Homemade Neosporin-A Healing Salve You Can Feel Good About!

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DIY Neosporin

Today is a good day to make a Homemade Neosporin!!  I don’t know about your kids, but my kids have boo boos constantly!  I’m not even sure how they get half of them (they probably get them while I’m working on this blog!).  As usual, Neosporin, an old staple everyone has always used has harmful ingredients.  The main thing with Neosporin is that it is petroleum based.  I decided to come up with an all organic salve that would replace our worn out and toxic Neosporin. 

This DIY healing salve is great for so many ailments!

  • cuts and scrapes
  • hangnails
  • burns
  • bruises
  • bug bites
  • dry skin
  • heals cracked hands, lips and heels
  • eczema
  • break outs
  • diaper rash

Basically this is the Superman of all salves!  It will do everything short of the dishes!

Homemade Neosporin Ingredients:

Due to Lavender, Tea Tree (melaleuca), Lemon and Frankincense essential oils it is antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal!!  Frankincense acts as a coagulant, helping to stop bleeding from wounds and cuts as well as helps re new and repair skin cells.

Coconut Oil is crazy healing and Olive Oil is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. 

Beeswax is also moisturizing but mainly it creates a barrier over the skin which heals and protects while the oils seep in to get to work!  

It’s so easy to make and so great to keep close!  It’s mommy’s “magic balm” that heals all boo boos!

More DIY Essential Oil Balms:

Homemade Neosporin

 
 

 

DIY Neosporin Healing Salve Recipe:

Directions:

  1.  Fill a pot half way full with water and place a glass bowl with a spout inside.  (I call this a double boiler)
  2.  Add your coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax to the glass bowl.
  3.  Once beeswax and oils are completely melted, remove from heat and add essential oils.
  4.  Pour into desired containers.

Homemade Healing Salve

This recipe makes about 5 ounces. I like to put mine in a variety of containers.  The jars are great for at home, and the tins and lip balm tubes are excellent for on the go!

I find my tins, tubes and jars HERE.

This homemade neosporin healing salve is a multipurpose DIY that is easy to make. The combination of essential oils is my absolute favorite scent ever and by far, this is the one homemade product I never leave home without. 

xx, Jenni

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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 7 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on living a natural lifestyle.

61 thoughts on “Homemade Neosporin-A Healing Salve You Can Feel Good About!”

      1. I instantly loved this recipe from the moment I made it. However, today when I opened one of the pots, it appeared to be growing something. There were spots covering the top of it. I just made this batch at Christmas time. Do you suppose I did something wrong. I followed the directions exactly.

        1. Hi Kara! Sounds like water could have gotten into your pot. It takes barely a tiny drop to form mold then the mold will spread. This recipe has a 6 mos. shelf life if it is not left open to air on light and doesn’t get ANY water in it.
          I realized I was leaving one of my balms open while I washed my face and would randomly get drops of water in it-it didn’t take long for it to go bad.

          1. Anon-Products can still go bad even if they don’t contain water. You could have gotten a drop of water in it at some point as well. Even leaving it open and exposed to the air could cause moisture to get into it. Essential oils are anti fungal but they are not strong enough to protect a product from growing mold if it is too old or been exposed to even the tiniest amount of water.

          2. I’ve been told by 2 Naturapathic doctors that regular organic coconut oil will go rancid over time
            Using fractionation Coconut oil will remove that problem. I love using coconut oil, but bought fractionation coc oil to make sure my applications stay pute. Hope this helps.

  1. This sounds wonderful, maybe adding some Rosemary essential oil would make the shelf life go up, as it is a natural preservative?

    1. Most essential oils are good at preserving but I think you are thinking of ROE-Rosemary Oil Extract, it’s different from the essential oil. I have never used it so I’m not too familiar. Luckily with salves like this that don’t include water, you don’t have to worry too much about it going bad since water isn’t added. Mine lasts about 6 months as is. Thanks for reading!!

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  5. Thanks for the great recipes! I made your neosporin and vapor rub today. I’m so excited to put them to work!!! Thank you

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  7. Do you have a suggestion for a substitute for the coconut oil in this recipe? Unfortunately, my daughter is allergic to coconut so I need to leave it out of all of my diy recipes. Thanks!

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  9. As an oil user I wanted to share with you. 🙂 I saw this on pinterest. You have to be careful what name you use. I used to call it the same exact thing. I also use to use the name of a very common eucalyptus salve that we all grew up using. I had both names on my blog and I had many MANY different lawyers get a hold of me and threaten to sue me because I was using their names in my titles. I had to take them down immediately or be taken to court. While I love oils AND making money I don’t make near enough to cover court costs. I use Spark Naturals and LOVE THEM. Great post though!!! 😀 Just thought I would share my experience with you.

    1. Sarah-No not at all! It should be a solid product. Beeswax is what makes it solid. You can add more beeswax at any time. I would put it back in the double boiler and add 2 tbsp. of beeswax. This will firm it up. Even with a small amount of beeswax, I’ve had my oils turn solid-that’s weird! Good luck!

    2. I had the same problem – followed the recipe exactly, cooled in fridge and it was solid, but a few hours at room temp and it’s completely liquid. I used the tiny beeswax pastiles.

      1. Kim-I can’t imagine what would cause it to liquify. Where are you getting your pasitles? The beeswax is the key to the salve solidifying. I have bought mine from an organic source on amazon and had no problem but I always go back to Mountain Rose Herb.
        Don’t trash your “liquid salve”, you can experiment with it by heating it back up and adding more beeswax.
        I will say that I never put my salves in the fridge to cool-not for any reason and I wouldn’t think this would break anything down with the beeswax but I do know that putting creams with emulsifying wax that have not yet thickened in a fridge seems to screw their consistency up.
        I’m so confused-Never have I heard a salve with beeswax staying a liquid and now 2 of you have said it!

        1. I always cool my lip balms in the fridge with no issues with solidifying. I gently reheated the salve (didn’t want to compromise the essential oils) and added two more tablespoons of beeswax. That did the trick, almost too well maybe. I think next time I’d use 2 to 2-1/2 TB.

          I get my beeswax from amazon as well and they’ve worked great for all other projects I’ve used them for. Maybe my coconut oil was runnier? I use Nutiva organic virgin. It’s been hot and humid here in Maryland, so maybe that contributed.

          But all’s well that ends well – I’ve been using it on a burn on my arm that I got from my oven and it’s been wonderful!

          1. Kim-I’m glad your sorted it out! I’m not sure about the coconut oil but humid conditions will really do it! You can re-heat again and add extra oil to get a creamier texture too-Good job for gently heating!!

  10. Could you replace the lemon oil with a similar non-citrus oil? In addition to putting in glass jars, I want to put some into lip balm tubes for my purse, beach bag, etc., and I know you’re not supposed to put any citrus oils in plastic containers.

      1. Thanks – I will leave out the lemon. FYI, from the Doterra blog:
        Citrus oils have compounds in them that dissolve petroleum products (also called “petro chemicals”). They are perfectly safe for humans, but interact chemically with plastics and other petroleum-based in a way that breaks them down. It is definitely preferable to use glass or steel drinking vessels with oils, but plastic water bottles are fine if not reused.

        1. Tiffany McCutcheon

          This is when you are using the oils neat. But when they are diluted with a carrier oil and beeswax, it is perfectly safe to use with a plastic container or metal tin. If you look on the DoTerra blog, they have a recipe for chapstick and use a plastic chapstip tube.

  11. I am in love with this stuff. It works wonders on my cracked heels, nephews elbow pit heat rash, mosquito bites, moisturize my face at night etc. I used it on my son’s teething diaper rash today though, and every time he had a new diaper (he had a lot of dirty ones today) the rash looked worse. My husband who is a n oil skeptic put his foot Down and used desitin finally. He said the salve was making it worse. Sigh. I don’t know if it’s the lemon, or if it never had a chance to work. Has anyone else had this experience?

    1. Julie-Thank you! I think the problem with this and diaper rash is that desitin helps to keep the bottom more dry. Unfortunately, that’s a chemical that does that. Sometimes with diaper rash you gotta use something to protect the bottom from moisture because the wetness is the culprit. This salve certainly is killing the bacteria that is growing in the wet environment and will help to heal the skin faster. You might have to use both when it’s a bad rash.

  12. I’m allergic to tea tree oil. I have never been able to use any products which contain it without breaking out in a pretty severe rash. I don’t seem to have any issue with other EOs though. Would love to try this recipe but do you have another recommendation to use in the place of tea tree???

  13. How do you measure out the coconut oil since it is solid? The only thing I can think of is to use a separate bowl and melt the coconut oil and then measure it and add it to the olive oil and other ingredients. I was hoping to not have to dirty another bowl.
    Thanks.

  14. I’ve been using this JRC Recipie on my 3 year old granddaughter to my 87 year old father and everyone in between…this is the best healing remedy I’ve ever used! Thank you Jenny ❤️

    1. Kristen-OH YES! In fact it would be the better choice. It’s just that helichrysum is much more expensive so I use lemon. I would add way less though because helichrysum is stronger.

  15. Patricia Tardugno

    I happy to have the opportunity to point out 2 very important things about Neosporin here. Many people don’t understand HOW Neosporin works. The label says it SPEEDS CELL REPRODUCTION. That is a double edged sword, because Neosporin does NOT discriminate between good & bad cells. If it is put on a clean, new cut, it will heal it faster. If it is put on a festering infected wound, or a rash, it will cause the infection or rash to spread & grow worse faster. IT only speeds cell reproduction. YOU must determine if it is the proper injury, (NEVER A RASH OR INFECTION), or stage of healing to be able to use Neosporin. AND, there is nothing in the salve ingredients list in the recipe above that would speed cell reproduction, so, they can claim it is a salve, but NOT claim that it does the same thing Neosporin does. I’m telling you all the accurate truth of the subject.

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