Having kids, especially boys, we have cuts and scratches that need to be taken care of. The neat thing is that it is not that difficult to make your own antiseptic ointment to heal and protect wounds.
Calendula flowers (also knows as marigold or pot marigold) has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties which makes it very effective in ointments to help speed the healing of burns, bruises, cuts, and the minor infections.
Comfrey leaf is known to increase cell division, helping the wound heal more quickly, as well as being soothing to the skin.
Both of these plants can be grown and dried yourself, or you can often purchase them at local stores that sell natural products, as well online.
Rosemary is often cooked with, but it is a great herb for the skin. It helps to preserve oils (slowing oxidization) and nourishes skin, helping hair follicles and skin to heal.
Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils are two more ingredients to use when you make your own antiseptic ointment. While Tea Tree and Lavender disinfects, lavender adds a calming effect that can be appreciated when one of your kids has a cut.
Homemade Antiseptic Ointment
If you have rosemary, you can add a sprig of that as well. Fresh herbs are wonderful to use as well.
- In a saucepan, mix in coconut and olive oils, comfrey and calendula.
- Heat on low for about 20 minutes. The idea is to extract the oils from the herbs, not fry them (though they will brown a bit).
- Strain herbs using cheesecloth, clean old t-shirt, or coffee filter. Discard herbs.
- Add oil back to the pot and stir in remaining ingredients.
- While still hot, pour into wide mouth jar (wide enough for you to get your hand or spoon in).
- Stir it occasionally while it cools to insure even settling.
This keeps easily for 6 months or more in a dark, sealed container. Use as you would any antiseptic ointment.