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Little Peanut has discovered Band-Aids and their (ahem) magical healing properties. She wants me to put one on every microscopic owie she gets!
Needless to say, that’s impractical and wasteful–but there’s no explaining that to a 2-year-old. Instead, I mixed up a batch of Natural First Aid Cream to put on all of her boo-boos. It works great on big brother’s skinned knees, too.
The coconut oil and sweet almond oil provide nourishing moisture, and the beeswax helps it firm up–it’s solid in cold temperatures and softens in summer. Lavender essential oil soothes occasional skin irritations, and Melaleuca (tea tree) is known for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin. The honey provides a boost to healing as well. (source)
Best of all? It costs only pennies to make, is much cheaper than Neosporin, and I know exactly what’s in it!
2 tablespoons coconut oil (buy it here)
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil (buy it here)
1/4 cup beeswax pastilles
8-10 drops Melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
8-10 drops Lavender essential oil
1/4 teaspoon raw honey or manuka honey (optional)
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Gently melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler (my fancy DIY version shown below).
Stir until it’s completely melted, then remove from heat. Add the sweet almond oil, essential oils, and honey, stirring to combine.
Pour into a small container with a lid, and store away from heat and light.
Apply liberally to each and every owie, boo-boo, scratch, bump, or scrape.