DIY Healing Salve

DIY Neosporin

Today is a good day to make a DIY Healing Salve!!  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 salve is great for cuts and scrapes, hangnails, burns, bruises and bug bites!  It is a great moisturizer for hands, lips and heels.  It is great for eczema, break outs and works lightening speed fast for diaper rash. Basically this is the Superman of all salves!  It will do everything short of the dishes!

Due to Lavender, Tea Tree, 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!

Homemade Neosporin



DIY Healing Salve

1/4 cup unrefined organic coconut oil (find it HERE)

1/4 cup organic olive oil (find it HERE)

1 HEAPING Tbsp. organic beeswax (find it HERE)

20 drops Lavender essential oil (find it HERE)

12 drops Frankincense essential oil (find it HERE)

10 drops Lemon essential oil (find it HERE)

8 drops Tea Tree (a.k.a melaleuca) essential oil (find it HERE)


  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.  As you can see from the picture on the left, 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.

xx, Jenni



Homemade Neosporin

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. September 8, 2013 / 10:09 pm

    Thanks! Super excited to try this.

  2. September 10, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    Great! I LOVE it and the Frankincense was the right change to make! It smells wonderful! Thanks for visiting!

  3. Anonymous
    November 12, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    How long will this last?

    • November 14, 2013 / 5:55 pm

      Typically this will last around 6 mos. You will smell a change when it goes bad. Thanks!

      • Kara
        January 24, 2016 / 5:54 pm

        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.

        • January 27, 2016 / 4:12 pm

          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.

          • Anon
            June 15, 2016 / 11:32 am

            I thought this recipe was anti-fungal. How come mold can grow on it?

          • Jenni
            June 20, 2016 / 7:42 am

            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.

          • Denise
            July 16, 2016 / 9:52 pm

            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.

  4. December 28, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Since I have turned allergic to store bought neosporin I am so glad to have found this recipe. Thank you very much!

    • December 28, 2013 / 7:38 pm

      Rebecca! That’s great-I know you’ll love it! I love it so much I use it for everything-dry feet and hands, bug bites and even for sensitive skin on my face-it’s very moisturizing and calming. Thanks!

    • Joanne
      January 14, 2017 / 5:47 pm

      I cannot use the petroleum-based Neosporin. Only the cream.

  5. Anonymous
    January 1, 2014 / 12:24 pm

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

    • January 3, 2014 / 1:51 pm

      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!!

      • Linda
        February 23, 2019 / 9:52 am

        Try using vitamin E capsules mix in well with the recipe!

    • Tina
      January 15, 2014 / 10:26 am

      You could add Vit E for a preservative. It’s also a great healer and moisturizer! πŸ™‚

      • January 15, 2014 / 6:59 pm

        Yes you could! Don’t be afraid to add Vitamin E to anything you make-it does prolong the shelf life and is great for your skin!

  6. Terri C
    January 18, 2014 / 1:33 pm

    Thanks, I’m sensitive to petroleum products. Can’t wait to try!

  7. Suzi Castelo
    May 26, 2014 / 6:44 pm

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

  8. Aren
    July 20, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    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!

    • July 22, 2014 / 6:00 pm

      Hi Aren! You could substitute anything for the coconut. You could use all olive oil. Another great choice would be almond oil. Thanks!

    • Toni Stutler
      October 8, 2015 / 2:53 pm

      My sister is sensitive to coconut, we use palm kernel oil as a sub for coconut in everything.

    • December 3, 2014 / 10:16 am

      Kimberly-Thanks so much for sharing! I’m so glad the recipe helped your son-that scrape/bruise looked awful!! Poor guy!

  9. Just Me. :)
    December 15, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    As an oil user I wanted to share with you. πŸ™‚ 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!!! πŸ˜€ Just thought I would share my experience with you.

    • December 26, 2014 / 6:40 pm

      Hi! Very interesting-I wondered if I would run into any repercussions using this name! Thanks for sharing! Yeah, I don’t make enough to pay for court costs!!!

  10. Sarah
    June 20, 2015 / 8:48 am

    Is this normal to be complete liquid & not salve like when initially made?

    • June 23, 2015 / 7:14 am

      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!

    • Kim
      July 10, 2015 / 8:18 am

      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.

      • July 11, 2015 / 8:13 am

        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!

        • Kim
          July 11, 2015 / 8:52 am

          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!

          • July 12, 2015 / 6:17 pm

            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!!

  11. Logan
    June 27, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    Is this save for kids (specially 11 months old) or would you add less essential oils to it?

    • July 3, 2015 / 7:33 am

      Logan-I use it on my kids constantly. They even use it as their lip balm and my youngest has done that since 2. If you are concerned, you could add less essential oils but I see no threat.

  12. Kim
    July 7, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    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.

    • July 8, 2015 / 4:28 pm

      Kim-Yes, you could just omit the lemon if you’d like. I put mine in tins and plastic lip balm tubes as well-no problem! Glass is always better but sometimes you just gotta use a lip balm tube!

      • Kim
        July 9, 2015 / 1:24 pm

        Thanks – I will leave out the lemon. FYI, from the Doterra blog:
        Citrus oils have compounds in them that dissolve petroleum products (also called β€œpetro 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.

        • Tiffany McCutcheon
          June 30, 2016 / 5:38 pm

          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.

  13. Julie
    August 24, 2015 / 1:42 am

    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?

    • August 24, 2015 / 10:28 am

      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.

  14. Amber
    July 15, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    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???

    • Jenni
      July 15, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Amber-Hi! I would just skip it! Lavender and Frankincense are really healing and can do the job!

  15. Joyce
    July 19, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    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.

    • Jenni
      August 9, 2016 / 4:28 pm

      Joyce-There’s no easy way but to load it into a measuring cup with a spoon!

    • Kimberlee
      August 9, 2016 / 5:13 pm

      Live in hot humid Maryland – my coconut oil is liquid all summer, even with the AC on!

  16. Sandy Sharp
    July 29, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    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 ❀️

    • Jenni
      July 30, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Sandy! Thank you so much! I love hearing this!

  17. Toni
    May 27, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    Have you ever tried this formula without the beeswax and then used in a glass roller bottle? What do you think?

    • Jenni
      May 28, 2018 / 8:03 am

      Toni-I think that’s a wonderful idea! You could also put it in a spray bottle to avoid having to roll it on broken skin. My diaper rash recipe is kind of like that.

  18. Patricia Thommarson
    September 8, 2018 / 12:32 am

    My granddaughter has a reaction to the olive oil. Can I use just coconut oil?

    • Jenni
      September 8, 2018 / 7:57 am

      Patricia-You sure can! Coconut oil is super healing so that would be fine!

  19. Kristin
    April 3, 2020 / 3:20 pm

    Could Helichrysum essential oil be a good substitute for lemon oil?

    • Jenni
      April 13, 2020 / 3:24 pm

      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.

  20. Patricia Tardugno
    April 25, 2020 / 5:26 pm

    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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