrafting Wed.

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  9. Just love it when I come across natural diy products with an actual explanation of the ingredients!
    Found
    you through the Growing Patch hop. Following you on Networked blogs, twitter and pinterest!
    Thanks!
    Katie~
    http://dysfunctionsjunction.com

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  10. I'm so glad you shared this on Wildcrafting Wednesday! I have herbs and oils gallor and my husband STILL reaches for the neosporin! Well not anymore! ;)

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  11. I bet this smells great! Thanks so much for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!

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  12. What an awesome recipe. I love making herbal alternatives. Had to pin this cuz I am going to make it soon. Thanks for sharing! Cheers

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  13. I look forward to making this soon. Thank you!

    Heidi

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  14. wonderful. How long is the shelf life for this terrific recipe. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. the new giveaway started yesterday :-)

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    1. Pretty much never expires Katherine. I've had mine on our bathroom shelf for months and months. I've used it many times over the months to trust me!

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  15. This is awesome! And I have this stuff kicking around, I'll have to give this a shot. Thanks for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not :)

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  16. Thanks for this. I need to get the same ingredients for some other homemade health items, so good time to give it a go. Neosporin creeps me out.

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    1. I so agree! Pretty much anything storebought is starting to creep me out the more I start making stuff myself.

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  17. going to make it for Shure.

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