It’s been almost 3 years since I posted THIS neosporin salve. Let me tell you-it is probably THE most used DIY I have ever made. I use it for everything from cracked heels to treating bug bites and and cuts. I’ve made it over 20 times and honestly think it smells like what I imagine heaven to smell like! Yeah, I’m tootin’ this horn rather loud but I just really love this product. When I infused safflower oil with calendula flowers a few months ago, I wanted to make another version of the original healing balm but with even more effective ingredients, so here we are.
First things first, go HERE to learn how to infuse calendula flowers into oil. It’s super easy and you can’t beat the healing properties of calendula. You seriously can not match good ole’ unrefined coconut oil for it’s anti fungal/anti bacterial healing properties as well. I am never without coconut oil when it comes to damaged skin. I threw a curve ball with tamanu oil. Tamanu oil has an uncanny ability to regenerate damaged skin cells. It’s extremely helpful in acne formulations for this reason as well as the fact that it is antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antioxidant! If you need more reasons to add this oil to your arsenal, go HERE.
I’ve added lemon essential oil because I love it. Studies have shown that lemon oil may be the most powerful antimicrobial oil. It cleanses toxins from the body and purifies the skin. I added lavender essential oil due to it’s abilities to heal skin abrasions including burns. For even more potent anti bacterial action, a few drops of tea tree were added to ensure wounds do not get infected.
Calendula Tamanu Healing Balm
- Make a double boiler by filing a medium sized pot 1/2 way full with water and place a glass pyrex cup in the pot.
- Turn the stove top on to medium.
- Add all oils and beeswax (but not essential oils!!) to glass cup.
- Heat until beeswax is completely melted.
- Remove from heat and add essential oils.
- Pour into a 4 ounce glass jar. (I used a 4 ounce mason jar)
- Apply a thin layer to skin.
- Cover with a bandaid if needed.
- Apply as often as needed.
So there you have it! I would highly recommend going the extra mile and infusing oil with calendula flowers. It’s a very simple process. Not only does it reduce swelling, it revs up blood flow which in turn encourages the skin to heal. It’s also anti bacterial which can help keep wounds free from infection.
Remember that your DIYs are only as effective as the ingredients you choose. I have linked the exact ingredients that I used to make this balm. I always prefer to get my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.
P.S. Yes, lemon oil can cause you to be extra sensitive to the sun. Don’t apply this balm and then expose the area to prolonged amounts of sun. Some people have photo sensitivity to citrus oils but many do not. If you aren’t sure, I wouldn’t risk it.