If you have children, then this is an absolute must try recipe! As mom of boys, I go through lots of herbal neosporin! It is awesome to be able to provide my children something natural to put on all their many cuts, bruises, and rashes.
I really like the way the store bought Neosporin works, but I don't like all the chemicals and added perservatives used, so I came up with this herbal version of my own. I have given it to friends and have heard it works great on just about any type of skin irritation. We use it primarily on small cuts and bruises, although I have used it on diaper rashes as well.
Because it has oil in it, you can't use it directly with cloth diapers. The few times I used this neosporin with my son, I cut up a flannel scarf and used it as an insert so that the flannel acted as a barrier between the diaper and his skin.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this herbal salve:
- Two 4 ounce tins
- 1/2 ounce chapstick tube
- 1/2 ounce of Beeswax
- 8 ounces Olive oil
- 1 ounce Comfrey root
- 1 ounce Plantain
- 1 ounce Black Walnut Leaf
- 1 ounce Mullein
- Couple drops of Peppermint essential oil (optional)
* It is best to use dried herbs when making herbal salves because the moisture from fresh herbs can make your mixture spoil.
The links above are from Amazon because I know most people purchase from them. I will occasionally purchase the above brands from Amazon, but I typically purchase all my bulk herbs and tins from Mountain Rose Herbs. I believe their quality to be superior to any other company and their prices are very reasonable. I do a big bulk purchase once a year because they do charge a $10 shipping regardless of how many things you order. This is awesome if you have a big order, but if you only want one herb or tin, it can be pricey.
Another random side note is to purchase beeswax pellets like these and not a pound beeswax bar. The beeswax bar is a little bit cheaper, but it is pretty difficult to grate. When you do manage to get it grated, it is even more difficult to clean your grater without boiling it. I have done it this and found that it is definitely worth the extra dollar or two to buy the pellets. :)
In order to make this herbal neosporin, we will be making an herbal salve.
- Mix together Comfrey, Plantain, Black Walnut Leaf, and Mullein with olive oil and place into a double broiler.
- Cook on very low heat until the oil is very green. This usually takes about 3 hours. You don't want the mixture to get above 100 degrees at any time, so you may want to place a candy thermometer to keep an eye on it.
- Strain your liquid through cheesecloth to remove the dried herbs. You should be left with a clean green liquid.
- Now place your liquid back in the top of your double broiler and add in your beeswax pellets.
- Stir the mixture until the beeswax pellets melt.
- Test your mixture by placing a small amount onto a spoon. If the liquid sticks to the spoon even when you turn it sideways, it is ready to be put into tins. If it does not, you will need to add a little more beeswax. (The beeswax makes the salve firm at room temperature, so if your finished product is too soft, it just needs more beeswax. I live in a very hot climate, so I have to add more beeswax when I am making this in the summer time.)
- If you want to add essential oils, now is the time to add it. :)
- Lastly, pour into your tins and chap stick tube and let cool. I make some in a chap stick tube to stick in my purse or diaper bag for easy application.
Since herbal salves do not spoil, you can make this in big batches and store in the pantry or cabinet. If your salve gets too soft, you can store it in the refrigerator or you can put it back into the double broiler and add some more beeswax. We use this on cuts, bruises, bug bites, and any type of skin irritation.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. I would love to hear your feedback on how it worked for you. :)