Healing Ointments.

Anti-Bruising Oil.

Use this rub very, very gently to help in the healing process.
10 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops juniper essential oils
30 drops carrier oil {olive or almond}
1. In a small bowl, mix the essential oils with the carrier oil.
2. Massage the mixture gently into bruised areas every two hours.

Compress For Bruising.

A wet compress can relieve some of the pain of a bruise and help the healing process. This simple formula will have you feeling better in no time and for very little money.
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup witch hazel or cider vinegar
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops peppermint or juniper essential oil
1. In a bowl, mix the water, witch hazel or vinegar, and the essential oils. Soak a flannel cloth in the liquid, wring it out until nearly dry, and then place over the injured area.
2. Cover with plastic wrap so the skin absorbs the essential oils and covers the whole thing with a towel. Apply the compress for 30 minutes up to three times daily.

Healing Ointment.

You can have this ointment on hand to treat everyday cuts and scrapes as they arise, just as you would a tube of pricey commercial antiseptic.
1-1 1/2 ounces grated beeswax
1 cup olive oil or almond oil
2 capsules vitamin E, 400 IU
30 drops tea tree essential oil
20 drops spike lavender or French lavender essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil
10 drops fir essential oil
1. In the top of a double boiler over low heat, melt the beeswax. Stir in the olive or almond oil. Remove from the heat. Pierce each vitamin E capsule with a needle and squeeze the contents into the mixture. Then stir in the essential oils.
2. Pour into a small sterilized jar with a tight-fitting lid and store in a cool, dark place. Use as needed on wounds. Should last a year.

Cleansing Soap.

Here is an antiseptic soap you can trust to clean out wounds properly and stave off infections. It smells good and costs very little.
Liquid castile soap
Lavender essential oil
Rosemary essential oil
Tea tree essential oil
1. To the castile soap, add lavender, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils {10 drops total per 2 ounces of soap}. Dilute with more soap if skin is especially sensitive to any of the essential oils.
2. Use to clean off cuts and abrasions.

First-Aid Antiseptic.

Here is an all-natural solution with germ-killing properties that will help soothe a minor cut or abrasion. Be sure to wash the affected area well before applying it.
2 ounces Calendula Ointment {below}
40 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
1. In a small sterile jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the calendula ointment with the essential oils, mixing thoroughly.
2. Apply a small amount to the cleaned injury. Keep the remainder in a cool, dark place for up to two weeks.

Calendula Ointment.

Use the old-fashioned calendula flower {Calendula officinalis} for this therapeutic salve that has many uses.
3 tablespoons fresh calendula petals
1/3 cup light olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped beeswax
1 capsule vitamin E, 400 IU
1. Put the calendula petals in a double boiler and crush slightly with the back of a spoon. Add the olive oil and simmer for two hours over low heat.
2. Strain the liquid into a bowl, pressing against the strainer with the back of a spoon to extract all the oils.
3. Return the liquid to the double boiler. Over medium heat, add the chopped beeswax and stir until it melts. Remove from the double boiler and beat the mixture until it cools and becomes creamy and thick. Pierce the vitamin E capsule with a needle, squeeze in the contents, and mix.
4. Spoon into a sterilized 4 1/2-ounce jar with a tight top, seal, and keep in a cool, dark place for up to two weeks.

Save Your Skin Salve.

This all-purpose recipe allows you to substitute your herbs of choice.
The combination here, which includes comfrey, calendula, and chamomile, soothes scratches and scrapes, stings and bites, bumps and bruises, or aches and pains.
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons dried chopped comfrey root
2 tablespoons dried calendula flowers
2 tablespoons chamomile
1 tablespoon hemp oil {optional}
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
3 tablespoons grated sweet almond wax or apricot kernel wax {or 4 tablespoons for a stiffer salve}
Place olive oil and comfrey root in a slow cooker on high for an hour with the lid off. Make certain the oil completely covers the comfrey. Add calendula and chamomile. Cook for another hour uncovered on high heat. Check periodically to ensure that the oil covers all of the herbs and doesn’t boil at least no more than just around the edges. Turn off heat, let cool slightly, and strain the oil, discarding herbs.
Measure 1/3 cup of the infused oil. {If you don’t have enough, add a bit of olive oil} and place it in the slow cooker with the hemp oil, wax, and cocoa butter. Heat until the wax melts {about 20 minutes}, stirring thoroughly. Pour into jar{s}, seal, and date.
* One last note about this salve:
We cooked some up to check the recipe for this article and set it on the kitchen counter to cool. When I returned to see if it had set, I had to step over our dog. I can personally attest that this salve is remarkably soothing on knees that have been bruised and scraped on hardwood floors!
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