DIY: Antiseptic Ointment

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Want to make your own DIY antiseptic ointment? Keep reading for a quick and easy guide.

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How To Make DIY Antiseptic Ointment

Save Money and Make Your Own Antiseptic Ointment

For treating minor cuts, scrapes, abrasions, and whatnot, most people will reach for the Neosporin or some other antiseptic ointments. These are great items to keep in your first aid kit, but hold on just a second before you rush out to the pharmacy to stock up on these!

Did you know that instead of wasting $5 to $10 on ointment, you can make your own DIY antiseptic from scratch? This homemade antiseptic ointment is packed with germ-killing properties that will help treat those everyday minor cuts, scrapes, and abrasions you might have, and best of all, it’s really easy to make.

Here’s All You Need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces beeswax, grated
  • 1 cup olive, almond, or coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

Ointment Recipe Directions

1. In a small pot, melt the oils (except the lavender and lemon essential oils) and beeswax using low heat (very low heat).

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What is beeswax? It is a natural kind of wax that bees produce. It is an essential material for making a honeycomb, but people can also use it for many jobs.

2. Remove the pot from the heat and add Vitamin E oil, lemon, and lavender essential oil. Stir with a chopstick or a small wooden spoon.

3. Pour the mixture into a small sterilized jar(s) (or a mason jar). Then let stand and cool on the counter.

4. Store it in a dark, cool place.

When you get a cut, scrape or abrasion, use this ointment as needed on the wound(s). It should keep for roughly 5 years.

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How Does It Work?

The antiseptic properties include:

  • Tea tree oil: antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial
  • Lavender: analgesic (pain relief), antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial
  • Lemon: antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial

*For those who don’t like the smell of lavender, you can substitute chamomile essential oils for lavender and for essential oils for lemon.

**Note: You also can buy all of these items at your local health food store**

Check out this quick tutorial by Natural Remedies on how to make antiseptic ointment that treats eczema and psoriasis:

An antiseptic ointment can do wonders in easing the symptoms of different ailments. With simple ingredients that we can find at our local store, we'd be proud to say that we made our own DIY antiseptic ointment!

Have you tried making DIY antiseptic ointment before? How did it go? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on August 16, 2013, and has updated for quality and relevancy.

31 Responses to :
DIY: Antiseptic Ointment

  1. John says:

    Although this DIY antiseptic is useful, generally speaking, prices of any health store
    products are exaggerated and/or the quantities are more than you’ll ever be able to use. Making too much may work okay for barter items
    though. Worth looking at!

  2. Don Harvey says:

    You say why spend $5-$10 on an antibiotic, when in fact you will spend more on these items that are suggested and get more than you need at the time you need it, and probably will be thrown away in a short period of time. Now that would be a waste of money and time.

    1. Red O'Bryant says:

      I see your point. What is meant, is you maybe pay $30 $40 on the supplies, but it’ll last you many years, and twice as long as store bought ointments.

  3. JJM says:

    Curious – Is the beeswax beneficial other than as a thickener? I know that honey has great wound healing properties.

    1. kim says:

      interesting…..look it up 😉

    2. Sam says:

      Beeswax is a natural preservative, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and a decent moisturizer in itself. Plus you can make other things and use it for other things such as “gum,” leather preservative, candles.

      1. Donald says:

        I use beeswax to make my own beard oil and shaper. Works awesome, especially with coconut oil and sandalwood scent.

  4. gena says:

    I just checked on, and you can buy a box of 25 individual dosage packets of triple antibiotic ointment for $3.65 with $2.90 shipping charge and you can also buy a 25 packet box of individual use hydrocortison cream 1%, for $5.79 with free shipping on that item. I think in the long run, you would save far more buying it that way, you could dole it out or trade them out on an as needed basis, cause I think that by the time you buy all those essential oils you are going to run up a much greater expenditure than buying these items from Amazon. You can tuck a few of these into you go-bag for whatever, using very little room and do not have to be overly concerned with factors like sunlight, temperature and such. And with the individual use packets you should not have the waste you would likely have with a larger container. A couple of boxes of each should set you up pretty well, maybe more for extended periods or barter. These are the prices on Amazon today, Aug 16, 2013. I had been checking them out earlier before seeing this article, so I just had to go to my wish list to find them and the prices.

  5. gena says:

    Other little items I have purchased on Amazon have been stitching sets (for wound stitching), skin stapling kits with staple removers, smelling salts, splints for broken legs, arms, fingers and thumbs, the have the quick clot thingies, the Israeli compression bandages,I have purchased DMSO on Amazon, which works wonders to stop or reverse a stroke, only legally allowed for pet use, but works for humans as well, although I cannot probably legally say that, it also helps greatly with sore muscles and arthritic joints. They say athletes use it to treat overused muscles, it is a solvent applied externally, NEVER internally, although my vet did inject it IV to one of my dogs when she had a stroke and it brought her right out of it. It is legal for animal use, no longer legal for human use because it works too well and cannot be patented. My vet says she can save dogs with strokes better than human doctors can save humans with strokes because it is no longer allowed for use on humans. Read up on it. It would be a very good thing to have in a first aid kit when you might be miles from any medical care and seconds or minutes are what matters between life and death or paralysis. Another first aid item I’ve read about recently is the use of cayenne peppers to stop a heart attack in its tracks. I have read that if you can give a person a cayenne pepper and have them eat it when the heart attack starts it can stop it. I’m not too sure about that because the peppers are so hot I feel sure I would choke to death while trying to prevent the heart attack. So just repeating what I’ve read in several holistic articles. It has something to do with the chemical that causes the red color in the pepper, but even though I have heart problems am not sure I would try it as I really am sure I would choke on the pepper.

    1. lastboyscout says:

      DMSO, be very careful. DMSO is an industrial solvent and is absorbed through the skin very fast. Your body will absorb anything else dissolved in the DMSO such as any toxin it may come in contact with or may be on you skin at the application site. You have been warned.

    2. Ernest says:

      Very good knowledge. For the cayenne pepper use over the counter gel caps that you can load yourself. Buy them know while they are still available. These will work to cap up your own ginger, cayenne pepper or what ever it is you need. One Item that I have at home and take with me when I travel are charcoal capsules. Please read the possible side effects. I have a collection of essential oils. They are called that for a reason. In the old days it was essential that someone in town had these things and knew when and how to use them. Just because they are natural does not mean they are safe to try with out proper training. Now for the Na Sayers and doubters many of the germ, bacteria and bugs have become immune to those modern creams that have been over used in recent decades not to mention no matter how much over the counter stuff you can buy and store ginger,cayenne pepper and many other home remedies can be grown in your garden or foraged from the road side. So if you have the time do some basic research and you may save a life or two with just the knowledge. I use some of the essential oils in the soap I make as well as toothpaste and deodorant. Once all of the glade air freshener is gone, hopefully lavender, citrus and other present scents will still be available to help cover unpleasant scents that may run rampant if the SHTF. We all can’t take the time to learn everything but if someone in your group has talents in this direction I would suggest you assist them in cultivating them.

      1. Ellen says:

        Peanut butter will stop the burn from eating hot peppers.

    3. Ellen says:

      I have used DMSO for many years with great results (externally).
      Mix the cayenne pepper with buttermilk and drink through a straw
      Of course, when the cayenne exits the body it may still be hot!

    4. Tammy says:

      I have read about the use of cayenne pepper extract sold in health food stores. Apparently, one can squeeze a couple dropperfuls into a small glass of water and drink it if symptoms of a heart attack are apparent. The cayenne causes blood vessels to dialate, which gets the blood flowing again.

      1. jann says:

        Cayenne pepper in some warm water will stop a stroke immediately. First hand knowledge of this– the stroke victim was revived and recovered before the paramedics arrived. I am a believer! I have also stopped heavy bleeding by applying cayenne directly to the wound. It clots instantly and does not burn. My three year olld grandson can attest to that. Everyone should carry a bag of cayenne in their car as it could save lives.

  6. Ernest says:

    I have had to learn these remedies because of chronic illness over many years. I have found that most medicines are only synthetic versions of medicinal plants. The reason for producing them synthetically is because the source of healing herbs can be used up in a densely populated area and to make big pharma rich. I have suffered many cures that were worse than the ailment. The side effects of most medicines are down played in order to make money and keep the sheep in the pin. Many of our modern food items were originally considered medicinal. Carrots is one that comes to mind, yes they were once considered medicine.

  7. Janell says:

    Like usual, great information!!! You always have such interesting, informative & usefull info, I LOVE YOUR WEB SITE!

  8. Yeah, we could buy antiseptics off Amazon all day, in bulk. BUT this is knowledge to make your own (gathering the supplies before the SHTF)which is what you can do where or when there is no more Amazon / society structure. DIY in several skills shared among your group will help keep more of us alive and herbalists will be very valuable people.

    1. Red O'Bryant says:

      Exactly! Very well said Silas! 🙂

    2. gena says:

      But how expensive are all these various essential oils, and how long do they last? I have my own herb garden, which I’ve just been getting started on. I grow lavendar, thyme, rosemary, several types of basil, oregano,garlic chives, onion chives, mexican oregano, which I’m told is not really oregano, and others and have bought books about how to harvest the seeds off them and keep growing them, and how to use them in cooking and for medicinal uses. Most of what I’ve been growing, with apparent success, to be honest, I do not yet know how to use, but plan to have it on hand should it become necessary in the future. I’m moving in less than two weeks to a new home with about three times the growing space I currently have, plus a huge covered patio for growing those items that cannot take direct sunlight. I have purchased olive trees, blueberry bushes and grape vines, and an avacado tree, all of which seem to be doing very well. I’m even renting an extra trailer to move all those plants, most of which I kept in pots this spring knowing I was looking for a larger place to move to. Now I just have to try to move all these plants with the least amount of damage to them as possible.
      And my new landlord will allow chickens and goats on the property, and the people next door have horses which I noticed when I checked the place roam up to my new property and have left a considerable amount of manure to treat and start a good compost heap. A few kinda expensive items to put in initially and then should be fairly easy to maintain with little extra expenditure. Chicken shit and goat shit both make good fertilizer I hear, and the land where I’m moving looks far better than what I currently have which requires raised garden beds, which requires buying a whole lot of decent soil cause what is here is mostly poor quality clay and rocks. I had had to buy my fence here and pay to have it put up and was asked to take it down when I move which I will gladly do as that will make up the goat pens and part of the chicken pens when I move at no additional expense.
      Hey, just noticed I turned 66 37 minutes ago. Ten days until the big move. Have almost everything packed, trying to make it not too easy for my moving people to tell what all I’m moving since I’m not too sure I want them showing up should things go south soon. Lots of heavy unmarked boxes and very heavy plastic bins, with the solar power equipment going with me in my car on the move. Should just look like a nice little old lady with a hell of a lot of very heavy boxes and bins, and a whole lot of plants. Noticed the new house has an unbelievable pantry built in with shelves upon shelves, which I did not have here. Plan to add some ultra flex stuff to the windows to fortify them, the doors are sturdy, with locks and dead bolt locks. And the meanest little shih tzu who will try to eat anyone who comes inside the house. Just wish the move was already over and done with.
      Sorry I wandered on this, you can tell my mind is on the move.

      1. gena says:

        Since I’ve carried on about this move, I hope you all don’t mind my asking about this. I have several seven gallon water containers which I had had stored in the house for over a year. I was thinking when the men were here to move the stuff, that might be a good time for me to have them dump that water, and move those containers empty, and when I get to the new home refill them. Do I need to put any bleach in them to get any buildup that might have occurred from them sitting inside for well, almost two years to be honest? Do I need to let them sit with a little bleach for a day or two after I move and dump that and rinse it before putting clean storage water back into them? I can no longer lift a seven gallon container which is why they have not already been cleaned out. That is close to 50 pounds which is beyond my weight capacity since I have a bad back and nerve damage in both arms. Also, it will be a lot easier to move empty. I have a lot of five gallon containers, plus other water containers but the seven gallon containers are just more than I can move on my own. I think in the new house I will store them in the laundry area, near one of the doors where I might be able to drag them out in the future if they need to be cleaned or refreshed. I am planning at the new home to get a rain containment device which we were not allowed to have where I currently live.

        1. jann says:

          A small amount of colloidal silver in each of your water containers will purify and there will be no need for chlorine. Silver is healthy antibacterial chlorine not so much.

      2. Jason George says:

        Hi Gena, I hope you got moved easily and reset up by now. I would love to have a setup for my 8 year old daughter, my wife and I like you explained in your post. God blessed you finding that place. People think I’m crazy when I tell them the things that are going to happen in Society and why I try to prep. Anyways the reason I replied was,
        What is the book you have about harvesting seeds off of the plants to keep growing later on. Any other good books you suggest would be grateful.
        Thank you Gena and God bless you, Jason George

  9. Brad S says:

    I’m not trying to ruffle anyone’s feathers, & this may be a “dumb” question, but if the ointment is bactericidal, fungicidal,etc. then why is it necessary to put it in sterilized containers since nothing will grow in it?

  10. cindy says:

    While the initial purchase of these ingredients may be pricier than just buying the commercial version in bulk, they are useful in lots of other ways. I see many of the same essential oils, etc pop up on so many DIY skin care and household cleaner recipes; so it’s not frivolous to get them to make this stuff. Just find other uses for them. I make my own auto dish and laundry soap, most of my cleaners, deodorant and some personal care items too.. using many of the same ingredients.

  11. mike says:

    my wife and I are going to make it. you don’t need a health food store for this stuff.

  12. grandpa says:

    DIY’ers who are apt to make this ointment probably already have most of the ingredients at hand. Since grandma already is playing with everything from lip balm to hand soaps and creams, we are only lacking one ingredient now. I see this as a great bartering item, gift item and last but not least a well used item when the grandkids are here.

  13. Sky says:

    For most diyers or peopel who make alot of their own products more then likely have all of these items already at home. These items arent that expensive if you do a little research and find the best deal on bulk. I have all of these items and all together paid less then 5$ for them all and more. Most expnsive thing your looking at are your essential oils but they have websites that sell for bulk prices where you can get a box of 3 to 6 bottles for under 5$ or you can even mix and match.

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