I have a bit of a sad story, well, sad for me. Last week Brad and I were going to the movies for cheap night. I was playfully teasing him in the car, so after he parked, Brad jumped out ran to the theatre entrance saying that I wasn’t going to be able to get in because he had both the tickets. Well, I accepted that challenge and ran full tilt through the parking lot. Unfortunately, my feet couldn’t keep up with my competitive spirit. I stumbled and wiped out – hard. I scrambled to get out of the middle of the parking lot, but once I sat down I didn’t feel like I could ever stand up again. After further inspection, I found that I had cut one hand and one hip and torn up both my knees.
I was pretty embarrassed. It seems like such a childish injury to have sustained. I shouldn’t be surprised, though, I did fall off my bike last fall. Anyways, I was in serious need of a couple ice packs and healing ointment. Growing up I always used Polysporin, so I wanted to make something similar myself. This is what I came up with, and it’s been working wonders. Here is the recipe for natural homemade First Aid Ointment.
Homemade First Aid Ointment
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp shea butter
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops geranium essential oil
Melt coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler over medium heat.
Once liquid, remove from the heat.
Add in vitamin E oil and all essential oils. Stir well.
Pour into a suitable container and allow to cool and set.
Seal with a lid. Store in a dark, cool, dry place.
To use, apply some ointment onto a band-aid or gauze and cover your cut with it.
You can also apply straight onto a minor cut and gently rub in without covering with a band-aid or gauze.
Always wash your hands before putting fingers into the jar and before dressing wounds.
When it’s colder in the house and the ointment is more solid, I like to stir it up a little before using.
Each of these ingredients is chosen for its healing properties. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and contains vitamin E. Shea butter is anti-inflammatory and high in vitamins A and E as well as phytonutrients which aid in the healing process. The vitamin E oil is just another little boost because vitamin E is the primary antioxidant nutrient in the skin and it affects connective tissue growth factor.
Tea tree oil is a star ingredient because it is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic. You’re covering all your bases with this one. Lavender essential oil is antimicrobial and antiseptic, promotes cell regeneration for tissue and skin, and even relieves pain. Geranium essential oil is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, promotes cell regeneration, and helps stop bleeding.
Of course, if you see any signs of infection, visit your doctor.
Have you tried homemade first aid ointment? What do you use for cuts?
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