Make Your Own Soothing Antibacterial Cream That Really Works—No Chemicals Needed

August 16, 2016
by Dana Poblete for Thrive Market

When you apply Neosporin on a cut, you might be doing more than just speeding up the healing process—you could be exposing yourself to harmful chemicals.

The petrolatum found in the most common antibacterial ointments may be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are classified as possible carcinogens in Europe.

Want to try a safer alternative? Here's how to heal wounds with all-natural, soothing ingredients known for their antimicrobial powers.

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut oil
4 tablespoons beeswax
1 tablespoon witch hazel
10 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops tea tree oil

Instructions

Melt coconut oil and beeswax over a double boiler. Transfer to a blender and add witch hazel, lavender oil, and tea tree oil. Blend 30 seconds.

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

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  • Sharon Pajak

    I've heard you're not supposed to apply tea tree oil to open cuts or wounds. Most containers of it have a warning label that says this.

  • Joan Tvedt

    store in glass only Tea Tree and Lavender together can melt plastic Can also cure gum infection with food grade essential oils imo

  • Mary Diane

    Since coconut oil is an anti-bacterial all on it's own, I think it's safe to say you could use it as is.

  • Foodwise

    Please use more accurate headlines. As a food scientisr, everything is made of chemicals. Coconut oil, tea tree oil, etc are chemicals. Please distinguish by ising adjectives like syntheric or harmful or toxic rathet than just the blanket teem chemicals. Thanks.

  • Christine Melcher

    Allergic to Beeswax, lavender and tea tree oil. Can I just use coconut and witch hazel?

  • Michael Robinson

    just ad the word synthetic chemicals and this is the most accurate..blessings as you journey...m

  • Beth

    It just makes you sound dumb when you say "no chemicals needed". The entire world is built out of chemicals. How about "no toxic ingredients needed" instead?